After four, very long years of having Trump and the Republicans in power, you think I would be able to bounce back from bad news more quickly.
But it turns out that finding out just how fragile our democracy is, truly does make me pause.
This past Friday, the Washington Post set out to ask every Republican member of Congress three questions:
- Who won the presidential election?
- Do you support or oppose Donald Trump’s continuing efforts to claim victory?
- If Joe Biden wins the majority in the electoral college, will you accept him as the legitimately elected president of the United States?
Now, before we get into the results, let’s look at this exercise for a minute. They reached out to every member of Congress on December 3, exactly ONE MONTH after the election. An election which Joe Biden clearly won, both in the popular vote and electoral college votes. The Trump campaign currently has a win-loss record of 1-46 in the courts.
Having peaceful transfers of power are a foundational element of democratic governments. Recognizing the winner of elections is part of that process. So, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that any government official who won’t acknowledge what happened on November 3, doesn’t really care about peaceful transfers of power, or democracy.
So what did the Washington Post find? Of the 249 Republicans in Congress, only 27 acknowledged Joe Biden’s win.
That’s it. 27 members of Congress were able to acknowledge the plain and obvious truth about the presidential election. 222 did not. A month after the election.
My eyes are fully open to just how dangerous the Republican party has become, not just under Trump, although he certainly accelerated where they were already headed. 222 current members of Congress are too scared or unwilliing to publicly acknowledge the truth. Whether they are scared of Trump or scared of the MAGA voters does not matter to me. What matters is that they refuse to acknowledge the truth and in so doing, they allow a destabilizing conspiracy theory grow deeper roots in our country.
I wanted to reflect on this today because, for me, it really illustrates just how important it is for those of us who believe in democracy to stay in the game beyond 2020. Our country can’t afford for us to disengage as citizens. Not when we have the vast majority of one party who would so easily toss aside our Constitution and our 244 year history as a nation out of cowardice or cynicism.
Fighting against this cancer in our government is a long-term necessity, but in the short-term, I implore you to help the Democrats win the two Georgia Senate seats next month. At least if we win those, we will have the majority (however narrow) and can make some substantial progress to strengthen our democratic institutions under President Joe Biden.
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