Sen. Cruz highlights refusal of Clinton, other Democrats, to accept GOP election wins in heated debate with CNN host

 May 25, 2024

There are some in the media who act as though former President Donald Trump is the first politician ever to question the reported results of an election or raise allegations of voter fraud when that simply isn't the case.

In a contentious interview, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just reminded CNN host Kaitlan Collins that failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, among other prominent Democrats, have indeed questioned election results and refused to concede or made allegations of fraud on numerous occasions, Fox News reported.

"Have you ever asked a Democrat that?"

Collins observed that Sen. Cruz objected to the certification of President Joe Biden's 2020 election and asked, "In 2024, will you certify the election results? Do you plan to object or will you accept the results regardless of who wins the election?"

"I think that’s actually a ridiculous question," Cruz replied and then countered, "Have you ever asked a Democrat that?"

Collins said "Of course" in response but declined to name names when pressed and instead asserted that prior Democratic objections to Republican electoral victories were incomparable to what occurred after the 2020 election when Republicans objected to Biden's reported victory, and asked in response, "have you ever had a sitting president who refused to facilitate the peaceful transition of power?"

"So, A, we did have a peaceful transfer of power. I was there on January 20, I was there on the swearing-in," Cruz said, according to the Washington Examiner. "B, if you look at in 2001, Democrats went to the Senate floor and objected to George W. Bush. In 2004, they went and objected. In 2016, Democrats went and objected to Donald Trump."

"So you're asking will you promise, no matter what, to agree an election is legitimate, regardless of what happens," the senator continued. "And that would be an absurd thing to claim. Like, we have an entire election law system that people challenge elections, elections get overturned, voter fraud gets proven, that happens all the time, and the media engages in this weird game post-Donald Trump that you insist no voter fraud has ever existed."

Media falsely "insists voter fraud never occurs"

After more back-and-forth between the host and the senator, Collins asked again if Sen. Cruz would preemptively accept the 2024 election results no matter what, to which Cruz replied, "Look, if the Democrats win, I will accept the result, but I’m not going to ignore fraud regardless of the result."

Following that was an intense debate over whether there was any voter fraud whatsoever in the 2020 election and Cruz's call for a special commission to investigate allegations of fraud. Eventually, Collins accused Cruz of not answering her initial question and attempted to end the interview.

"I think the country would have been a lot better off with a determination of what evidence of voter fraud occurred," Cruz said of his unheeded call for a commission review. "And instead, the media didn‘t want to hear it and insists voter fraud never occurs."

"It was CNN that relentlessly pushed that propaganda. That voter fraud doesn't exist and anyone who says it does is wearing a tinfoil hat," he continued. "That is propaganda, and by the way, you never ask Hillary Clinton this, you never ask Stacey Abrams this, you never ask Al Gore this, and every one of them said the Republicans who won were illegitimate."

Clinton, Gore, and Abrams, just to name a few

Sen. Cruz is correct that Democrats often question the legitimacy of elections without receiving the same pushback from the media that Republicans get when they do the exact same thing, including failed 2000 Democratic nominee Al Gore's bitter legal fight and refusal to accept a loss until the Supreme Court effectively ended any remaining options to challenge the results, or Georgia's failed 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams who often and repeatedly insisted that election was "rigged" and "stolen" from her by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

As for Hillary Clinton, The Washington Post reported in 2019, nearly three years after her 2016 defeat, Clinton told CBS News of then-President Trump, "He knows he’s an illegitimate president," and explained, "I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used, from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories -- he knows that -- there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did."

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