Consider, for example, the hundred or more Republican members of Congress who signed onto the quixotic attempt by the State of Texas to sue Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin and convince the Supreme Court to throw out their election results, solely because Trump did not win those states. Whether this was founded upon a principled belief of election fraud or a fear of the mob, it doesn’t bode well for American democracy.
This is the logical evolution of a thread in American conservatism, which instead of trying to compete in the electoral marketplace on the merits of their ideas, focuses its energies upon gerrymandering outcomes to ensure that Democrats are not able to govern, suppressing the votes of ethnic minorities through various means, and when all else fails attempting to fundamentally delegitimise the process (and hence, the winners).
In recent history, we have witnessed the entirely manufactured scandal around the Clintons in the early 1990s, called Whitewater; there was the so-called 'birther' movement, propagated by Donald Trump himself, which claimed that Obama was born in Kenya and therefore not constitutionally allowed to be president (he was, of course, born in Hawaii after it had gained statehood); and now, with the fraudulently stolen election theory, the Republicans seek to hobble Joe Biden through the four years of his administration. The outcome is that a large segment of the American population are, and will remain, convinced that the election was stolen, and that Biden is an illegitimate president, like Obama before him.