The Virtues of Being Graceless, by Paul Gottfried

Why should Republicans show any grace at all to the Democrats? What has rolling over ever done for the Republicans? From Paul Gottfried at

Rich Lowry at the Trump-unfriendly National Review titled a syndicated column on November 20  “Ugly Exit.” Lowry, who has made a habit of dumping on The Donald, complains that Trump’s unwillingness to graciously concede to Joe Biden reveals his “deep-seated inability to admit defeat.”  His gracelessness is also somehow harming “elected Republicans who feel the need to play along.” So far, according to Lowry, Trump has been exploiting the “suspicions about the process” that bedevil his party after a heated race. “But it’s wrong for Trump to fuel the doubts with a constant flow of bad information and conspiracy theories.” It seems that Lowry sees no evidence of significant fraud anywhere in this election but is willing to give Trump “the chance to ferret out fraud and to have his day in court.”

Unlike Lowry, I am struck by the numerous irregularities in this race, from the appallingly low number of rejected ballots in the battleground states, to the affidavits submitted by those who witnessed dishonest ballot counting, to the exclusion of Republican poll observers in heavily Democratic wards. I am also open to arguments about Dominion software changing millions of pro-Trump votes, although I want to see more evidence before fully accepting the bold charges coming from Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. But arguendo let me concede Rich Lowry’s point, that there is nothing out there that would lead me to believe that Joe Biden did not win the presidency. Should Donald Trump readily concede the race and extend congratulations to the victor? That would end those suits that Lowry and other mainstream journalists consider unnecessarily divisive and allow the new administration to begin an untroubled transition to power.

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