Politics, Moderate



Republicans adopt ‘herd mentality’ to Trump’s dangerous rigged-election rhetoric by staying silent

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

As President Donald Trump continues to recklessly paint mail-in ballots as nefarious liberal creations, as he tweets and squawks nonsensically about a “rigged election,” there is silence from Republican lawmakers.

They remain quiet as jellyfish, unable to muster a single vertebra let alone a collective spine, while a sitting president sprays disinformation like a crop duster and sets the country up for electoral chaos.

Understand this: Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of potential voter fraud and his guarantees that the only way he loses is if the other side cheats is real-time election interference. Period.

It’s baseless, shameful nonsense. He’s moving heaven and earth to sow distrust in the voting process, eroding Americans’ faith in a central tenet of our democracy.

And Republicans seem just fine with it all.

Would they be fine with a Democratic president saying: “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged”?


Would they be fine with a Democratic president spouting lies like this about a Republican governor: “Now he will cheat on the ballots, I have no doubt about it”?

Would they be fine with a Democratic president tweeting: “Because of MAIL-IN BALLOTS, 2020 will be the most RIGGED Election in our nation’s history”?

Of course not. Their jellyfish bodies would form mighty spines of steel and they would rear up and breathe fire in all directions and Fox News headquarters would spontaneously combust in a poof of unparalleled outrage.

And, quite frankly, they would be justified. But to this point, they haven’t had to worry about it, because no president, Democratic or Republican, has ever done a fraction of what Trump is doing to discredit a presidential election. Probably because past presidents have possessed at least a modicum of integrity and respect for democracy.


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