July 2, 2022

Democrats Warning Trump Will Reject Election Results Should Look in the Mirror

In a recent Washington Post column warning Americans to “prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results” — one of media’s favorite projections — Brian Klaas asks a question: “If he loses, would it be more surprising if Trump graciously accepts defeat and congratulates his opponent or if he claimed to be the victim of a rigged election and a ‘deep state’ plot?”

Considering Trump’s temperament, it wouldn’t be surprising if he blamed the “deep state” for an election failure. Really, though, we have no need to speculate about what an attack on the sanctity of the electoral process would look like, since Democrats have been delegitimizing a valid election for the past four years.

Even as liberals make chilling predictions about Trump’s attack on democratic norms, they champion such politicians as Stacey Abrams, a middling Georgia state legislator whose national fame relies on a baseless contention that her gubernatorial seat was stolen in 2018. This weekend, that same Washington Post published a sycophantic feature story about Abrams (headline: “The Power of Stacey Abrams”) that echoed her claims of voter suppression and put her in a superhero cape for good measure.

Abrams’s election claims have been adopted by virtually every major Democratic Party figure, including presidential hopeful Joe Biden. If Biden winds up picking Abrams, will anyone challenge the presumptive Democratic Party nominee to explain why a woman who refused to acknowledge the validity of an election should be considered for the vice presidency?

To be fair to Abrams, there are increasingly few close political contests in which Democrats don’t blame their defeat on Republican chicanery. These days, “democracy” is just another word for partisan victory. The last Democrat who lost a presidential race honorably was Michael Dukakis. Al Gore not only eschewed graciousness in 2000, he sparked a national crisis, and thereafter fueled the idea that the presidential election had been stolen by George Bush. Even a decade after every recount showed that Gore had lost, partisans were still corroding trust in our elections. John Kerry, without any viable legal way to challenge the veracity of the 2004 contest, was left to blame Ohio for various imaginary crimes against democracy.

The United States, fortunately, boasts one of the, if not the, longest uninterrupted peaceful democratic transfer of power in the world. A stable two-party, right-left consensus has allowed us to avoid turmoil in the transition of power. It’s a system that relies on trust from the electorate and good behavior from our leaders.

We learned about these magnificent norms from 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who, when conventional wisdom anticipated her victory, said: “We’ve been around 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections and we’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them…”

But Clinton discarded any deference to results after the election, when she, and many Democrats, blamed the Russians, sexism, the unfairness of a 240-year process, James Comey’s letter to Congress, and a slew of other bogeymen. These concerted attacks were not only aimed at Trump’s ideas, policies, or person — completely reasonable targets — but the validity of the election system itself.

Democrats now have an assortment of justifications for discrediting outcomes they may not like. They can allege “voter suppression” — a perpetually evolving catch-all grievance that can never be satisfied and goes largely unchallenged because it harkens back to genuine crimes of the past. They can blame foreign social media troll accounts. They can blame the nation’s antiquated constitutional system. They can blame Fox News, which is apparently the only network that can strip feeble-minded Americans of free will and convince them to vote against their own interests.

During the impeachment hearings, Nancy Pelosi maintained that “Let the election decide” was a “dangerous position” to hold because it was “jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections.” Adam Schiff’s central rationale for impeachment was the notion that Trump had already cheated in 2020. “Russia is interfering in our elections again. And Trump supporters are emulating Russian tactics,” argues a Washington Post column this week.

Democrats know there’s no genuine way, save wide-ranging censorship, to stop a foreign state from infiltrating our open information stream with their ineffective and amateurish social media accounts. Yet, they have no compunction whipping up moral panic over foreign interference by conflating trolling social media accounts with Russia’s attempts to hack state voting systems. The former has been ineffective, the latter is attempted “meddling” that failed. And, yet, as of 2017, a majority of Democrats believed that vote tallied had been tampered with by Russians, without a scintilla of evidence.

So we can speculate about what Trump might say if he loses — and let’s hope he doesn’t follow Hillary’s precedent. But we already know what Democrats will say if they lose: the election was rigged.

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and the author of the book “First Freedom: A Ride Through America’s Enduring History With the Gun.” To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.


