The election results were ratified, the Electoral College met, with only two weeks left until the inauguration. However, many Trump supporters continue to challenge the integrity of the elections, despite dozens of unsuccessful court cases across the country
But how could the 2020 election affect the future of the Republican Party? What are the long-term implications for the upcoming elections? And how will the seemingly growing questions about election integrity affect democracy?
FOX43 spoke to three political experts about these issues.
David O’Connell of Dickinson College notes that historically large-scale fraud has not been an issue in the United States.
“People take this for granted because the American electoral system works so well. And it’s easy for people to vote,” said David O’Connell of Dickinson College. Statistically insignificant amounts of fraud in the United States and this has been the case in the long run. “
But political experts admit that the belief that there was widespread fraud has been on the rise and has been growing across the country since the early 2000s.
When FOX43 asked political experts how they think the 2020 election will affect the Republican Party, many admitted it has divided the segment itself.
“There is this split now within the Republican Party,” said Alison Danes of the University of Shippensburg. “I think that split is going to pose special challenges for the 2022 primaries where I think we’ll see the incumbent Republicans against a more Trump candidate.”
“The party will have to figure out how to move forward with the Trump presidency over, whether it’s embracing President Trump, his stances and supporters, or returning to some of the Republican principles that have been core to the party in the past,” he said. Daniel Mallinson of Pennsylvania Harrisburg.
When FOX43 asked about the long-term impact on American confidence in elections and democracy itself,
“The idea that you can say whatever you want and do whatever you want and be as disruptive as you want and there won’t be consequences is going to have a long-term impact on what we call political effectiveness which is confidence in government,” Dagnes said.
“There is a concern about this tribalism growing in American politics as your party becomes a fundamental part of who you are and not only do you have differences with the other party but you work to find a compromise but it is just that the other party is the enemy,” Mallinson said.