Courtesy of Yahoo News:
Most Americans now believe that President Trump will not accept the results of November’s election if he loses to Joe Biden, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — and an even larger majority of Trump voters say they too will refuse to accept a narrow loss if mail-in ballots contribute to Biden’s victory.
In the midst of a pandemic that has seen many states expand their mail-in balloting systems to limit dangerous crowding on Election Day, the issue of postal voting took center stage Thursday when Trump escalated his months-long campaign to delegitimize the practice and possibly the election itself.
“2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” the president tweeted, even though there is no evidence that mail-in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud and several states already conduct elections entirely by mail. “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
The results of the latest Yahoo News/YouGov survey suggest that Trump’s efforts to sow doubt about the validity of mail-in voting may be starting to have their desired effect. Asked whether Trump would “accept the result” if he “loses in a close election” this November, 52 percent of Americans say no. Only 25 percent say yes.
Voters who support Trump, meanwhile, share their candidate’s unfounded suspicions about postal balloting, with a full 55 percent saying they would not “accept the result” if Biden wins “because of an advantage in mail-in votes.” Only 21 percent say they would accept a Biden victory under those circumstances.
This, of course, has been Trump’s plan all along, to delegitimize the election in the eyes of his followers so that there will be protests and blowback against Joe Biden once he wins.
It will do no good of course.
I mean I personally did not accept that George W. Bush won the 2000 election and yet he moved right into the White House as if my opinion did not matter one little bit to him.
The same was true in 2016 when Trump “won.”
We do not get to reject the outcome of the election and have that make any real difference.
If there is no serious question of wrongdoing, and I would argue that in 2000 there definitely was, then things just move forward as they always do.
Look if Trump somehow emerges victorious this time there is no fucking way I am going to accept that victory as legitimate, but let’s face it nobody will really care.