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What has come to be known as “the big lie” — the false and long-debunked claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump — was initially aimed at installing Trump in office for another term.
But former Vice President Mike Pence’s op-ed on House Resolution 1 illustrates how it will live on through Republican efforts to use it for voter suppression.
Just shy of two months after an insurrection in which rioters at the Capitol chanted, “Hang Mike Pence,” the former vice president reemerged on Wednesday with an op-ed for the Heritage Foundation that continues to push the same lies about election fraud that inspired Trump supporters to mob the Capitol in the first place.
He uses baseless insinuations that the 2020 election was stolen as an argument against HR 1.
“After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election,” Pence begins.
And Pence, of all people, should understand what the consequences of that lie can be, since he was targeted by Trump followers and had to be rushed out of the US Senate to protect him from those followers after he refused to try to overturn his then-boss’s Electoral College loss.
HR 1 would make it much easier for people to vote, and therefore doesn’t bode well for Republicans in states like Wisconsin, Texas, and Georgia, where voter suppression has been used to entrench GOP power.
Republican arguments for voter ID or restrictions on when and how ballots can be cast have always rested on a flimsy foundation, since study after study has shown the type of voter fraud they’re aimed at eradicating is exceedingly rare.
But Pence’s attempt to use the big lie as an argument for suppression takes cynicism to new levels.
Pence’s op-ed comes as GOP legislators in states like Georgia and Iowa are already using false claims about the 2020 election to justify new efforts to make it harder to vote.
“Most of us in my caucus and the Republican caucus believe the election was stolen,” said US Senate candidate and Iowa state Sen.
It’s notable that at a time when National Guard troops are still stationed at the Capitol — House business was even canceled on Wednesday because of a security threat — Pence isn’t speaking out to call for Trump supporters to stand down, stop the threats, and cease the plotting.
Instead, his new op-ed stokes the same grievances that inspired the violence and unrest to begin with — the false suspicion that Trump’s loss to Biden wasn’t legitimate, and that unless Republicans make it harder to vote, Democrats will cheat again.