- Video clips from 2018 compiled by “The Daily Show” highlight Republicans describing the Democratic Party as “sore losers” and alleging interference in the midterm elections.
- Kayleigh McEnany, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Newt Gingrich all appear in the video.
- In 2020, they are all baselessly promoting conspiracy theories about Joe Biden’s election victory.
- “Democrats are being sore losers and they refuse to acknowledge they lost the election, so what do they do? They cry malfeasance, wrongdoing, criminality, fraud,” McEnany said in the video.
- In the 2018 midterms, allegations of election interference were made on both sides.
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A video compilation of clips from the 2018 US midterm elections shows high-profile Republicans calling Democrats “sore losers” who can’t accept election results.
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” tweeted the short video late Monday, featuring figures such as Kayleigh McEnany, Laura Ingraham, Newt Gingrich, and Sean Hannity.
The video, with the caption “Meanwhile in 2018…” was quickly viewed more than 4 million times.
—The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 10, 2020
Though the video seemed to include only scenes from 2018, it was clearly meant to compare the GOP characterization of Democrats’ complaints to the Republican reaction to President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 win.
“Democrats are being sore losers and they refuse to acknowledge they lost the election, so what do they do? They cry malfeasance, wrongdoing, criminality, fraud,” McEnany said in the video.
At the time, she was a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee who had not yet started work as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary.
This election, McEnany has staunchly defended Trump’s intent to challenge the Pennsylvania vote count.
Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro said in 2018: “The Democrats are refusing to accept the declared results of the national media. So how do they do this? Lo and behold, they find missing ballots.”
Pirro has also alleged election interference in 2020, retweeting Eric Trump, who called on Republicans to “fight against this fraud.”
Laura Ingraham in 2018 said: “Democrats, more so than Republicans, seem to have a problem conceding defeat.”
The video also included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, and the Fox News host Lou Dobbs.
All of them have suggested, or backed, baseless claims of massive voter fraud and interference in the 2020 presidential election, almost exactly echoing the complaints they attributed to the Democratic Party in 2018.
Allegations of election irregularities in 2018 were made in North Carolina by the Democratic Party, resulting in a second election.
Unfounded Republican allegations in Florida in 2018 — including by Trump — led to a recount that confirmed the result.