The New York Times editors reached a new low of hypocrisy with their December 11th editorial entitled “The Republicans Who Embraced Nihilism.” Failure to embrace Joe Biden as the legitimate president-elect is tantamount in their eyes to embracing a nihilist rejection of America’s democratic process itself. That’s not surprising given the editors’ hysterical warning before the election that Trump’s re-election campaign “poses the greatest threat to American democracy since the Second World War.” Forget about the real threats posed by nuclear-armed Communist nations and global Islamist terrorism. President Trump is the existential threat to the country, the editors exclaim. Fueled by their hatred of Trump, it’s not much of a leap for the Times’ editors to do what they can to help push Biden over the finish line by whatever means necessary.
The Times editorial began by bemoaning widespread Republican support for Texas’s failed constitutional challenge to the results of the presidential election in four other states where Joe Biden was declared the winner. But most of the editorial was taken up with attacking Republican supporters of President Trump more generally for daring to question the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s purported election victory. The editors descended into lobbing false accusations that such Republicans are engaging in “election denialism,” “undermining the rule of law,” an “assault on truth,” and “anti-democratic tendencies.”.
The real nihilists and election deniers are the Democrats and their shills in the media, who refused to accept Donald Trump as the duly elected president of the United States in 2016 or to acknowledge the legitimacy of his presidency. Obsessed with their hatred of President Trump, these deniers wouldn’t recognize the truth if it slapped them in the face. They were complicit in undermining the rule of law and democracy by concocting and pursuing endless bogus charges against Trump, starting with the Russian collusion hoax. The New York Times has been a leading generator of fake news hit jobs against the president.
The late Democrat Rep. John Lewis, who along with approximately a third of his Democrat House comrades refused to attend Trump’s inauguration, said “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.” Paul Krugman, one of the Times’ leading left wing op-ed columnists, wrote a piece on January 16, 2017 praising Lewis’s refusal to recognize Trump as a legitimate president. Krugman called Lewis’s stance “an act of patriotism.” After the 2020 election, Krugman falsely claimed that “Democrats never said Donald Trump was illegitimate,” adding that Biden will “be the first modern U.S. president trying to govern in the face of an opposition that refuses to accept his legitimacy.” Krugman glossed over his own praise of Lewis nearly four years ago for denying Trump’s legitimacy as president.
Charles M. Blow, a regular op-ed columnist for the New York Times, tweeted on February 1, 2017: “Trump, to me, is illegitimate. Ergo, any judge he picks carries that same stench, regardless off pedigree or elocution.”
The Times’ editorial board has two different standards when it comes to questioning a president’s legitimacy – one standard for Joe Biden, whose legitimacy as president must be accepted as the gospel truth, and a different standard for the Times’ columnists who brazenly condemned Trump’s presidency as “illegitimate.”
John Lewis was far from the only Democrat who treated Trump as an “illegitimate” president. Sore loser Hillary Clinton, who has blamed Russian collusion and virtually everything else under the sun for her defeat except her own failings as a candidate, has never gotten over her defeat. “He [Trump] knows he’s an illegitimate president,” Hillary Clinton told CBS’s “60 Minutes” on September 29, 2019. Clinton said last August that Biden “should not concede under any circumstances.” Yet the Times now criticizes President Trump and his supporters for not adhering to the “old norm of graceful concession.”
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who helped lead the Trump impeachment circus, refused from the get-go to acknowledge the legitimacy of the 2016 election results. “He was legally elected, but the Russian weighing-in on the election, the Russian attempt to hack the election and, frankly, the FBI’s weighing-in on the election, I think, makes his election illegitimate, puts an asterisk next to his name,” Nadler said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump an “imposter.” She didn’t limit such denialist insults to Trump. She called Justice Amy Coney Barrett “an illegitimate Supreme Court justice,” even though Justice Barrett was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate in strict accordance with the Constitution.
During the Democratic presidential primary campaign, Joe Biden himself said that he absolutely agreed with a supporter at one of his campaign stops who exclaimed that Trump was “an illegitimate president.”
Democrats and their media shills, including the New York Times, gave no presumption of legitimacy to Trump, but they now demand that Republicans and other Trump supporters genuflect to Biden as president. Even worse, they weaponized their Russian collusion narrative to try and delegitimize and then destroy the Trump presidency.
