Last month, Hillary Clinton mused about a 2020 rematch with Trump, claiming “I can beat him again.”
Stacey Abrams, who fell about 50,000 votes short in her race to be governor of Georgia last year, still hasn’t conceded that race and maintains that she actually won. The DNC backs her up on her claim, too.
Democrats, so distraught over the 2016 results, convinced themselves that the election was stolen by Trump who colluded with Russia to hack the results. We literally had a two-year investigation into it which turned up nothing, and are now attempting to impeach President Trump over what amounts to third- and fourth-hand information and hearsay regarding a phone call we have the transcript to.
Yet, Washington Post opinion writer Paul Waldman claims that it’s the GOP that has problems accepting the results of elections, not the Democratic Party. His evidence for this claim is Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s refusal to concede his narrow defeat in Tuesday’s election.
One occasionally hears liberals muse that even if Trump were to lose next year, he might simply refuse to vacate the White House. This seems a highly unlikely scenario, especially since there may be nothing Trump fears more than public humiliation. Instead, what is far more likely is that Trump would not have to be physically removed from the Oval Office, but would — starting immediately after Election Day and continuing into his post-presidential life — undertake a campaign to discredit the results.
The most important question, Waldman says, is this: “If he’s back at Mar-a-Lago furiously tweeting about how much he was wronged, will anyone care? Or will he succeed in leading his voters to refuse to accept that the election was proper simply because they didn’t like it?”
Some of those supporters certainly won’t accept it. They’ve been trained by Trump and other Republicans over and over to reject anything that challenges their faith in Trump’s godlike perfection.
Has Waldman not been paying attention for the last two-and-a-half years? Heck, the last ten? You can’t criticize Barack Obama’s policies without being accused of racism. No barrage of facts is enough to sully their perception of Obama’s messianic status. Meanwhile, after eight years of deluding themselves into believing Obama’s infallibility, they’ve convinced themselves that Trump is the exact opposite, the embodiment of pure evil, who only got elected because Putin hacked our elections. To this day, despite all evidence to the contrary, the left still thinks Russia elected Trump, and have been obsessed with impeaching him from the start. Need I remind him that on January 20, 2017, the Washington Post, the same paper he wrote his piece for, published an article titled, “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”
Waldman says that Trump’s potential defeat, and the refusal to accept it, leaves a “genuine potential for violence.” Has he heard of Antifa? This goes to show you how true it is when the left accuses the right of doing something, it’s the left that is actually guilty of it.
Paul Waldman’s opinion piece belongs in The Onion or The Babylon Bee.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis