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Yes, Many Republicans are Election Deniers (Blame the Democrats )

Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

From the moment voters in Maricopa County, Arizona encountered trouble voting in the 2022 midterm elections, Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake claimed fraud. The former newscaster is getting her day in court. While a Maricopa County judge dismissed eight parts of Lake’s lawsuit, he allowed two counts to go forward. In the two remaining counts, Lake alleges that an election worker interfered with ballot printers and that Maricopa County violated its own ballot chain of custody rules. As a result of this malfeasance, Lake says Democrat Secretary of State Katie Hobbs won the election.

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One should not be surprised by Lake’s election denialism. During the campaign, Lake refused to say if she’d accept the outcome if results showed her losing. “I’m going to win the election, and I will accept that result,’ Lake said. Right now, Kari Lake insists she won the gubernatorial election. “My Pronouns are I/Won,” Lake told a crowd at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest. Like Trump after the 2020 election, Kari Lake just won’t concede.

You Started it, Dems

Election denialism runs rampant in the U.S. Some deniers claim all the ballots weren’t counted. “Once we have that full and accurate account of the ballots casted, then we will know who our next president is and our country can move forward.” Others have said that they should delay conceding a lost race. “[He] should not concede under any circumstances, because I think this is going to drag out, and eventually I do believe he will win if we don’t give an inch.” And, “I did win my election. I just didn’t get to have the job.” And “We were robbed of an election.”

You Started it, Dems

Republicans need to learn how to lose, readers may be thinking. But the deniers quoted above aren’t Republicans. They’re Democrats. Those quotes came from 2000 Democrat presidential nominee  Al Gore, 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and United Federation of Planets president and twice defeated Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Click the links for the origins of each of the statements. Shame on me for being unclear as to the party of origin. I apologize for the oversight. 

Democrat election denialism doesn’t stop with rhetoric. Congressman Benny Thompson of Mississippi, Chair of the January 6th Select Committee, was one of 31 Democrats who voted against certifying Ohio’s electoral votes in 2005, claiming, without evidence, that there were election irregularities in the state.

More recently, January 6th Committee member Jamie Raskin of Maryland voted against certifying Florida’s 2016 electoral votes. Let’s go to the videotape and watch as Raskin claims, also without evidence, that “10 of Florida’s 29 electors were not lawfully certified.” Democrat denialism is not limited to backbenchers. Soon-to-be Democrat House Leader Hakim Jeffries has repeatedly denied the legitimacy of Trump’s 2016 victory. 

Why Concede? Hillary Doesn’t

In October of 2020 Hillary was still blaming “Shenanigans and stuff” for her 2016 loss. Most Democrats agree. An April 2022 Rasmussen poll found that 72 percent of Democrats believed Russia had influenced the result of the 2016 election. Having refused to accept defeat in 2016 she urged Biden to not concede in 2020. Hillary insists the right is plotting to steal the 2024 election too. “Right-wing extremists already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election, and they’re not making a secret of it,” she told a group called Indivisible in a recorded message. Hillary also thinks the Supreme Court may be in on the steal, “The right-wing-controlled Supreme Court may be poised to rule on giving state legislatures the power to overturn presidential elections.”

Who’s Denying Whom?

Being Arizona’s Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs certified her own gubernatorial victory. No Shenanigans there, as Hillary might say. When Republican members of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors raised questions about the vote there and sought review, Arizona State Elections Director Kori Lorick threatened to criminally charge and file suit against them. Lorick answers to Katie Hobbs. No Shenanigans there either. 

Kari Lake will almost certainly lose her court battle, just as Donald Trump lost his court challenges in 2020. Whether that’s fair, and whether Arizona’s 2022 election was fair depends on one’s party affiliation and who’s alleging voter fraud. “Who and whom,” as Stalin would say.

One thing is for sure. Democrats have normalized questioning elections. As such, there is no reason for Republicans to accept election results they don’t like. I learned it by watching you.

Tell you what, Dems. I’ll concede if you do. You first.  

William Stroock has been a history teacher and an adjunct professor of history. He wrote Pershing in Command: A Study of the American Expeditionary Force, Israel at War and Her Enemies, and over a dozen novels including the World War 1990: Series and The Austrian Painter: What if Germany Won the Great War?

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William Stroock has been a history teacher and an adjunct professor of history. He wrote Pershing in Command: A Study of the American Expeditionary Force, Israel at War and Her Enemies, and over a dozen novels including the World War 1990: Series and The Austrian Painter: What if Germany Won the Great War? His latest novels are The Great Nuclear War of 1975 and The Aftermath of 1976.



  1. chas

    December 23, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Denialist, cult tripe.

  2. GhostTomahawk

    December 23, 2022 at 2:56 pm

    @Chas…. yeah like Hillary and the entire Democrat party after 2016 election that refused to certify the election. There is a montages on YouTube if you want to watch it.

    Conservatives don’t trust the election because the democrats already are on record saying the elections are open to hacking and fraud and showed the entire world WITH KAMALA HARRIS PRESENTING THE PROOF how to do it.

    So yeah. Since none fixed those problems they were exploited in 2020 with a more fraudulent mail in campaign that had 0% verification. But let’s call that “irregularities”. Like the investigation into Hillary was a “matter”. Keep moving the goal posts to cover the crimes

  3. H.R. Holm

    December 23, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    They only got their cue from the Democrats, the original election deniers from 2016, and then there was the Stacey Abrams denial machine in the GA governors’ race. She still wants to deny it.

  4. jw

    December 23, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    How is using the quotes of Gore, Clinton and Abrams denialist, cult, or tripe?

  5. Infantry Grunt

    December 23, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    This is one of the very rare objective political articles on this site. Most of the rest are just neo-Con/NeverTrump, Deep State, DNC/CPUSA propaganda not even suitable for lining the bottom of a birdcage…

  6. 2wolves

    December 24, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t recall any of the instances you note leading to insurrection. I do remember the Brooks Brothers Riot. Then there was the armed observers at polling places. How many Democratic candidates had election denialism as a plank in there campaigns?

    So… wish to try again?

  7. Ricardo A Pacetti

    December 24, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Unsubscribe me.

  8. Morty

    December 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Yawn. BothSides-Ism at its most nauseating.
    “But teacher, he did it too” didn’t work in 5th grade, and it doesn’t work now…

  9. Noah Genda

    December 24, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    “Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. ”

    Hillary Clinton Concession Speech NOVEMBER 9, 2016

    Hillary conceded Trump won. Trump has yet to concede

  10. G. Standfast

    December 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    What utter nonsense. Clinton and Gore both accepted the results and democrats went along with the certification process. There may have been complaints and, in the case of Florida in 2000, it’s reasonable to wonder whether or not a completely accurate count could have been achieved.

    Republicans, following Trump’s lead, continue to cast doubt on elections they lose even when there is zero evidence of fraud or counting errors. The rioters who could not accept defeat after the 2020 election were Trump supporters. Republicans continue to claim, without evidence, the 2020 election was stolen. For the most part, those who made these false claims last month lost. Maybe learn a lesson here GOP. We’re tired of this garbage.

    There is no equivalence to be found here. Unless of course you don’t want to accept responsibility for the behavior of republicans and their supporters over the last six years. We have one functioning political party in this country and that’s the Democratic Party. Republicans traffic in conspiracy theories and deeply unpopular policies. I suppose whining about 2020 is all they have left.

  11. Tom Rocha

    December 24, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    The party of personal responsibility: “See what you made us do”

  12. Derek

    December 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    The dems you mention conceded. Trump has not. Can you explain this error, please?

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