In October 2016, Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump suggesting he would not accept the results of the election if he lost.
From Washington Examiner:
“I will look at it at the time,” the then-GOP nominee said during an Oct. 19 presidential debate. “I will keep you in suspense.”
“That’s horrifying,” Clinton replied. “Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”
“It’s funny, but it’s also really troubling,” she added. “That is not the way our democracy works.”
Clinton didn’t leave it at just that. Attacking Trump’s supposed “threat” to our democracy became a key talking point for the Democratic nominee and her team.
“To say you won’t respect the results of the election, that is a direct threat to our democracy,” she said at a rally at the University of North Carolina. “We’ve been around 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections and we’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”
She even said, “The peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America America” and “Look, some people are just sore losers.”
She tweeted this out:
Indeed, the acceptance of defeat and the peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America what it is and distinguishes it from other countries.
But she did great harm to that standard by continuing to not accept her loss and trying to delegitimize the president.
Unfortunately, now, she’s normalized this “threat to democracy,” as she termed it.
And other Democrats are following in her footsteps.
Stacey Abrams met with Joe Biden, reportedly to talk about 2020 and she has been weighing running for president despite the fact that she lost her race for governor in Georgia.
When asked about that, she said that she would never concede and asserting that she actually won her election.
“I did win my election,” she said, according to ABC News reporter Adam Kelsey. “I just didn’t get to have the job.”
She lost by a lot, over 50,000 votes and there was no finding of facts that would dispute the result.
And now, Andrew Gillum, who lost in Florida and is also contemplating a 2020 run for president, is also saying he didn’t really lose.
From Florida Politics:
“Had we been able to legally count every one of those votes not just in Florida but in Georgia, I wonder what the outcome may be,” Gillum said.
The former Tallahassee mayor alluded both to his own close loss to Ron DeSantis and to Democrat Stacey Abrams being edged out of a runoff in the Georgia gubernatorial election.
Earlier in his conversation with Maher, Gillum noted he and Abrams both lost by “rounding error” margins.
Over 50,000 and 33,000 votes is not a “rounding error.”
There’s absolutely no evidence to support a claim in either case.
But this is really troubling, pushing these conspiracy theories to try to delegitimize the result, just like with Hillary Clinton.