That’s how Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton described GOP standard-bearer Donald J. Trump’s statement in the final, October 19 presidential debate. Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace asked Trump whether — even facing defeat — he would “absolutely accept the result of this election.” Trump answered, “I will look at it at the time.” He added: “We’ll find out on November 8th. . . . I’ll keep you in suspense.” Maybe Trump wanted room to address a potential Bush v. Gore–style virtual tie, perhaps involving today’s equivalent of hanging chads.
“On Wednesday night, Donald Trump did something no other presidential nominee has ever done. He refused to say he would respect the results of this election,” Clinton told voters in Cleveland two days hence. “Now, make no mistake, by doing that he is threatening our democracy.” She continued: “We know in our country, the difference between leadership and dictatorship.”
Clinton’s bodyguards in the liberal media echoed her sentiments.
“The candidate’s reckless closing message that nothing is on the level — not Democrats, not the press, not the polls, not Republican leaders, not even the integrity of the voting process — has left many of his supporters prepared to declare the election results illegitimate,” the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank lectured.
In an article headlined “Donald Trump’s astonishing, damaging refusal to accept the fundamental premise of American elections,” the Washington Post’s Phillip Bump scolded, “He’s willing to cast a shadow over the process that undergirds the most prosperous, stable nation in world history.”
Of course, within three weeks, the shoo-in Democrat lost to the hopeless Republican. While Trump won only 46 percent of the popular vote to 48 percent for Clinton, the New York real-estate magnate took the tally that mattered, with an upset, 74-vote margin in the Electoral College, 306 votes to 232. (Losing the Electoral College but winning the presidential popular vote is an interesting but inconsequential consolation prize — much like a baseball team with fewer runs than its opponents, but more base hits.) Trump’s 57 percent to 43 percent Electoral College triumph remains one of the most stunning finishes in American history.
As members of the Electoral College cast their ballots in state capitals across America today, it is instructive to recall how holistically Hillary Clinton, her supporters, and other Trumpophobes have abandoned “the way our democracy works,” as Clinton put it. Nearly six weeks after the polls closed, leftists refuse to accept Trump’s victory. They too often resemble Venezuelan street mobs. Their despicable actions are altogether un-American.
As members of the Electoral College cast their ballots across America today, it is instructive to recall how holistically Clinton and her supporters have abandoned ‘the way our democracy works.’
Consider just a few of the countless ways — large and small — that hordes of Hillary’s fans and Donald’s foes bull-headedly have rejected the outcome of November 8’s free, fair, and decisive presidential election.
Not just for a few days, but for weeks, Clinton’s supporters marched through the streets and sometimes prevented regular citizens from going about their business. Many of these protesters bore signs that read “Not my president” and “We don’t accept the president-elect.”
Liberals demonstrated that “Love Trumps hate” by blocking freeways in Los Angeles, smashing store windows and police-car windshields in Portland, Ore., setting trashcans ablaze in Oakland, and otherwise proving that, in reality, “Left hates Trump.”
A Muslim woman named Yasmin Sewied claimed that three drunks confronted her on a Manhattan subway train on December 1, called her a “terrorist,” told her, “Go back to your country,” tried to grab her headscarf, and shouted, “Trump! Trump!”
Sewied now faces criminal charges. She lied to the police about this “incident,” which she totally invented. Sewied had been out drinking with friends and concocted an imaginary hate crime to gain sympathy with her devoutly Islamic parents. They already were upset that she dated a Catholic. So, as the New York Post reported, Sewied tarred Trump fans with lies.
In a genuine subway assault, Corey Cataldo, a 24-year-old white man wearing a Make America Great Again hat, was attacked on a Number 5 train in the Bronx on November 12. According to police, a 6-foot tall, 190-pound black man saw the hat and asked Cataldo, “Are you a Trump supporter?” After Cataldo said yes, the attacker replied, “Great. Another white Trump supporter.” He then tried to strangle Cataldo with his bare hands before fleeing the subway train at 149th Street.
In yet another outburst of political violence, David Wilcox, a white driver in Chicago, emerged from his Pontiac Bonneville after a black sedan scraped it on the day after the election.
“I got out of the car,” Wilcox later told the Chicago Tribune, “One of the guys – an African-American at the bus stop — said, ‘Yeah, that’s one of those white-boy Trump supporters.’ And I said, ‘What’s that got to do with this accident? I just want to exchange insurance.’ And then, next thing I know, the guy said, ‘Don’t worry about it. We’re going to beat his ass.’”
Wilcox soon was brutalized in broad daylight by black thugs and repeatedly beaten, shoved to the ground, kicked on the asphalt, and punched in his head. One witness to this mayhem, which is on video, gleefully yelled, “You voted Trump! You voted Trump! Daaaaaaaamn!” Others reportedly shouted: “Don’t vote Trump,” and “You gonna pay for that shit!”
