Democrats in the United States Senate say they are “concerned” about possible acts of interference in the election in El Salvador Sunday night, which saw incumbent President Nayib Bukele win reelection in a landslide victory.
As reported by The Hill, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) released a statement claiming that “unconstitutional moves” were behind the Central American nation’s election outcome
“We congratulate the people of El Salvador and those in the Salvadoran diaspora who exercised their democratic right to vote over the weekend,” they wrote. “While people exercised their right to vote, we are troubled by the unconstitutional moves that strongly influenced the outcome of Sunday’s election and statements by the Vice President about ‘eliminating’ and ‘replacing’ democracy.”
The article went on to pull info from the Associated Press about Bukele’s voting numbers, noting that he declared victory “before even preliminary numbers were released Sunday evening.”
Sen. Ben Cardin liked The Hill’s write-up so much that he shared it to his congressional webpage.
Bukele rebuffed critics of the electoral process both before and after it took place. He previously mocked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and progressive megadonor George Soros for alleging he would steal the election, and after he won, he addressed liberal critics directly during his victory speech.
“I ask these organisms, foreign governments, I ask these journalists: Why do they want us to kill each other?” he said. “Why do they want to see the blood of Salvadorans? Why are they not happy that blood doesn’t flow in our country the way it once did? Why should we and our children die?”
Social media users and conservative media outlets took note of the language of the statement, highlighting its ironic similarity to complaints from Donald Trump supporters in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
“[T]he Hill is reporting about how voting totals ‘suddenly jumped’ overnight,” wrote conservative legal advisor Will Chamberlain. “That could never happen here, right?”
I mean really – @nayibbukele won by something like 80 points and Senate Democrats are engaging in Salvadoran election denial
Shameful conspiracy theorizing, every signatory to that letter is unfit
That's how this works, right?
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) February 5, 2024
“When Americans voice concerns over our sketchy elections, they’re branded as ‘election deniers,’ told to zip it, and lectured that 2020 was the fairest election in the cosmos,” argued a writer for right-of-center media outlet Revolver News. “Yet, when there’s a monumental landslide in a country that’s been totally transformed for the better, suddenly the Dems are wringing their hands and throwing side-eye at the results.”
The post went on to recount how vote-counting centers were boarded up to shield their operations from the public eye during the 2020 general election in the United States. “Imagine if votes were tallied like this in El Salvador—the world would be up in arms,” they wrote.
People who say “The 2020 election was stolen” are NOT “election deniers”.
We remember when poll-watchers in Michigan were kicked out of a vote-counting center & windows covered up with cardboard.
Trump was leading.
Then when the UNSUPERVISED counting ended, Biden somehow “won”.😡 pic.twitter.com/p8HYD7k2oe
— Tee's revenge (@CMccrackine) November 2, 2022
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