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Donald Trump and allies are rerunning the election Big Lie. They could incite violence again.


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.”


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