- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2016


The majority of Americans believe this country more divided than in past years — 85 percent, according to a recent CNN/ORC poll.

After the presidential election of Donald Trump, college campuses have held their flags at half-staff — some, like New Hampshire College, have just elected to take them down completely. Others have held counseling sessions for students, and have allowed them to skip tests and deadlines in order to heal.

In the weeks following the election, there were riots in Portland, demonstrators taking to the streets of Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City, and blocking streets in Washington, D.C., where one 15-year-old boy was beaten for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

As we celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends, it’s time to come together as a nation and accept the election results. The past month’s shenanigans, hand-holding, coddling and name-calling must end.

But that’s obviously not how Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, feels about things.

After hammering Mr. Trump on his insistence that there may be voter fraud, and he would need to wait and see what the results were on election night, before he would accept to committing to them, Mrs. Clinton now seems to feel the same way.

Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer said over the weekend that their team would participate in multiple vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan that are being spearheaded by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. This is after Mrs. Clinton conceded the race on Nov. 9.

It’s the ultimate sign of a sore loser — and an action that only perpetuates the divide in our country, not heals it.

It also drips of total hypocrisy.

“To say you won’t respect the results of the election that is a direct threat to our democracy,” Mrs. Clinton said, about the potential of Mr. Trump not accepting the results of the election, at a rally in North Carolina. “The peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America, America. It is not a joke, and some people are sore losers, and we just got to keep going.”

At an earlier debate, moderated by Fox News’s Chris Wallace, Mrs. Clinton called the idea of contesting the results, “horrifying.”

“That’s not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections, and we’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them and that is what must be expected of anyone standing on a debate stage during a general election.”

She added, “And let’s be clear about what he’s saying and what he means. He’s denigrating — he’s talking down our democracy. I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our major two parties would take that kind of position.”

Me, too.

It’s time to move on and stop picking at wounds that have yet to heal.

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