This point is absolutely dead-on:
Republicans haven’t turned against democracy because of Trump. Republicans have turned against democracy because conservatism is so unpopular.
They’ve been talking about how they really win if you only count “real Americans” who don’t live in big cities for a long time now. https://t.co/Ke3Vc57qLr— Matt O’Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) November 19, 2020
A critical element of Trump’s election theft scheme is that three key states — PA, MI, and Wisconsin — have state legislatures that Republicans have gerrymandered into permanent control irrespective of the will of the voters. If these states held democratic elections this particular election theft scheme would be moot. The ending of democratic elections in these states is not opposed by any prominent Republican. And certainly not by the most elite lawyers in the Republican Party, who have issued three of the worst decisions in the history of the Supreme Court (Rucho, Shelby County, and Perez) refusing to intervene against the vote suppression efforts of state Republicans on one hand while actively preventing Congress from using the powers explicitly granted to it by the Reconstruction Amendments to protect the right to vote on the other.
The problem here isn’t that Republicans fear Donald Trump’s mean tweets or something. Virtually all elite Republicans are actively or silently collaborating with Trump’s election theft efforts because they share his contempt for democracy, a contempt that is necessary because they are committed to an agenda that is massively unpopular. It’s that simple. And it’s incredibly short-sighted to handwave it away because this particular election was (probably) too close to steal.
…I fully concur:
We are past the point at which Republican elites' refusal to condemn Trump's pathetic attempts to steal the election–largely by attempting to disfranchise Black voters–has rendered those elites ineligible to readmission to polite society.— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) November 19, 2020