Here's a scary take: What If 2020 Was Just a Rehearsal? - POLITICO “The rhetoric is so overheated that I think it provides the basis for millions of people to accept an actual stolen election as payback for the falsely claimed earlier ‘stolen’ election. People are going to be more willing to cheat if they think they’ve been cheated out of their just desserts.” "f the same state and local election officials are in place in 2024 as in 2020 — many of them Republican — Hasen is confident they would be able to stand up to Trump’s pressure to disregard the vote count and declare him the winner. But Hasen isn’t confident they will be in place. Many election officials are fleeing and, he says, are “being replaced by people who do not have allegiance to the integrity of the process.”" I know I sound like a broken record, but corrupt elections apparatus and nihilistic populace fed with conspiracy theories is what keeps Vladimir Putin in power for, what, 30 years? The mind trick GOP pulled just gives away the things that prevent this from happening here.