Kevin McCarthy cites Hillary Clinton's behavior when asked about Trump's election dispute

 August 6, 2023

Special Counsel Jack Smith indicted former President Donald Trump on four new charges last week, all of which involve his denial of 2020's election results. As far as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is concerned, that reeks of a double standard.

He pointed out during a press conference on Thursday that Hillary Clinton was never punished for denying her election loss. 

"I can say the same thing that Hillary Clinton says"

According to Mediaite, a reporter at one point noted that Trump is "still saying the election in 2020 was a fraud." McCarthy was quick to respond, saying, "In America, you’re entitled to raise a question. You’re entitled to raise a question whether it was honest or not."

"I can say the same thing that Hillary Clinton says about her election that she lost. I can say the same thing about the DNC, who said it about the 2016 race," McCarthy insisted.

"I can say the same thing about those in the Democratic Party from the leadership on down about George Bush not winning, that Al Gore did. But were any of them prosecuted?" the Republican lawmaker asked.

"Were any of them put in jail? Were any of them held with no response to be able to get out? The answer is no," McCarthy continued.

"And you know, in America you are entitled to raise a question. You’re entitled to question whether it was honest or not. That’s the uniqueness of the First Amendment. That’s the uniqueness of America," he stressed.

"But you know what? You shouldn’t be prosecuted for your thoughts. And the difference here is when Hillary Clinton said it, nothing happened to her," the House speaker noted.

Democrats long claimed that Stacey Abrams was Georgia's rightful governor

McCarthy also recalled how failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams long insisted that she was Georgia's rightful governor.

Indeed, Abrams wasn't alone in denying the legitimacy of her state's 2018 election results, as Politico reported that Pete Buttigieg did so as well during a 2019 speech in Atlanta, saying, "Stacey Abrams ought to be the governor of Georgia."

"When racially motivated voter suppression is permitted, when districts are drawn so that politicians get to choose their voters instead of the other way around, when money is allowed to outvote people in this country, we cannot truly say we live in a democracy," Buttigieg declared.

For his part, McCarthy concluded his remarks by stating, "So stop using government to go after people politically disagree with you. That is wrong and that should stop now."

RNC Research puts out 24-minute video of Democrats denying election results

McCarthy is not alone in pointing to the differing standards by which Republicans and Democrats are judged when it comes to question election outcomes.

Last Wednesday, the RNC Research Twitter account put out a 24-minute-long video in which prominent Democrats could be seen denouncing the results of elections that they lost.

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