With 72 days to go until Joe Biden is sworn into office as the 46th president of the United States, the country remains wrapped up in what CNN calls “the unprecedented spectacle of a president who has lost the election declining to accept reality.” Rather than take his own advice — mockingly aimed at his political adversary, Hillary Clinton, in 2016 — to “lose with dignity,” President Trump continues to assert, without any evidence, that the presidential election was “stolen” from him.
Trump has a long history of refusing to accept his losses with anything close to dignity, though. Take this tweet from when he was in the Republican primaries (which, of course, he went on to win), when he tested out the approach on Ted Cruz:
Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2016
Sound familiar? As Chris Baker, a reporter for Syracuse.com, explained, the tweet proves “this is not a new tactic from the president,” pointing out that in addition to Trump’s denial about the Iowa caucuses, he also “got his political start by claiming Obama was an illegitimate president.” Added Clayton Davis of Variety, “There is a tweet for every occasion no matter which party. Donald doesn’t discriminate. He’s just a sore loser.”
Truly, Trump’s denial of the election results is no surprise at all; in fact, he’s even spelled out his thinking in another old tweet. “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war,” he encouraged his followers in 2014. “Don’t ever get down on yourself, just keep fighting — in the end, you WIN!”