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Republicans in Congress set the stage for denial of 2024 elections

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Trump and his coterie of vice presidential candidates are refuse to commit to honor the results of the next elections. It is not surprising whether from Trump or those fighting to become his right-hand man (or his right-hand man): the former president is incapable of recognizing the possibility that most American voters have rejected him, much less that They can do it a second time, and anyone who desires his favor knows that affirming this illusion is the best way to obtain it.

But the big lie goes beyond Trump’s usual rhetoric and Republican supporters’ attempts to position themselves around him. The plans for the next big lie are being carefully crafted by top lawmakers who want to use them to improve Trump’s chances of taking power this fall. Journalists got a glimpse of the plans at a news conference Wednesday.

A group of Republicans led by Speaker Mike Johnson gathered yesterday afternoon on the steps of the Capitol for the event. No stranger to controversial companyJohnson was flanked by former Trump White House officials Stephen Miller and Hogan Gidley, as well as Cleta Mitchell, the Republican lawyer who worked to overturn the 2020 election results and participated in the famous Raffensperger appeal. Together, this mixed group of establishment norms and MAGA outliers revealed a proposal they say would prevent illegal immigrants from voting in elections.

THE Invoice, led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would amend the nation’s voter registration law to require voters to show proof of citizenship before receiving a ballot , requiring states to remove non-citizens from voting. and add federal penalties for registering a non-citizen to vote. This wouldn’t actually accomplish anything substantial: it’s already illegal for non-citizens to vote, and there’s no concrete evidence that this actually happens in significant numbers. But filling a real gap in election law is not the goal Roy, Lee and their colleagues have in mind.