Trump Is Imprisoned By His Own Big Lie
Trump is trapped by his own big lie. Election fraud lies are the basis of his presidential campaign, but they are also his ticket to prison.
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Trump Faces The Downside Of His Election Fraud Lie
Donald Trump committed fraud. The fraud was first committed in an effort to stay in the White House, and then Trump realized that he could raise money. It is unclear when he first came up with the idea to claim that the election was stolen, but according to the 1/6 Committee, it was a drunk Rudy Giuliani who told him to say it on Election Night 2020.
At first, the Big Lie gave Trump exactly what he wanted. By claiming that there was election fraud, Trump could have an excuse for losing to Joe Biden and a justification for running again in 2024. The entire campaign could be sold to his supporters as a crusade to right a wrong. And then there’s the money. People were so outraged by Trump’s loss that they gave the former president hundreds of millions of dollars, and all he had to do to get their money was keep repeating the lie that the election was stolen.
The problem came when it was uncovered that Trump knew that he lost the election and that he was lying to his supporters. Lying to yourself is not a crime. Lying to other people to get them to overturn an election is definitely a crime.
Trump’s plot to overturn the 2020 election was based on a lie. If Trump and his co-conspirators could sell the lie to stage legislators, Trump could remain in the White House. Every other crime that Trump and his associates committed was done in service of the Big Lie.
Legally, Trump gets into more trouble each time he repeats or expands on the election fraud lie, but politically, he can’t live without it.
The result is that Trump is trapped in a prison of his own making that as we will discuss below could land him in real jail.
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