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President Donald Trump is currently facing hyperbolic accusations that he’s trying to stage a coup against Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, a man whom congressional Democrats and their media allies are convinced is president-elect.
The accusation is based on the president’s legal attempts to invalidate mail-in ballots that were cast in ways that he and his legal team believe were vulnerable to fraud.
To hear Democrats and their media allies tell it, this attempt amounts to “fascist” Trump trying to disenfranchise millions of voters like a “dictator” would.
And yet after former President Barack Hussein Obama pulled the same stunt during his first run for office 24 years ago, Democrats and the media acted differently.
“In his first race for office, seeking a state Senate seat on Chicago’s gritty South Side in 1996, Obama effectively used election rules to eliminate his Democratic competition,” a stunning piece published by CNN during the 2008 Democrat primaries reads.
“As a community organizer, he had helped register thousands of voters. But when it came time to run for office, he employed Chicago rules to invalidate the voting petition signatures of three of his challengers.”
According to CNN, the maneuver knocked all of them out of the race, including incumbent Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer, who’d been in office since 1991.
“It cleared the way for Obama to run unopposed on the Democratic ticket in a heavily Democrat district,” CNN’s report continued.
The network, which has in recent years become a hotbed of far-left extremist rhetoric, then seemingly celebrated Obama’s move by writing that it “showed he was willing to use bare-knuckle tactics.”
CNN even obtained proof that the move was legal.
“Obama’s challenge was perfectly legal, said Jay Stewart of the Chicago’s Better Government Association. Although records of the challenges are no longer on file for review with the election board, Stewart said Obama is not the only politician to resort to petition challenges to eliminate the competition,” its report continued.
Speaking with CNN at the time of the report’s publication, one of challengers that was knocked out by Obama’s scheme — Gha-is Askia — described the tactic in detail.
“He said the Obama team challenged every single one of his petitions on ‘technicalities.’ If names were printed instead of signed in cursive writing, they were declared invalid. If signatures were good but the person gathering the signatures wasn’t properly registered, those petitions also were thrown out,” CNN reported without a single complaint.
Do those tactics sound familiar?
It’s been 12 years since the report was published, and here’s how the same network is now treating Trump’s similar attempt to invalidate votes:
“President Donald Trump is trying to steal a free and fair election that he lost by a wide margin to President-elect Joe Biden by tearing at the most basic principle of American democracy: He’s trying to throw out hundreds of thousands of votes,” an awfully opinionated “analysis” piece that was published Friday reads.
As for Obama, when questioned about his “bare-knuckle” move during the 2008 Democrat primaries, he defended it.
“[T]he unsparing legal tactics were justified, he said, by obvious flaws in his opponents’ signature sheets,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
Here’s what the allegedly infallible Obama said at the time:
“To my mind, we were just abiding by the rules that had been set up. I gave some thought to … should people be on the ballot even if they didn’t meet the requirements. My conclusion was that if you couldn’t run a successful petition drive, then that raised questions in terms of how effective a representative you were going to be.”
Does this also sound familiar?
700,000 ballots were not allowed to be viewed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh which means, based on our great Constitution, we win the State of Pennsylvania!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2020
Twelve years later, he’s now joined the outraged mob of left-wingers who’re piling on the president for the apparent crime of doing the exact same thing.
“I think it was time for him to concede probably the day after the election or at the latest, two days after the election,” Obama said in a CBS News interview last week.
Regarding the president’s claims of election fraud and desire to invalidate mail-in ballots, Obama then linked Trump to “strongmen and dictators.”
“There are strongmen and dictators around the world who think that ‘I can do anything to stay in power. I can kill people. I can throw them in jail. I can run phony elections. I can suppress journalists.’ … But that’s not who we’re supposed to be,” he said.
he’s incredible. as always pic.twitter.com/nC5IUnYKTj
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 16, 2020
Some might argue that the clear-cut hypocrisy and double standards continually practiced by the institutional left, including the Obama-worshiping Democrat strategist seen above, also aren’t “who we’re supposed to be” …