Remembering When Nancy Pelosi Claimed 2016 Election was “Hijacked”
Conservatives are calling on Twitter to enforce their rules consistently and fairly after reaching back to May 2017 to find a tweet by Nancy Pelosi that claimed, in no uncertain terms, that the 2016 election was illegitimate.
Seeing as how the social media giant is on a massive crackdown against President Donald Trump and his supporters for any claim that the 2020 election was anything other than free and fair, why is it that Pelosi’s tweet can stand? Why is it that Twitter never took action against her account at the time? Why is it that those on the right must conform and adhere to known facts and evidence while Democrats can say whatever the hell they want?
In 2017, just ahead of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel to investigate links between Russian hacking and the Trump campaign, Pelosi tweeted: “Our election was hijacked. There is no question. Congress has a duty to #ProtectOurDemocracy & #FollowTheFacts.”
Correct us if we’re wrong, but is there any way an election’s results can be legitimate if said election was “hijacked” by a foreign power? How is Pelosi’s claim here any different from Trump’s allegations that he lost only due to left-wing fraud?
Well, Pelosi’s defenders will of course say that her claim is true: There was a mountain of evidence that Russia interfered with the election.
It’s true that there is evidence that Russia hacked the DNC, populated social media with their trolls, and pasted fake news all over the internet, but there is absolutely no evidence that they changed a single vote in the 2016 election. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Russian hackers were able to change vote tallies directly. And finally, Mueller’s investigation found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in any way to thwart democracy.
In others words: FAKE NEWS.
“Uh oh Twitter why is this allowed,” radio host Dana Loesch wrote of the 2017 tweet.
Tongue in cheek, Babylon Bee writer Frank Flemming said of the post: “Oh wow. I just glanced at this and thought it was some crazy Trumpist.”
Right. And meanwhile, Twitter banned Trump after making the violence-dripping post: “I will not be attending the inauguration.”
If the left was so concerned about preserving faith in our elections, they wouldn’t have spent the front half of Trump’s term casting endless doubt about the last one.