No, Democrats Didn’t Question the Legitimacy of the 2016 Election

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I have pretty rigorously avoided writing about the “legal” challenges to Joe Biden’s election victory, since we all know that none of them are meant as serious legal arguments. They are merely tokens from the Republican Party leadership to its base that, by God, they are going to fight to the end.

But with the Electoral College now voting, I’ll break my routine and comment on this:

Goldberg is right, of course, but in the least of the ways that this is ridiculous. The primary way this is ridiculous is that there’s a huge difference between:

  • Publicly conceding an election, congratulating the winner, beginning the transition process, and occasionally griping that Russia helped Trump win.

               and

  • Refusing to concede, filing dozens of lawsuits, tweeting endlessly about Democrats stealing votes, stalling the transition process, and insisting that Biden isn’t truly the winner.

To pretend that these two things are even comparable, let alone the same, is nuts. If Fox News wants to blather on about it, that’s fine. There’s nothing we can do about that. But surely no one else should join in on this nonsense.

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In “TITLE TK” Monica Bauerlein writes about the perilous moment we’re in, and why it’s so important that we raise $325,000 by the time November’s midterms are decided so we can be ready to throw everything we have at the big issues facing the nation no matter what happens. Please help MoJo’s people-powered journalism with a donation today.

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