President Joe Biden has been in office for nearly eight months, but former President Donald Trump's delusions that the 2020 election was somehow stolen from him continue to erode public faith in American democracy.
Even after these lies prompted a deadly failed insurrection against the United States Capitol, Republican-majority legislatures in a number of swing states continue to entertain the prospect of partisan audits of millions of ballots.
Arizona Republicans forced yet another audit of Maricopa County's ballots which has been marred by partisanship, secrecy, and conspiracy theories with nothing to show for claims the county was stolen from Trump.
Nevertheless, Pennsylvania Senate Republicans convened a hearing of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee to hear testimony from Fulton County, PA Board of Elections Chairman Stuart Ulsh.
Heeding calls from a Republican state Senator, Ulsh authorized a third party to audit Fulton County's ballots at the end of last year, even though Trump won Fulton County by a large margin. The audit, which was conducted by the firm Wake TSI and was funded anonymously, found no fraud in the 15,000 person county.
At one point in the hearing, Democratic state Senator Vincent Hughes asked Ulsh if any fraud was found.
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"It's in our report, but no. Nothing was found."
The Senate-forced audit in Pennsylvania, which is now in its infancy as officials figure out its reach and policies, will be funded by taxpayers.
Democratic elected officials in the state decried the audit push on social media.
Others largely sounded off against the audit.
Meanwhile, deluded Trump supporters are still convinced that further audits nationwide will somehow vindicate Trump.
A number of the counties in question have already been recounted, audited, and certified. It appears any audit that doesn't conclude Trump won the election will be considered fraudulent by his supporters.