Hypocrites: A List of Democrats Who Denied the Results of the 2000, 2004, and 2016 Presidential Elections

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Since Democrats have coined the slogan “election denier” and apply it exclusively to Republicans casting doubts on election integrity in 2020 and 2022, we’d like to refresh their memory about those in their own party who have denied the election results over the years.

They would like you to forget most of these cases, but fortunately today’s information technology makes it easy to point out what absolute hypocrites these people are.

2000

Al Gore

Where better to start this list than with the godfather of election denial, former Vice President Al Gore?

After the 2000 game against George W. Bush, Gore refused to accept the free and fair election result and did not want to admit defeat. Instead, he documented the election process for months through lawsuits.

Gore consistently lost his bid to overturn the election results in the lower courts and continued to fight in the Florida Supreme Court. It wasn’t until mid-December of that year, a month and a half after Election Day, that he would give in.

And yet, in August 2017, Gore again suggested that he had actually won the 2000 election.

Jimmy Carter

In 2014, former President Jimmy Carter insisted that Bush had not won the 2000 election against Gore.

“I don’t think George W. Bush won the 2000 election against Al Gore because I think he probably lost Florida, and the whole country as well,” he said in an interview.

Joe Biden

President Biden claimed in 2013 that Al Gore actually won the election, but stepped aside for the good of the nation. He didn’t.

“This man has been elected president of the United States of America,” a pool report said at the time.

“But for the good of the nation, when the bad decision, in my opinion, was made, he did the right thing for the nation.”

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton said in 2001, “The only way they could win the election was to stop voting in Florida.”

Terry McAuliffe

The former governor of Virginia in 2004 claimed that the Democrats “won that election.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

“The Supreme Court elected the president,” Schultz argued, declaring Florida a blue state in 2000. “Al Gore won the state of Florida in 2000, but not the presidency.”

A total of 15 Democrats would object to Florida electoral vote counting.

2004

Just one presidential election later, the Democrats ran exactly the same playbook in an attempt to delegitimize President George W. Bush, despite winning the electorate by a larger margin and the number of votes for John Kerry.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton began her career in election denial in 2004, arguing that “there are many legitimate questions about [the election’s] accuracy.”

Howard Dean

Howard Dean told Rolling Stone that he “wasn’t sure the Ohio election had been decided fairly” and “couldn’t rule out” that the election was stolen.

Sheila Jackson Lee

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said: “We cannot declare the election of November 2nd2004 was free and clear and transparent and real for anyone who tried to vote.

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John Kerry

New York University professor and author Mark Crispin Miller claimed in 2005 that John Kerry had told him “he now thinks the election has been stolen”.

A total of 31 Democrats voted to reject electoral votes from Ohio.

2016

Oddly enough, the Democrats didn’t object to the election results in 2008 and 2012. But they suddenly kicked the election denial back to 11 in 2016.

Karine Jean Pierre

The chief White House propagandist claimed in a December 2016 tweet that Hillary Clinton’s emails were “stolen,” as was the presidential election.

“Stolen emails, stolen drone, stolen elections… welcome to the world of #unpresidented Trump,” she wrote.

Hillary Clinton

Trump’s opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, has for years claimed that the election was stolen from her by the Russians and anyone she could point her finger at.

“I was the candidate they basically stole an election from,” she said.

Joe Biden

President Biden expressed his own doubts about the 2016 presidential election, agreeing with a woman at a campaign rally who said Trump was an “illegitimate president in my mind.”

“I absolutely agree with that,” Biden replied.

Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter believed Trump lost saying, “I think a full investigation would show Trump didn’t really win the 2016 election.”

John Lewis and Barbara Lee

The late Congressman John Lewis said he doesn’t believe President Trump is a “legitimate president,” with Rep. Barbara Lee applauding the comment, saying he was “right on track.”

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Jerry Nadler

“He was legitimately elected,” Nadler said in 2017. “But the Russian scrutiny in the election, the Russian attempt to hack the election and, quite frankly, the FBI’s scrutiny in the election make his election illegitimate.”

In total, seven different Democrats have objected 11 times to the confirmation of the results of the 2016 presidential election.

In addition, 67 Democrats boycotted Trump’s inauguration, with many claiming that “his election was illegitimate.”

This is hardly an exhaustive list, but rather a starting point to remind Democrats that they were election deniers years, if not decades, before they suddenly started pointing the finger at everyone.

The GOP has compiled a list of more than 150 examples of the resistance party questioning past elections. Try as they might, Democrats can’t just rewrite history.

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