(CNN) Top Donald Trump campaign and White House officials continue to baselessly assert there was widespread election fraud in the 2020 election and refuse to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, but four years ago, those close to Trump mocked Democrats who didn’t accept his victory as “sore losers.”
In 2016, Trump’s allies routinely attacked recount efforts that they said were “based on no evidence” and were designed to “delegitimize” his 2016 victory. They also commended President Barack Obama and administration officials for accepting the results of the election.
The comments were made in response to protests against Trump’s victory, recount efforts sponsored by the Green Party and candidate Jill Stein, and efforts to persuade Electoral College voters to vote against Trump.
“You have people trying to delegitimize the President-elect of the United States right now,” Kayleigh McEnany, then a CNN contributor, said in November 2016. “You have people out there that are calling for recounts that are unsubstantiated based on no evidence.”
In one instance, Rudy Giuliani, who is today leading the charge to challenge the election results, called protesters against Trump’s election “a bunch of spoiled crybabies,” and added it was “really not the right thing in a democracy.”
And, Jason Miller, another Trump spokesman, called recount efforts in 2016 “ridiculous” and attempts to “delegitimize” Trump’s victory.
CNN’s KFile reviewed statements from officials and allies. Here’s what they said in 2016:
“There’s a respect there. And there is a respect for the process and the peaceful transition of power, which is why this recount by Jill Stein and now the Hillary (Clinton) people just is so confounding and disappointing. Their president, Barack Obama, is going to be in office for eight more weeks,” Conway said. “They have to decide whether they’re going to interfere with him finishing his business, interfere with the peaceful transition, transfer of power to President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Pence, or if they’re going to be a bunch of crybabies and sore losers about an election they can’t turn around.”
McEnany attacked people who called for recount efforts as trying to delegitimize the President-elect on CNN Tonight in late November 2016.
“You have people trying to delegitimize the President-elect of the United States right now,” McEnany said, adding that Trump won the Electoral College. “You have people out there that are calling for recounts that are unsubstantiated based on no evidence.”
On the same day, McEnany commended Obama for accepting the results of the 2016 election and working with President-elect Trump during the transition, even calling Obama a “hero.”
“We’re commending the people who have put feelings aside and done what’s for the betterment of the country and that’s President Obama,” she said. “Who put out a statement when this all was going on saying, ‘Look, we believe the vote represents the voice of the American people.’ And he has acted like a gracious, really hero in all of this, the way he’s accepted this and moved on.” Read from source….