Election denier Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) defended President Joe Biden for his divisive primetime speech, arguing that failing to accept the results of an election was one of the “hallmarks” of fascism.
In a speech at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Biden demonized and attacked his political opponents, referring to “MAGA Republicans” as extremists who are a threat to “democracy,” and claiming that they “refuse to accept the results of a free election.”
The president received significant backlash for his comments, with conservatives arguing that the speech was divisive and dangerous.
During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Raskin stood up for Biden, doubling down on his comments by claiming that the failure to accept the results of a free and fair election was somehow a characteristic of fascism.
Responding to former President Donald Trump’s argument that the 2020 election was rigged, Raskin argued that every case that the former president’s attorneys had put forth had failed. The Democrat congressman then went on to claim that the definition of fascism somehow includes not accepting the results of elections — also noting that fascists “embrace political violence,” somehow suggesting that point describes the Republican Party.
“Two of the hallmarks of a fascist political party are, one, they don’t accept the results of elections that don’t go their way, and two, they embrace political violence. And I think that’s why President Biden was right to sound the alarm this week,” Raskin said.
Jamie Raskin on CBS: "Two of the hallmarks of a fascist political party are, one, they don't accept the results of elections that don't go their way, and two, they embrace political violence. And I think that's why President Biden was right to sound the alarm this week." pic.twitter.com/9S13L7ZG3D
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 4, 2022
Of course, Raskin appears to have forgotten the fact that he, in the past, did not accept the results of an election. In January of 2017, when Congress was certifying the results of the 2016 election, the Maryland congressman was among several other Democrats who tried to argue that the votes cast by electors from Florida should not be accepted.
— Newsmax (@newsmax) February 12, 2021
Biden, who was vice president at the time, struck down the move, stating: “Please come to order. The objection cannot be received.”
Raskin is now dismissing criticism of his objection by arguing that in 2017, no one had stormed the Capitol. Of course, he’s ignoring the left-wing rioters that burned down Washington, D.C. in response to Trump being elected. Leftists have proven that they don’t care when businesses owned by the American people are attacked, when left-wing rioters attacked the White House when Trump was in office, when left-wing rioters violently disrupt Supreme Court nominations, or when they attack federal courthouses and police stations — they only care if rioters come for the Capitol building.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) even found footage of Raskin objecting to the 2000 presidential election, in which the Democrat congressman stated that former President George W. Bush was effectively appointed by the Supreme Court, not elected by the American people.
— max (@MaxNordau) September 5, 2022
Raskin was not the only Democrat who refused to accept the results of an election. Former secretary of state and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton argued that the 2016 election was “stolen” from her, and has still refused to admit that she lost fairly.
The RNC shared a video on Twitter of “ten straight minutes of Democrats denying election results.”
Here is ten straight minutes of Democrats denying election results.pic.twitter.com/bJRbzEcIO2
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 4, 2022