The progressive meltdown over the election continues apace. The trajectory of that meltdown is troubling. What started as a primal scream on Nov. 9 has now coalesced around the meme that Trump only won the election because of “hacking” by Russia. Yesterday, Democrat Rep. John Lewis, in an interview with Chuck Todd, had this to say:
Lewis: I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president.
Todd: You do not consider him a legitimate president?
Todd: Why is that?
Lewis: I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary
Clinton. I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It would be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in the Congress. You cannot be at home with something that you feel that is wrong.
Todd: That is going to send a big message to a lot of people in this country, that you don’t believe he’s a legitimate president.
Lewis: I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open, democratic process.
That exchange has resulted in two totally foreseeable responses:
- Trump tweets out a response: “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!”
- A bevy of outrageously outraged MSM stories that Trump would “attack” a “civil rights icon,” many of which neglect to mention that Congressman Lewis started this crap storm, and many of which support Lewis’s position that Trump is not a legitimately elected president. This is how Memorandum appeared 24 hours ago:
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:Trump rips John Lewis: Worry about your ‘crime infested’ district — on Saturday morning returned fire on a top Democrat who said he was not a “legitimate president.” — A day after Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said Trump was not legitimate, the president-elect told him to worry about his own district instead.RELATED:
Max Greenwood / The Hill:Lawmakers condemn Trump for attack on John Lewis — Lawmakers took to social media on Saturday to defend Rep. John Lewis’s (D-Ga.) legacy after President-elect Donald Trump — launched an early-morning Twitter attack on the civil rights leader. — Pushing back against Trump’s criticism that Lewis is …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:Trump Hits Back at John Lewis [Updated] — On tomorrow’s Meet the Press, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will say that he doesn’t consider Donald Trump to be a “legitimate president.” … Lewis is invariably described as a “civil rights icon,” but the man is an utter fraud.Discussion: New York Times, IJR, New Century Times, Associated Press, TheBlaze, Vox, Politicus USA, Raw Story, Gothamist, The Gateway Pundit, CBS New York, Shareblue, CNBC, The Daily Caller, Occidental Dissent, BizPac Review, Washington Times, The Ring of Fire Network, Mediaite, Talking Points Memo, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Week and Hot Air
Rebecca Morin / Politico:Trump rips John Lewis as Democrats boycott inauguration — Donald Trump lashed out at Rep. John Lewis on Saturday after the civil rights icon said he doesn’t view Trump as a “legitimate president” — and the confrontation threatened to trigger a broader boycott of Trump’s inauguration …
David Smith / The Guardian:Donald Trump starts MLK weekend by attacking civil rights hero John Lewis — Donald Trump provoked fresh outrage on Saturday by lashing out at a revered civil rights activist who challenged the legitimacy of his election win. — Attempts to hold Trump to account only seem to make him stronger and stranger
Daniel Lippman / Politico:Democrats plot their D.C. departures for Trump inauguration — Many prominent Democrats and Republicans who opposed Donald Trump are fleeing Washington for the inauguration, heading far from the capital to plot anti-Trump strategy or simply avoid the pain of witnessing inauguration celebrations.RELATED:
Cristina Marcos / The Hill: WHIP LIST: Democrats boycotting Trump’s inauguration
What we are seeing now is the progressive leadership refusing to honor the electoral process. And if you start there, then any action by any member of the prog proletariat takes to challenge or thwart the President as well as anyone who voted or otherwise supports him, will be morally justified.
If this were the limit of the progressive leadership temper tantrum, perhaps we could all yawn and simply move on. But that is far from it. Progs, who live to virtue signal, are trying to one up each other to gain the adoration of the proggy crowds. To wit, this yesterday from Mao O’Malley:
I don’t see how the progs put a stop to this trajectory. If the President is illegitimate and anyone on his side of the aisle is either a Nazi or a KKK member — or worse, a Nazi KKK member — what will happen when the normal Congressional process results in prog holy oxen getting gored? I don’t see how this ends without bloodshed.