During only his second solo press conference on Wednesday, President Joe Biden cast doubts on the legitimacy of the 2022 midterms and once again suggested that Republicans want to stifle Americans’ votes. Unlike his predecessor, however, Biden was not nuked from Big Tech, scolded by corporate media, or even disowned by members of his own party. Instead, Biden’s allies rushed to his aid and tried to reframe his commentary to reflect their agenda.
During his speech, the Democrat not only said the 2022 elections could “easily be illegitimate,” but conveniently overlooked the “safe election” rhetoric that was parroted by Democrats after the 2020 presidential election to claim that unless the nation endorsed Biden’s newest plan to takeover elections, chaos would ensue.
“It all depends on whether or not we’re able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election,” Biden claimed, regarding Republicans’ legislative attempts at strengthening election security.
The Democrat also repeated the lie that “no matter how hard the [GOP] make[s] it for minorities to vote, I think you’ll find them willing to stand in line and defy the attempt to keep them from being able to vote.”
Biden’s handlers at the White House also tried to clean up his comments and claim that the president “was not casting doubt on the legitimacy of the 2022 election,” but the damage was done.
“He was making the opposite point: In 2020, a record number of voters turned out in the face of a pandemic, and election officials made sure they could vote and have those votes counted,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted on Thursday.
She claimed the president “was explaining that the results would be illegitimate if states do what the former president asked them to do after the 2020 election: toss out ballots and overturn results after the fact.”
“The Big Lie is putting our democracy at risk. We’re fighting to protect it,” she concluded, trying to pin the blame for election problems on Trump.
Vice President Kamala Harris also refused to acknowledge that Biden publicly doubted the future of U.S. elections.
“Let’s not be distracted by the political gamesmanship,” Harris snapped in a Thursday morning interview with Biden-friendly reporter Savannah Guthrie.
Even corporate media outlets, which frequently bend over backward to offer generous coverage to Biden and his team, acknowledged Biden’s comments and tried to justify why the president dared to say such a controversial thing.
Despite the White House’s insistence that the president didn’t mean what he very clearly said, Biden’s comments are a slap in the face to Republicans and reporters such as The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway who have raised countless concerns about faulty election practices, endorsed and even wielded by the Democrat Party, that weaken election integrity.
The 2020 election was riddled with problems created by Democrat operatives such as chief Russia collusion hoaxer Marc Elias. He coordinated a leftist-funded effort to change hundreds of election laws in the months leading up to the 2020 decision. As a result, tens of millions of questionable mail-in ballots swamped the election system and millions more Americans lost trust and confidence in the country’s ability to host “free and fair elections,” which some ignorant Republicans still proclaim is ensured.
When GOP legislators, activists, and even former President Donald Trump pointed out the inconsistencies and shadiness that empowered bad actors to highjack the election, Democrats moaned and groaned that Republicans were instigating an insurrection designed to destroy democracy.
Corporate media also happily used the Capitol riot last Jan. 6 to add to their lies about GOP election integrity concerns. They dubbed it the “Big Lie” and cheered on Big Tech when it went on a censorship spree against anyone who dared question the whopper that 2020 was the most secure election in history.
As I noted last week, “Democrats want a radical, unconstitutional takeover of elections because they are afraid they are going to lose big in midterms.”
Ever since they underperformed in 2020, congressional leftists have publicly admitted that they can’t, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put it, “rely solely on a wish of winning elections.”
The Democrats, who have a long list of vulnerable House and Senate candidates, know they are losing steam for 2022. Biden’s disastrous poll numbers aren’t helping. As a result, Biden and his administration overlooked their party’s previous hypocrisy on the filibuster and urged for its abolition so they could more easily overhaul our election system. Even their attempts to change the rules of the game, however, are failing to gain the 50 votes they need to control the results of the upcoming midterms.
This pre-election tantrum by Democrats has happened before. In 2016, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, and the media had a meltdown when Trump “refused to concede” the 2016 election from the debate stage one month before votes were tallied. The election hadn’t even happened yet, but that didn’t stop the leftists and their media cronies from complaining that “Trump refuses to say he’ll accept losing.”
The 2022 midterms haven’t happened yet, but Democrats are doing more than just refusing to concede. They are publicly signaling their intent to smear any results that don’t cut their way as illegitimate. Biden knows 2022 doesn’t look good for his party. So his comments about illegitimate elections are simply setting the stage for Democrats, who have readily contested elections in the past, to blame the system when they lose.