Daily US Times: Robert Reed, a retired police officer-turned-construction worker, says he will always believe the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump. He believes fraud marred the election, no matter how many courts rejected that claim. Still, a day after the Electoral College made Democrat Joe Biden’s win official, the ardent supporter of President Trump from the suburbs of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was ready to move on. Some other Trump supporters still believe the vote was rigged.
“I think it’s pretty much over,” Reed said of President Trump’s ongoing quest to overturn the election results.
For weeks, Donald Trump has been on a mission to convince his loyal supporters that his victory was stolen and the election was rigged. With help from conservative media, polls show the president had considerable success. But now that the Electoral College has formalized Joe Biden’s victory and top Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are finally acknowledging Biden as president-elect, many Trump voters around the country seem to be doing the same.
Interviews with voters, along with fresh surveys of Republicans, suggest their unfounded and unproven doubts about the integrity of the result of the election remain. But there is far less consensus on what should be done about it and whether to carry that resentment forward.
For some of Trump supporters, like Reed, the Electoral College vote was the clear end of a process. Others have vowed to continue to protest with demonstrations like the one that turned violent in Washington, D.C., over the weekend. And some said they hoped Republican leaders would press for more investigations to put the doubts Trump sowed to rest.
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