President-elect Joe Biden defeated outgoing President Donald Trump not just in the 2020 election, but in the state of Arizona, which went blue for the first time since 1996.
Trump has repeatedly denied the reality that he lost the state, amplifying lies about widespread voter fraud tipping the election to Biden, even as his own lawyers argue the opposite in court. The cases brought forth by the Trump legal team to subvert the election results of numerous states have failed in court 48 times so far.
Trump's efforts to override the election and secure a second term haven't been successful, but these efforts have resulted in the erosion of faith in America's democracy among the President's millions of supporters, thanks to a targeted disinformation campaign about the susceptibility of American elections to fraud.
Exacerbating this destruction of faith in Amerian democracy are Trump's allies within the Republican party, many of whom still put forth the delusion that Trump—currently seven million votes behind Biden and well below the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House—will be the one inaugurated on January 20th.
The official Republican party of Arizona even endorsed the position in a recent tweet.
The Arizona GOP's account invited speculation on whether or not Biden would attend Trump's inauguration or boycott it, despite Biden having won the election.
People were amazed at the disconnection with reality.
But though Trump's critics mocked the fantasy, Trump has ushered in a broad disinformation campaign that Democrats and moderate Republicans worked with foreign countries and election software systems to achieve a Biden victory.
Thanks to lies like the one put forth by the Arizona GOP, an unignorable faction of Trump's supporters believe that the presidential election wasn't an election at all—but a coup.
It's led to some scary assertions among right wing social media spheres.
Biden will be inaugurated on January 20th, but with millions of Americans falsely believing widespread election fraud subverted the will of the people, it will be a rough road to undo this rampant disinformation—if that's even possible anymore.