On November 7th, Democrat lackeys in the mainstream media declared Joe Biden the president-elect of the United States.
Of course, saying so does not make it true—though this may come as news to many in the industry. President Trump has not conceded the election. Many states have not yet certified their election results. And the preliminary results in several crucial states remain under litigation. The voting has finished, but the election is not over.
Nevertheless, Biden took the media’s cue and addressed a crowd in Wilmington, Delaware on the evening of November 7th. There, he declared a “convincing victory” and thanked his supporters for entrusting him with the “mandate” to “marshal the forces” of decency, fairness, science and hope. Armed with these “forces,” he pledged to combat partisan hostility, the coronavirus, the economic recession, systemic racism, and climate change. Biden also emphasized the need for national unity and promised to usher in “a time to heal in America,” saying:
To the millions of Americans who have been even passively following the news since 2016, this call for unity is deeply hypocritical and unserious.
Who actually refuses to accept election results? Hint: It is not Trump.
The FBI and DOJ grosslyabused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and targeted Trump advisors like General Michael Flynn in an attempted “Trump-by-proxy takedown.” The FBI and Obama White House criminally leaked information related to Crossfire Hurricane. The mainstream media recklessly misinformed the public. And Democrats like U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D., California) peddled outright lies about the investigation. All of this contributed to (if I may borrow Hillary Clinton’s words) an “air of illegitimacy” that loomed over the Trump presidency for three years, even though there was zero evidence of collusion. Does Biden now expect conservatives to simply forget this ever happened?
But this attitude toward election malfeasance suddenly shifted after November 3rd. In stark contrast to the left’s reception of Clinton and Abrams, when Trump refused to concede the election before litigation played out, the left immediately warned of a coup and indulged in fever dreams of Trump barricading himself in the White House and Biden playing the role of cool, calculated negotiator.
In reality, the election is not yet over, and Trump has no obligation to concede. Leftists should allow the legal process to play out before agitating themselves into a frenzy. And perhaps they should engage in some self-reflection in the meantime.
Democrats (not Trump) sow distrust in election results.
The same Democrats and leftist pundits who claimed that the Kremlin installed President Trump by manipulating the 2016 election now breathlessly exclaim, as the New York Times has, that there is “no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the  presidential race.” “[N]o evidence,” it says. If the Times says so, it must be true!
No, I do not accept that. There is, in fact, evidence of voter fraud and irregularity–the question for the courts is whether it is sufficient to overturn the election results as they currently stand. And I cannot take seriously any “news” outlet that fails to even mention (nevermind scrutinize) Biden’s norm-shattering performance. Regardless, Democrats and the mainstream media destroyed their credibility long before the first vote was even cast.
Why should Americans trust the results of an election when the safeguards protecting its integrity were so methodically stripped away?
Trump is entirely within his rights to challenge the preliminary election results. Indeed, he has a duty to the 73 million Americans who voted for him to pursue all credible leads of fraud. And anyone who purports to care about election integrity should welcome these investigations. Telling Republicans to preemptively abandon their president to preserve “trust” in the election system is nonsensical–that ship sailed when Democrats abandoned any pretense of election integrity.
Leftists have spent the last four years sowing distrust in our elections by baselessly claiming that Trump was illegitimately installed in 2016, and by throwing election security to the wind ever since. Americans–especially those supporting the “losing” candidate–must have faith in the results for there to be any chance of unity. And Democrats destroyed that chance.
Biden, get your house in order. Then we can talk about unity.
It is also preposterous for Biden to expect conservatives to “unite” alongside him for a more personal reason: when he says he wants to “restore the soul of America,” I simply do not believe him.
Forgive me for doubting that “healer-in-chief” Biden will restore civility to our public discourse after he, along with Democrat colleagues and so-called “journalists” in the media, spent the last four years demonizing the rightward half of America. Until Biden gets his own house in order, conservatives are right to reject this absurd call for unity.
I do not believe Biden is serious about “lowering the temperature” when he refuses to specifically condemn the Antifa and BLM thugs who set American cities ablaze this summer. There has also been no word yet from Captain Unity on the violent leftists who recentlyassaulted the president’s supporters during the “Million MAGA March.” I am not holding my breath.
I do not believe Biden will further good-faith, across-the-aisle dialogue when he tacitly approves former First Lady Michelle Obama’s declaration that the millions of Americans who voted for Trump are agents of “lies, hate, chaos, and division.” Or when he fails to raise even the slightest objection to U.S. Representatives Jim Clyburn (D., South Carolina) and Jerry Nadler (D., New York), who insinuate that Republicans support a modern-day Adolf Hitler. (Biden did liken Trump to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, so perhaps the latter should not be surprising.)
I do not believe Biden will temper partisan hostilities when he remains silent as U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minnesota) castigates the Trump base as white supremacist Klannsmen, and as U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D., California) condones the harassment of Trump Cabinet members.
And I do not believe Biden will usher a “time to heal” when, for four years, he offered no pushback to the “journalists” who routinely—almost casually—likened the president to the mostevil characters in history, including AdolfHitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Zedong. Beyond a few empty words, he has given me no indication that he is willing to confront the likes of MSNBC’s Jennifer Rubin, who say we must expel Trump and his supporters from “polite society” and “burn down the Republican Party.”
Sonni Fitzsimonds is a Senior Editor for the Chicago Thinker from New Haven, Connecticut. She is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago (March '22), where she studied Economics and Computer Science. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on hikes with her dogs, and cooking for friends and family. Follow her on Twitter at @SonniFitz.