This is the clearest argument I’ve heard from the right: you undermined Trump’s legitimacy for 4 years, therefore we do not have to grant your guy legitimacy. 1/
But there is a big difference between the rhetoric of a party out out power, and the actions of the party in power, refusing to relinquish the power it lost in a free and fair election. 2/
The problem of Trump’s lack of legitimacy did not stem from an a priori decision of all Dems not to see him as legitimate, though such a contingent did exist. It came from winning in the EC but losing by 3m votes, and US intel community concluding Russia had tried to help him. 3/
It’s a false equivalence, she said into the void...
Another point, from readers: the question predates all this. Trump began his political career by undermining the legitimacy of Barack Obama by claiming he was born in another country and therefore ineligible to be POTUS.
Obama’s birth certificate didn’t appease him bc that was not the point, nor will the investigations that inevitably turn up nothing, since that is also not the point.

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