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President Donald Trump’s warnings about election night results and a Supreme Court decision in Pennsylvania triggered a heated reaction on CNN.
Host Anderson Cooper slammed the president’s remarks as “complete B.S.” as a CNN panel erupted over Trump’s warning of “cheating at a very high level” due to the high court’s decision extending the deadline on counting ballots in Pennsylvania.
Trump raised the alarm Monday while speaking to reporters in Wisconsin where he made his final push to voters, expressing his concerns over the Supreme Court ruling allowing Pennsylvania officials to continue to count ballots received up to three days after Tuesday’s election.
“It is a horrendous decision for our country. It’s a mistake, it allows cheating,” he said in Milwaukee.
On CNN, his claims of potential voter fraud sparked a debate that quickly got heated as Cooper questioned former U.S. Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, on Trump’s warning of “widespread cheating” in the Keystone State.
Santorum admitted he was not comfortable with Trump’s remarks but attempted to defend some of what he was warning about, saying he has had his own “real” experiences with questionable voting situations in the state and that he believes the legislature, not the courts, should be setting rules on counting ballots.
CNN political contributor Van Jones jumped in to accuse the president of undermining voting efforts and that he needs to “cut it out.”
“They’re not cheating in Philadelphia. They’re fighting through COVID in Philadelphia. They have a Postal Service that’s not serving. They’ve got intimidation brigades going through Philadelphia. They’ve got a sense that even if they do their very best, the president is more interested in lawyers and judges than voters in Philadelphia, clawing away their victory,” Jones said.
He claimed people are “terrified that this president is going to do things that’ll cause harm to human beings who just want to vote.”
“They have a right to vote in Philadelphia without being intimidated and they should be able to talk to their grandmamas to get them from the nursing home or the church to the polls without having to hire security firms to deal with so-called poll watchers,” Jones continued. “Tensions are high in this country because of stuff like that and stuff that he’s saying. He needs to cut it out and encourage everybody to vote safely and fairly. And he’s not doing it.”
“Poll watchers are legitimate,” Santorum interjected.
Cooper jumped in, citing a recent ruling against the GOP by a federal judge over getting more than 100,000 drive-thru ballots discarded in Texas.
“This is a widespread, ongoing Republican thing,” he exclaimed. “Republicans don’t want a lot of people to vote. It seems like everywhere the Republicans seem to be on the side of limiting voting as much as possible.”
Santorum again tried to clarify.
“What the president’s talking about,” he said, “after the election that we have seen happen and we saw it happen in the Senate race in Minnesota, you’ve see it in other places, we saw it with bush V. Gore, which is we count until we win and we just keep going.”
“We hear what the president is talking about and what he’s saying is B.S. It’s complete B.S,” Cooper fired back.
“He wants the election to end at midnight miraculously,” CNN political analyst Gloria Borger declared. “And if he doesn’t win and people are still counting votes, that means it’s a rigged election. That’s not the way elections work in this country.”
David Axelrod, former advisor to President Obama, called it “insidious,” and blamed Trump for trying to “sully” the election.
“The bottom line is it is clear that a lot of Democrats voted by mail. The president would like to see some of those mail ballots discounted because it improves his chance of winning by disqualifying qualified voters. That’s not the way to win an election,” he said.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro came under fire after he essentially declared a premature victory in his state for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, tweeting over the weekend that “Trump is going to lose” if all of the ballots in state are counted.
An alarming statement from the Attorney General of Pennsylvania before votes are counted. He should recuse himself if PA turns into a legal fight. https://t.co/oIZinzdCo4
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 2, 2020
Can someone explain to me how the attorney general of PA knows the results of the election the day before the election itself? pic.twitter.com/bhHSMVplO8
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 2, 2020
Trump also tweeted Monday night on the “dangerous” Supreme Court ruling.
“The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one,” he wrote. “It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!”
The Supreme Court decision on voting in Pennsylvania is a VERY dangerous one. It will allow rampant and unchecked cheating and will undermine our entire systems of laws. It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2020
Facebook and Twitter once again censored the president, limiting views of the post, attaching a warning label, and restricting sharing.
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