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President Donald Trump and his battle on election integrity “unites the Republican Party” which has, for years before his presidency, not “taken it as seriously,” according to Mollie Hemingway.
The concerns over the integrity issues of U.S. elections goes back before Trump’s time in office and has been a point of contention between Republicans and Democrats for years, the senior editor at the Federalist said on “America’s Newsroom” this week.
Hemingway spoke to Fox News host Sandra Smith following a clip of a whistleblower describing irregularities he witnessed during the election process last month as a poll watcher in Pennsylvania.
“It’s been interesting to see some of this testimony and whistleblowers in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, Georgia. People really trying to sound the alarm about how mail-in balloting was conducted this year,” the Fox News contributor said.
(Source: Fox News)
“This is an issue that goes back decades for Republicans. It’s an issue that divides Republicans and Democrats,” Hemingway added. “Republicans have spent decades saying there needs to be greater election integrity.”
“This year, of course, you had not just the greater election integrity but a move to massive mail-in balloting and less scrutiny,” Hemingway said. “Whether that’s having these drop-off ballot locations where you don’t know who is dropping off a ballot or whether it has been harvested, which may or may not be legal in the state where it is happening, and frequently is not legal, or ballots arriving without appropriate ballot control, or election observers not being allowed in or being bullied away from contesting ballots that they think are questionable.”
Several whistleblowers from the United States Postal Service have alleged that thousands of ballots were tampered with in some way, adversely affecting Trump’s election prospects in some states.
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“These stories if you’ve been watching the hearings is person after person talking about their eyewitness experience on Election Day or in the days thereafter about all the troubling concerns. This is partially about what is happening now but much more for the Republican Party about preserving election integrity all the days to come” Hemingway added.
Smith affirmed the remarks, noting how the president had vowed in a speech this week that he plans to continue this fight.
“This is another example of how Donald Trump is saying things that Republican voters care about,” Hemingway contended.
“There are a lot of elected Republican officials, but few take this issue of election integrity as seriously as Donald Trump has been taking it – not just right now, not just in the last 30 days, but really in the months leading up to this election and the years leading up to it,” she added.
“This issue unites Republican voters like nothing else. They want to make sure that people who vote are citizens, that they have appropriate identification and that these things are checked,” Hemingway said.
“People have known for decades that mail-in balloting is ripe for fraud. The New York Times said in 2012 it was ripe for fraud. Jerry Nadler used to talk about that” she continued.
“We need secure elections,” Hemingway told Smith, reiterating again that election integrity is not a new issue for GOP lawmakers.
“And when you decrease the scrutiny it — and you have a close election like this one, razor-thin, — it is not a good situation for the republic,” she said. “So people who are on the downside of this tend to care about it more in any given moment, but the Republican Party for decades has cared about this and is looking for a really strong, unified push from all their leaders, not just President Trump as they make sure that this doesn’t continue into the future.