A black man stole Wilcox’s car and dragged him along its side, as Wilcox hung on for his life through an open window. He finally let go and rolled five to seven times along Roosevelt Road before stopping in an oncoming-traffic lane. He was treated for his injuries at Mount Sinai Hospital and released. Wilcox, in fact, voted for Trump, although the racist onlookers to the attack only assumed as much because of his complexion.
“What’s happening to America?” a badly bruised Wilcox asked the Chicago Tribune the next day. “You’re supposed to be able to vote in peace. It’s supposed to be part of our democracy, and what happened is I vote for somebody, and I get beaten, robbed, and my car stolen, and I have no way of getting my wife to and from work safe anymore.”
Chicago police on November 18 arrested Julian Christian, 26; Dejuan Collins, 20; Rajane Lewis, 21; and an unidentified 17-year-old female. Each faces one felony count of vehicular hijacking. Police say these four pounded Wilcox.
Monisha Rajesh, a train columnist with The Telegraph of London, said this via Twitter on Election Night: “It’s about time for a presidential assassination.”
After Green-party nominee Jill Stein launched recount efforts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton’s campaign stepped in to support her efforts, thoroughly contradicting every consonant that Clinton had uttered about the sanctity of losers’ accepting election results. While judges eventually halted the re-tabulations in Michigan and Pennsylvania, Wisconsin’s was completed. Rather than help Stein or Clinton, the Badger State recount revealed 131 additional votes for Trump.
The Left has sunk post-electoral intransigence to a spectacular and unprecedented new low: tampering with the Electoral College itself.
Calling themselves Americans Take Action, actors including Martin Sheen and Noah Wyle appeared in a TV ad supported by a $500,000 media buy. They urged GOP Electoral College members to dump Trump, the will of their states’ voters be damned.
Even worse, pro-Trump electors have faced heretofore unseen intimidation by Clinton’s supporters, some of whom placed those electors’ personal details online. The lucky ones have coped only with hostile e-mails, letters, and phone calls — often in the thousands.
It is total harassment,” said Robert Graham, an Arizona elector and state GOP chairman. As the Arizona Republic reported on November 18, Graham added: “It started about a week ago. Now? ‘Bam!’ It’s hardcore.”
An elector told the Arizona Republic that he has received hundreds of phone calls in ‘an outright political maneuver.’
Arizona’s Sharon Geise said that she has received some 50,000 e-mails since the election, pushing her to ditch Trump. “They just keep coming and coming,” she told the New York Post. “They’re overpowering my iPad.”
Others have endured far uglier bullying.
Bruce Ash, an elector and one of Arizona’s three Republican National Committee members, told the Republic that he has received hundreds of phone calls in “an outright political maneuver.” Ash said, “They demonize me, they call me a homophobic, an isolationist, a bigot, a misogynist, and an anti-Semite, which is interesting because I’m Jewish.”
Texas elector Rex Teter received a letter that read, “May your tombstone and life be a laughing fallacy if you let this evil in the gate.”
“I have been inundated with death threats, death wishes, generally angry messages trying to get me to change my vote to Hillary Clinton or another person,” Michigan GOP elector Michael Banerian told CNN. “I’ve had people talk about putting a bullet in the back of my mouth. I’ve had death wishes or people just saying, ‘I hope you die.’ Or, ‘Do society a favor, throw yourself in front of a bus.’ . . . These people not only called for the burning of myself, but my family.’”
“In Pennsylvania,” according to today’s edition of the Telegraph, “the situation has become so serious that some 20 electors have reportedly been assigned plainclothes state police troopers for protection.” One of them, Ash Khare, is an Indian immigrant and longtime Republican. He confirms being guarded by state law enforcement and said that he has received “nasty” phone calls as late as 1:00 a.m.
“I’m a big boy,” Khare told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But this is stupid. Nobody is standing up and telling these people, ‘Enough. Knock it off.’”
Now imagine if Hillary Clinton had won this election and Trump’s supporters behaved like leftists. Democrats, how would you like that?
Of course, this is an absurd hypothetical. Republicans and conservatives grumble and grind their molars when their standard-bearers lose. What they don’t do is destroy personal property, blockade highways, commit arson, and terrorize members of the Electoral College. The Right was saddened to see Obama beat Mitt Romney and John McCain. Nonetheless, Obama’s allies freely backed him in the Electoral College without suffering through TV ads and even highly felonious death threats demanding that they vote him down.Meanwhile, when will the FBI and the Justice Department’s Voting Rights and Civil Rights divisions start probing and prosecuting these death threats? If Attorney General Loretta Lynch refuses to lift a finger, incoming attorney general Jeff Sessions must make this a high priority and a teaching moment for these anti-American criminals.
As low as the Left has fallen, their rejectionism is far from finished.
Radical cineaste Michael Moore wants enraged Democrats and other election deniers to flood Washington next January 20 and “disrupt the Inauguration.” This suggests that the last six weeks of leftist fury were just the beginning.
American liberals never will accept that Donald J. Trump won the November 8 election — fair and square. All they are saying is they won’t give Trump a chance.
— Deroy Murdock is a New York–based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.