Thursday, December 1, 2016

Before Hillary Clinton Lost, Scrutinizing Election Results Was ‘Unpatriotic’ and ‘Undemocratic’

by Paul Crookston

Now, liberals are singing a different tune. When Hillary Clinton was expected to win the presidency, liberals called Donald Trump’s claims that the vote would be “rigged” and his refusal to promise he’d accept the results an assault on democracy itself.

In the wake of Trump’s victory, they’re singing the opposite tune. Trump never should have called into question the legitimacy of the presidential election. But it has been amusing to watch the Left engage in the same conspiracy-mongering that it denounced as beyond the pale just weeks ago.......Now that Trump has won the election, however, Democrats are suddenly concerned with the integrity of the vote.

Clinton’s defeat has brought about everything from denunciations of the Constitutional electoral process to feverish accusations of vote-hacking by Russia.......The media now claims that recounts, double-checks, and scrutiny epitomize healthy democracy, when before, democracy everywhere was at risk if the Republican nominee raised the topic of voter fraud. The hypocrisy is obvious and breathtaking, but we shouldn’t lose sight of its wider implication: If convictions about democracy are contingent upon partisan circumstances, our democracy is even less healthy than the Left imagines........Read more

 

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