The ‘election denier’ is the dumbest rhetorical device in modern politics


Adding the word “deniers” to a question — as in “climate denier” or “election denier” — is one of the dumbest rhetorical devices in modern politics. The point, of course, is to insinuate that the underlying position is insidious, beyond pallor, on par with Holocaust denial. One could debate a “conservative” on the issues, but a “denialist”; well, he’s someone you can’t reason with.

To begin with, the logical and grammatical problem with the wording “denier” is that no one deny the existence of elections or climate. A “climate denier” is often someone who believes in economic compromise and rejects eco-alarmism. And an “election denier” is usually someone who believes a political contest was stolen, corrupted, or unfairly implemented. This is the position of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, Doug Mastriano and Stacey Abrams, and Dinesh D’Souza and jonathan cat.

Of course, not all “election denialism” is the same. There are those who argue that Donald Trump was a Russian asset since the 1980s and others who think the Electoral College is an antiquated institution. Both positions are wrong, but one is a criticism of federalism while the other is crackpot. But the left likes to lump together the crazies who believe child pornography rings operate out of DC’s pizzerias and the millions who worry about the prevalence of low-integrity mail-in voting systems or executive actions that allow late and undated ballots. counted after polling day.

If these latter concerns make someone a “denial”, then someone who believes that asking a citizen to show ID before voting is tantamount to Jim Crow surely is one as well. Because, if it’s not ‘dark money’ that steals ‘democracy’, it’s muddled ballots, or ‘voter suppression’, or ‘gerrymandering’, or the Ruskies or the Court Supreme, or the Constitution. For a long time, Democrats have not accepted the legitimacy of elections.

This weekend, Democratic agent Jon Karl interviewed Recently impeached Liz Cheney, who has promised to work against “election deniers”, people who “do not respect the outcome of the election”. Among the people Cheney will reject are Ron DeSantis and Ted Cruz – none of whom, as far as I know, deny that Biden is the rightful President of the United States. Apparently, this is no longer enough.

“Who won the 2020 elections? CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf this weekend.

“Obviously Joe Biden is president,” Wolf replied.

“No, no,” Acosta said. “Do you believe he won this fair and square election?”

“Joe Biden is president,” Wolf said again before raising the possibility of fraud.

Do Democrats think Trump won 2016 squarely and fairly? Do they believe that Georgia or Texas hold “fair and square” elections? Doubtful. Yet only conservatives are urged to treat every election law passed by Democrats as a sacrosanct pillar of “democracy” or they risk being branded traitors.

CNN’s Jake Tapper also likes to throw around the phrase “election denier,” which he defines like anyone “who lies about American democracy in the 2020 election”. Why does this not apply to the elections of 2016 or 2024 or 2000? Well, because Tapper spent years spreading Russian “collusion” fraud, a concerted effort to delegitimize “American democracy”. If we accept Tapper’s parameters for any other election year, not only does he meet the definition of a Holocaust denier, but virtually all Democrats qualify.

This goes for Hillary Clinton, who has repeatedly declared Trump a “illegitimate president“, and claimed that 2016 was”not at the level” and “Fly‘, is by definition Democrats embrace an ‘election denier’. In the same way Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, John Kerry, Al Gore, late John Lewis, late Harry Reid, Paul KrugmanJerrold Nadler, virtually the entire editorial page of the Washington Post, Time magazineall the other major media outlets, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, former DNC presidents and dozens more.

When asked this weekend why 74% of Americans think the country is heading in the wrong direction, NBC Washington correspondent Yamiche Alcindor replied that people are “very worried that former President Trump will come back to power, or that former President Trump or some other Republican will steal the election in 2022 or 2024.”

Not only is this incredibly stupid, but it’s also an example of the kind of preemptive election “denialism” that has been employed by Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, and many others, as we approach 2020. “Let them elections to decide,” was a dangerous idea according to Pelosi when Trump was first impeached because the legitimacy of 2020 had already been undermined. “The president’s misconduct cannot be decided at the ballot box, as we cannot be assured that the vote will be fairly won,” Schiff said. said.

When the Washington Post warns us that “election deniers are marching to power on the major battlegrounds of 2024” it’s not about Stacey Abrams or Josh Shapiroit prepares the ground to challenge the legitimacy of the next election.

And the voters should be able to question the legitimacy of the elections if they think the laws were unfair or that there was cheating. Even if you argue, as I do, that most allegations of voter fraud are exaggerated or partisan, it is a function of “democracy” to bring your grievances to the political arena. But, it seems, the only ones being labeled as “deniers” – and all the mainstream media now use that term profusely – are the Republicans. Which is just another reason why half the country distrusts journalists — a vacuum of trust that not only propels skepticism, but gives room for more conspiracies to flourish.

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