My grandfather swore that he would never trust a stranger with his voter registration card. It was just the right thing to do, given that he was an immigrant from Russia, and his papers were in order. His promise was a lesson learned well; it was the hard way to get American citizenship.
In an era where Democrats and their media allies tell the truth almost never, remember that Trump is not the first president to lie about winning an election. Barack Obama did as well. So did George W. Bush. Barack Obama lied about being born in the United States, and even accused Mitt Romney of not having the facts in his pocket. So did George H.W. Bush.
All the while, the Lefties piled on Obama and Bush with lies.
Bush told the exact opposite: “I can tell you these two things are not true. One is that I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to run again for the presidency. And the second is that I never said I won the popular vote.”
It is a measure of the current state of Washington politics that not even the 44th president’s lie has kept people from accusing President Trump of stealing the election in 2016.
Both Trump and Hillary Clinton claimed victory in the election. Yet the media narrative shifted to Trump’s supposed fraud as the result of either a Russian conspiracy or rigged elections.
Both Hillary Clinton and Obama told the exact opposite: “I can tell you these two things are not true. One is that I haven’t yet decided whether I’m going to run again for the presidency. And the second is that I never said I won the popular vote.”
We are now in a state of Pennsylvania where former FBI Director James Comey was invited to testify on whether the FBI was politically biased against the 2016 presidential campaign.
Today, we have laws and prosecutors showing great zeal in pursuing two wildly different stories, and a pro-left media promoting both stories.
One story is that the Russians broke into an American election voting system in 2016, changing the electoral result in key battleground states. The other is that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and the Electoral College despite losing the election.
In America, facts play no role in deciding these stories. Instead, they are just props in a political melodrama.
For the Left, Clinton was set to take the White House and to “drain the swamp” in Washington D.C. for her email server. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign and the DNC used out-of-state vendors and lax security to illegally prepare to begin undermining Trump’s campaign.
Now, the Left is in full-throated support of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, despite clear evidence that the investigation is itself biased. The Left believes these two stories are true, and Trump, despite his own lies, must be the villain.
And so, once again, we have the American Left and government institutions so under the thumb of progressives, that we have a president “stealing the election.”
This does not mean that there should be no investigations. It means, for conservatives, that we must consider the totality of circumstances when picking our battles.
John Judis is a contributing editor to Newsweek, the author of “Immigrants of the Heartland: The History of White Dominance in America,” and an NPR/NPRI fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.