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Title: Austin: The Capitol Incursion Was Nearly a Win for Democrats - But They Couldn't Keep Their Mouths Shut
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URL Source: https://www.westernjournal.com/aust ... rats-couldnt-keep-mouths-shut/
Published: Jan 9, 2021
Author: Michael Austin
Post Date: 2021-01-13 12:30:19 by BTP Holdings
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Austin: The Capitol Incursion Was Nearly a Win for Democrats - But They Couldn't Keep Their Mouths Shut

By Michael Austin

Published January 9, 2021 at 1:42pm

Watching the events of Jan. 6 unfold was incredibly difficult. When protesters first stormed the Capitol, my feelings of disgust soon were overtaken by a sense of dread and horror.

Sadly, after months of witnessing similarly horrendous displays of violence, I’ve become used to so-called protesters behaving in such a despicable manner.

That being said, I wasn’t used to seeing them waving Trump flags and wearing MAGA hats.

For the average American who views politics in a superficial manner, the incursion wasn’t a good look for Trump supporters or Republicans in general.

Because of this, Democrats had seized a powerful cultural narrative in American politics — that Trump and his base were unable to accept the election results and were willing to try to overturn them using violent means.

Thankfully, due to their rapacious need to fully milk the moment, Democrats squandered that opportunity shortly thereafter.

Trump’s Tweets Made Things Worse

President Trump didn’t help the situation with his patented, incessant tweeting — and I say this as an overall supporter of the president.

He called for peace, which was good, but he also shared his oft- repeated claim that “we had an election stolen from us” without providing any substantial evidence of widespread, election-altering voter fraud, per usual.

Don’t get me wrong: Questions regarding 2020 election integrity are legitimate. The widespread use of universal mail-in voting seriously damaged the security of the election. Also, the fact that states allowed officials to unilaterally change voting laws that only the legislature has the power to alter should be considered illegal and unconstitutional.

All that being the case, there is no proof showing these issues helped “steal” the election for Joe Biden, and Trump’s inarticulate, unnuanced rhetoric only serves to make things worse and likely comes off as unappealing to the mainstream public.

The president also put out an in credibly troubling tweet that seemed to make excuses for the rioters, saying, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred election victory is … stripped away.”

It is important for conservatives to pursue election integrity through Democratic processes, but crying about a “stolen election” doesn’t help anyone, and it doesn’t improve the party’s standing with the American people.

Add that to the many uncomfortable images of pro-Trump rioters storming the U.S. Capitol and you have what amounts to a perfectly crafted narrative for Democrats to bark out for the next several years.

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