Over the past few years, we have heard many accusations from Democrats about “threats to democracy.” Of course, Donald Trump tops the list of his villains, but he is not alone. When it comes to their critics, Republicans in general are a threat to democracy.
Here’s a headline from a piece in the atlantic magazine last April: “The Republican Party is a serious threat to American democracy.”
In June, this headline was repeated a Business Insider story: “The Republican Party Has Proven To Be A ‘Greater Threat’ To American Democracy Than Trump In 2021, Experts Warn”.
And in the Letters to the editor’s page From the Chicago Sun Times in July, this headline: “No Question: Republicans Are a Serious Threat to Our Democracy.”
But now that Kyle Rittenhouse has been Found not guilty On all five counts, including first degree murder, at his trial in Wisconsin, we see that the people who have been yelling the loudest about “threats to democracy” are possibly threats to democracy themselves.
Here is a sample of reactions posted on Twitter by prominent members of the Democratic Party:
From new york city Major Bill de Blasio on Twitter: “This verdict is disgusting and sends a horrible message to this country. Where is the justice in this? We can’t let this go. “
From the former governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, also in a tweet: “Today’s verdict is a stain on America’s soul and sends a dangerous message about who and what values our justice system was designed to protect We must stand united in rejecting supremacist vigilantism and with a single voice say: this is not who we are. “
From the congresswoman Cori bush from Missouri: “The judge. The judge. The accused. It is white supremacy in action. This system is not designed to hold white supremacists accountable. ”
From the congressman Hakeem jeffries from New York, Speaker of the House Democratic Caucus: “Lock Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key.” (He said this, not after the verdict was rendered, but at the beginning of the trial, before hearing any of the arguments in the case.)
From Rep. Jerrold nadler from New York, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee: “This heartbreaking verdict is a judicial error and sets a dangerous precedent that warrants federal review by the Department of Justice.”
AND President BidenJoe BidenBiden will speak on the economy on Tuesday, with the Fed election looming, the NAACP chair calling Rittenhouse’s verdict ‘a warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed’ Optimistic Democrats as the bill from social spending goes to the Senate MORE, who last year called Rittenhouse a “white supremacist,” issued a declaration which began with an admission, no doubt to please the loudest voices on the left wing of his party, that he is counted among Americans who are “feeling angry and concerned,” but continued: “We must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.” .
Seriously? What exactly was it about the verdict that made our president “mad and worried”? Could it be that the jury found Rittenhouse not guilty?
Apparently it doesn’t occur to Biden, or the other Democrats, that when you say ex President TrumpDonald Trump Two Fox News Contributors Resigned Over Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 Documentary Republican Senator: Decisions On Bills That Went Made Based On Whether They Hurt Or Help Trump Or Biden O’Rourke Will Not Say If He Wants Biden campaign for him in the Texas Senate race MORE it is a “threat to democracy” because, among other things, questioning the result of a legitimate election could reasonably be accused of being a threat to democracy by questioning the result of a legitimate judgment.
We have enough polarization in our country, more than enough, actually. What we don’t need now are prominent politicians (and their allies in the media) trying to delegitimize the verdict of a jury made up of ordinary Americans.
Just between us, I’m pretty sure that our democracy is strong enough to withstand the exaggerated rhetoric, from both sides. But what leftist politicians don’t seem to understand is that even they can’t repeat Isaac Newton’s theory. Third law of motion, which essentially says that “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” It is true in the physical world and it is also true in the political world.
Democrats who scornfully toss rhetorical hand grenades across the political arena shouldn’t be surprised when the other side does the same.
Still, this is not good for the United States. It’s bad enough when angry slugs on social media post the kind of nasty messages that divide us, but when influential members of a major political party do it, it’s just plain shame.
Bernard Goldberg is an Emmy and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award-winning writer and journalist. He was a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” for 22 years and previously worked as a reporter for CBS News and as an analyst for Fox News. He is the author of five books and publishes exclusive weekly columns, audio commentary, and Q&A about his Patreon Page. Follow him on Twitter @BernardGoldberg.