In an interview with The New York Times this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – without a hint of irony – said that she is concerned about the 2020 election. Specifically, she is worried that if Democrats don’t take back the White House in a landslide victory, President Trump will dispute the outcome, start some sort of revolution, and declare himself the King of America. Okay, she doesn’t go quite that far, but what else can she mean with this nonsense?
From The New York Times:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not believe President Trump can be removed through impeachment — the only way to do it, she said this week, is to defeat him in 2020 by a margin so “big” he cannot challenge the legitimacy of a Democratic victory.
That is something she worries about.
“We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that,” Ms. Pelosi said during an interview at the Capitol on Wednesday as she discussed her concern that Mr. Trump would not give up power voluntarily if he lost re-election by a slim margin next year.
According to the Times, Pelosi was worried about the same thing happening with last year’s midterms.
“If we win by four seats, by a thousand votes each, he’s not going to respect the election,” Pelosi said she thought at the time. “He would poison the public mind. He would challenge each of the races; he would say you can’t seat these people. We had to win. Imagine if we hadn’t won — oh, don’t even imagine. So, as we go forward, we have to have the same approach.”
What’s ironic about this is that we haven’t heard Trump or any other Republican denouncing the 2018 elections (well, except for a bit in California, where there was some pretty significant ballot harvesting going on). However, as recently as this week, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was still out there saying she “won” the race against Brian Kemp. It’s been six months since her loss, and she still has not officially conceded. How about that.
But the big irony is not Stacey Abrams. The big irony is that Democrats have been rejecting, denying, and disputing the 2016 election for nearly three years at this point. Russian interference! James Comey’s meddling! Trump’s cheating! Voter suppression! The Electoral College! In as many ways as they can dream up, they have done everything in their power to convince Americans that Donald Trump is an illegitimate president. And now they want to turn around and fret publicly about what TRUMP will do if he loses? Unreal.
To whatever extent Trump does or doesn’t “accept” the results, Democrats will find that they brought the skepticism on themselves. They’ve been chanting “Not My President” since November 2016. Maybe they should have thought about what they were doing to the electorate with all of this conspiratorial whispering. It will most definitely come back to bite them.