Terry McAuliffe’s Election Trutherism Shouldn’t Be Excused

Terry McAuliffe participates in a campaign event at in Arlington, Virginia, July 23, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Democrats profess to be alarmed at attacks on the legitimacy of elections. They feign horror at anyone who wants to investigate election integrity. If they really believe this, they sure do have a funny way of showing it.

The highest-profile election of 2021 is the Virginia governor’s race. The Democratic candidate is Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former governor, and faithful ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton. McAuliffe spent the George W. Bush years loudly claiming that Bush stole his election in 2000. That is not hyperbole: At the Democratic National Convention in 2004, McAuliffe bellowed to a rapturous crowd, on national television, “We actually won the last presidential election, folks, they STOLE the last presidential election.” In his 2008 autobiography, he wrote, “I was mad after 2000 because they stole it from us and we let them.” McAuliffe has continued in the subsequent years to claim that the 2000 election was stolen. When offered the opportunity to renounce that charge just this month, he declined to back off and argued (preposterously) that it

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