World GOP in Iowa Believes 'Stolen' Election Theory, Senator Says Amid State Extremism Concerns
'Shocking and disappointing': North Carolina GOP slams Burr for voting to convict Trump in impeachment trial
The North Carolina GOP slammed Burr's vote to convict Trump for "incitement of insurrection." The state party called Burr's vote "shocking and disappointing."Burr, a reliable conservative, was one of 7 Republicans who crossed party lines to convict Trump of "incitement of insurrection" for the former president's role in the deadly January 6 Capitol riots.
Republican senators in Iowa largely believe the baseless conspiracy theory that Presidentwon November's election through electoral fraud, according to one state lawmaker who spoke in favor of new voting curbs on Tuesday.
Sen. Jim Carlin—a Republican who recently announced his plan to run for the U.S. Senate—on Tuesday listed several results from November's election that he believes shows there was fraud to help defeat former President.
There remains no credible evidence of widespread voter fraud that could have affected the election results. Trump's campaign team and others brought at least 86 legal challenges against the result, all of which failed.
GOP County Chair Blasts Pat Toomey Vote: 'We Did Not Send Him There to Do the Right Thing'
Toomey was one of six Republicans who joined Senate Democrats in voting to convict former president Donald Trump. © Sarah Silbiger-Pool/Getty Images Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a hearing on the "Examination of Loans to Businesses Critical to Maintaining National Security" on Capitol Hill on December 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.
But this hasn't stopped Republican lawmakers across the country adopting the conspiracy theory, wielding it as a political cudgel against democratic norms and a tool to vilify the.
"Most of us in my caucus and the Republican caucus believe the election was stolen," Carlin said Tuesday, according to the Des Moines Register. The remarks came as senators debated GOP-proposed new voting restrictions, which eventually passed 30-18 along party lines.
Every Republican backed the measures, which will reduce Election Day voting by an hour and create a stricter deadline for returning absentee ballots if approved, as expected, by the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives and governor's office.
Paul Gosar's Siblings Eye Congressman's Financial Backers in Latest Removal Effort
The Arizona Republican's siblings have previously endorsed his Democratic competitors in an effort to block his reelection.Three of Gosar's siblings contributed video and audio recordings for the new video ad, which was made public earlier this week and first covered by The Arizona Republic. The ad identified the political action committee of the American Dental Association (ADA) as one of Gosar's top supporters and financial backers. Before he was first elected to Congress in 2010, Gosar owned a dental practice in Arizona.
Newsweek has contacted the Iowa GOP and Carlin to request comment on his remarks.
There is national concern at the apparent slide of state GOP lawmakers and bodies towards conspiracy theories and far-right extremism. National GOP leaders have broken with Trump over his baseless claims of electoral fraud, but the conspiracy theory appears to be finding fertile ground among state GOP bodies and the Republican voter base.
At the state and national level, Republican lawmakers are now peddling conspiracy theories about the election, about the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, and about their fellow elected colleagues across the aisle.
In Michigan, for example,Majority Leader Sen. Mike Shirkey is standing by his false claims that the January 6 Capitol attack was a to discredit Trump and the GOP. And in Oregon, new state GOP chair Sen. Dallas Heard has repeatedly expressed support for laying siege to the state capitol in Salem.
Republicans Back Trump Because of the Insurrection, Not Despite It
The former president’s ruthlessness remains central to his appeal.How can it be that Democrats and Republicans see the former president in such divergent ways? One common answer is that, thanks to information bubbles, they’re looking at different sets of facts; conservative outlets buried the impeachment hearings compared with other outlets’ coverage. Democrats and independents are still outraged, while Republicans have forgiven and forgotten.
In Iowa, Democratic lawmakers framed Republican rhetoric on Tuesday as a political ploy to disenfranchise voters and cement GOP control of the state.
Sen. Joe Bolkcom, responding to Carlin, said: "Give me a break...The reason some people have lost faith or are losing faith in our elections. It's thathave manufactured, fostered and encouraged [it] through silence and conspiracy theories and cult behavior."
Senator Rick Scott Insists GOP Civil War 'Absolutely Canceled' Despite Ongoing Tensions .
The Florida Republican doubled down in dismissing the GOP's divisions over former president Donald Trump.Trump spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Sunday, asserting his continued dominance over the GOP—which he said is united even as he attacked Republican leaders who've crossed him—despite the violent insurrection against the U.S. Capitol by his supporters on January 6. While a number of leading Republican lawmakers have come out strongly against Trump in the wake of the violent mob attack targeting Congress, most GOP voters and lawmakers continue to align themselves with the former president.