Dem. Gov. proposes legislation to criminally punish those who lie about election results

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) wants to make it illegal for politicians to lie about election results, Fox News reports

“It should not be legal in the state of Washington for elected officials or candidates for office to willfully lie about these election results,” Inslee is reported as saying.

Some specifics

What Inslee wants to do is have legislation passed that would make it a gross misdemeanor for either elected officials or political candidates to lie about the results of an election.

There are all kinds of problems with this idea. One big one is defining what it means to lie about the results of an election.

Inslee, himself, admitted that for the lie to be illegal the person who said it would have to have done so with the knowledge that the lie would have the potential to create violence.

This, of course, would raise other questions, such as who gets to determine whether the lie could lead to violence.

A gross misdemeanor, in the state of Washington, has a maximum prison sentence of 364 days and a maximum fine of $5,000.

The good news, here, is that it is fairly unlikely that such legislation would be able to survive a legal challenge, even if Washington Democrats were able to force it on the books. The Seattle Times notes that “the Washington State Supreme Court has in the past rejected efforts to ban lies by political candidates.”

Background

The timing here, of course, is no coincidence. Inslee made the suggestion on the one-year anniversary of the January 6th protests that took place at the Capitol last year.

Inslee is among those Democrats who have pushed the narrative that former President Donald Trump and other Republicans furthered the protests by continuously repeating lies about the 2020 election.

On Thursday, Inslee again attacked Trump claiming that the former president “is still intent on continuing this coup effort.” He added, “And we have to realize, unfortunately, it’s not just in other states; it is right here in Washington state, this ongoing effort.”

It’s just one of the many examples of how Democrats are trying to use the events of January 6th, 2021, to further themselves and silence their political opponents.

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