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Republicans question Joe Biden’s ability to win legitimately in 2024.

If President Joe Biden is re-elected, several Republican candidates and voters are already questioning whether the system will be fair.
Several Republican presidential candidates have refused to accept the results of the 2024 election if President Joe Biden wins.

This week in Iowa, NBC News and The Des Moines Register interviewed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and asked all three if they would accept a Biden victory in November.

DeSantis’ and Ramaswamy’s reluctance to accept the possibility of Joe Biden achieving a legitimate victory reflects former President Donald Trump’s unfounded belief that the 2020 election was stolen from him three years after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.

Even Republicans who disagree with Trump’s belief that he will win in 2020 recognize that many party members no longer fully trust the system.

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On Thursday, DeSantis told NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns that he would accept the results “if it was a transparent victory.” He did, however, raise the possibility of fraud.

“If it was a transparent victory, obviously you accept the results, but I don’t know what Democrats have up their sleeve,” he was quoted as saying. “I mean, you’re saying that if there was fraud, I should just ignore, pretend not to notice.” That’s not going to happen.”

Ramaswamy expressed similar reservations.

“If that’s how it goes, through a free and fair election system, then obviously I will accept the results of an electoral process,” he told Burns in an interview on Wednesday. “But what I will tell you is this: We need an electoral process we can trust and believe in.” Ramaswamy’s criteria included single-day voting, which is no longer the norm in the majority of states.

“I believe that in some ways, this question is based on the fictitious premise that people who are eligible to run for president are even eligible to run for president.” “We’re talking about having one of the two major candidates removed from the ballot forcibly,” Ramaswamy added. “So we’re looking at major forms of election interference.”

Ramaswamy was referring to rulings in Colorado and Maine that found Trump ineligible to appear on the primary ballot. As the decisions move through the legal system, the Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear Trump’s appeal of the Colorado decision.
Haley also stated that the country must “always do what it takes to protect the integrity of the election process,” and that “a few states haven’t done that yet.”

She did, however, state unequivocally that she would accept the results, adding, “I am assuming that we are going to have an election that is fair, strong and that people can be proud of.”

“So, you’re confident you will be able to accept the results in November?” Burns inquired.

“Yeah, of course,” Haley replied.

Trump told CNN in May that he would accept the results, but he added a “if” clause.

“Yes, if I think it’s an honest election I would,” he added.

Trump has already raised the possibility of rigged elections. His campaign has distributed a mailer in Iowa accusing DeSantis of “trying to rig” the January 15 caucuses.

DeSantis stated on Thursday that he does not believe Trump will accept the results of the caucuses if he loses.

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“If he doesn’t win this time, he’s going to say the same thing,” DeSantis said in an interview. “No matter what happens, he’ll say the same thing.” That’s just the way he is.”

It’s an example of how the 2020 election results, and the Jan. 6 attack, continue to loom over this election cycle’s contest despite DeSantis telling NBC News on Thursday that it doesn’t come up on the campaign trail.

“I haven’t gotten a single question about January 6 in Iowa.” “I mean, I’ve answered hundreds and hundreds of questions,” he explained.

But Trump is still in legal trouble over, among other things, whether he conspired to overturn the 2020 election results. And all of the candidates have been asked whether they would pardon the former president if he were convicted.

Voters, like the Republican candidates, have already expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the 2024 election results.

Barb Forney, 60, a Republican from Ames, Iowa, who is supporting Ramaswamy this year, told NBC News on Friday that it was “impossible” for Joe Biden to win in November.

“If he wins, it was a rigged game.” “My honest belief is that he cannot win,” said Connie Lendt, 69, a DeSantis supporter from Woodward, Iowa.

Trump has publicly embraced his supporters who are facing criminal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 attack, promising to pardon them and championing their cause.

When asked what lessons they learned from the attack on the United States Capitol, which killed five people and injured approximately 140 police officers, the candidates gave very different answers.

Haley described it as a “terrible day” and stated that the country “can never let that happen again.”

“I don’t know anybody that saw what happened that didn’t have their heart fall to their stomach,” she said.

Ramaswamy, on the other hand, said he still needs to hear more “facts” about that day, and he’s curious “how many federal agents or informants were in the field.” His second takeaway was that “systemic censorship” contributed to the events of January 6.

“If you tell people they cannot speak, that’s when they scream. “When you tell people they can’t scream, that’s when they start tearing things down,” he explained.

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DeSantis said he thought the assault had been “politicized by the left.”

“I think people went to protest and I think it got out of hand,” he said.

Trump raised doubts about the electoral process again in a speech Friday in Iowa, preparing his supporters for the possibility of Democratic election interference.

“Joe Biden is a threat to democracy,” said the former vice president. “He’s turning law enforcement into a weapon for high-level election interference.” It’s all about election meddling.

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