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Boyd: The big lie

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Breaking news: President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

For many this isn’t breaking news, but I know this comes as quite a shock for some Donald Trump supporters — for those who choose to accept reality, that is.

According to The New York Times, the Trump campaign knew the claims of rigged voter machines weren’t true, and they knew the claims were false early enough to make a difference in the events that happened over the next few months. They even circulated a memo to “substantiate or debunk” claims of voter fraud by Dominion Voting Systems and software company Smartmatic.

Trump’s lawyers Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani and others held a press conference two weeks later on Nov. 19, claiming George Soros, the president of Venezuela, Dominion and Smartmatic conspired to hand the election to Biden.

Where’s Maury Povich and his lie detector when you need him?

“The court papers, which were initially filed late last week as a motion in a defamation lawsuit brought against the campaign and others by a former Dominion employee, Eric Coomer, contain evidence that officials in the Trump campaign were aware early on that many of the claims against the companies were baseless.”

The New York Times article states the campaign found:

• That Dominion did not use voting technology from the software company, Smartmatic, in the 2020 election.

• That Dominion had no direct ties to Venezuela or to Mr. Soros.

• And that there was no evidence that Dominion’s leadership had connections to left-wing “antifa” activists, as Ms. Powell and others had claimed.

Many of us didn’t need this confirmation — and die-hard Trump supporters will probably conclude this is just another conspiracy to keep Trump out of the White House — but this information demonstrates just how far Trump’s campaign team was willing to go to stay in power. At this point it isn’t known if Trump knew about the memo.

They fed America a ginormous lie and allowed that lie to take root in the minds of many. Based on this idea of a stolen election, officials in Georgia investigated suspicious suitcases, investigators who found no evidence of fraud were said to be biased, fake votes were found in some states or some votes were said to be missing or not counted in other states. Arizona underwent a whole audit.

Instead of putting an end to this foolishness Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Trump the go-ahead to file lawsuits and continue this baseless claims.

“President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options,” McConnell said at one point.

McConnell let weeks go by before he finally admitted Biden won the election.

This big lie — it’s really a number of lies rolled into one big one — led to the attempted coup d’état in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Americans are gullible. The Trump campaign used this to their advantage. The Trump campaign didn’t care about democracy. They cared about power. Keeping Trump (and themselves by extension) in power. Again, it’s not clear if Trump knew about the memo, but his people were acting in a way they believe he wanted them to. This country elected a narcissist who was willing to do anything to stay in power and not be a loser. Now, we’re all paying the price with a country divided over just about every single thing you can think of because a want-to-be dictator couldn’t accept defeat.

I was naïve. I didn’t think so many could fall so easily for one man. I thought people would see all the lies, but after four years of Trump, I realized people believe what they want. Trump’s campaign already knew this.

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