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Reporter Breaks Down Why Trump Fans Are 'Less Engaged' In Elections This Year–And, Yeah, That Tracks
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Many have noticed Trump's supporters seem much less engaged in elections this year. NBC News' Ben Collins broke down why he thinks that is on Twitter, and it makes a whole lot of sense.

Partially to blame is Trump's nonstop rhetoric about rigged elections—which has nearly completely eroded confidence in the election system among his followers.

They're not engaged because they've been led to believe the hated Democrats will just rig the next election too.

Collins noted many of them seemed to have really narrowed their focus to hyper-local races and governance, like school boards.

These smaller local situations allow them to exert direct control through harassment, and directly witness the outcomes of their efforts.

The constant rhetoric around rigged elections opened up Trump supporters to believe any vote that doesn't go their way must have been tampered with, especially if they don't witness the voting like they can in a school board or city council meeting.

Many Twitter users agreed with Collins.

They were completely unsurprised the insistence our democratic process is being subverted led to a drop in engagement in that process.



Some hoped this lack of engagement would continue through November.



Many pointed out the significant negative effect this focus on local government is having on the people in those locales, even if it hasn't had as much of an effect nationally—yet.



A few pointed out one of the biggest flaws in the argument Democrats are rigging elections.

Republicans are still getting elected.

A lot.

Unfortunately, the only way to find out what kind of overall effect this will ultimately have on broader elections is to wait and see.

We'll find out in November.