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While Joe Biden has actually not won the election quite yet, Michelle Obama congratulated him in a statement calling for unity and togetherness in support of Joe Biden. And in the very same statement she explicitly vilified and mischaracterized every single American who voted differently than she did.
“I’m beyond thrilled that my friend @JoeBidenand our first Black and Indian-American woman Vice President, @KamalaHarris, are headed to restore some dignity, competence, and heart at the White House. Our country sorely needs it.”
“Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division. We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.”
Let’s remember that tens of millions of people voted for the status quo, even when it meant supporting lies, hate, chaos, and division. We’ve got a lot of work to do to reach out to these folks in the years ahead and connect with them on what unites us.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) November 7, 2020
I’m confused at how she thought that explicitly demonizing fully half of the nation would lend itself to a message of unity. Apparently, if you are one of the more than 70 million American citizens who made an informed decision to vote for anyone other than Joe Biden, you were actually just voting to support
“lies, hate, chaos, and division.”
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 8, 2020
But all of a sudden, Democrat leaders and Biden supporters are saying we should be focusing on unifying, working together, and accepting the yet unverified election results.
A nation united.
A nation strengthened.
A nation healed.
The United States of America.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 8, 2020
It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric.
To lower the temperature.
To see each other again.
To listen to each other again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 8, 2020
— Tryndamere (@MarcMerrill) November 8, 2020
— Kelly Morrison (@Morrison4MN) November 8, 2020
“We must put the anger — and the demonization — behind us. It’s time for us to come together as a nation and heal,” Biden had said in a speech on the cusp of his victory. A true statesmanlike. Grace and sobriety have won. It is valid, not only for US but all.
— Pawan Kumar Bansal (@pawanbansal_chd) November 8, 2020
But how can they possibly call for this with a straight face after what they’ve done for these last four years? For Trump’s entire presidency leftists have proclaimed that President Trump is “Not My President,” held events and protests for months, vowed to leave the country, and refused to accept the results of the election. In fact, as of a couple of weeks ago, Hillary Clinton STILL insists that the presidency was stolen from her. While being interviewed by Kara Swisher for her New York Times Opinion podcast, “Sway,” she said,
“I was the candidate that they basically stole an election from. I was the candidate who won nearly three million more votes. So no matter how they cut it, it wasn’t the kind of win that people said, ‘OK, it wasn’t my candidate, but OK.’ This election is still front and center in people’s psyches. And people fight about it every day online, because there is a deep sense of unfairness and just dismissiveness toward his victory, and he knows it.”
Despite a massive investigation that showed no Russian interference and a failed impeachment attempt, Hillary Clinton still insists that the election was stolen from her. She even called Trump supporters “spineless enablers” and “cowards,” and called President Trump “illegitimate.”
For years Trump supporters have been called racists, xenophobes, Nazis, idiots, ignorant, and many other disparaging adjectives, simply because they espoused a certain set of ideals and values, and voted accordingly. And now they are expected to just roll over and concede without even looking into the significant inconsistencies in this election?
By declaring Biden the winner, the media demands that 70m @realDonaldTrump voters accept as legitimate the results of an election.
It’s something they refused to do in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020.
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) November 8, 2020
After 4 yrs of attacking Trump as “illegitimate,” fascist,” “Nazi,” “tyrant,” “dictator,” “racist,” “antisemitic,” “Russian stooge,” “traitor,” “grifter,” “xenophobe,” “sexist,” “homophobe,” “ignorant,” “fat” and “lazy,” dems/media say, “Let’s come together.”#ChutzpahOnSteroids
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) November 8, 2020
Michelle Obama said there’s a lot of work to do to “reach out” to these 70 million Americans who apparently voted for lies, hate, chaos, and division. But I guess my question for her is, when you spend four years delegitimizing a president and then vilifying and mischaracterizing half of America like that, what makes you think any of them would care to work together with you?