There are several instances of Leftists griping and groaning about stolen or rigged elections.
On MSNBC’S “Morning Joe,” they pulled up several examples citing Leftists claiming elections were stolen.
The most popular trope is the 2000 Bush v. Gore election.
This is something that, even 12 years later, New York Magazine was still unable to get out of their collective brains. “Yes, Bush v. Gore Did Steal the Election,” was the headline.
In November 2012, Salon warned us “Is the GOP stealing Ohio?”
And in 2014, Clintonista and “Voxplainer emeritus” Ezra Klein told us that “68% of Americans think elections are rigged.” (Actually, he was talking about how those elections are rigged for incumbents, and he was right.)
Not only that, but days after the 2000 election, Jesse Jackson paraded around Florida telling people that it was all rigged. Here’s a quote from the Rev. Jackson:
“This is a coup, to take away our government by nonviolent mans,” he said. “I’m just surprised that in the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the will of the people is being suppressed. they depended on people laying down and accepting it. usually that works. But not this time.”
In 2006, Howard Dean said that he thought the election in Ohio in 2004 was stolen.
Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall came right out and said in 2006 that Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell “stole” the 2004 election.
Let’s not forget Michael More who famously claimed the 2000 election was stolen in Fahrenheit 9/11.
Here’s the piece from Morning Joe:
A look at past claims of 'stolen' and rigged elections https://t.co/8pFkqruJjg
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) October 20, 2016
We can debate on whether or not it is wise for a presidential candidate to claim the election will be rigged before the votes are even counted, but Leftists are being hypocrites if they believe that challenging the results of the election is unique now.
You can go back 1916, Charles Evan Hughes refused to concede the election to Woodrow Wilson as the votes were purposefully being counted slowly in California. When his supporters suggested he challenge the results of the election and claim voter fraud, Hughes replied:
“In the absence of absolute proof of fraud no such cry should be raised to becloud the title of the next president of the United States.”
We will see what happens in the next three weeks.