Four years ago, far-left Democrat Stacey Abrams lost her Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp. She refused to recede that race, insisting it was stolen from her. Tomorrow, Abrams and Kemp will go head-to-head in a rematch, and polling seems to suggest that Abrams is set to lose again.

If she does, we can expect her to once again deny the results of the election. Even now, she is already setting the stage for the OG “Big Lie” that voter suppression is pervasive in Georgia.

On the off chance she happens to win tomorrow, this argument would of course be discarded. But should she lose, her campaign will predictably cry foul.

In a recent interview, Abrams said, in defense of her bleak poll numbers, “the polls are always going to tell the story you want to see, what we know is that the untold story is that this is a tight race, it is neck and neck, and we believe that we are on a path to victory if we can get all our voters turned out and if they can navigate the difficulties put in place by Brian Kemp and [Georgia Secretary of State] Brad Raffensperger to not only game the system, but to suppress voting in the state of Georgia.”

She went on to add that black men “have been a very targeted population for misinformation” which has also skewed her poll numbers.

With this unfounded argument (that Kemp has “rigged” the election), Abrams can deny that a second failed campaign was her fault. When Kemp is reelected to the governor’s mansion, she will instead blame her loss on the “difficulties” that he and Raffensperger enacted to “suppress voting.”

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Ironically, days after Abrams’ interview, President Joe Biden slammed election deniers in another “defense of democracy” speech. He said voters who refuse to accept the legitimacy of his 2020 victory pose a grave threat to the nation.

“There’s no election in our history that we can be more certain of its results,” he boasted. To question that is, to the left, paramount to treason.

The greater irony is that Democrats who denied the results of the 2000 presidential election, the 2016 presidential election, and Stacey Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial election, did an about-face after Biden won, suddenly insisting that the 2020 election was the most secure in U.S. history. (even though our election system had not changed between 2016 when Trump was elected “illegitimately,” and 2020).

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Apparently, however, we are supposed to memory-hole all of that. We are supposed to forget that Hillary Clinton called Trump an illegitimate president too many times to count. For Republicans to say the same about Biden makes them a “threat to democracy.” Election deniers are far-right conspiracy theorists, say Democrats, forgetting that they themselves have a long history of denying election results.

More than anything, this shows the awesome power of controlling the media. Journalists in America could have chosen to make a big deal about Stacey Abrams’ lie that the 2018 election was stolen.

They could have called out Hillary Clinton for “casting doubt on the legitimacy of our election system.”

The only reason the left’s decades-long history of stubborn refusal to accept election results is not a big deal–and radical MAGA election denial is–is because those who control the nation’s political narrative favor one side over the other. It is only possible for an entire nation to memory-hole everything Democrats have said in the past about election illegitimacy because the media does not remind us of it daily; the media does not pretend it makes the left a threat to democracy.

Election denial should not be either party’s knee-jerk reaction to an unfavorable outcome. Weighty accusations should only be made after careful consideration and with indisputable evidence.

Mr. Biden would probably agree… until Stacey Abrams denies the results of tomorrow’s election at which point Democrats will reclaim their pre-2020 penchant for questioning the legitimacy of our American system of governance.

Jakob Fay is a staff writer for the Convention of States Project, a project of Citizens for Self-Governance.

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