Democrats who wouldn't certify Trump's 2016 win attack him for denying 2020 results

 January 4, 2024

California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters has repeatedly accused former President Donald Trump of attacking democracy by refusing to accept that President Joe Biden beat him in 2020.

However, if objecting to the certification of an election is a crime, then she and other Democrats are also guilty of it. 

Democrats promoted conspiracy theory that Trump colluded with Russia

In January of 2017, the left-wing Nation magazine praised Waters and other "courageous" House Democrats who refused to certify that President Donald Trump had bested former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Waters was far from being alone, as the publication also highlighted an objection raised by Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Jim McGovern to certifying electoral college votes from Alabama.

As he stood on the House floor, McGovern brought up the specter of "illegal activities engaged [in] by the government of Russia—designed to interfere with our election."

While the idea that Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election is a popular conspiracy theory among many Democrats, a report submitted three years later by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence any such collusion took place.

"Passionate" election objector hailed for defending "civil liberties and civil rights"

The Massachusetts congressman then went on to allege that there had been "widespread violations of the Voting Rights Act that unlawfully suppressed thousands of votes in the state of Alabama."

Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee sounded a similar note, asserting that the election had been plagued by "massive voter suppression."

Another objector was Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, someone The Nation hailed as being "a passionate defender of civil liberties and civil rights."

Meanwhile, Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin also voiced objections to certifying the election by raising issues of "justice and fairness."

Nancy Pelosi defended those who refused to accept election outcome

NBC News pointed out that for her part, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended those members of her party who refused to vote in favor of certifying Trump's victory.

"I think people don’t want the day to pass without registering concerns," the longtime California Democrat was quoted as saying to reporters.

"In some cases, members are concerned about voter suppression, in some cases they are concerned about Russian influence on our election," she continued, adding, "There are a number of concerns."

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