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Conservatives conclude Trump's election 'Lost, Not Stolen'

July 14, 2022

By Mike Weland

Saying that there is no principal in our Republic more fundamental than the right of the people to elect our leaders, a group of "political conservatives who have spent most of our adult lives working to support the Constitution and the conservative principles upon which it is based," have issued a 72-page report examining each of the 64 court cases filed alleging that the 2020 election was stolen, many of them still circulating. The document's title, "Lost, Not Stolen," attests their conclusion; Joe Biden won, fair and square.

"Efforts to thwart the People’s choice are deeply undemocratic and unpatriotic," they wrote in the report, subtitled "The Conservative Case that Trump Lost and Biden Won the 2020 Presidential Election," which was released Tuesday. "Claims that an election was stolen, or that the outcome resulted from fraud, are deadly serious and should be made only on the basis of real and powerful evidence. If the American people lose trust that our elections are free and fair, we will lose our democracy. As Jonathan Haidt observed, 'We just don’t know what a democracy looks like when you drain all the trust out of the system.'"

The report, signed by former U.S. Senators John Danforth and Gordon Smith, both Republicans, judges Thomas Griffith, J. Michael Luttiig, Michael McConnell and Theodore Olson, election attorney Benjamin Ginsberg and congressional chief of staff David Hoppe examine 187 counts raised in 64 court cases filed in six states.

"To have 30 percent of the country lack faith in election results based on unsubstantiated claims of a 'stolen' election is not sustainable in a democracy, and it discredits the political party making those charges," they wrote. "We hope that setting out the full record in this Report will help restore faith in the reliability of our elections."

Their findings, they said, were unequivocal.

"Donald Trump and his supporters have failed to present evidence of fraud or inaccurate results significant enough to invalidate the results of the 2020 Presidential Election," they wrote. "We do not claim that election administration is perfect. Election fraud is a real thing; there are prosecutions in almost every election year, and no doubt some election fraud goes undetected. Nor do we disparage attempts to reduce fraud. States should continue to do what they can do to eliminate opportunities for election fraud and to punish it when it occurs. But there is absolutely no evidence of fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election on the magnitude necessary to shift the result in any state, let alone the nation as a whole. In fact, there was no fraud that changed the outcome in even a single precinct. It is wrong, and bad for our country, for people to propagate baseless claims that President Biden’s election was not legitimate."

While they wrote the report for the American people, they hope especially to reach fellow conservatives who may be uncertain about what and whom to believe.

"Once they had lost, Trump and his supporters had an obligation to recognize that the election debate was over," they wrote. "Questions of election legality must be resolved dispassionately in courts of law, not through rallies and demonstrations—and most emphatically, not by applying political pressure and threats to induce Congress to ignore its constitutional duty and the electoral outcome for which the people voted, and which the legal processes of the affected states had examined and confirmed.

"Even now, twenty months after the election, a period in which Trump’s supporters have been energetically scouring every nook and cranny for proof that the election was stolen, they come up empty. Claims are made, trumpeted in sympathetic media, and accepted as truthful by many patriotic Americans. But on objective examination they have fallen short, every time."

In addition to the court cases, the report discredits the film, "2000 Mules," which many Trump supporters cite as providing evidence of voter fraud based on a far-fetched theory involving digital device location tracking data.

"Yet the film, heartily endorsed by Trump at its Mar-a-Lago premiere, has subsequently been thoroughly debunked in analyses," they wrote. "What the film claims to portray is simply not supported by the evidence invoked by the film."

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