Democrats – and their partisans in the media – thought they caught Donald Trump making a fatal mistake.
During the final Presidential debate, Trump was asked if he would accept the results of the election. He responded with saying he would let everyone know when that time comes.
Liberals and the anti-Trump establishment lined up to blast his answer, but they quickly regretted making this attack.
Establishment friendly pundits ripped Trump’s remarks as “threatening the pillars of Democracy.”
But the point of the question was to force Trump to publically admit the election was lost and he had given up.
Trump wisely avoided the trap by simply saying he intended to wait and see how the election turns out.
Liberals and establishment Republicans set their hair on fire over the answer, but they all forgot that both Al Gore and John Kerry didn’t concede the 2000 and 2004 elections to George W. Bush right away either.
In 2000, Gore initially conceded to Bush, but as the race in Florida tightened, retracted his concession and contested the results all the way to the Supreme Court.
The night of the 2004 election, John Kerry and John Edwards did not accept defeat to George W. Bush.
Believing there were “irregularities” in Ohio, the Democrats did not concede until the following morning.
In fact, Kerry himself blamed voter fraud for his loss in Ohio, which swung the election to Bush.
In a New Yorker profile, Kerry recounted how he believed the vote in Ohio was not carried out fairly and how he initially refused to accept the result:
“I will share with you a very personal experience: When I ran for President of the United States, in 2004, against George Bush, in the end, on Election Day, we had problems in the state of Ohio on how the votes were taking place. I even went to court in America to keep polling places open to make sure my people could vote. I knew that even in my country, the United States, where we had hundreds of years of practicing democracy, we still had problems carrying out that election. The next afternoon, I had a meeting with my people, and I told them that I did not think it appropriate of me to take the country through three or four months of not knowing who the President was. So that afternoon in Boston I conceded to the President and talked about the need to bring the country together. . . . One of the main lessons from this is there is a future. There is a tomorrow.”
American democracy has twice survived Democrats initially refusing to accept the results of an election and fighting the vote in court.
Joe Scarborough, a host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, also ripped the liberals’ and the media’s two-faced stance on Trump’s answer.
The Daily Caller reports:
“This is just an example of the media finding something they can absolutely freak out about,” Scarborough said of Trump’s waviness on accepting the election results, should he lose. “It’s just another example of the media having to find a little phrase and freak out.”
“As a Republican, I have listened to Democrats talking about the only two times we won the White House in like 800 years, we stole both elections,” he continued. “I had to sit through Fahrenheit 911, and a lady sobbing violently behind me on the Upper West Side about the election being stolen for George Bush.”
“Democrats have been lying for 16 years, they’re still writing articles about how Bush stole the elections in 2000 and 2004, so this holier-than-thou attitude about ‘oh, this is the first time that the election is not a sacrosanct process,’ it’s a joke,” the former Florida congressman explained. “You guys bathe in that hypocrisy if you want to, I’d just like to hear how the debate went.”
“Go ahead. Bathe.”