Ever since the 2020 election, the left has decried any doubts expressed about election results to be tantamount to treason, but that view of election outcomes being sacrosanct and above questioning is truly only a recent development.
The new incoming White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, had previously suggested that Republicans had cheated and “stolen” both the 2016 presidential election and 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election, Fox News reported.
Jean-Pierre, currently the principal deputy press secretary, will take over for outgoing press secretary Jen Psaki at the end of this week once Psaki leaves to join MSNBC.
Stolen election claims
In the wake of the 2016 election, a prevailing narrative among many Democrats was that then-President-elect Donald Trump had stolen the contest from its rightful winner, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, via help from Russian disinformation and voter suppression.
In December 2016, in reaction to a tweet from Trump, Jean-Pierre tweeted, “Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen election …..welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump.”
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) December 18, 2016
Then, in April 2020, in reaction to news about Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), Jean-Pierre took to Twitter and wrote, “Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.”
Reminder: Brian Kemp stole the gubernatorial election from Georgians and Stacey Abrams.https://t.co/ZIKGTd6U1v
— Karine Jean-Pierre (@K_JeanPierre) April 2, 2020
That was, again, entirely in line with the prevailing and oft-repeated narrative at that time that Kemp, by way of voter suppression tactics in his prior role as Georgia’s Secretary of State, had unfairly claimed the governorship from the rightful winner and Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.
Now, of course, anybody who questions the results of the 2020 election and suggests the outcome was stolen or impacted by cheating and fraud in favor of President Joe Biden, Jean-Pierre’s boss, is accused of being engaged in subversive sedition against the U.S. government and, at a minimum, should be ostracized from polite society, if not prosecuted and jailed for treason.
Fox News noted that the White House declined to respond to requests for comment about Jean-Pierre’s old tweets that stand in stark contrast to the new narrative espoused by the current administration and its acolytes in the media.
It will be interesting to see if that new narrative flips back to the old narrative, in which elections results are open to debate and scrutiny, if Republicans do as expected and broadly win the 2022 elections at the state and national elections and the Democrats once again accuse them of cheating and stealing elections.