The Russian hoax strategy fell apart. But its perpetrators never admitted they were wrong. Instead, they latched on to another false narrative – this time involving Ukraine. Democrats used an innocuous phone call as an excuse to impeach President Trump and seek to remove him from office, taking the decision whether to re-elect Trump away from the voters. And the Trump-hating media cheered the Democrats on.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who never let go of his Russian collusion nonsense, served as the lead House Manager in the Senate impeachment trial. Schiff said during the impeachment trial that “The President’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, for we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won.” Pelosi said that the Republican position to “let the election decide” is dangerous, in part, “because the President is jeopardizing the integrity of the 2020 elections.”
In short, Schiff, Pelosi and their fellow Democrat persecutors preemptively attacked the legitimacy of the 2020 election outcome if Trump was permitted to run and ended up winning. The Democrats lost their impeachment gambit as well. But the Democrats and their pals in the media and Big Tech still were not through trying to block Trump’s path to re-election. They had other tricks up their sleeves as their “insurance” policy, including using the coronavirus pandemic as a convenient excuse to press for universal mail-in voting.
To ensure that the universal mail-in voting process was as loose as possible, Democrats across the country managed to get state rules changed by hook or by crook. The original rules were put in place to help ensure election integrity. The Democrats were more interested in ensuring a favorable election outcome. Thus, in some cases, voter ID and signature matching requirements were thrown out the window. State legislatures’ mandated election procedures were too often ignored. Mail-in ballots could arrive days after Election Day and still be counted, even if the post marks were smudged. Poll watchers were blocked from closely observing the vote count in key battle ground states. Unexplained ballot surges for Biden suddenly appeared when it looked like Trump was comfortably ahead in those states. After-the-fact ballot-fixing of deficient ballots that should not have been counted and ballot harvesting contributed to likely fraud in Georgia and other battle ground states such as Pennsylvania.
As Joseph Stalin said, “Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.” Democrat operatives made sure that battleground states which had gone for Trump in 2016 in close contests would produce vote counts in 2020 guaranteeing wins for Biden.
The mainstream media and Big Tech, which are in the tank for Biden, have done their part to suppress the truth about the election. Absent any thorough investigations of their own, media outlets have rejected out of hand the possibility of widespread election fraud and mock anyone who does not accept the conventional wisdom. Social network platforms such as Twitter have restricted the display and sharing of communications that raise the possibility of any election fraud.
The Trump-hating media and Big Tech also created a smokescreen to protect Biden from critical inquiry during the election campaign. Twitter, for example, censored an October 14th New York Post article documenting that Joe Biden was introduced by his son Hunter to a high-level official at the corrupt Ukrainian energy company Burisma where Hunter worked. The introduction took place while the elder Biden was serving as vice president of the United States. This report contradicted Joe Biden’s past claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings.” Twitter not only blocked the sharing of the New York Post article on its platform. Twitter punished the New York Post by shutting down the Post’s own twitter account for about two weeks.
The left-leaning mainstream media, including the New York Times, either buried the Hunter Biden laptop story or tried to discredit it.
CNN president Jeff Zucker told his staff on October 16th that “I don’t think that we should be repeating unsubstantiated smears just because the right-wing media suggests that we should.”
National Public Radio’s managing editor Terence Samuel explained his taxpayer-funded network’s refusal to report on the New York Post Biden-Burisma story this way: “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”
The Media Research Center asked rhetorically: “How exactly is doing what is supposed to be your job of reporting and investigating a story with credible sources to be a ‘waste of time?’” Had NPR and other media outlets done their job properly, they wouldn’t have been caught so flat-footed after the post-election revelation of federal investigations into Hunter Biden’s finances.
Instead, the Trump-hating media and Big Tech engaged in an unconscionable blackout before the election of major documented information regarding Biden family corruption. The fourth estate, which is supposed to be an independent press, became largely a Biden fiefdom during this election cycle.
At a time when Americans were still making up their minds on the presidential candidate they would vote for, the New York Times was part of the media cabal covering for Joe Biden rather than searching for the truth. Now the Times editors are demanding that President Trump’s supporters just shut up and accept without question the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election and of Biden’s presidency. Sorry, but these nihilists can’t have it both ways or tell freedom-loving Americans what to think, say and do.