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Should Republicans be asking themselves how to reach a greater portion of the electorate rather than cast blame on fraud and conspiracies?

Asked by Demosthenes (13572points) November 21st, 2020

After the 2016 election, Democrats were criticized for blaming Russia and emails and misinformation for their loss and not doing enough introspection on why they lost to someone as contemptible as Trump and why their message didn’t resonate with a wider portion of the electorate. They were accused of ignoring and dismissing certain demographics during the election.

If Biden is a senile old codger, then Trump’s loss to him should be a time of reckoning. What will the Republican party look like post-Trump? Will the Republican party ever win another popular vote?

Disclaimer #1: I am not a member of any party.
Disclaimer #2: Yes, I know that fraud investigations are ongoing. You can also take this as a hypothetical to answer if Biden is sworn in on January 20th.

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Inspired_2write's avatar

Yes, and I suppose think better on who to represent them than Trump who divided and manipulated. The Republican Party should feel ashamed for backing Trump in the first place.

kritiper's avatar

I think that your question has no logical answer. Contrary to popular belief, what’s good for the goose may not be good for the gander OR another goose. Some people, (and this includes Republicans,) would bitch about being hung with a new rope.

seawulf575's avatar

I think part of the problem with the question involves the term “conspiracies”. When Russiagate was going on, I kept saying it was a sham, that it wasn’t true. Yet many on the left swore it was true. I was accused of being a conspiracy theorist saying it was a scam. When the dust settled, it was indeed a scam. No Russia collusion, corruption on the part of the FBI and other high level players…a lot that was said that was called a conspiracy. So to say “should the Republicans focus on the electorate rather than the “conspiracy” is assuming it is a conspiracy.
But let’s think for a moment. What would it have taken for Biden to win. Trump got more minority (black and latino) support than any other Republican in the past 60 years. Yet Biden won. Trump won all but one the bellweather counties (those counties that have consistently voted for the winner of the presidential election) yet Biden won. Biden did worse than Hillary in every major metropolitan area except Milwaukee, Detroit, Atlanta, and Philadelphia, yet he won. He lost Ohio to Trump by a large margin (over 8%)...a state that every president has had to win to get to the presidency…and yet he won. He didn’t really campaign, rather spent his entire time “in the basement”...yet he won. He didn’t really answer any major questions from the media…yet he won. The software used to count the ballots In Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada and Pennsylvania was created in Venezuela by Hugo Chavez’s administration to ensure he won all subsequent elections. It can be manipulated to swap votes, add votes…whatever is necessary to make the count what he wants it to be. And these states, amazingly, had shutdowns in the middle of the night and all showed massive spikes in Biden votes after the shutdown. Basically, Biden did nothing to win, didn’t do as well as Hillary, didn’t win any of the areas that have consistently picked the winners, had “must win” states using software known to be created for cheating at elections, yet somehow managed to win. Sorry, when it looks like week old fish, and smells like week old fish, it is probably week old fish. And when you are talking about the foundation of our democracy, week old fish is not what you want to smell.

seawulf575's avatar

As far as getting a greater portion of the electorate, they did that. They got more of the black vote than any Republican candidate since Nixon. They got more Latino vote than any Republican before. They had massive turn out at every single rally they held. Trump’s approval rating was as good as, if not better than, most incumbent presidents in the past 50 years. Not sure how you get more of the electorate.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Republicans conducted a self-exam after the 2012 election and realized, yes, they do need to change to appeal to new demographics.

They ignored the results. They doubled down on dependence on the angry resentful aggrieved whites and the evangelical vote. The only demographic that went 50%+ for Trump this year was white men.

ABC News – March 18, 2013 – ‘The report, called the ‘Growth and Opportunity Project,’ lays out an extensive plan the RNC believes will lead the party to victory with an extensive outreach to women, African-American, Asian, Hispanic and gay voters. ’

Nomore_lockout's avatar

When it comes to conspiracy think the Republicans are grand past masters. I’m in a good mood tonite so don’t get me going, LOL.

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