Liberals have of late been complaining about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s assertion that the election is rigged, but if they would merely take a look at their own history of claims, they would realize their own hypocrisy.
1. A year after then-Sen. John Kerry lost the presidential election in 2004, for instance, he reportedly kvetched about the election having been rigged.
“(Kerry) told me he now thinks the election was stolen,” New York University professor and author Mark Crispin Miller told Democracy Now! at the time. “He says he doesn’t believe he is the person that can be out in front because of the sour grapes question. But he said he believes it was stolen.”
2. One year later, Talking Points Memo contributor Josh Marshall penned a piece accusing then-Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell of helping rig the 2004 election for then-incumbent President George W. Bush.
3. Two years later, a Salon writer complained about the 2008 New Hampshire Democrat primary election, claiming that Hillary Clinton might have won it by cheating.
4. Then, in 2013, Sen. Elizabeth Warren had the nerve to chastise congressional Republicans for their “naked attempts to nullify the results of the last presidential election” by filibustering President Barack Obama’s cabinet and judicial nominees, according to Mediaite.
Since those congressional Republicans she was smearing had won their positions in Congress fair and square, it almost seemed as if she was questioning the legitimacy of their own elections.
5. The following year, Vox co-founder Ezra Klein explicitly stated that the elections were rigged.
“A new Rasmussen poll finds that 68 percent of Americans think elections are rigged in favor of incumbents,” he wrote. “And they’re basically right.”
6. In March, the national vice president of the AFL-CIO penned a piece arguing that the entire Democrat primary process was “rigged from the start.”
7. This week a Vox commentator published an absurd piece highlighting “a short history of white people rigging elections.”
8. And in August, Politico’s Ben Wofford claimed that a hacker could conceivably rig the election in as little as seven minutes.
Clearly, liberals have their own very rich history of bellyaching over possibly rigged elections. So why then do they have the gall to criticize Trump over his own theories? Because he’s not complaining about Democrats losing, of course.
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