|Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council|
As we get nearer to Joe Biden officially taking over as president and Trump becoming more and more desperate to keep power, one notices a certain segment of Trump supporters, who were practically his entourage when he had power, are slowly becoming conveniently silent.
Probably attempting to recover from the humiliation of falsely predicting that God ordained a Trump victory, some conservative evangelicals seem to be moonwalking into the shadows and downplaying their support as Trump and other allies engage in pathetic schemes and lurid conspiracy theories all focused on the impossible probability of him receiving a second term.
But to claim that they have totally given up on Trump would be a mistake. On Monday, the People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch posted this item:
A group of right-wing movement leaders signed a Dec. 30 letter to Senate Republicans urging them to “protect the republic” by contesting electors from battleground states won by Joe Biden. Also signing the letter was Cleta Mitchell, the right-wing lawyer who took part in President Donald Trump’s instantly notorious call badgering Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” new votes and “recalculate” the results of the 2020 presidential election to deliver the state’s electoral votes to Trump. On the call, Mitchell said she has been working with Trump’s team for “weeks.”The letter was released by the Conservative Action Project, which is affiliated with the Council for National Policy, a secretive and influential network of leaders spanning different sectors of the right-wing movement. Many of its leaders have been active in the so-called “Stop the Steal” campaign to overturn Biden’s victory. The group released another letter a few weeks ago, signed by many of the same people, urging state legislatures to overturn swing state results.The new letter says the Constitution gives state legislatures “plenary power” to choose electors. But, the letter claims, since state election laws were “ignored or violated” this year, “the decisions regarding the electors must revert to the constitutional procedures.”
Following the 2020 election, substantial evidence has been presented to courts and state legislatures of clear and extensive election irregularities, violations of state law, and large numbers of illegal votes that were counted and certified. In several states, there are more illegal votes included in the certified numbers than the margin of victory for the certified winner from the state. More than 50 million American voters believe the election was stolen or somehow illegitimate due to the large number of irregularities, illegal votes improperly counted, the myriad state laws that were ignored or violated, and elections that were conducted in a manner significantly inconsistent with state law.