It Might Be Too Late for the GOP to Stop “Big Lie”-Inspired Violence

Source: The Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

“The greatest blind quote of all time may come from a GOP official who — after Donald Trump lost the 2020 election and refused to concede — told The Washington Post: ‘What is the downside for humoring him for this little bit of time?’ The first ‘downside’ came during the Jan 6. Capitol riot. But it didn’t end there. We continue to pay the price for ‘humoring’ the former president. Look no further than the recent case of Soloman Pena, a candidate who lost his New Mexico state house election by a landslide, for evidence. Instead of planning a rally or staging a coup, Pena allegedly hired four men to shoot up the homes of multiple elected Democrats. …The danger of conspiracy theories isn’t just that people will believe them. It’s what delusional people will do with those crazy ideas they believe.” (01/19/23)