Despite spending four years “undermining” Donald Trump with baseless Russian collusion theories, the media has been dismissing concerns about election integrity from the right for months, one conservative writer complained this week.
Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist and Fox News contributor, spoke for many Americans when she denounced the “infuriating” hypocrisy of the media concerning the “sloppy” 2020 election during an appearance on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, hours before Congress met during what became a chaotic day to certify the Electoral College votes.
“Not just about this election”
Indeed, Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Trump for several years over alleged ties to Russia that turned out to be entirely baseless. Democrats had used the charge of Russian collusion to question the legitimacy of Trump’s election in 2016.
But the media has been singing a very different tune since this year’s election, dismissing wholesale any insinuation that it was anything but transparent, free, and fair, Hemingway argues.
“They intentionally lied about it and for people to say, ‘You can’t do anything,’ or ‘It is improper,’ after doing that for four years is infuriating to people who suffered through that,” she said Wednesday, according to Fox.
Hemingway also warned that failure to address the questions Trump and his supporters have raised will resonate for years to come, if they are not addressed now.
“This is a very serious issue and it is not just about this election or this year,” she told Fox & Friends.
“The honor of my lifetime”
Many of Trump’s supporters have been similarly outraged by the hypocrisy, and Trump has often expressed anger at the way he was unfairly treated while in office.
But any chance of accountability for those who tormented Trump and his supporters over the last four years seemed to fade Thursday night as Trump gave a heartfelt send-off to his supporters via Twitter.
Following weeks of controversy, Trump conceded defeat to Joe Biden following a riot at the Capitol the day before that prompted widespread outrage and calls for Trump’s removal from office.
The president said that he still wants to see election laws reformed to ensure the integrity of elections in the future.
“I continue to strongly believe that we must reform our election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters, and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections,” Trump said. “To the citizens of our country, serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime,” he added.