“Let’s not conflate issues,” Kamala Harris scolds Savannah Guthrie, as the VP desperately attempts to avoid the real issue Joe Biden created yesterday. The NBC host of Today asked Harris a very simple question. Biden stuck his foot in a hornet’s nest preemptively claiming that the 2022 election “easily could be illegitimate.”
Democrats are set to fail the midterms and it looks like Biden is setting himself up to scream foul.
“It’s just astonishing” to hear that rhetoric from Biden, Guthrie declares, perhaps especially after hearing lectures over the past year from the administration that questioning elections is a form of insurrection. So does Harris agree that the midterms may now be considered illegitimate because Biden didn’t get his election-federalizing bill passed?
In response, Harris spews word salad to avoid the point (via Twitchy):
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 20, 2022
Joe Biden is asked by @PhilipWegmann is the 2022 election results could be illegitimate:
"I think it could easily be illegitimate" pic.twitter.com/xSlJWLNdCB
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 19, 2022
Q Thank you, sir. I just wanted to clarify: A moment ago, you were asked whether or not you believed that we would have free and fair elections in 2022 if some of these state legislatures reformed their voting protocols. You said that it depends. Do you — do you think that they would in any way be illegitimate?
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, yeah, I think it easily could be — be illegitimate.
Imagine — imagine if, in fact, Trump has succeeded in convincing Pence to not count the votes.
Q Well, I —
THE PRESIDENT: Imagine if —
Q In regard to 2022, sir — the midterm elections.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, 2022. I mean, imagine if those attempts to say that the count was not legit. “You have to recount it and we’re not going to count — we’re going to discard the following votes.”
I mean, sure, but — I’m not going to say it’s going to be legit. It’s — the increase and the prospect of being illegitimate is in direct proportion to us not being able to get these — these reforms passed.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.