WASHINGTON, D.C. – This will come as a surprise to no one: A Democrat Congressman from North Carolina is performing a glaring act of hypocrisy.
Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) was a good Democrat in the aftermath of the 2020 election debacle, joining the chorus to scold Donald Trump and Republicans for questioning election results. Now he’s part of the House Democrats effort to literally overturn election results for a close Iowa congressional race (won by a Republican).
“It is shameful that many Republicans in Congress and President Trump have refused to respect the will of the people and recognize the election results. Instead, President Trump and his allies have pushed wild conspiracy theories and unfounded claims of election fraud, which undermine faith in our representative democracy.”
“We can’t be concerned about optics.”
Without even dealing with the merits (or disqualifying factors) or the contested congressional election, the about face for Butterfield was jarring enough that even the Left-leaning editorial board of the Charlotte Observer is calling him out on it, a notable admonishment even if they are merely warning Butterfield not to reveal the plot and to maintain the exclusive Trump>Election Concerns>Kook narrative structure:
“[…] he should be, especially now. At a time when Americans’ trust in elections is tenuous, overturning a certified result would further feed the perception that either party will do whatever it can to maintain its grip on power. It also could encourage future majorities to look for reasons to reconsider election results they don’t like. We already know what that looks like from Republicans, and we already know the damage it’s done to the integrity of the election process.
Hart’s campaign got a recount and had an opportunity to have its arguments heard by state courts, but it didn’t make a December deadline required by law. Now it wants a friendlier audience. The House may be constitutionally empowered to question state certified results, but the threshold for doing so should be exceedingly high. This case, in this moment, doesn’t meet it.
House Democrats, including those from North Carolina, should signal that they won’t support such an effort. They should tell Butterfield and Democrats on the committee to take the L, for the good of everyone.”
‘Please! Don’t let Americans see that Democrats will do anything for power!’ isn’t quite a critique as much as it is a plea. When the author says, “for the good of everyone,” what they mean is for the good of the Left’s narrative, and thus future Democrat electoral prospects. Alas, at least it serves to focus more attention on this wrinkle in Democrats’ power moves on Capitol Hill.