Dear Trump Haters: Can You Contain This Fire?

One can trace former President Donald Trump’s indictment by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg back to the media/Democrat belief that Trump’s 2016 election was illegitimate.

Sure, some, like Hillary Clinton, questioned former President Barack Obama’s birthplace. And, after the 2000 Bush v. Gore Supreme Court decision some, for a time, groused and called George W. Bush “president select.” But never in modern times has a president been so widely and consistently described as “illegitimate” as has candidate, president and now former President Donald Trump. It never stopped.

I write as the son of a lifelong Democrat mother, as the younger brother of a lifelong Democrat, a Navy vet who was my best friend. My Marine vet father was a registered Republican with whom my mother and brother disagreed in spirited but never hateful debate across the kitchen table.

When John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in 1960, my father never cried “foul!” despite credible allegations of vote-stealing, especially in Illinois. Nixon knew about this, but chose not to protest and filed no lawsuit, perhaps fearing counter-allegations against his campaign.

Last year, The New York Times published a review of a Nixon-friendly biography. According to the book, Nixon, at his Christmas party after Kennedy’s narrow victory, told his guests, “We won, but they stole it from us.” The Times review dismissed Nixon’s complaint: “The weakness of the case did not stop Nixon’s men from pushing their allegations. But six decades hence — in the absence of new evidence, at a time when false claims of a stolen election pose a mounting threat to our system of self-government — historians ought to think twice before endorsing them.”

“Historians ought to think twice” about “endorsing” allegations of stolen elections. Sound advice. And the advice applies to non-historians, particularly media pundits and politicians.

This brings us to the 2016 election in which the upstart Trump, not taken seriously by Democrats and most of the media, defeated the heavy favorite Hillary Clinton, whose chance of winning The New York Times on Election Day pegged at 85%.

Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testified before Congress that the Russians, despite their efforts, failed to change a single vote tally. As to the Russian election interference, largely through ads and posts on Facebook, Johnson called it unknowable whether this altered public opinion or the outcome of the election.

Yet two years later, a 2018 YouGov poll found 66% of Democrats believe that Russia in 2016 changed vote tallies. And a 2018 Gallup poll found 78% of Democrats believe that the Russian 2016 interference “changed the outcome of the election.” This means a greater percentage of Democrats believe the 2016 election was stolen than Republicans who felt that way about 2020.

Nearly 25% of the Democrat congressional delegation refused to attend Trump’s inauguration. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., one of the most respected members of the House, called Trump’s election “illegitimate,” a charge Lewis reiterated months before he died. Former President Jimmy Carter said: “I think a full investigation would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.” Hillary Clinton routinely called the election “stolen” and President Trump “illegitimate.”

Yet Republicans — and the mainstream media — did not call Clinton, Carter, Lewis and the Democrats who boycotted Trump’s inauguration “election deniers.” The First Amendment gives losers, with or without evidence, the right to complain without fear of prosecution, let alone persecution.

Notably, Hillary Clinton has been silent about Trump’s indictment. Why? She likely does not want to remind the country that she clearly violated the Espionage Act with her basement server but skated because the FBI’s James Comey said she lacked the “intent” to violate the statute — though her violation does not require intent.

About Trump’s indictment over hush money payments, two can play the rouge prosecutor game. There are republican DAs and attorneys general, too. In the movie “Tora! Tora! Tora!” about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Larry Elder is a bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an “Elderado,” visit www.LarryElder.com. Follow Larry on Twitter @larryelder. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Fred
Fred
1 year ago

ALL AMERICANS WANT BRAGG EXECUTED. 200 MILLION OF US. ALL DOMESTIC ENEMIES, ELECTION FRAUDS, TRAITORS AND OTHER ENEMIES MUST BE REMOVED FROM OUR SOCIETY. HUMANITIES ENEMIES DONT OWN PLANET. MAKE GHEM FIND ANOTHER. ROUND UP THE GLOBALISTS AND WOKE SCUM AND GIVE THEM 10 DAYS TO VACATE PLANET OR BECOME FERTILIZER. THEYRE 99% shit, make great FERTILIZER.

Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

Your a piece of shit, Freddy.

Howard Ray Williams SR
Howard Ray Williams SR
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

Great job Bragg fuck Trump

TRM
TRM
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

Your inner Himmler is showing.

Jay L. Stern
Jay L. Stern
1 year ago
Reply to  Fred

Executing Bragg is too good. He needs to be disbarred and subsist in the shadows forever after.

Joseph R Zacharko
Joseph R Zacharko
1 year ago

This article should be logged under fairy tale because Trump won and Hitlary Clinton lost. Biden stole the 2020 election, and we have video proof, affidavits, cell phone pigging locations proof, and a shit load of physical evidence. I will repeat this, just because the court refused to hear the case doesn’t make it untrue!! I know that’s hard for you Democrats to understand. We will never have free and fair elections in America ever again, all thanks to the immoral, unethical, and God-hating Democrats!

Rufus
Rufus
1 year ago

Hey Larry,
Nice piece, historically. Good research and accuracy.
However, I think the story doesn’t there in commentary. There needs to be another chapter explaining that the Democratic Party (if you can even call it a legitimate party anymore), has ceased to exist as it was known back in the 50’s, 60’s, even part of the 70’s. Sure, there were well meant ideas being pushed forth back then. I didn’t agree with all of it but was legitimacy in the Democratic Party and legitimacy in the ideas being put forth. But, somewhere along the line the Democratic Party was hijacked. Now, I’m not nearly as well studied historically as you, nor have an incline for serious reseach. But, I lived through it all. So, it is evident to me, the shift in the tactic, positions, demenor and politics (which includes crimes) that the present day organization identified as the Democratic Party, has demonstrated that the Party has been hijacked. In fact it no longer exists with any legitimacy. It has become a shell corporation for criminal activity.
Now, I do not know how seriously, if at all, anyone regards these comments to published articles. If any of it is taken seriously, I may be putting myself in harms way.
But, somebody better wake up and smell the coffee. And, I mean someone that is willing to take action about it.
We just don’t know whom we can trust anymore.
Well, food for thought.

TRM
TRM
1 year ago

Actually you can trace the indictment back to Trump’s business practices and violations of fraud laws.

Jay L. Stern
Jay L. Stern
1 year ago

I respect and admire Larry Elder. I think he would be a splendid and capable President. Candidly, anf after lots of self-reflection, I realize that I will still be supporting President Trump. Why? Because I, personally, hold a grudge against the (expletive) incompetent, treasonous, (expletive, expletive, expletive) Democrats. I want to see President Trump grind these (expletive) into blood and bone meal as food for the worms. I ardently hope that Larry runs for governor of California — and WINS. In that, I would love to help him.