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During one of the debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign, the Democrats became outraged when Trump said he might not immediately accept the election results should Clinton be declared the winner.
Questioned directly as to whether he would accept the outcome should Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton prevail on Nov. 8, Trump demurred. “I will keep you in suspense,” the Republican nominee said. Clinton called Trump’s answer “horrifying,” saying he was “talking down our democracy.”
The response from Democrats ranged from horror to fury. Articles from the entire liberal press attacked Trump for daring to suggest such a thing. Hillary Clinton response was typical, and quite pointed:
“That is not the way our democracy works,” Clinton said. “We’ve been around for 240 years. We have had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them. And that is what is expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”
She continued: “He is denigrating — he’s talking down — our democracy. And I for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”
Hillary Clinton was correct, but anyone with even an ounce of skepticism would have immediately realized that Hillary Clinton didn’t believe her own words, for a nanosecond. From yesterday:
Hillary Clinton Claims 2016 Election Was ‘Stolen’ From Her
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” Clinton said, alluding to Russia’s election interference efforts.
My, how things change when it is Democrat who loses. Nor is Hillary Clinton the only Democrat unwilling to “accept the outcome” of an election, of “denigrating our democracy.” Also from yesterday: Stacey Abrams again claims she won Georgia governor’s race: ‘I’m not’ a good sport.’
“We won,” Abrams said, according to The Houston Chronicle. “I am not delusional. I know I am not the governor of Georgia — possibly yet.”
Abrams says this despite numerous vote counts showing her losing by more than 50,000 votes
Are Clinton and Abrams the only Democrats unwilling to “accept an outcome” and thus “denigrate our democracy?” Hardly. At the same time Abrams was reiterating her refusal to concede, Andrew Gillum, the defeated Democratic candidate for governor in Florida, was also claiming his election was stolen, despite having lost by more than 43,000 votes.
“Guess what, had we been able to legally count every one of those votes not just in Florida but also in Georgia, I wonder what the outcome may be,” Gillum later said to applause. His comments were first picked up by the Florida Politics blog.
Practically every election that Democrats have lost closely in the past two decades has required numerous recounts and were challenged aggressively in the courts and in the press by the Democrats. Though it is also true that Republicans have also made similar claims, no Republican has yet failed to concede — as Abrams has — once the votes were counted and the result certified.
Increasingly the Democrats appear to expect victory in all elections, and assume that if they lose the election it must have been stolen from them.
And even as they epitomize this behavior, they still have the gall to claim that Donald Trump is the worst player in this game. Also from yesterday: Nancy Pelosi Warns Democrats That President Trump Won’t ‘Respect’ Losing Election Results
“If we win by four seats, by a thousand votes each, he’s not going to respect the election,” Pelosi told The New York Times in a wide-ranging interview published Sunday, adding that she had the same concerns before the 2018 election, when Democrats retook the House of Representatives.
“He would poison the public mind. He would challenge each of the races; he would say you can’t seat these people,” she told the NYT.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
Right now I firmly believe that should Trump win in 2020, no matter how large the majority, the Democrats as a party will refuse to concede and will do whatever they can in the courts to overturn the election. I will also not be surprised if their candidate joins in (no matter who that candidate is), refusing to concede, just like Abrams. Abrams is testing the waters for the Democrats, to see if this behavior benefits or hurts them. And they are finding that today’s Democratic voter likes it, and wants more.
Pelosi in turn is preparing everyone for this behavior on their part. She is priming her supporters to believe that Trump will steal the election, so that when the Democrats refuse to concede those supporters will rally to their support, no matter how flimsy the claim.
Be prepared for an ugly vote count in 2020.