Time for Democrats to accept reality

Democrats have been living in a fantasy world since the clock struck midnight after November 8, 2016. Rather than accept reality and the results of historic victory of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo, the polls aren't wrong — but you have to know what to look for How to shut down fake Republican outrage over 'spying' on Trump More than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls MORE in the last presidential election, Democrats have clutched to conspiracy theories.

The first fantasy was that the 2016 election was tainted by “fake news.” When that backfired, because after all it was the mainstream media that had to apologize for its biased coverage of the race, the narrative had to change. Democrats then settled on another conspiracy theory, hand woven by the Clinton campaign and deeply entrenched within the Obama administration Justice Department that was led by collusion truthers.

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It could not be that their unlikeable, untrustworthy, and inauthentic candidate, dogged by decades of scandals, who never bothered to campaign in Wisconsin had fairly and resoundingly lost to a man who connected with the forgotten men and women of this country with a clear and strong agenda. Democrats had to find a new scapegoat. They claimed that Vladimir Putin plotted to “subvert an election” and that Russia helped “swing it for” Trump. We have been living in their fantasy world where every single thing revolves around Russia ever since 2016.

Democrats and the wing pundits concocted a conspiracy in which Trump was a “Russian asset” compromised by Putin. The reality is that Trump is tougher on Russia than Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaModerate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Obama: Countries facing severe effects of climate change offer 'moral call to rest of the world' Democrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability MORE, who had “more flexibility” in his relationship with the Kremlin. After an exhaustive review spanning two years, the special counsel found no collusion. The investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”

Democrats have been living in a fantasy world where words can lose all meaning. They declared the Obama administration was “not spying” on the Trump campaign when it sent covert informants to probe aides, tapped phones, and issued a secret warrant for surveillance. Perhaps Democrats have a different experience in the use of words. The reality is that spying did occur, and the investigators need to be investigated.

Before this president was even sworn in, Democrats sought to undermine him with their wild conspiratorial notions, aided by media outlets all too happy to spread false stories, promote fiction, and publish unverifiable materials. The Russia conspiracy saw many faces. First, it was “collusion.” When there was no evidence, the narrative changed to “obstruction.” Never mind that it was within the full authority of the president to fire James ComeyJames Brien ComeySunday Talk Shows: Lawmakers look ahead to House vote on articles of impeachment, Senate trial The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week Huckabee teases Hannity appearance, says he'll explain why Trump is eligible for third term MORE, a man highly criticized by both parties for his improper actions as FBI director, including inserting himself in campaign politics.

It was not just the 2016 election results Democrats refuse to accept. They undermined the results of no collusion found by the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation. They undermined the results of no collusion, of the House Intelligence Committee investigation. They undermined the results of the inspector general investigation of finding misconduct by top ranking FBI officials who vowed to stop Trump from becoming president.

Why would they stop? Democrats are now undermining the results of the special counsel investigation and the findings of no collusion in the report by Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE, who they once elevated to sainthood. The conspiracy wheels will keep turning and the smears will keep coming because it is all Democrats have left to push in their narrative. They cannot win on the issues, they cannot win on the record of accomplishments under this president, and they cannot win on the economy that continues to sizzle.

It is time for Democrats to accept reality. It is time for them to connect the dots that the American people voted for Donald Trump because of the promises that he has been keeping. He is our duly elected president.

Elizabeth Harrington is the national spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee. You can follow her updates on Twitter @LizRNC.