According to Fox News, House Democrats were joined by 10 of their Republican counterparts in voting to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday on a single charge that he “incited” the violence that transpired at the U.S. Capitol last week, in part by casting doubt over the last several months over the integrity of the 2020 presidential election.
But if Democrats think questioning the results of America’s elections is a crime, then one of their own has just been caught red-handed.
According to the Washington Examiner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing criticism for a resurfaced tweet that shows her raising doubts about the results of the 2016 White House race.
“Our election was hijacked”
It was on May 16, 2017, that the speaker tweeted, “Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.”
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 16, 2017
The speaker’s claims were wholly unsubstantiated, and that was later proven by a years-long investigation, led by then-special counsel Robert Mueller, that found no evidence of collusion between Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia. But unlike Trump’s tweets about the 2020 race, Twitter hasn’t put a notice on Pelosi’s message to warn that her claims may be false.
According to the Examiner, Twitter declined to explain to its reporters “why a warning label was not attached to Pelosi’s tweet challenging a certified election result.”
A “stolen” election?
Of course, Pelosi isn’t the only high-profile Democrat to cast doubt on the 2016 presidential race; failed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has repeatedly argued that the White House was “stolen” from her.
During an interview with CBS News in September 2019, Clinton insisted that her former opponent “knows he’s an illegitimate president,” according to The Washington Post.
“I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used, from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories — he knows that — there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did,” she added.
Four months earlier, the former secretary of State had questioned the election’s validity while promoting a book.
“You can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” she said in May 2019, according to USA Today. Sound familiar?