NEW YORK — Yet again, Democrats have mastered psychological projection. Rather than brighten the darkness in their own souls, they accuse Republicans of practicing Democrats’ sins. Their latest allegation: The GOP jeopardizes democracy itself.
–“The former president and his supporters have decided the only way for them to win is to suppress your vote and subvert our elections,” President Joe Biden said Thursday at the U.S. Capitol. Marking one year since overzealous Trump backers rioted there, Biden added: “It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic. And frankly, it’s un-American.”
–Vice President Kamala Harris alluded to President Donald J. Trump’s voters as “the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy.”
–Congressman Eric Swalwell (D – California) told MSNBC on Monday that if Republicans win November’s midterm elections, “voting in this country as we know it will be gone.”
For Biden, Harris, Swalwell, and their comrades, bellowing about Republicans killing democracy is easier than conceding that Democrats, not the GOP, have battered America’s democratic norms and institutions non-stop since at least 2016.
That year, Obama’s Justice Department and FBI spied on the opposition party’s presidential campaign. The Russiagate probe was Watergate without the break-in. The basis for Democrat espionage against Trump was the so-called “Dirty Dossier,” funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democrat National Committee. Team Hillary then leaked these Russian lies to pro-Democrat news outlets (excuse the redundancy), which injected them into the public debate over Clinton and Trump.
Soon after Trump’s upset victory, Democrats used print ads, TV commercials, and death threats to pressure Trump’s Electoral College representatives to change their votes.
When this gambit failed, at least 54 congressional Democrats boycotted Trump’s inauguration, dissing America’s peaceful transition of power.
For three years, Democrats advanced the full-throated lie that Trump was a Russian agent. Former FBI chief Robert Mueller’s probe found such paranoid charges utterly baseless.
ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter rioters trashed and burned government buildings in summer 2020. While some Democrats cheered these rioters, Kamala Harris actively raised bail money to spring them from jail.
Democrats weaponized COVID-19 to bludgeon centuries-old voting procedures. “Temporary, emergency measures” included no-excuse absentee ballots, mass mail-in ballots sent to all registered voters (alive or dead), diluted or discarded witness-signature requirements, unsupervised ballot drop boxes, and more. Many of these changes were made by secretaries of state, county commissioners, and judges – but not state legislatures, as the U.S. Constitution mandates.
Some of this lawlessness occurred well after voting had begun. With no authority to do so, then-Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D – Pennsylvania) waited until 8:38 p.m. on Election Eve to direct county officials to return erroneous mail-in ballots to voters, so they could “cure” and re-submit them.
On Election Night 2020, vote counting mysteriously and inexplicably stopped in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and other Democrat strongholds. Ballots normally are counted overnight, until winners emerge. Instead, canvassing was halted.
A tabulation room at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena was cleared at 10:30 p.m. so election officials could “retire” for the evening. In fact, after journalists and GOP election watchers were sent home, surveillance cameras caught poll workers removing boxes from beneath a covered table and placing the contents — ballots — into counting machines until 1:00 a.m.
“We want all the Republican challengers out of this room!” yelled a man wearing an official-looking lanyard in a Detroit, Michigan, vote-counting facility. Anti-transparency authorities then covered this tabulation room’s windows with cardboard. Georgia and Pennsylvania were among the states where Republican poll watchers were barred from counting rooms or kept too distant to scrutinize vote tallies, inspect absentee-ballot signatures, and otherwise perform their solemn duties.
Democracy dies in darkness.
Democrats relentlessly have jackhammered the pillars of America’s democratic elections. They are democracy’s natural enemies. And rather than own this despicable distinction, Democrats do what they do best: Accuse everyone else of their own evil.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.