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Mari Jo Oneill (@guest_1000690)
2 years ago

Im fed up with the cry babies in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY as every time they lose an election they claim the other party CHEATED, when they are the ones that are guilty of cheating any way they can. Its why they want mail in ballots so they can CHEAT

Mari Jo Oneill (@guest_1000691)
2 years ago

Im fed up with the cry babies in the DEMOCRATIC PARTY as every time they lose an election they claim the other party CHEATED, when they are the ones that are guilty of cheating any way they can. Its why they want mail in ballots so they can CHEAT

Lee Wilson (@guest_1000718)
2 years ago

No doubt if Trump is re-elected it’s going to be a replay of his first term.

T Curry (@guest_1001581)
Reply to  Lee Wilson
2 years ago

What, more Democrats, harassing and treasonous behavior? God Bless Trump for putting up with the asinine behavior of the left. Can you imagine Joe Biden not folding after the first week? I can’t.

Sgt. Preston (@guest_1000740)
2 years ago

Unfortunately, you’re right, Lee. It will be more of the same from the democrats, when Trump wins again. The evidence is already mounting that the democrats are working 24/7 to tip the scales for their candidate, who it appears will be Sleepy, Creepy Uncle Joe. I would have no problem with voting by mail IF there were some verifiable means to be sure that the votes cast, actually were cast by the registered voter. A good example, is the most recent democratic debacle, where one of their pole managers, confessed to stuffing the ballot box in the last election. The real question is, “How can we stop that from happening in 2020? That’s why I think “in person” voting with verifiable ID is the only way. Last election we had some democrats voting who had been dead for several years. Not a good precedent.

Diane Giova (@guest_1000750)
Reply to  Sgt. Preston
2 years ago

That “Ballot box stuffing”, Sgt. Preston Sir, was unfortunately in Philadelphia, very close to where I am. It is a disgrace! It only drives home the message of how corrupt the Democrats are (those in office). They will fight Voter ID complaining of “racism” when many persons of color agree to Voter ID. The Media and the Dems just want to scare some people that the Republicans want to “disenfranchise” them, when in fact, it is the Democrats in Congress who want to consolidate their power over minorities by treating them like children; keeping them dependent on the Democrats, and letting the Democrats get more and more power, which they will never relinquish. I would hope that the persons of color who are aware of this overuse of this charge of “racism” by the Democrats against Republicans, will support Voter ID and in-person voting and NOT allow the Democrats to keep them dependent on the Dems.

T Curry (@guest_1001582)
Reply to  Sgt. Preston
2 years ago

I am sending donations all over the nation to Republican’s running for office if I like them. We need to dump the left.

Linda keys (@guest_1000755)
2 years ago

I just know from listening to Pelosi that the democrats feel like anyone over 65 is a burden to society and wants to take away Social Security that we were forced to pay along with our employers!!! Pelosi doesn’t realize she will lose her slush funds !!! Plus she wants to give $2000,00 a month to every person even if they have contributed nothing for our country!! That would put every child for many years paying for her idea!! She is trying to bankrupt America! We need to get our borders closed to the south and to the north too! We just need to vote these people that have been in office to long out!!! Before we they make us dependent on the government!!!

T Curry (@guest_1001584)
Reply to  Linda keys
2 years ago

If Pelosi thinks anyone over 65 is a burden, then half of the Democrats in Congress need to give us a break and retire, or should give up their social security as they certainly do not need it after 50 years in office. Their pensions are outrageous.

Christine Muhic (@guest_1000780)
2 years ago

Democrats have been working tirelessly to interfere with the United States election process to make it open to massive rigging. If Trump doesn’t stop their corrupt agenda, there will be many thousands of fraudulent votes. In Virginia, for example, Governor Northam has eliminated voterID in Virginia, has declared Virginia a Sanctuary where all illegals are welcome and proposed giving driver’s licenses to illegals, gave criminals the right to vote and then released them from prison, is requesting Virginians to vote by mail and then eliminated the law that all mail-in ballots had to be signed by a witness to verify the voter’s identity, and vetoed a bill to update the list of registered voters in Virginia because there are more names on the list than there are people of voting age in the state. Northam may as well have just made an announcement that we the people would just be wasting our time voting because he has Invalidated Virginia’s election process and will from now on have full control of who wins elections in our state. Other Democratic Governors will surely follow Dictator Northam’s lead. So actually if these criminal politicians aren’t stopped, it definitely will be a corrupt and fraudulent election and Trump will be justified in saying so.

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Larry Jones (@guest_1000817)
2 years ago

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