'An indelible stain': how the GOP tried to topple a pillar of democracy

Dec 12, 2020 Travel News

‘An indelible stain’: how the GOP tried to topple a pillar of democracy

Even after the loss of Mr. Trump, fulfilling the wishes of Republican voters has meant singling out the president’s paranoid political style by clinging to supposed examples of fraud even after being debunked in court.

For example, last month, Mr. Graham said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” that a signature verification machine in Clark County, Nevada, which includes Las Vegas, was used at wrong to accept “every signature, whether fraudulent or not”. In the same interview, he shared an allegation that county residents were spotted filling out fraudulent ballots on “a Biden / Harris truck.”

These allegations were contained in a lawsuit Republicans filed in the state. Last week, a judge found that the signature machine in question had actually returned 70% of the scanned signatures to election officials for human verification. “The file does not support” claims that the machine “accepted signatures that should have been rejected,” wrote judge James T. Russell. Likewise, he ruled, a witness account of fake ballots filled out on a Biden / Harris vehicle was “not credible.”

A spokesperson for Graham declined to act on the findings on Friday and said the senator “continues to be very concerned about the increased use of mail in ballots.”

During a hearing on the 2020 Wisconsin election led by state Republicans on Friday, witnesses suggested the state faced election interference from dead dictators Hugo Chavez and Joseph Stalin of the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Kanye West.

Some of the claims were similar to conspiracy theories contained in lawsuits brought by Conservative lawyer Sidney Powell, whose attempts to overturn election results have been routinely rejected by judges. One wrote that a case she brought on behalf of Republican plaintiffs appeared to have focused “more on the impact of their claims on people’s faith in the democratic process” as well as “trust. in our government “.

Tom Rath, a former Republican attorney general in New Hampshire, who endorsed Mr Biden and opposed his party’s efforts on the Supreme Court, lamented what appeared to be political incitement within his party to undermine this trust. “It is very unfortunate,” he said, “that some people have tried to live out of this chaos, to perpetuate it and to make it even more difficult for the average citizen to trust what the government is doing.