“In fact, more independents actually view the *Democrats* as a threat to democracy.”
Every once in a while I see something on Twitter that makes me laugh. It used to happen a lot more often when there were more conservatives on the Twitter machine because we are some seriously funny people, unlike the woke scolds with their constant screeching and shutuppery.
After months (years?) of warning about the dire straits that “our Democracy” is in because of those rotten Uber Super Duper MAGA types, the left is finally figuring out that Americans don’t see “democracy” threatened . . . unless you count by Democrats.
Despite the Jan. 6 hearings, the many GOP election deniers running, etc., just 52% of Biden voters and 23% of independents view the GOP as a major threat to democracy.
In fact, more independents actually view the *Democrats* as a threat to democracy.https://t.co/PcbIk6FH4i
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 18, 2022
The Washington Post bemoans the failure in messaging that hasn’t convinced enough people that not just President Trump but all Republicans are a “threat to Democracy.”
Despite the well-publicized Jan. 6 hearings, including the likely final one, held last week, the insurrection has not been an overarching focus of Democrats’ 2022 campaign messaging. Politico reported last week that Jan. 6 has featured in less than 2 percent of ads run for House Democrats.
This lacuna in their messaging comes even as most House Republicans supported Trump’s baseless last-ditch election challenges that led to the attack on the Capitol, and even as a majority of the GOP’s most prominent candidates have either denied or questioned the 2020 election results.
Indeed, a new poll reinforces that Democrats haven’t really driven the argument home. Many Americans view Trump as a major threat to democracy. But the Republican Party more broadly? Not so much.
. . . . But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that isn’t the full story: It’s also the case that many Democratic voters haven’t been convinced that the problem goes beyond Trump.
The poll shows that 71 percent of Trump 2020 voters regard Democrats as a major threat to democracy. But just 52 percent of Biden voters say the same about the GOP.
And independents are significantly more likely to view Democrats as a major threat than Republicans. Although more than 6 in 10 view each party as at least a minor threat, just 23 percent view the GOP as a major threat, while 31 percent say the same of Democrats. Independents are actually more likely to view voting by mail as a major threat to democracy (31 percent) than the GOP.
Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made a similar observation:
Holy moly siena/NYT poll “more than a third of independent voters and a smaller but noteworthy contingent of Democrats said they were open to supporting candidates who reject the legitimacy of the 2020 election…” as they focus on economic issues
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) October 18, 2022
Apparently, they honestly believed that their decades of “election denial” would be forgotten and that suddenly, maybe magically, “election denial” would be seen as a serious “threat to democracy.”
2000, 2004, and 2016 presidential elections. All mainstream Democrats. Allegations amplified in big media outlets. How could that not have normalized the rhetoric of election denial? https://t.co/WZf4NP7c92
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 5, 2022
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