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The Republican Legitimacy Dilemma

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With a few notable exceptions, Republican politicians are backing Trump’s big lie about the 2020 election. While most are not denying that Biden is President, they are reluctant to say that Biden won the election. They are also using the big lie to “justify” passing new restrictive voting laws. As such, they are claiming that the election system was badly flawed and needed extensive fixes. Yet Republican politicians (other than Trump) did very well in 2020. All this leads to a logical problem for the Republicans; so, it is fortunate that they seem to be immune to logic. In a democracy, the legitimacy of an elected official depends on the legitimacy of the election that placed them in office. To the degree that an election is flawed, its legitimacy is undercut. For the sake of argument, let us assume that the Republicans are right: the election system of 2020 (and presumably earlier) was deeply flawed and allowed for widespread voter and/or election fraud. The flaws were so severe that extensive changes were needed to correct this deeply flawed system. For the sake of argument, let us assume that the Republicans are right: the election system of 2020 (and presumably earlier) was deeply flawed and allowed for widespread voter and/or election fraud. The flaws were so severe that extensive changes were needed to correct this deeply flawed system. This does entail what most Republicans profess: the legitimacy of the election and Biden’s presidency would be in question. Let us also suppose that things are as bad as some Republicans have claimed: there was so much fraud that the 2020 election is completely illegitimate. This would also call into question previous elections using the same deeply flawed system. At this point, things would seem to be going just as the Republicans wish. And it would be if we simply stopped here and ignored what this also entails. If the election of 2020 and earlier elections were illegitimate because of the flaws that elected Republicans are. . .

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