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Trump’s own adviser trashed recounts as ‘ridiculous’ and attempts to ‘delegitimize’ — but only in 2016

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Jason Miller appears on Fox Business (screen grab)

President Donald Trump’s team of advisers and allies are being caught between a rock and a hard place after attacking 2016 recounts ideas and telling Democrats to quit whining. CNN’s Chris Cuomo showed a supercut of several Trump officials’ videos calling on Democrats to stop complaining about Trump and let him govern. That attitude has changed now that Trump lost by a large margin in the 2020 election.

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When Trump won the election, former Green Party candidate Jill Stein launched a recount effort in Wisconsin. While Hillary Clinton didn’t ask for any recounts, Stein raised millions to fund the effort. It was something that Trump’s campaign then attacked liberals for.

“You have people out there calling for recounts that are unsubstantiated based on no evidence,” said Kayleigh McEnany in 2017.

“This was a legitimate election, and no one should question the fact that President Trump is the president-elect,” she said in another interview Dec. 2016.

“It’s a fascinating group of these Democrats who can’t seem to realize that it is time to move on. It is time to accept the fact that Trump will be the next president of the United States,” said former White House aide and former Trump campaign staffer Mercedes Schlapp on Fox Business in December 2016. “And one of the key points of stability in our nation… is ensuring that we have a peaceful transition of power. And that at some point, Trump is pushing for this message of unity for all Americans. And unfortunately, the Democrats, they just want to throw a tantrum, which I think is hurtful for their party.”

Her husband, Matt Schlapp, accused Hillary Clinton of being on a “sore loser tour” after writing her book. He told Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs that Clinton should “just get over it. She lost. Get out of the way and let Donald Trump be president.

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Fox News host Sean Hannity asked his audience one evening after the 2016 election if Democrats are “sore losers.” He answered his own question saying, “yeah, I do.”

Rudy Giuliani, who held a press event at a landscaping company in Philadelphia last week, called Democrats “a bunch of spoiled crybabies,” and said it was “really not the right thing in a democracy.” He seems to have changed his tune now, however.

But it was Trump’s top recount adviser, Jason Miller, who announced on Fox Business in Dec. 2016: “News flash for many of the partisan Democrats and those in the mainstream media who continue to try to delegitimize President-elect Trump’s massive and historic win last month — the election’s over. Hillary Clinton lost. Now, President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence are focused on going to work for the American people.”

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Republican’s own standing in Congress now in doubt — did his voter fraud lawsuit backfire?

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A Republican congressman from Pennsylvania has cast doubt on his own legitimacy to serve in Congress with his failed lawsuit attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) attempted to have the courts block certification of the 2020 election results, but his effort was rejected by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

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‘Another win for democracy’: Pennsylvania AG celebrates Trump’s latest loss in court

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Republican efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election continued to be rejected by judges on Saturday.

"The PA Supreme Court dismisses the case brought by U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly that sought to overturn last year’s law creating no-excuse mail voting and to throw out those mail ballots cast in this election," Philadelphia Inquirer correspondent Jonathan Lai reported Saturday. "This is the case the Commonwealth Court had earlier blocked certification in."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro celebrated the ruling on Twitter.

"BREAKING: We just notched another win for democracy," Shapiro tweeted, with a red siren emoji.

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What can the left expect from a Biden-Harris administration? Pretty much nothing

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On Nov. 7 of this year, the United States let out a collective roar that rippled across the nation, resonating the crowds of blue-clad people swelling the streets and the squares, and causing buildings to tremble as those inside broke out the champagne and began to dance. The celebrations lasted long into the night. For those few precious moments, it felt as though a curse had been lifted, a nightmare abated. Trumpism had ground itself to a resounding and decisive halt and it seemed that political space on the left, and on the center ground, had finally begun to open again.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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