52% of Republicans would back postponing 2020 election if Trump wanted to
An alarming new poll from the Washington Post suggests a majority of the GOP have lost their goddamn minds and would be fine with the possibility of a dictatorship under Donald Trump if it means ensuring nobody is voting illegally in our country’s elections. More than half — 52 percent — of Republicans said they would be fine with postponing the 2020 election if the president proposed it under his “election integrity committee.” That number rose to 56 percent if Republican leadership in Congress backed the proposal as well.
While those numbers might seem batshit insane, they make a little more sense in the context of some of the poll’s other findings. Despite the fact that there is zero evidence to support any of the following conclusions:
- 47 percent of Republicans think President Trump won the popular vote. (He lost by 2.8 million.)
- 68 percent of Republicans think “millions” of undocumented immigrants voted in the election. (President Trump himself has stated he believes three to five million undocumented immigrants voted, but has provided no evidence for the claim.)
- 73 percent believe voter fraud happens somewhat or very often. (Despite anecdotes used to push for stricter voter ID laws, every major study into the issue has found voter fraud to be a rare occurrence that is not committed on a scale that could affect the results of an election.)
The Post notes that this poll is based on a hypothetical, and public reaction to the idea of postponing an election would surely shift if it were an actual proposition by the president. Nevertheless, it did show a correspondence between an individual’s belief in Trump’s voter fraud myths, and their readiness to support him should he advocate bucking two and a half centuries of democratic tradition.