There are a lot of things Democrats, NeverTrumpers, and the mainstream media have said and done in the aftermath of the election that are just flat out rotten, as my RedState colleagues and I have previously documented.
Among the most rotten of all has been Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden going back on what he said in September about how and when he would declare victory.
During the September presidential debate between Biden and President Trump, the last question moderator Chris Wallace asked both of them was if they would hold off on declaring victory until the election was “independently certified”:
Wallace: “Will you pledge tonight that you will not declare victory until the election has been independently certified?”
Trump stated he would be “100% on board” assuming the election was fair and free of fraud. “But if I see 10s of thousands of ballots being manipulated. I can’t go along with that,” he stipulated.
Biden, on the other hand, answered “yes” to the question unequivocally:
Biden: Yes. Here’s the deal, they count the ballots, as you pointed out some of these ballots in some states can’t even be open until Election Day. And if there’s thousands of ballots, it’s gonna take time to do it.
Here’s the deal, the fact is, I will accept it and he will too. Because you know why? Because once the winner is declared, after all the, all the ballots are counted, all the votes are counted, that’ll be the end of it. That’ll be the end of it.
Wallace: will you pledge not to declare victory until the election is independently certified?
Biden: Yes. And here's the deal. pic.twitter.com/c7eftEcaMR
— the sheridan files (@sheridan_files) November 11, 2020
And yet here we are, eight days after Election Day, when not only are votes are still being counted in states where the margin of “victory” is very narrow, but legal challenges are also being vigorously mounted by the Trump campaign against some of these close states, questioning the vote totals and alleging substantial amounts of mail-in ballot fraud.
Instead of waiting for the courts to rule on the impending lawsuits from Trump’s legal team and instead of waiting for official certification of the election results, Joe Biden gave a “victory speech” Saturday night and on Monday proclaimed that “this election is over.”
Biden has, of course, been aided and abetted by a dutiful mainstream media who for four years declared Trump a Russian stooge — an illegitimate president who “stole” the 2016 election from Democrat Hillary Clinton. The MSM also helped amplified other ridiculous “bombshell” conspiracy theories about Trump and his administration in an effort to help Democrats in their repeated attempts to impeach and remove him from office.
People who seriously wonder why many Republicans are in no way interested in playing the “unity and healing” games that the left and the media are should take a long, hard look back at how Trump and his supporters were viewed and treated by the same exact people who all of a sudden think the last four years should just magically be forgotten by the millions of Trump voters who were called every vile name in the book.
In the end, even if Biden does end up being certified the winner next month, it will be a hollow “victory.” Because that whole “unity” thing he claims to want to preside over isn’t happening. Not now. Not next month. Not ever. That ship has long since sailed.
(Hat tip: Alana Mastrangelo)