The false notion that Donald Trump actually received more votes than Joe Biden in the 2020 election, but that some nefarious conspiracy involving Democratic officials and voting machines has come to be known as the Big Lie. It’s the lie credited with spurring the failed insurrection attempt in January, and it’s the lie that’s still being spread to believers who think that the ex-president will be “reinstated” later this year. Now Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Democrats are telling an equivalent lie.
Throughout the 2020 election cycle, Democrats were focused on making sure that every vote was counted. Part of this meant addressing the receipt of mailed-in ballots, which would be a major necessity for an election in the middle of a pandemic. Unfortunately, at this time, strange things were going on with the United States Postal Service. In fact, with mail slowed down, employee hours cut, and automated sorting machines removed and disassembled, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy was even called in to answer questions before Congress.
This McConnell describes as the second “Big Lie” of the election — one he says Democrats perpetrated.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Democrats have a Big Lie too: hysterics about the U.S. Postal Service. pic.twitter.com/b0KFTMUcjT
— The Recount (@therecount) July 14, 2021
Aside from the concerns about the Postal Service coming from genuine evidence of unusual activity, paired with the then-President’s open animosity towards mail-in voting, it should perhaps be noted that no crowds converged upon U.S. Post Offices. There were no gallows erected outside, no weapon caches offsite, and no demands to police to bring out any postmasters to be handed. With all that in mind, perhaps the Big Lie isn’t a very good comparison to USPS concerns.
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