By Suzanne Bowdey
The Washington Stand
A year into his dumpster fire of a presidency, Joe Biden’s team must have already assumed the midterms were lost. By January, when the president had collected more failures than most presidents do in two terms, a tiny seed was being planted. Asked if America would have “free and fair” elections in 2022, Biden replied, “Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be illegitimate. … I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit.” Not a single ballot had been cast, and the president was already declaring the whole thing rigged.
Ten months later, not much has changed. If anything, Democrats have escalated the rhetoric — attacking a system they insisted was rock solid in Trump’s defeat. “The extreme MAGA element of the Republican Party… it’s trying to succeed where they failed in 2020,” Biden warned, “to suppress the right of voters and subvert the electoral system itself. That means denying your right to vote and deciding whether your vote even counts.”
The whole speech was beyond the pale, given the Left’s outrage over the GOP’s skepticism two years ago. But apparently, Biden, like the rest of the Left, has lowered himself to casting doubt on any election the Democrats don’t win. It’s a dangerous game, Dan McLaughlin warned. “When the president of the United States attacks our election system as ‘rigged’” — the very one that put him in office — he’s “playing with fire.” Sure, “Democrats have a long history of refusing to accept the legitimacy of defeats,” he agreed, but “this isn’t normal.”