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Cast your mind back to last November and the US presidential election. Donald Trump initially claimed victory and then, over the subsequent days as postal votes came in, it became clear he wasn’t in fact close to winning. Within five days, the election was called for Joe Biden. Trump had joined that unenvied club: the one-term presidents.

But as the Guardian US chief reporter, Ed Pilkington, tells Michael Safi, Trump didn’t let the matter lie. Instead, he’s been touring the country and rallying his supporters with speeches pushing the conspiracy theory that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 election. And while he’s been doing this, his supporters have been busy at state and local level challenging incumbents in elected roles who oversee state election counts. The very people Trump tried and failed to convince last time around to endorse his claim to victory.

Photograph: Rachel Mummey/Reuters