Trump allies are still fueling the false narrative of the 2020 election
Mr. Bannon, Mr. Lindell and Mr. Epshteyn have repeatedly promoted state-level decertification on Mr. Bannon’s podcast, “War Room,” since last summer, pushing him like a drumbeat. regular and sometimes claiming that it could lead to Mr. Trump being reinstated. They described the so-called audit movement that started in Arizona and spread to other states as part of a larger effort to decertify electoral votes.
“We’re on a full, full freight train to decertify,” Mr Epshteyn said on the show in January. “That’s what we’re going to get. Everyone knows. Everyone knows this election was stolen.
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last fall, 186 state legislators from 39 states joined a letter written by Wendy Rogers, a Republican senator from Arizona who has attended events hosted by Mr Lindell, calling on “each state to rescind the certification of its voters when it is shown that the elections have been certified prematurely and inaccurately”.
All efforts either failed or were dismissed for lack of legal grounds in the absence of any evidence of widespread voter fraud that could have affected the 2020 election. which the vote had been stolen, many rejected the idea that states should decertify their results or argued that the effort was merely symbolic, noting that it could never be reinstated.
Yet Mr. Trump is now the frontrunner in public opinion polls on the possible Republican presidential field. Although he has yet to declare his candidacy, he has privately told his associates that he plans to run again.
A spokesperson for Mr Trump did not respond to an email seeking comment.
The legal drive to undo his 2020 loss has had ripple effects within the Republican Party. With less than six months to go until the midterm congressional elections, the push has put pressure on candidates to endorse it or risk the wrath of Mr Trump and his supporters. In Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks said the former president had repeatedly demanded that he “cancel” the election and impeach Mr. Biden. When the congressman said that was impossible, Mr Trump withdrew his endorsement of the state Senate’s Republican primary.
In Pennsylvania, Jake Corman, the top Republican in the state Senate who last year promised to review the results of the 2020 election, said he had dropped plans to end his gubernatorial bid. after Mr Trump urged him to “keep fighting”. He then went on Mr Bannon’s podcast, where Mr Corman said there was ‘no doubt’ the need to investigate whether voters should be decertified in battleground states , and pledged to “upset the State Department” to find evidence. of illegality.