President Trump and his allies are setting the stage to claim a Joe Biden presidency would be illegitimate, baselessly questioning everything from how ballots are counted to whether “fake” polls suggesting blue waves that never came are tantamount to voter suppression.
Why it matters: Arguing that he was wrongfully removed from office could give Trump a face-saving way to explain a possible election loss. It also could distract from a Biden presidency in transition.
- Trump said today in a statement from his campaign: “If you count the legal votes, I easily win the election! If you count the illegal and late votes, they can steal the election from us.”
Driving the news: The hashtag #stopthesteal is going viral among fringe and more mainstream conservatives, says Bryce Webster-Jacobsen of GroupSense, a cyber threat intelligence firm.
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