Lincoln Project Condemns Republicans Not Accepting Joe Biden's Win: 'How Democracy Dies'

The conservative Lincoln Project has taken aim at those refusing to accept President-elect Joe Biden's win the 2020 presidential election in a new ad released on Wednesday.

The video, which is just over a minute and a half long, highlights prominent Republicans who have yet to publicly acknowledge Biden's victory and warns they risk undermining democracy.

"Americans have always said, 'It can't happen here.' But it can, and it will, unless we stand united and fight for our #democracy," the Lincoln Project tweeted with their latest video, echoing the title of a famous novel by Sinclair Lewis.

The ad features footage of some members of the far-right Proud Boys who protested against "the steal" — the unsubstantiated claim that President Donald Trump's election victory was stolen through fraud.

"We're now only one presidential election from the end of America as we've known it," the ad's narrator says.

"For the first time in our history, a majority of a major political party refuse to accept the results of a presidential election."

This is a reference to recent reports showing most Republicans in Congress have yet to accept the outcome of the election.

The ad highlights recent headlines about efforts to challenge to election results as well as one lawyer's call for Trump supporters to stock up on "2nd Amendment supplies." A clip of the president's debate comments about the Proud Boys follows protest footage.

Americans have always said, "It can't happen here." But it can, and it will, unless we stand united and fight for our #democracy.

— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 16, 2020

"Tens of millions will now teach their children they live in a country with an illegitimate president," the narration goes on. "This is democracy dies."

"Today the dividing line in American politics is not between conservative and liberal. It's between those who believe in democracy and those who are killing it by their actions, by their silence."

The video shows images of Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr.

"Trumpism is an autocratic evil unleashed in America," the ad says. "It must be crushed. The danger is real. The threat is now. If you believe America is worth fighting for, join us."

Trump's path back to the White House this year has been almost completely closed off despite the fact some Republicans have not formally accept Biden's victory. The Electoral College affirmed his win on December 14 and Congress will meet to ratify the votes on January 6.

Some members of the GOP in Congress are considering challenging slates of presidential electors from states Biden won where fraud has been alleged but McConnell, who has acknowledged Biden's win, has reportedly told his caucus not to pull any "stunts."

Donald Trump Waves on the South Lawn
President Donald Trump waves as he departs on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 12, in Washington, D.C. The Lincoln Project's new ad criticizes those not yet accepting his defeat. Al Drago/Getty Images