Daily Bread for 8.16.22: How Election Conspiracies Took Over the GOP

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 79. Sunrise is 6:03 AM and sunset 7:54 PM for 13h 51m 15s of daytime.  The moon is a waning gibbous with 75.1% of its visible disk illuminated. 

 The Whitewater Common Council meets at 6:30 PM

 On this day in 1930, the first color sound cartoon, Fiddlesticks, is released by Ub Iwerks.

 How Trump’s election denialism took over the GOP

Former president Donald Trump’s false claims election claims began in 2016, but did not become a key litmus test for Republican candidates until after the 2020 election. Here’s how it happened.

Trumpism is dangerous to a free society for many reasons: authoritarianism, nativism, bigotry, and cronyism. Underlying all these malevolent characteristics is a willingness to lie without shame. These MAGA men do not apply to themselves rules of evidence or principles of reasoning. They are a populist movement of desire and grievance. An earlier generation of conservatives would have looked at the Trumpists as thin-skinned complainers. (As it has turned out, the immediately preceding generation of conservatives has, in the main, devolved into Trumpists.)

False claims of election fraud are only one example of the fantastical and mendacious perspective that undergirds conservative populism. 

 Fiddlesticks (1930)

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