by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
M.D. Kittle writes for the Federalist about one major element of the 2022 midterms that failed to follow prominent Democrats’ doom-and-gloom predictions.
Months before the 2022 midterm elections took place, the corporate media saturated their publications with headlines meant to frighten Americans and get voters to buy into their preferred narrative.
“Concerns of Violence grow as Election Day nears,” proclaimed NPR.
“A spiral of violence and fear is creating angst for many voters ahead of the midterm elections,” wrote NBC News.
Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” was stirring up rage-filled conservatives who were going to take out their anger on poll workers and voters, or so said the fearmongers. The riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, were just the beginning of a red wave of blood and terror, they told us.
None of that happened. Instead, the left brought the 2022 midterm elections the Big Scare, driven by an overheated corporate media and a Democratic Party that used its usual media tools to help them “save democracy” by scaring the hell out of voters.
A review of news coverage from battleground states declared ripe for political violence finds few incidents of actual threats, let alone actual violence on Election Day. Observers on both sides of the aisle report last week’s elections functioned peacefully and well.
That’s not to say some election officials around the country haven’t endured hostile communications, including threatening language, since the bitter 2020 presidential election. But even the Biden administration, which did everything it could to gin up the tired insurrection narrative, noted just days before the election that “no specific credible threats” had been identified by law enforcement.
“Americans should feel safe going to the polls. It is important for Americans to do so,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Election Day eve.