According to recent polls from Rasmussen, YouGov, and others, the majority of Republicans believe that the election was stolen. More surprising though, as many as 30% of Democrats feel the same way according to some of the polls.
In one of the most powerful segments in news history, Tucker Carlson read through a Twitter thread from a popular historian that briefly outlined the timeline from the time former President Trump Was Elected to the time he left Washington.
The timeline explains exactly why people feel this way, and why they could be right.
Original thread from MartyMade on Twitter:
Here are the facts – actual, confirmed facts – that shape the perspective of Trump voters:
The FBI spied on the 2016 Trump campaign using evidence manufactured by the Clinton campaign. We now know that all involved knew it was fake from Day 1. These are Tea Party people. The types who give their kids a pocket Constitution for their birthday and have Founding Father’s memes in their bios. The intel community spying on a presidential campaign using fake evidence including forged documents is a big deal to them.
Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspect it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam, and then watched as every institution – agencies, the press, Congress, academia – gaslit them for another year.
Worse, collusion was used to scare people away from working in the Trump administration. They knew their entire lives would be investigated. Many quit because they were being bankrupted by legal fees. The DOJ, press, & gov’t destroyed lives and actively subverted an elected administration.
This is where people whose political identity was largely defined by a naive belief in what they learned in civics class, began to see the outline of a regime that crossed all institutional boundaries. That regime stepped out of the shadows to unite against an interloper, DonaldTrump.
A lot of Trump supporters see that the Regime is not partisan. They all know that the same institutions would have taken opposite sides if it was a Tulsi Gabbard vs Jeb Bush election.
It’s hard to describe to people on the left how shocking & disillusioning this was for people who encourage their sons to enlist in the Army and hate those who don’t stand for the Anthem.
They could have managed the shock if it only involved the government. But the behavior of the corporate press is really what really radicalized them. They hate journalists more than they hate any politician or government official because they feel most betrayed by them.
The idea that the press is driven by ratings and sensationalism became untenable. If that were true, they’d be all over the Epstein story. But they’re not. The corporate press is the propaganda arm of the Regime. Nothing anyone says will ever make them unsee that, period.
This is profoundly disorienting. Many Trump voters don’t know for certain whether ballots were faked in November 2020, but they know for absolute certain that the press and the FBI would lie to them if they were.
They watched the press behave like animals for four years. Tens of millions of people will always see Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, based on nothing, because of CNN. And CNN seems proud of that. They led a lynch mob against a high school kid. They cheered on a summer of riots.
Republicans always claimed the media had a liberal bias, but they still thought the press would admit the truth if they were cornered. It’s a different thing to watch the media invent stories whole cloth in order to destroy regular lives and spark mass violence.
Time Magazine told us that during the 2020 riots, there were weekly conference calls involving, among others, leaders of the protests, the local officials who refused to stop them, and media people who framed them for political effect.
In Ukraine, we call that a color revolution. Throughout the summer, Democratic governors took advantage of COVID to change voting procedures. It wasn’t just the mail-in ballots, they lowered signature matching standards, etc.
Then there was Hunter Biden’s laptop scandal. Big Tech ran a full-on censorship campaign against a major newspaper to protect a political candidate. Everyone knows it, all of the Tech companies now admit it was a “mistake” – but, ya know, the election’s over, so who cares?
It Goes without that if the NY Times had Don Jr’s laptop, full of pics of him smoking crack and engaging in group sex, lots of lurid family drama, emails describing direct corruption and backed up by the CEO of the company they were using, the NY Times wouldn’t have been banned.
Think back: Stories about Trump being urinated on by Russian prostitutes and blackmailed by Putin were promoted as fact, and the only evidence was a document paid for by his opposition and disavowed by its source. The NY Post was banned for reporting on true information.
The reaction of Trump supporters to all this was not, “no fair!” That’s how they felt about Romney’s “binders of women” story in 2012. This is different. Now they see, correctly, that every institution is captured by people who will use any means to exclude them from the political process.
And yet they showed up in record numbers to vote. Trump got 13 million more votes than in 2016, and 10 million more than Clinton got.
As election night dragged on, they allowed themselves some hope. But when the four critical swing states (and only those states) went dark at midnight, they knew.
Over the ensuing weeks, they got shuffled around by grifters and media scam artists selling them conspiracy theories. They latched onto one, then another increasingly absurd theory as they tried to put a concrete name on something very real.
Media & tech did everything to make things worse. Everything about the election was strange – the changes to procedure, unprecedented mail-in voting, the delays, etc – but rather than admit that and make everything transparent, they banned discussion of it in even private messages. Everyone knows that just as Don Jr’s laptop would’ve been the story of the century. If everything about the election dispute was the same, except the parties were reversed, suspicions about the outcome would’ve been Taken Very Seriously. See 2016 for proof.
They understand why courts refused to take up the election cases. What judge will stick his neck out for Trump knowing he’ll be destroyed in the media as a violent mob burns down his house?
It’s a fact, according to Time Magazine, that mass riots were planned in cities across the country if Trump won. Sure, they were called “protests”, but they were planned by the same people as during the summer, and everyone knows what it would have meant. Judges have families, too.
Forget the ballot conspiracies. It’s a fact that governors used COVID to unconstitutionally alter election procedures, something the Constitution states that only legislatures can do, to help Biden to make up for a massive enthusiasm gap by gaming the mail-in ballot system.
They knew it was unconstitutional, it’s right there in plain English in the constitution. But they knew the cases wouldn’t see the court until after the election. And what judge will toss millions of ballots because a governor broke the rules?
The threat of mass riots wasn’t implied, it was direct.
In the end, not every theory about election fraud is true, but Trump’s voters are absolutely right that their government is monopolized by a regime that believes they are beneath representation and will observe no limits to keep them getting it.