Sunday on ABC’s This Week, election denier Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) called it “unfortunate” that Republicans have chosen to focus on him in the wake of his being named the House Democrat caucus leader.
On the Senate floor last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, “The newly elected incoming leader of the House Democrats is a past election denier, who basically said that the 2016 election was, quote, ‘illegitimate’ and suggested that we had a, quote, ‘fake president.’”
Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked, “He’s suggesting the equivalence of Donald Trump. What’s your response?”
Jeffries avoided actually answering the question and the accusation: “It is unfortunate that Republicans have chosen to focus on me. House Democrats are going to focus on solving problems for the American people.”
Stephanopoulos, to his credit, pressed Jeffries for an answer. “You did say that history will never accept Donald Trump as legitimate president, and the Republicans are making quite a big issue out of that. What is your response?”
Jeffries said, “Well, here’s the Republican playbook. Facts don’t matter. Hypocrisy is not a constraint to their behavior. And in many cases, they believe that shamelessness is a superpower.”
In the field of psychology, that statement is called projection: accusing your opponents of that which you yourself are guilty of.
“My view of the situation has been pretty clear,” Jeffries continued to obfuscate. “I supported the certification of Donald Trump’s election. I attended his inauguration even though there were many constituents and others across the country pushing me and others to do otherwise, and found ways to work with the Trump administration, being the lead Democrat in negotiating historic criminal justice reform. That track record speaks for itself. At the same time, I will never hesitate in criticizing the former president. I think I’m in good company there throughout the world.”
Liar. Jeffries was and still is an election denier. But it’s OK when Democrats do it.