In an op-ed published in the Courier Journal this Thursday, conservative commentator Scott Jennings said that despite the claims emanating from pro-Trump circles, the 2020 election proved that American democracy is quite healthy.
Nevertheless, the successful election was marred by the vast number of people swept up in a conspiracy theory cult, including 67% of Republicans and 32% of independents who believe Joe Biden's win to be illegitimate.
Jennings writes that while some Democrats refused to accept the legitimacy of George W. Bush's presidency, as well as Donald Trump's, this time is different.
"The people who think Biden is illegitimate took those views to the next anti-democratic level (egged on by Trump himself) by attacking the U.S. Capitol to try to subvert the Congress from performing its constitutional duties," Jennings writes. "The mob wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence and apparently intimidate and assault (or worse) members of Congress to force them to change the results of the Electoral College."
According to Jennings, this escalation represents a "serious threat to our democracy, as millions of Americans have concluded that the only legitimate elections are ones in which their preferred candidate prevails."
Jennings writes that Republicans have been stricken with a "terminal case of magical thinking since 2016" after Trump shocked the nation with his election win.
"It turns out magical thinking isn't a good political strategy," he says, urging Republicans to instead "tell the truth."
Read the full op-ed over at the Courier Journal.