In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Republicans pursued some creative election challenges and approaches. The majority of those being investigated by the Biden administration, its DOJ and assorted Democrat prosecutors were legal, open and conducted by lawyers.
Considering their behavior in 2000 and 2004, the Democrats should be the last people to criminalize election challenges. But, as usual, there’s a double standard.
And two sets of books.
Unlike the wholly illegal 2016 effort to go after the election results using the DOJ and other government players, Trump’s election challenges and those of his allies were, did and would have been gamed out in court. Some would have played out in legislatures. The Biden DOJ’s targeting of Trump’s lawyers and figures like Mike Lindell is wholly illegal and a repetition of the tactics that the Obama DOJ used in the aftermath of the 2016 election.
This game has been run by conflating separate things, rallies, protests and riots, and then conflating those with legal election challenges to criminalize and suppress everything as an “attack on democracy”. These are the sorts of tactics we see in totalitarian regimes, not democratic ones, and it’s not a coincidence.
When Democrats riot after an election, they’re just expressing their pain. When they lobby legislators and judges and election officials to overturn results, they’re just pursuing every pathway. And when they deny the outcome, they’re just passionate.
Personal and ideological double standards are normal. They’re human. But once they’re embedded in the law and become a basis for treating people differently based on their political affiliations, that’s a totalitarian regime whose actions are inherently illegal and oppressive.