Ever since last week’s pro-Trump rally turned into a violent mob that stormed the Capitol building and resulted in the death of five people the left has been searching high and low for who to blame. Naturally, Democrats have pinpointed their rage towards a few select Republicans, specifically President Trump and Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley. Both Republicans were among the first GOP members to announce their plan to object to the certification of Pennsylvania’s and Arizona’s Electoral College votes citing election irregularities.
Democrats and the media want heads to roll after last week’s violent events and believe that punishing Sens. Hawley and Cruz is one of the ways they can exact their revenge. However, those who are now calling on Hawley’s and Cruz’s resignation for objecting to the Electoral College certification are turning a blind eye to how they treated Democrat objectors in past elections who also cited election irregularities. While they were rewarded with book deals and showered with praise Cruz and Hawley are receiving death threats.
In 2005, then-Sen Barbara Boxer united with then-Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones in objecting to G.W. Bush’s Ohio Electoral College votes claiming that certain voting practices tipped the election in favor of Republicans
“I raise this objection neither to put the nation in the turmoil of a proposed overturned election nor to provide cannon fodder or partisan demagoguery for my fellow members of Congress,” Jones said in the House chamber on January 6, 2005. “I raise this objection because I am convinced that we as a body must conduct a formal and legitimate debate about election irregularities.”
Nancy Pelosi heralded the women’s efforts to “speak up for their constituents during their only opportunity to have this debate while the country is listening.” It’s no surprise that Pelosi was not as kind to the Republicans who objected.
The Washington Postobserved the next day that Boxer’s intervention “followed constitutional guidelines.” The Post also reported that, although only Boxer backed her bid, “many Democrats defended her in floor speeches.”
The San Francisco Chronicle called Boxer “a feisty liberal” and her challenge “Boxer’s Rebellion.” The caption of Gerald Herbert’s accompanying AP photo noted that Boxer “wipes away a tear” while announcing her intentions.
Following Hawley’s Electoral College objection, his upcoming June book launch was canceled by publishing company Simon & Schuster saying it “cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.” However, when Boxer made her objection her book was published 10 months later.
The double standard between the treatment of Republicans versus Democrats has only continued to widen in recent years and it’s clear that the left has no true intention of attempting to “unite” America. While President-elect Joe Biden has called for unity and healing he has no problem comparing Hawley and Cruz to Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels, who was quite possibly Adolf Hitler’s closest and most loyal crony.
“They’re part of the big lie,” Biden said. “Goebbels and the great lie. You keep repeating the lie, repeating the lie.”