Yes, Trump's infantile peeing match with North Korea is making me nervous, but not as much as this article from today's Washington Post which serves up some disturbing results from a new poll. According to the story, nearly half of all Republicans are still convinced that Donald Trump won the popular vote—he didn't, he lost it by 2,864,974 votes—and 68 percent believe that millions of so-called "illegals" voted in the election which caused Trump to lose the popular vote. (Yes, those two figures don't jibe, and their willful ignorance is baffling, but that's the GOP for ya!) But check out what happened next:
Then the survey asked two questions about postponing the 2020 election.
• If Donald Trump were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote, would you support or oppose postponing the election?
• What if both Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress were to say that the 2020 presidential election should be postponed until the country can make sure that only eligible American citizens can vote? Would you support or oppose postponing the election?
The result? 52 percent of Republicans said they would favor postponing the election if Trump were the one proposing it, while 56 percent would support it if both Trump and Congress were behind it.
At this point, no one is proposing anything of the sort, and if the idea was floated to the American public EVERYONE WOULD LOSE THEIR FREAKING COLLECTIVE MINDS. However, as the authors of this poll point out...
Nevertheless, we do not believe that these findings can be dismissed out of hand. At a minimum, they show that a substantial number of Republicans are amenable to violations of democratic norms that are more flagrant than what is typically proposed (or studied). And although the ensuing chaos could turn more Republicans against this kind of proposal, it is also conceivable that a high-stakes and polarized debate would do the exact opposite.
And that's what has me more nervous than Trump and Kim Jong-un arguing over who has the biggest missile. Read the entire article here.
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