It is no surprise that many think that only President Trump and Republicans object to “democratic” elections, but the truth is that Democrats object to presidential elections every time a Republican wins.
Democrats objected in the Constitutionally mandated joint session of Congress to certify the election in 2000 and 2004 when George W. Bush won. They also objected when Donald Trump won in 2016.
Democrat candidate Al Gore’s objections to the 2000 results went all the way to the Supreme Court. Democrats did not view their objections in the joint session as “undemocratic” or a danger to the US election system.
And yet, as Republicans ramp up their efforts to object on January 6th to battleground state electors, the Democrats, pretending they never challenge election results, are screaming “conspiracy” and “undemocratic,” fantasy, etc.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) put it this way:
The effort by the sitting President of the United States to overturn the results is patently undemocratic. The effort by others to amplify and burnish his ludicrous claims of fraud is equally revolting. This is America. We have elections. We have results. We make arguments based on the fact and reason—not conspiracy and fantasy.
Democratic Senator Chris Von Hollen called Senator Josh Hawley’s commitment to object on Jan. 6th a “reckless stunt,” among other things. But in 2005, when fellow Democrats objected to Bush’s win, he praised them as “public servants.”
I believe that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) have performed a very valuable public service in bringing this debate before the Congress.
Republicans need to remind Democrats of their own arguments for questioning elections as January 6th draws nigh. Republicans can quote Democrats like Von Hollen, who warned of voting problems in 2005:
“As Americans, we should all be troubled by reports of voting problems in many parts of the country. I have been particularly concerned about the lack of a verifiable paper record in connection with electronic voting systems.
The double standard is clear, and Republicans must fight back. Questioning election integrity is not a conspiracy, it is something that should lead to investigations and corrections.