Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke relaunched his presidential campaign a week ago after his polling numbers cratered into the single digits just two months after its launch. And since that time, he has done his best to sound the right notes in front of the right people to make himself appear sufficiently woke on a number of topics.
One of the stops on his relaunch tour was ABC‘s “The View”, which I wrote about last week. While I focused on the mostly liberal panel’s grilling of O’Rourke over his early “campaign mistakes”, another angle worth covering is what he said about failed candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams:
There are a number of women who aren’t running who may run, including Stacey Abrams, who is a real hero to me. The grace with which she met that defeat on an unfair, unlevel playing field for the Secretary of State, perhaps rigging in part that election, her focus on democracy forum, a new voting rights act, ensuring that every single vote counts in this country is inspiring stuff at a time that our democracy is so badly broken.
Watch this segment below:
After Beto O'Rourke praised Stacey Abrams for meeting defeat in #GAGOV with “grace,” he told The View he finds it “hard to imagine a scenario where I wouldn’t be fortunate enough to also run with one of these extraordinary women in our country.” https://t.co/JmB5HXt9eA pic.twitter.com/nJCjAI3lFu
— The View (@TheView) May 15, 2019
As readers of this site already know, Abrams most certainly has not handled her 2018 defeat with “grace” in any way whatsoever. But aside from that, here you have a presidential contender – Beto O’Rourke – who, without evidence, is undermining the results of an election that was called long ago for Abrams’s Republican opponent Brian Kemp.
That was last Tuesday.
Fast forward to Saturday, when O’Rourke appeared on Joy Reid’s “AM Joy” show on MSNBC. Here’s how their segment on the 2016 election results went down:
When asked in an MSNBC interview Saturday if he was confident President Trump had been elected fairly, the former Texas congressman agreed the use of propaganda on voters and electoral system breaches gave him doubts.
“I don’t have complete confidence in part because of what you’ve just shared about Florida, in part because we know from other secretaries of state in other states in the union that their systems were breached. We don’t know if vote tallies were changed, but that alone should be cause for concern,” O’Rourke said.
“When you add to that one of the first phone calls this president made after the Mueller report was released was to Vladimir Putin to whom he described the Mueller report as a hoax, that is a green light, an open invitation, for Russia to continue to involve themselves in our elections. So I’m concerned about what happened in 2016.”
Watch the interview below:
This is another claim O’Rourke makes without evidence, in spite of left wing protestations to the contrary.
Twice in one week a candidate for president of the United States sought to undermine the election results for the 2016 presidential race and the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. Remember when we were told refusing to accept election results was a “direct threat to our democracy“, especially when that refusal came from a presidential candidate?
I do, and a lot of other people on the Republican side of the aisle do, too. But apparently the mainstream media doesn’t, and that’s probably because they agree that both elections were stolen. After all, they’ve been amplifying such claims from other Democrats for the last two-plus years without question. And in the case of Trump’s 2016 victory in particular, the mainstream media have been active participants themselves in undermining his election.
The revised rule is that it’s okay to question the results of an election as long as the mainstream media agrees with you (or as long as you’re a Democrat).
—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–