In an op-ed published at the Wall Street Journal this Wednesday, election strategist and Fox News contributor Karl Rove threw cold water on President Trump’s crusade to overturn the 2020 election in his favor, saying that while it’s true things didn’t exactly go the way Democrats expected, Trump clearly came up short and his claims of mass voter fraud are backed by scant evidence.
“Voter turnout was up. Once everything is counted, the turnout rate will likely reach 66.5%, the highest since 1908’s barnburner between William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan,” Rove writes. “But the nature of this enthusiasm differed by party. The Fox News Voter Analysis found 51% of Biden supporters voted more against Mr. Trump than for the Democratic candidate, while 79% of Mr. Trump’s backers voted more for him than against Mr. Biden.”
Nevertheless, “enough voters wanted change,” says Rove. “Mr. Biden maneuvered successfully to make the election a referendum on the president’s personality and his handling of Covid. For months Mr. Trump was content to fight on that turf, trying only fitfully to contrast his agenda with his challenger’s.”
While Trump is “100% within his rights” to challenge the election’s results, Rove posits that the effort is unlikely to move a single state from Biden’s count.
“…and certainly they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”
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