To the Editor: Donald Trump constantly tweets that the election was "rigged." Yes, President Trump, we Democrats rigged the election by overcoming voter suppression all over the nation. Stacey Abrams and Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and many others, especially progressives, reached out across the nation and made sure that minority citizens and young voters came out and voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Democrats also rigged the election by countering the Republicans' long-term strategy of gerrymandering voting-district boundaries in order to minimize the impact and power of minority voters in the targeted areas all across the country. While gerrymandering is not only a Republican ploy, it has dramatically favored the Republican Party for decades.
The 2012 election provides a number of examples as to how partisan gerrymandering can adversely affect the states' congressional delegations. For example, in Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives received more than 80,000 more votes than Republican candidates, but the Republican-controlled redistricting process in 2010 allowed the Republicans to beat Democrats in 13 out of Pennsylvania's 18 districts.
If rigging the election is overcoming voter suppression and overcoming Republican Party gerrymandering, then, yes, we Democrats did rig the election, and we will continue to do so in future elections. However, Democrats don't call it "rigging"; we call it getting out the vote, and making each vote count.
MICHAEL J. GORMAN
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