OK, maybe Trump should have won by more than 51% Tuesday night in Iowa. But he still beat his nearest competitor by thirty points. That’s not enough for his cultists.
“After it was reported that President Trump won every county in Iowa tonight, Democrat shenanigans ensued and now it’s being reported that Johnson County in Iowa, which is a Biden +40 county, flipped to Nikki Haley by ONE VOTE,” Laura Loomer, a far-right activist who has been embraced by Trump, posted on X in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Other Trump supporters on far-right online platforms also claimed electoral conspiracies, even though Trump won 51 percent of the vote in Iowa, with Florida governor Ron DeSantis a distant second at 21 percent and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley in third place at 19 percent, according to results shared by the Iowa Republican Party and AP’s election tracker.
Others said the one vote loss was the work of the so-called deep state. “To win by ONE vote is just too conspicuous,” a user wrote. “It looks like a ‘Fuck You’ from the Deep State.” Responses in the same thread urged Trump to call for a recount in order to “trigger” his opponents.
Some Trump supporters also claimed that tens of thousands of Democrats were being paid to switch allegiances for the caucus and vote for Haley.
Not one of the conspiracy theorists provided any proof, Wired noted. Then again, neither did Trump or any of his coup accomplices come up with any proof in 2020 that the presidential election was stolen. In fact, the Trumpers were whining about a rigged election before the caucuses. That includes Laura Loomer suggesting that the Deep State manipulated the weather to rig the election.
But these cultists don’t care about facts. They care about power.