I guess by modern Republican standards, they don’t understand why President Obama didn’t do exactly that.
But the other angle is this: For decades now, Republicans nationally have had an unspoken policy, a core belief, that Democrats are not legitimate holders of power under any circumstances.
They tried to run Bill Clinton out of office by ginning up a whole series of phony scandals, from Troopergate to Whitewater to Monica. They used the courts to deny the popular vote winner and eventually determined to be winner of Florida the Presidency in 2000—not by demanding all the votes be counted, but only for certain votes to be counted. Obama? Birtherism. They wanted to deny he had any right to be President by falsely claiming he wasn’t really an American. And during the last 10-20 years, whenever Dems win governorships, gerrymandered GOP legislatures almost immediately move to strip them of the powers and authority their GOP predecessors had.
And now it’s this: After their candidate for President lost, exactly as expected, they simply reject democracy itself and seek to overturn the election and call for our system of government itself to be overthrown.
There needs to be consequences for this kind of behavior. Serious consequences.