Vice News claims GOP state chairs are conspiracy theorists
May 21, 2021
Conspiracy theorists fill the offices of Republican state party chairs nationwide, according to Vice News.
So the story goes in a new article headlined, “Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Are Taking Over State Republican Parties.”
The article thus paints a whole party with a broad brush. It does so despite acknowledging that “the overwhelming wins by Trump loyalists in the first widespread internal Republican elections since Trump left office” were “in small contests chosen by a hardcore, activist subset of the GOP base.”
These “conspiracy theorists” are so named for believing in the existence of voter fraud in the 2020 election and displaying Trumpian personality traits. They’ve been aided and abetted, the article says, by GOP leaders who have been silent on – and thus complicit in – these “conspiracies.”
“The most common and pernicious conspiracy pushed by state party chairs is the one that’s come to define the Republican Party: the big lie that the 2020 election was rigged against Trump and marred by widespread voting fraud,” the writer claims.
Belief in voter fraud doesn’t “define the Republican Party.” It’s so common that a survey found that 46 percent of all voters – not only Republicans – believed that there was election and voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The article goes on to portray “the Trumpiest, most outlandish” candidates as “conspiratorial.” Trumpian personality traits in and of themselves can’t fairly be described as unethical, let alone “conspiratorial.”
And while the piece faults “most” Republicans for staying mum when state chairs speak out, it ignores the Democratic Party’s genuine extremism in the more mainstream, more powerful halls of the United States Congress.
Members of the far-left “Squad” in the House of Representatives have been “spouting [the very same] unhinged rhetoric” that the article accuses Republicans of.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has publicly called for Americans to “be more fearful of white men.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has advocated for a database of Trump supporters to blacklist them. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) has been criticized for anti-Semitism.
The article includes unfounded accusations of voter suppression, claiming that “Republicans’ lies about voting fraud and attempts to use them for voting suppression go back years.”
Georgia’s recent voting law was defamed as “[t]he new Jim Crow” for a “racist” voter identification requirement. The Left also falsely said that the law prohibits voters from getting water while in line to vote.