For more than two years, voters have heard Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to undermine confidence in the American democratic system.
The charge was thrown about repeatedly in the 2016 presidential election, when Democrats said then-candidate Donald Trump’s contention that the election might be “rigged” would undercut faith in the system. Democrats, and many in the media, pressed Trump to promise to accept the election results. (When Trump won, the question was turned around, and Democrats were the ones who had difficulty accepting the voters’ decision.)
This year, during campaigning for midterm elections, some Democrats again charged that Republicans were trying to undermine the electoral system by suppressing the vote in key races. The talk was particularly intense during the governor’s race in Georgia.
Well before Election Day, Democrat Stacey Abrams accused her Republican opponent, Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp, of using his office to throw minority voters off the rolls.
“He disproportionately purged voters of color,” Abrams said on “The View” about a week before the election. “That’s problematic because regardless of intent, the result is that racial bias has been injected into our system and undermines confidence in our democracy.”
After the voting, some of Abrams’ supporters openly accused Kemp of rigging the election.
“I think that Stacey Abrams’ election is being stolen from her,” said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.