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CNN host Brianna Keilar accused senior Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp of pushing “crap” as the two clashed over differences
between mail-in and absentee ballots ahead of the November elections.
The fiery segment came after President Donald Trump hinted at a court challenge in a tweet earlier Tuesday regarding a just-passed universal mail-in voting law in Nevada that Republicans say Democrats will use to retain permanent control over the state due to provisions in the law that allow for the possibility of voter fraud.
In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court! https://t.co/cNSPINgCY7
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2020
Later in the day, however, Trump — who has regularly voiced his opposition to universal mail-in balloting sought by Democrats — tweeted out support for Florida’s mail-in balloting after Republicans there assured him the system was secure.
Whether you call it Vote by Mail or Absentee Voting, in Florida the election system is Safe and Secure, Tried and True. Florida’s Voting system has been cleaned up (we defeated Democrats attempts at change), so in Florida I encourage all to request a Ballot & Vote by Mail! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2020
As the interview began, Schlapp attempted to explain the president’s seemingly contradictory views.
“[S]o let me take a state like Nevada. Well, let’s take the state of Nevada which, in the dead of night, these Democrats pushed forward this law that, as we know that, even come election day, you could still cast a ballot three days later if you don’t have a postmark or seven days later if you have a postmark,” Schlapp said.
“Let’s say, Brianna, you vote for Joe Biden. Then you find out in Nevada that Trump, President Trump wins. You can go to your family members, you can go to your colleagues and say, ‘Do you still have that mail-in vote? Let’s cast it because you can cast it several days after the election,’” she continued.
“That is incredibly problematic and they also have weakened verification systems in states like Nevada when it comes to these mail-in voting,” Schlapp continued. “So again, this is a case-by-case basis, a state by state basis, we look at the case of New York as well where we still don’t know the win — the victory in the congressional districts because they push for this mail-in voting that the state was not prepared for,” she added.
Keilar was combative and unconvinced, however.
“So, you’re alleging that in some states people will be able to look at what appears to be the outcome and try to change it after it is determined? That is what you are alleging? In many states, so you’re…” Keilar responded.
“Well — I’m not alleging. That’s the law in Nevada, so we’re going to take the law in Nevada, let’s say, that they just passed that is also allowing for ballot harvesting,” Schlapp continued, referencing a practice begun in 2018 in neighboring California that Republicans believe allowed Democrats to ‘steal’ long-held ‘red’ seats.
“So, if you’re over the age of 65, people can collect the ballots and put them and send them over and we know that could be rife with fraud. Some states handle this better than other states,” Schlapp explained.
“Look, you’re — you’re — you’re causing a lot of confusion here, Mercedes and you know that and I don’t understand what the point of it is,” Keilar argued, going on to cite studies claiming there is little vote fraud due to mail-in balloting.
“Do you think any fraud acceptable, Brianna? Is any fraud acceptable? Because I don’t think it’s acceptable,” Schlapp noted.
The two continued to argue over various points regarding mail-in balloting and vote harvesting, with Keilar bringing up an incident in North Carolina involving a Republican candidate.
Schlapp responded that such behavior is “not acceptable with any party,” adding that the more Democrats push for universal mail-in balloting with rules using states like California and Nevada as guides, the more likely fraud will occur.
After several more minutes of contentious back-and-forth, Keilar accused Schlapp of making “pointless” claims.
“This is, like, this is just pointless, okay. This is pointless. I get it, you’re just saying a bunch of crap, okay. You’re saying a bunch of crap,” Keilar declared.
The CNN host also accused the Trump adviser of not wanting to “have a serious conversation” because “[w]e’re talking about voting in a pandemic and giving people the ability to vote If they are a registered voter and you seem to be talking about putting obstacles in their way to that.”
But Schlapp persisted, noting that allowing voters to cast ballots three or more days after an election in Nevada “is unacceptable.”
Wednesday morning, President Trump repeated his criticism of the state’s new law, saying it’ll “be a corrupt disaster if not ended by the Courts.”
Nevada has ZERO infrastructure for Mail-In Voting. It will be a corrupt disaster if not ended by the Courts. It will take months, or years, to figure out. Florida has built a great infrastructure, over years, with two great Republican Governors. Florida, send in your Ballots!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020
Naturally, the Left thought Keilar was a hero for “standing up” to the Trump team by stomping her foot and repeating herself over and over, without realizing how ignorant her claims even sounded:
Brianna Keilar: outstanding, so very proud of you.
— Joe La Grone (@JoeLagrone) August 4, 2020
That wasn’t a battle, it was a master class on how to handle these Trump apologist.
— Jim (@Jim_EastTX) August 4, 2020
Bravo, Ms Brianna! Take no prisoners!
— Sher .. Wild Hair Don’t Care (@shotgunn28) August 4, 2020
Best TV moment ever!
— Christine Kennedy (@uws89) August 4, 2020
— Beverly Capicola (@poljunky50) August 4, 2020
Jon is a staff writer for BizPac Review with 30 years' worth of reporting experience, as well as an author and U.S. Army veteran. He has a BA in political science from Ashford University and an MA in national security studies/intelligence analysis from American Military University.
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