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Trump's Voter Fraud Claims Will Dampen 2024 Presidential Bid

Armand Yazdani

Posted on November 14, 2020 18:23

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The president should reconsider pursuing his legal battle if he wants to appeal to voters come the 2024 Presidential Election.

When pollsters began to tally votes last Tuesday, many Americans feared or gleefully expected that President Donald Trump would win the election. Some concerned voters and pundits realized that Trump was poised to secure all the battleground states and could therefore win. Matters changed, however, when Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden flipped battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Michigan, whizzing past the necessary 270 electoral votes. In response, the Trump Administration has launched a legal fight to challenge Biden's victory.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told a press conference that "this election is not over," pledging to contest the election results. And Trump's team filed a lawsuit in a federal court to stop Pennsylvania officials from certifying Biden's victory in Pennsylvania. The Trump Administration has been alleging voter fraud but without evidence. However, by starting a legal battle and claiming voter fraud, the Trump Administration will only tarnish the Republican party's reputation. 

In what seems to be a legal battle against his odds, Trump's demand for a recount will only taint his reputation at best. Biden leads Trump by more than 5 million votes now and that number is growing. Moreover, his claims of rampant voter fraud are by and largely false. The New York Times called elections officials in every state, finding that there was no evidence of voter fraud which strongly affected the election results. These officials consisted of both Democrats and Republicans.

Among one of the claims of the Trump Administration was that pollsters failed to count votes of some of the voters who Sharpied in their votes in Maricopa County, Arizona. Of course, Arizona officials disputed this, stating that sharpies would have no impact. The president is grasping at straws. If officials across the political spectrum agree voter fraud wasn't influential in the election, the president won't find substantial evidence.

If Trump loses this legal battle, his prospects for a 2024 election will be bleak. Although his approval ratings are up slightly, the majority of Americans still disapprove of Trump's presidency. According to a YouGov survey from Nov. 7, about 52% of Americans disapprove of how the president conducted his presidency. Contrast that with former President Barack Obama's rating which soared to 63% after he left office, according to a CNN/ORC poll. In addition, many Americans disagree with the president's claims that the election was unfair. A Politico poll found that about 30% of Republicans thought the election fair and about 90% of Democrats. The further Trump pushes his legal battle, the less likely he will be able to appeal to Democrats come the 2024 presidential election. 

With the odds of serving as president for a second term decreasing, it's in the president's best interest to drop his legal battle. Most election officials disputed that voter fraud was substantial in the election, and most Americans disagree with Trump on the fairness of this election. The more he pursues this uphill legal battle, the more he risks his chance of a 2024 presidential bid. 

Armand Yazdani

Posted on November 14, 2020 18:23

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Source: NYT

President Trump warned of an “election disaster” with mail-in voting, but cited no evidence of fraud. Joe Biden has postponed...

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