Republicans weaponise Trump election fraud claims ahead of new polls

Former US president Donald Trump speaks, during the National Rifle Association’s convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center, in Houston, Texas. – EPA pic, June 9, 2022.

SEVENTEEN months after the US Capitol assault, Donald Trump’s crusade to overturn the 2020 election has morphed into a rallying cry for Republicans seeking an edge at the polls and to drive more of their supporters to vote.

Ahead of the midterm elections – in which the Democrats’ fragile hold on control of the Senate hangs in the balance, and with it the future of Joe Biden’s presidency – millions of American still support the crusade against what Trump and his supporters claim, against all evidence, was “massive fraud” in 2020.

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