The Republican voters who say ‘no way in hell’ Trump lost – Al Jazeera English

20November 2020

Brett Fryar is a middle-class Republican. A 50-year-old chiropractic physician in Sundown, Texas, he owns a small business. He has two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree, in natural chemistry. He attends Southcrest Baptist Church in nearby Lubbock.

Fryar did very little like Donald Trump in the beginning, during the United States president's 2016 project. He chose Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries.

Now, Fryar states he would go to war for Trump. He has actually joined the freshly formed South Plains Patriots, a group of a few hundred members that includes a “reactionary” force of about three lots– including Fryar and his son, Caleb– who carry out firearms training.

Brett Fryar of Sundown, Texas, says he is prepared to'use up arms'in support of Trump
[Brad Brooks/Reuters] Absolutely nothing will convince Fryar and numerous others in Sundown, Texas– including the town's mayor, another Patriots member– that Democrat Joe Biden won the November 3 presidential election fairly. They think Trump's stream of election-fraud accusations and say they are getting ready for the possibility of a “civil war” with the American political left.

“If President Trump comes out and states: ‘Guys, I have irrefutable proof of scams, the courts won't listen, and I'm now contacting Americans to take up arms,' we would go,” stated Fryar, wearing a dress shirt, pressed slacks and a paisley tie throughout a recent interview at his workplace.

The unshakeable rely on Trump in this town of about 1,400 residents reflects a nationwide phenomenon amongst many Republicans, despite the absence of proof in a barrage of post-election suits by the president and his allies. About half of Republicans surveyed by Reuters/Ipsos stated Trump “rightfully won” the election however had it stolen from him in systemic fraud favouring Biden, according to a study carried out in between November 13 and 17. Just 29 percent of Republicans said Biden rightfully won. Other surveys because the election have actually reported that an even greater percentage– as much as 80 percent– of Republicans trust Trump's baseless scams story.

Trump's legal assault has actually so far flopped, with judges rapidly dismissing numerous cases and his attorneys dropping or withdrawing from others. None of the cases contain accusations– much less evidence– that are most likely to invalidate enough votes to overturn the election, election specialists state.

And yet the election theft claims are showing politically potent. All but a handful of Republican legislators have backed Trump's fraud claims or stayed silent, successfully freezing the shift of power as the president declines to concede. Trump has been successful in sowing more public wonder about in the media, which generally calls elections, and undermined people' faith in the state and local election authorities who underpin American democracy.

In Reuters interviews with 50 Trump citizens, all stated they believed the election was rigged or in some way illegitimate. Of those, 20 said they would consider accepting Biden as their president, however just due to evidence that the election was performed relatively. Many duplicated exposed conspiracy theories espoused by Trump, Republican authorities and conservative media declaring that countless votes were dishonestly switched to Biden in crucial states by biased poll workers and hacked voting makers.

Lots of citizens spoken with by Reuters said they formed their viewpoints by seeing emerging conservative media outlets such as Newsmax and One America News Network that have actually amplified Trump's scams claims.

‘There's simply no way'

Media outlets declared Biden the election winner on November 7. As calls were settled in battleground states, Biden's lead in the Electoral College that decides the presidency expanded to 306 to 232.

Numerous Republican voters discount those outcomes, persuaded Trump was cheated. Raymond Fontaine, a hardware store owner in Oakville, Connecticut, said Biden's vote total– the greatest of any governmental candidate in history– makes no sense due to the fact that the 78-year-old Democrat made relatively couple of campaign looks and appeared to be in mental decline.

“You are going to tell me 77 million Americans elected him? There is just no chance,” stated Fontaine, 50.

The current popular vote total for Biden has grown to more than 79 million, compared to some 73 million for Trump.

Like numerous Trump advocates spoken with by Reuters, Fontaine was deeply suspicious of computerised voting makers. Trump and his allies have declared, without producing evidence, a grand conspiracy to control votes through the software utilized in numerous battleground states.

In Grant County, West Virginia– a mountainous region where more than 88 percent of voters backed the president– rely on Trump runs deep. Janet Hedrick, co-owner of the Smoke Hole Caverns log cabin resort in the town of Cabins, stated she would never accept Biden as a legitimate president.

“There's millions and countless Trump votes that were just thrown away,” said Hedrick, 70, a retired teacher and curator. “That computer system was tossing them out.”

Janet Hedrick, left, and her daughter, Janel Henritz, of Cabins, West Virginia, believe that voter fraud resulted in Joe Biden's victory [Nathan Layne/Reuters] At the Sunset Restaurant in Moorefield, West Virginia– a restaurant including omelettes, hotcakes and waitresses who remember your order– a mention of the election stimulated a spirited discussion at one table. Gene See, a retired highway building and construction inspector, and Bob Hyson, a semi-retired insurance coverage sales manager, said Trump had been cheated, that Biden had dementia which Democrats prepared all along to quickly change Biden with his more liberal running mate for vice president, Kamala Harris.

“I think if they ever get to the bottom of it, they will discover massive fraud,” stated another of the restaurants, Larry Kessel, a 67-year-old farmer.

Kessel's better half, Jane, patted him on the arm, attempting to calm him, as he grew upset while railing against anti-Trump media bias.

Larry Kessel talks about the governmental election at the Sunset Restaurant in Moorefield, West Virginia [Nathan Layne/Reuters]

‘No method in hell'

Some Trump supporters said they would accept Biden as the winner if that is the last, main result. Janel Henritz, 36, echoed some others in stating that she thought the election consisted of fraud, however perhaps not enough to alter the outcome. Henritz, who works alongside her mother Janet Hedrick at their log cabin resort in West Virginia, stated she would accept the outcome if Biden remains the winner after recounts and court obstacles.

“Then he won fair and square,” she stated.

In Sundown, Texas, Mayor Jonathan Strickland said there's “no chance in hell” Biden won fairly. The only way he'll believe it, he stated, is if Trump himself states so.

“Trump is the only one we've had the ability to trust for the last 4 years,” stated Strickland, an oilfield production engineer. “As far as the civil war goes, I don't think it's off the table.”

Caleb Fryar of Lubbock, Texas, calls Trump ‘the greatest patriot that ever lived' [Brad Brooks/Reuters]
If it pertains to a fight, Caleb Fryar is prepared. However the 26-year-old boy of Brett Fryar, the chiropractic doctor, said he hoped Trump's fraud claims would instead stimulate a big mobilisation of Republican voters in future elections.

Asked whether Trump may be duping his followers, he said it is difficult to fathom.

“If I'm being controlled by Trump … then he is the best conman that ever lived in America,” Caleb Fryar said. “I think he's the best patriot that ever lived.”


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