(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Time Magazine published a news article claiming that Democrat and upcoming House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’s denial of the validity of election results in 2016 does not count as “election denial.”
The only reason provided in the article was that Jeffries is not a Trump-supporting Republican.
According to The Federalist, when calling into question the validity of the election, Jeffries claimed that Trump was “trying to steal the election” with his “buddies in the Kremlin,” and that he would never be a “legitimate president”.
“The more we learn about the 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes,” Jeffries tweeted. “America deserves to know whether we have a FAKE President in the Oval Office.”
BREAKING: Election Denier Hakeem Jeffries was just elected as the new leader of the House Democrats. pic.twitter.com/skZqcnXiG7
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 30, 2022
The Time article did not classify this as “election denialism,” preferring instead to run cover for the Democrat by insisting that “calling Jeffries an ‘election denier’ is misleading and conflates different issues.”
Time finally gets to the point, claiming that the moniker of “election denier” can only be applied to Republicans who supported former President Donald Trump in the 2020 race and believe the election was illegitimate.
“The term ‘election denier’ has taken on a particular meaning, however, after Trump’s failed re-election campaign,” the article reads. “The phrase has come to be associated with Republicans who claim the 2020 election was stolen from Trump, assert without evidence there was fraud in 2020 voting, and cast doubt on secure voting systems.”
“[Those are the] claims that lead to the deadly January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.”
The Steele dossier, which was commissioned by the Clinton campaign in order to discredit Trump, allowed Democrats to drag him through court proceedings for years.
And, unlike Jeffries and Clinton, Republicans have evidence of fraud from the 2020 election in several different states.
The Time article continued, attempting to paint the acts of Republicans surrounding the 2020 election as dastardly.
“The actions taken by Trump and his supporters leading up to the 2020 election and after were unprecedented,” the piece claimed. “Trump stoked false conspiracies of voter fraud, filed more than 60 election-related lawsuits, and pressured officials to interfere with election results.”