Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What has allowed the United States to last for so long as a democracy, when so many other countries have failed? There are many factors, but none is more fundamental than this: When we hold elections, the losing party acknowledges the legitimacy of the winner, and the winner allows the loser to survive to fight another day.

Now, for the first time in modern history, a major-party candidate rejects both sides of that equation. If he loses, Donald Trump says, it will be due to cheating that makes the result illegitimate. If he wins, he will imprison his defeated opponent.

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Many Americans may not have given much thought to what a breathtaking departure this represents, because until now we have had the luxury of never having to think about such things. We have been able to take for granted the quadrennial peaceful transition of power. We watch from a distance when political parties in one foreign country or another take up arms after losing an election. We look, as at something that could never happen here, when a foreign leader sends an opponent to jail or into exile. This can happen in Zimbabwe, we think, or Russia, or Cambodia, but not here. Not in the United States.

The Republican nominee is saying that he will make it happen here.

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I predict that when Trump loses and loses bigly he will blame it on "massive voter fraud" and throw a tantrum. That will give his cavalcade of lunatics the excuse to claim the Hillary presidency "invalid" and thus argue for four year that anything she accomplishes will be "illegitimate."

If you thought the obstruction and disrepect that was shown the last 8 years was bad, just wait, the next four will make that seem like nothing.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2016-10-18 09:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Couldn't agree more, 726.

It's a tough bunch of pills his demented followers have to swallow: first they get a foreign-born black Muslim for president, and now a smart, talented woman who rose to the top of what remains a largely male-dominated political pyramid. And this, when we could've had a bloviating, misogynistic, boneheaded ignorant, spittle-spewing narcissistic conspiracy nut and sexual predator.

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-18 10:01 AM | Reply

Bush-Gore.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2016-10-18 10:13 AM | Reply

My guess is the denouement will be a crushing defeat for Trump, rather than the seriously controversial presidential contests of 1876 and 2000.

#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2016-10-18 10:16 AM | Reply

Bush-Gore.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2016-10-18 10:13 AM | Reply

Gore conceded eventually.

I think that drama queens are vastly over estimating the number of people who are willing to take action based on Trump claiming he was robbed while not presenting any evidence.

Any number of incidents would be too many but if anything happens it will be isolated incidents involving one or two truly sick people. "Threat to peaceful transition" conjures images of an armed rebellion and that ain't on the table.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2016-10-18 10:32 AM | Reply

Bush-Gore.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Was nothing like what Trump is shooting his big, destructive, entitled mouth about.

God, what a loser that man is. What a wreck; what a waste of everyone's time.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2016-10-18 10:33 AM | Reply

I disagree. There are still posters here that claim that election was never legit, and are intensely emotionally invested in it. In the long run, it's all much ado about nothing.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2016-10-18 10:48 AM | Reply

Sully,
Last month, Trump said if Clinton is elected and gets to appoint federal judges, "there's nothing you can do, folks." He then added: "Although the Second Amendment people -- maybe there is, I don't know."

Yesterday came the report that the KY Governor spouted these incendiary words at the so called, "Values Voters Summit":

Speaking to the annual Values Voter Summit on Saturday in Washington, Bevin said he was asked if the country could ever recover if Clinton were elected president.

"I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else. The patriots," Bevin said, referencing a quote from Thomas Jefferson. "Whose blood will be shed? It may be that of those in this room. It might be that of our children and grandchildren. I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something, to reclaim something that we through our apathy and indifference have given away.

Have you heard this sort of rhetoric in any other campaign from an official as elevated as a US Governor?

Are you cool with these types of comments?

"Threat to peaceful transition" conjures images of an armed rebellion and that ain't on the table."

How do you infer that assumption.

#8 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2016-10-18 11:33 AM | Reply

"I have nine children. It breaks my heart to think it might be their blood that is needed to redeem something"

Give me a break, Governor. As if your kids would volunteer for anything dangerous. That's not what you've raised them to do.

Like any other fatuous bastard of your particular ilk, you're looking to see other people's kids do the heavy lifting you think is needed.

But if it is indeed your children who fight in an armed rebellion, simply because Donald Trump lost and election he's screwed up from the very start, then I hope they like prison. Because that's where they are all going to end up.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2016-10-18 11:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#8 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2016-10-18 11:33 AM | Reply:

Why are you asking me such silly questions?

Are you ninnies really so paranoid of anyone who isn't a part of your little cult that you need someone who isn't voting for Trump to tell you that he isn't cool with killing people because Trump lost (or simply fantasizing about it)?

No, I don't think those comments are cool.

I also don't think Trump is capable of organiztng a rebellion, willing to sacrifice anything in fighting a rebellion or willing to deal with the consequences of losing a rebellion. After the election, he'll throw some tantrums for as long as the media is willing to give him the spotlight. Then he'll go back to being a pampered billionaire - until Hillary's minions inevitably indict him, which he deserves for the Trump U scam alone.

It is very possible to find these comments to be pathetic and wrong without actually being frightened by them. Not everyone is into histrionics the way the "he's LITERALLY HITLER!" crowd is.

#10 | Posted by Sully at 2016-10-18 01:04 PM | Reply

With the low testosterone levels of the winning side, a Cub Scout troop could storm in and make trouble for the Clinton cheerleaders.
Such hysterics from a bunch of limp wristers. How do you ladies make it through the day without having nervous breakdowns?

#11 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2016-10-18 01:58 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Laughing at Knuckle-Draggers is a good start...

#12 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-18 02:03 PM | Reply

Pablum for Democrats.

#13 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2016-10-18 04:30 PM | Reply

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