May 24, 2022

Biden appears to suggest midterm election results could be ‘illegitimate’

Since even before the 2020 presidential contest, those on the left excoriated anyone who dared question the validity of the ultimate outcome or raised the specter of a rigged vote, but during a rare press conference on Wednesday, President Joe Biden seemed to cast preemptive doubt of his own on the legitimacy of this Fall’s midterm election, as The Hill reports.

As he was in what turned out to be the final – ultimately unsuccessful – throes of advocating for the passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, the president was asked by a reporter whether he thinks elections in November would be fair and legitimate even in the absence of those provisions.

Biden replied by saying, “It all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try and alter the outcome of the election.

Throwing a sharp jab at his opposition on the other side of the aisle, Biden declared that “no matter how hard [Republicans] make it for minorities to vote,” such individuals will “stand in line and defy the attempt to keep them” from casting ballots.

With regard to the midterm election, Biden stated, “Oh yeah, I think it could easily be illegitimate,” adding, “I’m not saying it’s gonna be legit. The increase in the prospect of being illegitimate is a direct proportion to us not been able to get these reforms passed.”

Biden’s comments caused immediate shockwaves among journalists and lawmakers alike, with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) telling Fox News, “As you know, the Democrats have been highly critical of those Republicans who refused to accept the results of the last election and use the word ‘rigged’ to say that elections weren’t fair. They’re using the exact same language and casting doubt on elections. It’s irresponsible.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) offered a similar reaction, saying, “I think it was shocking, to be honest with you. Just shocking. To have the president of the United States trying to undermine the results of an election before there’s actually an election is a stunning manifestation.”

Finding herself in the all-too-familiar spot of having to clean up another one of the president’s self-inflicted messes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that Biden was “not intending” to create doubt about the results of the upcoming election, but rather “explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do in more than half a dozen states in 2020, after the 2020 election, [which is to] toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact.”

That attempt at clarification was not enough for Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), who opined, “Instead of hemming and hawing, President Biden could have simply said that America’s elections have been and will continue to be legitimate. But he didn’t say that and now his team is lying,” a regrettable skill that the startling ineptitude of their doddering boss is requiring them to master.

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