Healey Says Election Challenge ‘Un-American’ [OPINION]
Maura Healey has spent much of the last four years attempting to make life difficult for the Trump Administration. The Democratic Attorney General of Massachusetts has filed or joined more than four dozen lawsuits against the administration, slowing policies that have later been determined to be quite constitutional by the courts. Those policies include but are not limited to border security and immigration.
What is most troubling are Healey's latest comments regarding Trump's challenges to the recent elections in several states where he has questioned the fairness of ballot tabulations. Healey claims it is "un-American" for President Trump to challenge the results, saying, "It wastes time and taxpayer dollars." Quite the contrary, it is very American to expect that the election process is functioning as it should be.
You may believe the election was "safe, free and fair," as does Healey, and that is fine. But Trump has a constitutional right to challenge the results If he has concerns about the integrity of the vote. He has an obligation to the American people to make sure that the process is not tainted in any way. Joe Biden or any other candidate for president has the same right and would be expected to behave similarly. The American people are fair and would expect nothing less.
Al Gore took 37 days to review the results of the contested election in 2000 before finally conceding to George W. Bush. Trump has the same rights under the Constitution. Maura Healey knows that. She has twice sworn to uphold the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States of America.
There is nothing "un-American" about exercising your rights. If you disagree, I'd love to hear from you.
For four years, Healey and her Democratic Party alleged Russia interfered in the last election. Surely she must believe then that election interference is possible. Be patient and let the process play out. Besides, Madam A.G., there are more pressing problems here in Massachusetts for you to concern yourself with. It's why we pay you.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.