Almost four months after the election, the Big lie (“Big Lie”), nickname given to the questioning of the presidential results by Donald Trump, is far from having disappeared on the right. He found a breeding ground more than favorable to the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), the great gathering of American conservatives, gathered in a hotel in Orlando (Florida).
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Before hearing, in closing, Sunday February 28, the speech of Donald Trump, the first since his departure from Washington, the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), large annual conference of American conservatives, was dominated by a central subject: the “theft” of the November election.
The heyday of the “Big Lie”
No less than seven conferences are devoted to the alleged irregularities of the presidential election of 2020, during this four-day gathering. In the room dedicated to exhibitors, electoral technology companies have appeared to promote their secure voting solutions. ” We all think the election was stolen “, Summarizes Josh Valentine, a former prison administration official, who still believes that the election of Joe Biden can be invalidated.
Since the presidential election, several elected Republicans, experts and members of the Trump administration have challenged the idea of widespread electoral fraud. But the Big lie took root. At the end of January, only a third of Republicans trusted the electoral system, according to a Morning Consult poll. They point to the so-called manipulated voting machines, the dead or undocumented who were able to vote by post, or even lost or counted ballots in the absence of Republican observers.
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It doesn’t matter if the courts seized, including the Supreme Court, dominated by conservative judges, have rejected or refused to examine the 60 complaints filed by Donald Trump’s lawyers. ” If Joe Biden won, that’s it. But we still have to be given proof », Estimates Becky Hites, Republican candidate for the House of Representatives in Georgia in 2020, met at the CPAC. ” Judges are humans. They read the media which hammer out, without investigating, this misconception that there was no electoral fraud. Consequently, the courts are afraid to decide these cases, which confirms the media in their assertions ”, thinks for his part Jesse Binnall, the Republican lawyer who tried to have the results revised in Nevada, where Joe Biden won.
The Republican response in the States
Pressed by their pro-Trump base, Republican elected officials are now continuing the fight in state parliaments, which are competent to set electoral rules. The Brennan Center for Justice, a progressive organization specializing in democratic reform, on February 19 identified 253 proposed laws aimed at restricting access to the vote in 43 states. That’s three times more texts than last year.
The proposed measures include the introduction of new conditions for voting by post: limiting the duration of advance polls, banning automatic registration on the electoral rolls and rounds to collect ballot papers from people who cannot go to the polls.
Denounced by the Democrats as attacks on the right to vote, these proposals are presented on the Republican side as necessary to protect the integrity of future elections. The party wants to act before the mid-term elections of 2022, which will see in particular a partial renewal of the Senate and the entire House of Representatives. Republicans fear a weak mobilization of their voters if they are not assured of the reliability of the electoral system.
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The proposed restrictions could run up against the ambitions of Democrats in Washington. The House of Representatives is due to examine soon a bill, “HR 1”, which would facilitate access to the vote at the national level. Republicans in Congress, who cry out for federal state interference in state affairs, are staunchly opposed. ” If this law passes, no more Republican will be elected, alarmed Deroy Murdock, conservative columnist at CPAC. We must fight like devils for the integrity of future elections. Otherwise, we will become vassals of the left. “