Do you recall during the final 2016 presidential debate when Donald Trump was asked to preemptively surrender by accepting the results of the presidential election if he lost? Trump said it would depend on the circumstances. In other words, he wasn't going to accept cheating.
Progressives and their media allies were shocked and outraged. Hillary Clinton accused Trump of "denigrating" and "talking down our democracy."
Well, they were shocked again on November 8, 2016, when they lost the presidential election. Hillary Clinton refused to accept the results on Election Night. She sent her campaign chairman, John Podesta, out to tell the crowd to go home.
And almost immediately, Clinton's top campaign officials met and plotted out a narrative to undermine the legitimacy of Trump's election by promoting the idea that he colluded with the Russians.
They have convinced a sizeable percentage of the country that the president was not duly elected, that the election was stolen from them. They further undermined the confidence of the same portion of country that is already inclined to violence.
As I have noted before, the left has been engaging in political violence for decades. It subsided for a time, but came roaring back with the Occupy Wall Street movement in the Obama years and then with the rise of Antifa.
One recent poll found that as many as 35% of Americans feel it is okay to engage in violence to pursue political ends.
Fast forward to 2018. Once again, progressives are the ones refusing to accept the results of the elections and "talking down our democracy."
Lawyers representing Stacey Abrams, the defeated candidate for governor of Georgia, are preparing to go into court to demand a new election. She is being encouraged by leading liberal politicians, all possible 2020 contenders, who are stoking the fires on the fringe left by suggesting that the Georgia race was "stolen" from Abrams.
At a financial summit on Tuesday, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker said, "I think that Stacey Abrams' election is being stolen from her, using what I think are insidious measures to disenfranchise certain groups of people."
That same evening, Hillary Clinton told an audience in Austin, Texas, "If [Abrams] had a fair election, she already would have won."
And speaking to Al Sharpton's group Wednesday, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said, "If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it. It's clear. It's clear. I say that publicly."
Ironically, they are saying this when it seems more and more races are being stolen by the left. By the way, all three federal judges who have been dragging out the election disputes in Florida and Georgia are Obama appointees!
Bashing Law Enforcement
Earlier this year, months before the election, many progressives were calling for ICE to be abolished and comparing ICE agents to the Gestapo. But as we got closer to Election Day, that rhetoric stopped. That's not surprising since very few Americans support the left's radical open borders agenda.
But now that the election is over, the left is back to bashing law enforcement.
During a Senate hearing yesterday, Sen. Kamala Harris of California compared ICE to the KKK, once again undermining law enforcement in America. As a reminder, the KKK was started by Democrats after the Civil War. For decades, blacks in the South were harassed, physically assaulted and sometimes killed by this domestic terrorist group.
Harris compared the men and women of ICE, a large percentage of whom are veterans and minorities, to the KKK because illegals fear ICE. Well, yes, criminals fear law enforcement and people in the country illegally will fear law enforcement.
While Harris was denigrating the men and women of law enforcement, President Trump was once again doing his best to hold up our heroes in uniform.
He went the Marine Corps barracks on Capitol Hill yesterday and praised them for running into a flaming building recently to save elderly residents.
The contrast between Harris and Trump could not be more stark.
Tune in tonight to The Watchman with host Erick Stakelbeck. Erick and I will be discussing the Trump Administration's efforts to fight anti-Semitism and Christian persecution worldwide. The Watchman airs on TBN at 10:30 PM ET.