|New GOP campaign: Argue election stolen, Biden illegitimate|
|Elections observers demand access to counting room in Detroit. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images|
|President Trump and his allies are setting the stage to claim a Joe Biden presidency would be illegitimate, baselessly questioning everything from how ballots are counted to whether "fake" polls suggesting blue waves that never came are tantamount to voter suppression.|
Driving the news: The hashtag #stopthesteal is going viral among fringe and more mainstream conservatives, says Bryce Webster-Jacobsen of GroupSense, a cyber threat intelligence firm.
What they're saying ... Don Jr. tweeted: "You didn't see all of these games, statistical impossibilities, and magic ballots in 2016 because the Democrats figured they had it in the bag and wouldn't have to break out all the stops."
The bottom line: Close elections are common, and there’s no proof of widespread irregularities. But, as Trump has shown over and over: He can quickly get 40% of the public to believe him, and elected GOP officials to fall in line.