It is amazing how frequently the mainstream media states that President Trump’s assertion that he won the 2020 election is a “lie.” It’s not a lie: he believes it, and there are some good reasons to believe it, though stating it as a fact is irresponsible, but you know: Trump. The widespread use of mail-in ballots automatically creates a rebuttable presumption of fraud: when someone other than the voter can fill out a ballot and the vote is still counted, then someone other than the voter WILL fill out a ballot; the only question is how many. Since Democrats tried one unethical route to getting Trump after another for four years, it’s completely reasonable for him to wonder if the election was fixed, with or without evidence.
But I digress. The point is that Trump’s insistence that the Presidency was stolen has been condemned roundly by Democrats and the news media, as well as many Republicans. And yet at a campaign rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Democratic candidate for Governor Terry McAuliffe was accompanied by unsuccessful Georgia gubernatorial Stacey Abrams and said that she “would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election. That’s what happened to Stacey Abrams. They took the votes away.” Then Abrams repeated her claim that she has made since she lost in 2018: “I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and a citizen of Georgia, I’m going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote” as McAuliffe nodded approvingly.
Has any mainstream media source called her statement, or McAuliffe’s, last week a lie? If Trump’s assertion is a lie, so is Abrams’. We know McAuliffe is lying because he opened his mouth, but how does Abrams claim that she won—she still hasn’t conceded—manage not to get the Trump treatment? Her organization Fair Fight’s website still makes unsubstantiated claims about the 2018 election, yet she is treated by the media as a voting rights icon. Major League Baseball even let her talk it into pulling the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta, based on her false representations about the new Georgia voting law. (Then, after she realized that she had cost the state jobs and money, Abrams denied that she had done it, and actually criticized MLB’s decision.)
In 2018, PolitiFact and USA Today found “no proof” and “little empirical evidence” to back up Abrams’ claims, and none have shown up since. Never mind: those two reliably Democratic Party allies forgot the rules. If a black, female Democrat and Donald Trump say the exact same thing, the latter is a liar, and the former is an honorable victim.