In backing President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud, Republicans risk leaving millions of Americans with the false impression that the results of the 2020 race are illegitimate.
And that may be the point.
None of Trump’s legal challenges and assertions of voting irregularities has revealed any substantive issues with the election that would overturn the results. And some GOP lawmakers and party officials privately acknowledge that Trump has no choice but to step aside by Jan. 20 and cede power to President-elect Joe Biden.
Which leaves us asking, what will be the future of the GOP after Trump? Or will there even be an “after Trump” or is he the new direction of the GOP? What’s the best strategy for the Republican party going forward?
With files from the Associated Press.