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Trump's Big Lie on election is on reruns. Turn it off.

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23.02.2021

The 2020 election is long over, but the Big Lie that it was illegitimate appears to be on a comeback tour — with federal, state and local leaders, including ex-President Donald Trump, perpetuating this falsehood over the past week. This lie fueled the events of Jan. 6; as such we must treat its repetition as nothing short of an ongoing incitement. We must use criminal, civil and regulatory tools to quash it before there is another eruption of anti-democratic violence.

Trump emerged this week on fringe right-wing television outlets like Newsmax and One America News Network to baselessly assert he had won the election — making the same false claims that led to the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise stopped by ABC News’ "This Week" to dodge questions and make the unfounded claim that states “did not follow their own state legislatively set laws.”

In Michigan, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey referred to the storming of the U.S. Capitol as “all staged,'' and the Republican incorrectly said during an appearance on conservative radio that “dead people voted.”

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis continued to push falsehoods about election security in unveiling his proposed voting restrictions. And in over two dozen states, lawmakers have introduced more than 100 bills to limit access to the ballot box.

The repetition of the core falsehood that led to the deadly insurrection is not to be taken lightly. Trump used the lies about his election loss to fuel the rage of his followers for months — culminating in the deadly attack on the Capitol. If Trump and his ilk successfully co-opt the bona fide patriotism felt by their millions of followers,........

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