When it comes to politics, Americans have short memories and cannot necessarily count on the media, which suffers from select memory, to remind them of past events, which matters when elected officials try to hijack the political narrative to boost electoral chances.
When President Biden went before the American people last week in a prime-time speech set outside Independence Hall against a dark, blood-red backdrop reinforced with two U.S. Marine Corps sentries, he spoke a lot about elections while demonizing tens of millions of Americans he labeled “MAGA Republicans,” claiming these Trump supporters “do not respect the Constitution. They do not believe in the rule of law. They do not recognize the will of the people.”
Biden said Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans are “a threat to this country,” his reasoning being that “they refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
“This is a nation that respects free and fair elections. We honor the will of the people. We do not deny it,” Biden said, adding that “democracy endures only if we, the people, respect the guardrails of the republic. Only if we, the people, accept the results of free and fair elections.”
The president would go on to say “democracy cannot survive when one side believes there are only two outcomes to an election: either they win or they were cheated, before proclaiming, “I will not stand by and watch elections in this country stolen by people who simply refuse to accept that they lost.”
Of course, Biden himself is guilty of doing what he now calls a “threat to democracy,” which is to accuse the opposition of stealing elections when they prevail:
“No one has an opportunity to steal an election again” — what election was stolen? This is dangerous rhetoric that undermines our democracy, right? https://t.co/PBMgWj6NjV
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) August 26, 2022
Those paying attention might suggest last week’s speech was establishing a marker for what almost seems a certainty at this point, given the zealotry of today’s Democratic Party, which is an indictment of Trump. Biden was also conveniently ignoring recent history though he need look no further than his own administration.
His very own spokesperson, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, tweeted in April 2020 about Stacey Abrams losing to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp: “Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.”
Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.https://t.co/ZIKGTd6U1v
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 2, 2020
Some thought leaders on the right were willing to call a spade a spade earlier this year in responding to KJP:
The new White House Secretary has spread very serious doubts about the legitimacy of American democracy. https://t.co/SClspibtjk
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 9, 2022
If questioning the results of elections were a crime, pretty much the entire Democrat Party and the entire media complex would be in prison. For instance, incoming WH press secretary here: https://t.co/NhSsj41m0x
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 9, 2022
And who can ever forget the Democratic Party’s reaction to Al Gore losing the 2000 election to former President George W. Bush? Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, certainly can’t.
People frequently tell me that I should “get over” the 2000 election and recount. I haven’t, and I don’t think I ever will. https://t.co/zKk41H2HQh
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) September 7, 2019
In fact, as Twitter reminds us, Klain engaged in activities in 2000 that would get him slapped with the label of insurrectionist or seditionist by today’s Democratic Party:
Reminder that Ron Klain was Al Gore’s Chief of Staff and chief legal attorney that drove most of the attempted recount strategy. Much threat to Democracy. Much accepting election results. Much tweets. https://t.co/T0AnmSJBf9
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 3, 2022
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Oh…you haven’t heard? Questioning elections now is a “threat to democracy.” Since you are therefore engaged in sedition, you must now turn yourself in.
— Garrick, the Ard-Rí na hÉireann (Probationary) (@Boydesian) September 3, 2022
I was reliably informed that this kind of talk was insurrection-y. https://t.co/ppIfttVjZ3
— Leo13th🏴☠️ (@LeoThirteenth) September 3, 2022
Ron is threat to democracy https://t.co/DFIlkpvjes
— Icecinder will never comply (@Icecinder) September 3, 2022
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) September 4, 2022
Democrats have been denying election results far longer than most people remember. On an overseas trip- I think in Africa, I’ll have to look for it- Hillary Clinton basically accused Jeb Bush of stealing the election for his brother. https://t.co/X0svaoq7QF
— Scotty P 🎸 (@Scott_7791) September 4, 2022
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