Media outlets have projected Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election.
Even though as of this writing only razor-thin margins separate Biden and President Trump in some of the states where Biden was projected as the “winner,” and even though there will be recounts in some of them, the media and Democrats are demanding Trump, and the 70+ million people who voted for him, accept it and “come together” with people who’ve treated them contemptuously for four years.
All of this under the guise of “healing” and “uniting the nation,” of course.
The media’s and the left’s mantra that “Republicans must give Biden a chance to repair the nation’s soul” — as if it needs repairing — stands in stark contrast to how they covered the 2016 race between Trump and Hillary Clinton.
There were no calls from the media and Democrats for unity and accepting the 2016 election results.
The reason why is because they refused to accept them and did not want the country to unify around the guy who they treated as human scum, even “worse” in their minds than the last Republican who they said was going to take us back to the dark ages — 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Accordingly, they literally spent the next four years saying Trump stole the election. Clinton routinely claimed the election was “stolen” from her because Trump supposedly colluded with the Russians to win (he didn’t). Not once was Clinton ever called on to retract her comments, nor was she called on to explain why she felt it was okay to undermine the results of the election.
Not once was Clinton ever called on to retract her comments, nor was she called on to explain why she felt it was okay to undermine the results of the election.
Multiple attempts were made to impeach Trump. The media reported one fake news “bombshell” after another, most of which were either overblown, taken out of context or outright lies.
They couldn’t defeat him in 2016, so they were going to make his presidency a living hell by making people think he shouldn’t be there. His supporters were given the same aggressively hostile treatment.
In 2018, when Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was defeated by Republican Brian Kemp, she refused to concede the election. To this day she refuses to do so.
Instead of the media treating her with the contempt they’re treating Trump and his supporters, they’ve treated Abrams with the reverence shown a queen. She was even floated as a possible presidential, vice-presidential and U.S. Senate contender.
When Democrats refuse to accept election results, it’s viewed as brave and bold by their allies in the mainstream press.
But when Trump and other Republicans, who have been called every vile name in the book by the media and Democrats, question election results, they’re treated as “sore losers” who “just don’t want to get along.”
Only part of that is right. Most Republicans definitely don’t want to get along with people who have smeared them over the years with false accusations of racism, etc.
As far as election results go, Republicans are willing to accept them when they feel like the election has been honestly decided, regardless of whether or not it produces an outcome they like.
I’ve been voting since 1992 and I’ve accepted the results of every election I’ve ever voted in, even when they didn’t go my way. But I have a lot of questions about the way things went post-election this year in some of the contested states, and I’m going to continue to ask questions about them.
And I won’t feel a shred of guilt about it.
After Democrats and the media spent four years refusing to accept Trump’s 2016 victory, and after treating his voters as mindless rubes, forgive his supporters if they’re not willing to mindlessly accept what the media spoon-feeds them about election results, and excuse them for not being eager to jump onboard the one-way “Coexist Express.”
That ship has long sailed.
Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.