Yes, although I think the Republicans deserve credit for reinventing their messaging apparatus. During the Bush years it seemed like Fox News was essentially the only source of consistently pro-admin information out there. Nowadays the Trump admin has a sizable group of loyal mouthpieces and supporters across YouTube and social media, all of whom appear dedicated to the stolen election narrative. The echo chamber effect of today's online landscape can only be helping to reinforce the narrative among Trump's base.This article explains why so many US voters still think that Trump has won the election and are being stubborn about it.
Brett Fryar is a middle-class Republican. A 50-year-old chiropractor in this west Texas town, he owns a small business. He has two undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree, in organic chemistry. He attends Southcrest Baptist Church in nearby Lubbock.uk.reuters.com
A Foreign Policy article about American exceptionalism and why it can't beat COVID-19. It has paragraph in it which is very important to this discussion and I've quoted it in part.
"... the United States has natural disasters. But the regular exceptions are limited and regionally specific: floods in New Orleans, tornadoes in the Midwest. They’re also much more visible than the pandemic; nobody can disagree with the existence of a hurricane. Throw into the difficulty of accepting an invisible foe the paranoid history of American conspiratorialism, [see Hofstader story below], and you end up with a nation dotted with denialists. Being denied a high school party or a Thanksgiving get-together has become defined for tens of millions of Americans as an act of government oppression, not a necessary sacrifice. (In contrast, Chinese sacrificed the single-most important family event of the year, the Spring Festival, entirely.)"
For too many Americans, disasters are things that happen to other people, never themselves.foreignpolicy.com
But it's not a new thing either with this article from the November, 1964 issue of Vanity Fair that explains the US voter and conspiracy theories. It's quite enlightening.
It had been around a long time before the Radical Right discovered it—and its targets have ranged from “the international bankers” to Masons, Jesuits, and munitions makers. American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among...harpers.org
So we can see that when we link all three articles, the current phenomena of Trump supporters not accepting the election result is nothing new as far as the US is concerned.
As an outsider looking in, the whole saga is disturbing to watch no matter where the truth lies.