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Deprived of their leader since his departure from the White House, supporters of Donald Trump awaited his return to the political scene with growing impatience. The first media intervention by the former president on Sunday February 28, in Orlando (Florida), before the Conservative Political Action Conference, delighted and comforted them. If they doubted it, their champion confirmed to them that he had won the presidential election in November and that the election had been “for him” stolen “.

Randy Gilbert, him, is not the man to wonder. Four months after Mr. Trump’s defeat, this Republican Party official in a rural district of Virginia is still going strong. ” The fraud was massive, Trump won And the former president is right to cry scandal. ” We have computer evidence that the ballots were sent to Iran, Estonia, Germany or Spain and that they were manipulated for the benefit of the Democrats », Assures against all evidence the zealous militant, key figure of the Grand Old Party (GOP) in the valley of the river Shenandoah.

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So is the world with a large part of the Republicans. According to polls, some 70% of Trump voters remain convinced that the 2020 presidential election, won by Joe Biden with a 7 million vote lead, was rigged. Among these tens of millions of Americans, some, versed in conspiracy, are also convinced that Mr. Trump will return to the White House on March 4, the official date of the presidential inaugurations until 1933.

Alternative universe

Randy Gilbert doesn’t go that far, but his faith in the former president has never wavered. Even after the assault on Capitol Hill by hundreds of activists white-hot by Mr. Trump. On the contrary. Randy Gilbert was there on January 6 in Washington; and what he saw does not correspond to what the ” media Have said. ” I had come with friends to listen to Trump, pray and put a stop to the flight [de l’élection]. But these are the antifas [des militants d’extrême gauche] that prompted people to attack the Capitol. We spotted them straight away ”, he assures, enigmatic. As for the Trumpists who rushed inside the building, ” they were not real activists. The police let them pass to tarnish the image of the president’s supporters “, Supports the Republican. Two hundred Trump supporters have been arrested for participating in the January 6 violence. But Randy Gilbert is not delusional; he just lives in an alternate universe. ” I don’t believe in your truth », He says willingly to cut short, with a smile, any discussion.

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