Politics, Moderate



California recall election was ‘rigged’ until it wasn’t. Trump’s hucksterism is now a GOP template.

Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

We need to isolate and ostracize the nonsense pushers and declare war on stupidity. Anyone hollering about voter fraud before the next election anywhere should get laughed out of the building and run out of town.

I’m not a particular fan of California’s Newsom, but he said something about the Republican Party in the wake of the recall election that’s worth hearing.

“They are quite literally trying to dismantle democracy and trust in this country, our very nation,” he said. “The idea they’re even playing around with this and vandalizing trust and confidence? That’s consequential and has real impact across this country.”

He’s absolutely right.

Trump started whining about the election being rigged months before any votes were cast, and he has never shut up about it, raising millions upon millions of dollars off that lie. Elder was poised to do the same in California if the vote was even remotely close, and as sure as Trump’s pockets are lined with the donations of suckers, there are Republican candidates in every state ready to pull the same stunt.


These are not serious people. They’re hucksters. They should be treated as such.


Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at rhuppke@tribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)

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