There are many people who claim the 2020 Presidential election was stolen by Joe Biden to the detriment of Donald Trump. Notably, there seems to be no clear evidence to support this claim. Former Attorney General (and Trump partisan) Bill Barr clearly stated that there is no evidence to support claims of a stolen election. All of former President Trumps legal attempts to overturn the election were fruitless. The “evidence” I have seen supplied by the supporters of the stolen election theory consist of articles or movies making accusations without sources. The supporters of the stolen election theory support this “evidence” by claiming that the “mainstream media” is biased in favor of liberals and Democrats and therefore, nothing printed in the mainstream media can be trusted. As I have discussed before, this convenient and specious crutch employed by some conservatives allows them to reject actual facts and to believe whatever they wish to believe.
It is interesting that many of the same people who claim the 2020 Presidential election was stolen also espouse anti-democratic sentiments, even anti-American sentiments. Obviously, pushing a story that the 2020 election had been stolen serves to undermine faith in the democratic institutions and to do this without proper evidence seems (at best) intellectually dishonest. What makes this especially intellectually dishonest is the fact that the same people pushing this story espouse anti-democratic views. If their goal is to undermine democratic institutions in order to replace them with something different then the intellectually honest position would be to make that argument and let the chips fall where they may. By all appearances, however, the intellectually dishonest game they choose to play is to push an unsupported story about a stolen election (either through willful ignorance or outright duplicity) in order to dupe a conspiracy minded base into believing it and to support the political candidates who pay lip service to it. This is intellectually dishonest because seems to profess support for free and fair elections when in fact its true aim is the direct opposite. That is, the real motivation is to weaken and destroy democratic institutions so that they can be replaced with some form of autocracy. I suspect the real motivation at the heart of this movement is a generalized feeling of scorn and disgust for the bulk of humanity.