Amazing flip flop from an election denier

“I signed a letter with 120 other generals and admirals saying Donald Trump won the election and damn I’m fine [it]” Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, said during the debate last month.
“I’ve done a lot of research on this, and I’ve spent the last two weeks talking to Granite Staters across the state from all parties, and I’ve come to the conclusion, and I want to be definitive, that this — the election was not stolen,” Bolduc said on Fox News. . He added that while he still believes there was fraud, “elections have consequences, and unfortunately, President Biden is the legitimate president of this country.”

Which is quite an amazing moment, isn’t it? Bolduc’s investigation into the 2020 election ended as the Republican primaries were winding down. And his conclusion – that Biden actually won will happen as he tries to win over GOP primary voters – many of whom believe, as Trump does, that the 2020 election was rigged – to appeal to more centrists. General election voters, well, no.

It is worth noting here that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Other Republican candidates have tried to make similar changes in their rhetoric after winning the primaries. GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters of Arizona, for example, purged his campaign website of some extreme positions on abortion when he won his first campaign.

But no one has reversed themselves so completely — and done it so quickly — on an issue like Bolduc.

That he had the gall to try — and that he did so less than 48 hours after winning a primary, in large part because of his adherence to the fundamentals of Trumpism — speaks to the near-impossible tightrope the Republican nominee is being forced into. walk

Winning the Republican nomination in most states requires at least paying lip service to Trump’s bogus electoral claims. But in doing so, you run the very real risk of alienating independents who long ago decided that the 2020 election was free and fair, and have no interest in politicians continuing to fight it out in court again.

point: Bolduc’s abrupt change is as investing as it can spin from a core “belief” you’ve based a campaign on up until this point. That he felt the need to do so, however, is more indicative of where the base of the Republican Party stands vis-a-vis the country right now.