Donald Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was “stolen” will be a litmus test for many Republicans, with more than half of voters denying their claims in the 2022 midterms. ballot paper.
More Republicans, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, have duck-dived into Trump’s attacks on democracy or expressed reservations in ways that appease the MAGA cult and avoid Trump’s wrath.
They do not present profiles with public courage.
Alek Skarlatos was one of three brave American tourists who faced and disarmed armed terrorist attackers on a train bound for Paris in 2015. The trio were awarded the French Legion d’Honneur at the Elysée Palace. Skarlatos is currently running for Congress in Oregon’s 4th District. When asked if he believed the 2020 election was stolen, Skarlatos replied, “No comment.”
In Washington, Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley tried to straddle the issue. Until recently, prose for her website, produced by a consultant, read: I believe the courts have a duty to give a fair hearing to all evidence of voter fraud. “
This website recently removed these words. This is presumably to make room for a more detailed coverage of Smiley’s platform.
I can’t stop being excited.
“Tiffany’s position has always been that Joe Biden is the duly elected president,” a campaigner told Axios.
Still, when asked by host Dana Bash on a CNN appearance over the weekend whether Biden had won “fairly” and “legally,” Smiley dodged.
Northwestern ballots have had naysayers, most notably Alaskan Congressman Sarah Palin and Washington No. indicted without evidence.
Kemp appeared at a Washington, DC rally to protest the “persecution” of those who stormed the US Capitol last year.
Lost in Washington’s top two elections in August was Lauren Culp, a challenger to Trump-backed Rep. Dan Newhouse R‑WA-04. Culp, the Republican nominee for governor in 2020, refused to concede the race he lost to Governor Jay Inslee by half a million votes.
Two Republican governors, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy and Idaho Governor Brad Little, joined a 2020 Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn Biden’s victories in four battleground states. Dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Curiously, Trump ran against Little in this year’s Republican primary.
Dunleavy bowed down to the former president. Trump backed the Alaska governor’s delegation that Dunleavy would not endorse Republican Senator Lisa Markowski, who is seeking a new term. Dunleavy agreed to remain silent.
Markowski will face Trump-backed Republican challenger Kelly Tzibaka in November. (In Ranked Selection Voting, the top four players from the August 16th qualifiers voted for the General Election.)
Chibaka nodded at the wink and Trump’s attack on democracy, saying, “I don’t know the outcome of the 2020 election.”
Murkowski fully embraces Biden’s victory, as does R‑Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. Oregon’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Christine Drazan told FiveThirtyEight this week that Biden won. Matt Larkin, Kim Schrier’s remaining Republican challenger, did so in an email to FiveThirtyEight.
As previously mentioned, Dan Newhouse, one of ten Republican congressmen who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 riots, survived elimination and accepted Biden’s victory. But Newhouse has been hitting his Twitter followers with Republican points to show he’s a loyal soldier.
Rep. Kathy McMorris Rogers (R-Washington) announced on Jan. 5, 2021 that she would support challenging Electoral College vote numbers “in states where voter fraud allegations have been made.” She turned back after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Rep. Russ Fulcher of R‑Idaho has followed in Trump’s footsteps and started questioning the 2020 election even before the votes were even counted.
He appeared on Fox & Friends on the fateful morning of January 6, 2021, stating that “tens of millions of people want to take action” on the Electoral College vote, and that “we are here to take action.” Otherwise, we have real problems on our hands,” he warned. “
Despite Trump’s attack on our democracy, it has to be Oregon Senate candidate Joe Ray Perkins who made the Republican’s most radical and extreme statement in the Northwest general election ballot. not. She’s a longtime fan of her QAnon conspiracy cult, emailing the message “I stand by her Q and team.” It was hastily taken down by her consultant. Jo Rae Perkins is off but running.