It’s very bad that Donald Trump is raising fundamental doubts about the veracity of the 2020 election and the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory. But it isn’t entirely unprecedented.
That’s because Democrats have been doing something similar for the better part of the past four years about the 2016 election. This doesn’t at all mean that Trump and leading Republicans are justified in their demagogic and civically poisonous lies — or that Democrats have been just as bad as their counterparts in the GOP. But it does mean that blame for the breakdown in political amity can’t be apportioned quite as one-sidedly as many Democrats and left-leaning pundits would prefer.