Video shows Republicans in 2018 mocking claims that an election was stolen, which they are now making themselves

  • Video clips from 2018 compiled by The Daily Show highlight Republicans mocking the Democratic Party for being "sore losers" and alleging interference in the midterm elections.
  • Figures like Kayleigh McEnany, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich all appear in the video.
  • In 2020, they are all baselessly promoting conspiracy theories about Joe Biden's election victory.
  • "Democrats are being sore losers and they refuse to acknowledge they lost the election, so what do they do? They cry malfeasance, wrongdoing, criminality, fraud," said McEnany.
  • In the 2018 midterms, allegations of election interference were made on both sides. 
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A video compilation of clips from the 2018 midterms shows high-profile Republicans calling Democrats "sore losers" who can't accept election results. 

Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" tweeted the short video late Monday, featuring figures like Kayleigh McEnany, Laura Ingraham, Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity.

The video, with the caption "Meanwhile in 2018 …" was quickly viewed more than 4 million times.

Suggesting that the Democratic Party was crying foul, their description of the complaints strongly resemble those made by Republicans soon after Joe Biden's 2020 win. 

"Democrats are being sore losers and they refuse to acknowledge they lost the election, so what do they do? They cry malfeasance, wrongdoing, criminality, fraud," said McEnany.

At the time, she was an RNC spokesperson at the time who had not yet started work as Trump's White House press secretary.

This election, McEnany has staunchly defended President Donald Trump's intent to challenge the Pennsylvania vote count.

Fox News' Jeanine Pirro said in 2018: "The Democrats are refusing to accept the declared results of the national media. So how do they do this? Lo and behold, they find missing ballots."

Pirro has also alleged election interference in 2020, retweeting Eric Trump who called on Republicans to "Fight against this fraud."

Laura Ingraham in 2018 said: "Democrats, more so than Republicans, seem to have a problem conceding defeat."

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The video also included former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and Fox News host Lou Dobbs.

All of them have suggested, or backed, unevidenced claims of voter fraud and interference in the 2020 presidential election, almost exactly echoing the complaints they attributed to the Democratic Party in 2018. 

Allegations of election irregularities in 2018 were made in North Carolina by the Democratic Party, resulting in a second election.

Unfounded Republican allegations in Florida in 2018 — including by Trump — led to a recount that confirmed the result. 

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