Del Marsh decries ‘anti-establishment’ sentiment, credits Democrats playing COVID election rules better than GOP for 2020 win
Outgoing State Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) warns against the “anti-establishment” streak in American politics, part of which he blames President Donald Trump.
During an appearance on Alabama Public Television’s “Capitol Journal,” Marsh reacted to the events in Washington, D.C. earlier in the week, which may have been driven by the anti-establishment sentiment.
Marsh, who last year announced he would resign his pro tem position in February and declared he will not run for reelection in 2022, insisted there were people that have been categorized as “establishment” serving in elected office for the right reasons.
“There has been, and I said this last election cycle, an anti-establishment — if you’re an elected official, you’re looked at as part of the problem,” he explained. “You know, I served in Alabama a long time. I’ve served with Republicans and Democrats, both sides of the aisle. I pride myself as pro-tem for having a unified body that works for the people, and I believe we have. I think sometimes, though, I do – I believe the President has labeled all incumbents, if you will, as part of the establishment and thus bad. There are a lot of good people who serve in the legislature. They’re there for the right reasons, and we’ve got to quit, move forward and look positive, and that’s just my thoughts on that.”
On Trump’s election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, Marsh told APTV’s Don Dailey he credited Democrats’ win to playing by the new rules better than Republicans.
“Listen, I truly believe this — you’re going to have some fraud in every election,” Marsh added. “But no one has been able to produce evidence that fraud was what caused the outcome of this election. I truly believe that the outcome of this election is we were handed a new set of rules — and because of COVID, absentee ballots, mail-in ballots, and the Democrats learned and worked on those rules, and Republicans didn’t. I think that is why the Republicans didn’t do as well, and possibly President Trump didn’t do as well. The polling was wrong, and that showed up. But if you’re given a set of rules to play by, you better play by them. The Democrats did it to perfection. I don’t think what they did in getting those votes under the new rules were against the law. I think that is where the election was lost.”
@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.