Democrats demonized many Americans who reacted to the 2020 presidential election outcome by questioning the legitimacy of President Joe Biden. Of course, some Democrats have expressed similar doubts about previous GOP presidents.
As it turns out, Vice President Kamala Harris’s new communications director repeatedly questioned the 2000 election and the legitimacy of former President George W. Bush’s victory.
“I still stood when he entered the room”
According to the Daily Wire, Jamal Simmons served as deputy communications director for then-Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore and has expressed doubts about the former vice president’s loss in the more than two decades since.
In 2012, he tweeted a response to New York Post columnist John Podhoretz, writing: “I worked for Gore 2000 & believe W’s 1st term to have been illegitimate. Yet when in the room w/him I stood and gave ofc respect.”
About five years later, he reacted to Donald Trump’s victory with a similar sentiment, tweeting: “I worked for Gore. Thought W was illegitimate. Still stood for him in respect for office. Members of Congress should go to inauguration.”
More recently, Simmons responded to President Joe Biden’s inauguration by speaking out against Republicans who opposed the incoming Democratic president.
“I thought W stole the 2000 elex but I still stood when he entered the room,” he wrote.
“Sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark”
The apparent hypocrisy shown by Democrats on the issue of challenging a president’s legitimacy was the subject of a recent Fox News report about Simmons.
In the years since her 2016 loss, for example, failed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton repeatedly referred to Trump as illegitimate and accused him of stealing the election with the help of Russia.
Two years later, failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams declared herself to be the legitimate winner and refused to formally concede the race.
Just last year, Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made remarks along the same line as Simmons, declaring that Democrats were “robbed” of the White House in 2000.
Simmons has also faced some backlash from within his own party over old tweets that seemed to call for tougher immigration laws. He has subsequently issued an apology in connection with those posts, writing: “Sometimes I have been sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark. I sincerely apologize for offending those who care as much as I do about making America the best, multi-ethnic, diverse democracy it can be.”