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Caroline Orr @RVAwonk
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This is so crucial. There is no evidence that Democrats lost the Senate because races were "rigged" against certain candidates. Claiming otherwise is an irresponsible and reckless way to undermine our democratic process.

That's why Trump is doing the very same thing. 1/
Unless you have evidence of "rigging" (to date, there is no such evidence), all you are doing is pushing a conspiracy theory because you don't like the election outcome. That's not how democracies function. It is, however, straight from the autocrat's playbook. 2/
There is a TON of important stuff for Dems to work on now to restore the health of our democracy (I'm publishing a piece on this tomorrow). Conspiracy theories about "rigged elections" are not among those things, and you're diverting crucial resources by suggesting otherwise. 3/
If we start questioning the legitimacy of our elections simply because we don't like the results or because we think some crosstabs look "suspicious," we are headed down a dark road and I can promise that you won't like where it goes. Trump would be thrilled, though. 4/
To be clear: None of this is meant to minimize the impact of voter suppression, gerrymandering, polling place closures, etc., all of which have been shown to skew election results by altering the composition of the voting populace. But election "rigging" is a different beast. 5/
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