Donald Trump spoke in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend at an event held by Charlie Kirk’s Turning Point USA. The event was held in Arizona presumably to be in concert with the ongoing audit of the 2020 election, which Trump supporters believe will ultimately legitimize their misinformation about voter fraud and Joe Biden stealing the election. Trump called what happened in Arizona “only the beginning of the irregularities” and played into the idea that he could be reinstated if the audits and recounts continue. Trump became obsessed during the speech with “routers,” a word which he repeated over and over again without seeming to know what they were. The former president then tried his best to rebrand “the big lie” as the 2020 election itself instead of Trump’s lies about and attempts to undermine the 2020 election. He effectively got away with doing this with the term “fake news” in 2016 and 2017 and now he’s trying to do it again with the term “the big lie.”
Trump then made the pathetic argument that he would have accepted the results of the 2020 election, had only he lost fairly and squarely. The ex-POTUS said, “if I lost the election, I’m okay with that. I’m okay with it. Seriously, if we lost the election, we lose an election. I go home, I’ll start building buildings, I’ll do something, I’ll keep myself busy.” But of course, Trump followed up by saying that this loss doesn’t count because of voter fraud and that’s why he’s justified in behaving the way he is. This is completely unfalsifiable, as Trump can simply accept every election he wins and call every election he loses “rigged.” He went on to say, “if I lost this election, I could handle it pretty easily. When they steal it from you and rig it, that’s not easy and we have to fight.” It should be so transparent what Trump is doing here (and to most of us it is). However, to his loyal supporters, Trump’s logic makes total sense and he can only be a victor or a victim.
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