President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have been labeled by some critics as insurrectionists over their opposition to the results of the electoral results in November’s presidential race.
As PJ Media argued, however, the same response was not used by progressives against the many Democrats who raised questions about and objected to prior White House victories by Republicans.
Democrats celebrated for prior election challenges
The outlet included examples of such reactions from Trump’s 2016 win as well as former President George W. Bush’s re-election victory in 2004. Prominent Democrats including former President Barack Obama and 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton were among those who have expressed opposition to those and other races.
Instead of being vilified as some Republicans were in the aftermath of the violent Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol building, Obama and Clinton were among the Democratic Party leaders lauded as patriots by their own party and many in the mainstream media for taking a supposed stand in defense of democracy.
In the wake of the 2016 election, various Democrats questioned the legitimacy of Trump’s victories. Hollywood liberals joined the opposition, even going so far as to push for electors to ignore the voters’ choice and cast their votes in the Electoral College for Clinton.
Video shows it all
Twelve years earlier, then-Sens. Obama (D-IL) and Clinton (D-NY) were among their party’s elected officials who supported a formal objection to the certification of the reported results in Ohio.
Watch video highlights of these objections, as compiled by the Media Research Center, below:
Grabien Media founder Tom Elliot took note of the stark dichotomy in a Twitter thread questioning, in part, why claims of “sedition” and “treason” being applied to Republicans had not been similarly aimed at Democrats in prior elections.
“Traitors and patriots”
He shared another MRC video compilation in making a related point that “the media celebrated” Democratic leaders who protested the 2004 election results in much the same way that some Republicans challenged November’s election.
Rather than smearing them as “traitors,” in 2005 the media celebrated Dems who didn’t certify the Electoral College vote https://t.co/g9dI0Y0vcE
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 17, 2021
Contrasting that take in response to the 2020 race, CNN’s Jake Tapper represented the mainstream media view in his on-air quote of an 1861 letter from Ulysses S. Grant: “There are but two parties now, traitors and patriots.”