Republicans’ Claims of Voter Fraud Are Imploding Before Their Eyes | Vanity Fair

On Monday, the Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims about voter fraud have been promoted by Lindsey Graham—and served as the basis for the probe Barr authorized—retracted his story, telling investigators from the United States Postal Service inspector general’s office that he’d fabricated his allegations. Efforts to turn up additional evidence have come up hilariously short. And, on Tuesday, the New York Times contacted officials in every state, and none—Democrats and Republicans—said there was any proof of voter fraud, thoroughly debunking Trump’s central claim. “We have not seen any evidence of fraud or foul play in the actual administration of the election,” Jake Rollow, a spokesman for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, told the Times. “What we have seen is that it was smooth, transparent, secure, and accurate.”

Giuliani is still trying to prove otherwise. But with nothing to back up Trump’s claims of voting irregularities, and Biden’s lead large enough that even successful lawsuits likely wouldn’t be enough to change the final result, his legal options are looking dim—something his own advisers, and perhaps even the president himself, seem to recognize. “He wants to sow discontent in the public that the election was illegitimate,” one adviser told the Washington Post, “so he can say he didn’t lose.”

The effort appears to be working, even if it is ultimately unsuccessful in reversing Biden’s victory. Recent polling suggests that nearly three-quarters of GOP voters believe the election results were illegitimate. Republicans, hungry for power and fearful of alienating that base, have refused to publicly contradict them. And in their silence and complicity, they are allowing Trump to pump more poison into the system. “There is an epidemic of delusion that is spreading out from this White House and infecting the entire Republican Party in the wake of this election,” Democrat Chris Murphy said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “President Trump didn’t win the election. Every single one of my colleagues knows this.”

Republicans’ Claims of Voter Fraud Are Imploding Before Their Eyes | Vanity Fair