Trump’s Election Denialism Could Hurt His Own Party, And Its Media Allies

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Trump’s Election Denialism Could Hurt His Own Party, And Its Media Allies

President Trump and his allies have spent nearly a month promoting an alternate reality of rigged elections and stolen votes.

Now, there’s concern in Georgia that some of the president’s supporters may sit out a crucial runoff election on January 5, which will determine the balance of power in the Senate, as Lisa Hagen with NPR member station WABE reported.

Turnout isn’t the only concern for some Republicans in the state. Election officials like Gabriel Sterling have been the target of death threats. Sterling spoke to NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

Trump’s conspiratorial denials of his own defeat have been bolstered by allies from some relatively new media sources — including the right-wing network Newsmax. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik reported on the network and its efforts to outfox Fox News.

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