Published March 2, 2023
The 2020 election was not stolen. Believing it was stolen requires marshaling evidence to sustain such a claim. But time and time again, Trump-appointed judges dismissed lawsuits that alleged election tampering. Even President Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, denies the election was stolen.
Despite evidence never being produced to vindicate the claim of a stolen election, we now know that popular hosts on FOX News knowingly let unsubstantiated claims go unchallenged by guests, despite private messages that expressed their doubts about the election being stolen. While privately conceding among themselves that the election was not stolen, the hosts would go on air and raise the ire and indignation of Fox viewers at the prospect of a stolen election. The goal was clear: To placate the network’s base of viewers in hopes of not losing its market share to other conservative competitors.
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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.