“People need to learn to lose and accept the results and move on to the next campaign,” said Daniel Ziblatt, coauthor of “How Democracies Die.” “If people don’t believe in the legitimacy of elections and start acting that way, then the whole thing can disintegrate very rapidly.”

HOW RICH!

I seem to remember a march on inauguration day protesting the results of the 2016 Presidential election, and demands that the elected President resign. In fact that is what created the fake dossier that led to a FISA warrant to spy on members of the Trump Election team. That spying on the opposition is what led to Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon. Isn’t it interesting that it did not lead to anything for Obama yet we know now he was directly involved. He received these intelligence briefings daily. All that to say that nine days after the election is over to keep finding new ballots and counting new votes seems completely irregular to me. I have never before witnessed this kind of election irregularities in almost 40 years of voting. Yet we are supposed to be quiet while the Democrats still have not accepted the results of 2016 and don’t seem to have liked some of the results of 2018. This time instead of marching they are just changing the results and they expect us to just shut up and be quiet about it.

– Pastor Greg Young

By Michael Finnegan
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Two Orange County Republicans facing the prospect of defeat in the Nov. 6 congressional election as final ballots are counted have adopted President Trump’s tactic of making baseless allegations of vote fraud.

Neither GOP Rep. Mimi Walters nor Republican candidate Young Kim has produced evidence to back up their charges that Democrats are trying to steal the election. County registrars of voters supervising the ballot counts said they knew of no one doing anything that would compromise the election’s integrity.

Both Republicans leveled the accusations after they steadily lost ground in the continuing tabulation of tens of thousands of ballots. Walters finished ahead on election night, but has fallen 3,797 votes behind Democrat Katie Porter. Kim is clinging to a 122-vote lead over Democrat Gil Cisneros.

Walters and Kim have joined a growing number of Republicans in Florida and elsewhere who, like Trump, challenge the legitimacy of vote counts when Democrats gain in late tallies. Nonpartisan election watchdogs are appalled.

“The tone has been set at the top,” said Stephen Spaulding, chief of strategy at Common Cause. “I think it’s reckless. It is irresponsible.”

Scholars who track the rise and fall of democracies around the globe are also alarmed. Public trust in the validity of free elections is a pillar of democracy, they say, and a political party’s systematic attacks on that faith can be corrosive.

“People need to learn to lose and accept the results and move on to the next campaign,” said Daniel Ziblatt, coauthor of “How Democracies Die.” “If people don’t believe in the legitimacy of elections and start acting that way, then the whole thing can disintegrate very rapidly.”

The Walters and Kim campaigns both declined to comment or provide any evidence to support their allegations.

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