Claims of voter fraud, attempts at fomenting faithless electors, and a riot at the Capitol – Democrats would look at the aforementioned aspects and immediately divert to the 2020 election and vilify Republicans and former President Donald Trump.
Yet, the same aspects can be attributed to Democrats with respect to the 2016 election…but one will likely never see Democrats up in arms over their past attempts to subvert democracy.
It has been nearly 18 months since the January 6 incident at the Capitol, and the House select committee investigating the matter have been working overtime to make Trump out to be some kind of nefarious villain who tried to upend democracy in a manner that has never been done before.
Democrats have pointed to Trump and his allies’ assertions that there was voter fraud present within the 2020 election that could’ve swayed the outcome of the election, referring to these claims as “the big lie.”
Yet, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and those in her inner circle peddled literally the exact same claims about voter fraud and the sort. For example, CNN reported back in November of 2016 that “top computer scientists” found evidence of voter fraud “in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” urging for a forensic audit.
The claims brought forth asserted that “vote totals in the three states could have been manipulated or hacked” and ironically pointed to “electronic voting machines.”
“The scientists, among them J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, told the Clinton campaign they believe there is a questionable trend of Clinton performing worse in counties that relied on electronic voting machines compared to paper ballots and optical scanners.”
In the years after the 2016 election, Clinton stood by claims that she was somehow robbed of the election. In a September 2017 interview with NPR, Clinton was directly asked, “Would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election,” to which she replied, “No, I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Even in October of 2020, Clinton maintained that the 2016 election was illegitimate, saying the 2016 “election was not on the level” and, “We still don’t know what really happened.”
Of course, in recent weeks, there has been much ado about Trump being in cahoots with what the media has labeled as “fake electors” – treating the matter as though this is somehow uncharted territory. Well, it turns out a very similar move played out in 2016, with a conspiracy, of course, aimed directly at then-President-elect Trump.
While the mainstream media likes to pretend like it’s something that didn’t occur in 2016, there’s quite literally an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to “Faithless electors in the 2016 United States presidential election.”
Per the Wikipedia entry regarding faithless electors in 2016 working against Trump, they referred to their scheme as the “Hamilton Electors,” who were trying to find 37 Republican electors who would defy the will of their constituents and “vote for a different Republican in an effort to deny Donald Trump a majority in the Electoral College and force a contingent election in the House of Representatives.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, happened to be an elector in 2016 and was part of this group named after Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Paper No. 68 that tried using the Russia hoax as a means to steal the 2016 election from Trump.
The rationale of this group naming their scheme after Hamilton’s Federalist Paper No. 68 is due to the portion of it which reads that the Electoral College has a duty to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils.”
Back in December of 2016, these electors scheming to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power wrote a letter to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper demanding that he provide information on investigations into purported Trump-Russia collusion.
“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations. We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.”
Unsurprisingly, there were electors who violated their oath to represent their constituents’ votes – but it obviously wasn’t enough to steal the election from Trump in 2016.
But the true irony in how Democrats are treating January 6th is shown in the minimal reaction stemming from the far-more riotous 2017 Capitol riot at Trump’s inauguration.
NBC News reported on Trump’s January 20th, 2017, inauguration, citing that “217 people were arrested” while glossing over how “some protesters set fires and smashed windows in the nation’s capital.”
When describing the fiery chaos, NBC described it as “noisy demonstrations, shoving matches and sporadic clashes with cops.”
No congressional investigation, no FBI pages dedicated to identifying rioters who weren’t arrested, no sensational headlines about the then-little talked about Antifa miscreants behind the riot – just the entire thing comes and goes with hardly a mention outside of the January 20th & 21st, 2017 news cycle.
Everything Democrats claim to be infuriated over regarding the 2020 election was done by them in 2016, at considerably worse levels.