A day after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, on the heels of the president’s repeated claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, what’s the long-term affect of disinformation about American elections?
Forward of yesterday’s riot, President Donald Trump directed his supporters to the capitol, regardless of dozens of failed authorized challenges to the election’s final result.
It’s that rhetoric that Quinnipiac College Affiliate Political Science Professor Wesley Renfro mentioned is partly responsible for the “various info” lens via which many People now view the nation’s elections.
“There’s a particular kind of relationship between Donald Trump and his most hardcore followers. It is deep. I believe in some ways it borders on spiritual in nature. Folks take what he says as close to gospel, even within the face of clear proof,” mentioned Renfro.
He believes the occasions on the capitol are the newest unlucky consequence of the free spreading of election misinformation.
“Each president since George W. Bush’s election in 2000, there’s been a considerable variety of People who consider that particular person has arrived in workplace invalidly. The Supreme Court docket win in 2000, the Birther conspiracy in 2008, definitely Donald Trump dropping the favored vote in 2016,” Renfro mentioned.
Connecticut Republican Chairman JR Romano mentioned individuals throughout political events are responsible for the heated rhetoric that culminated on the capitol. He additionally maintains there are inquiries to be requested concerning the integrity of all elections.
“I want within the second that the president was extra stern towards a few of what’s taking place. However I do suppose now we have to have broader discussions on the integrity of voting. If one vote’s stolen, it is one too many,” Romano mentioned.