(Video: Fox News)
On “Fox News Sunday,” Martha MacCallum had some tough questions for RNC chair Ronna McDaniel—particularly on the matter of former President Donald Trump leveling accusations of Republican cheating in the Pennsylvania primaries.
Trump backed Dr. Mehmet Oz in the race and has accused David McCormick, Dr. Oz’s Republican rival for Pennsylvania’s Senate seat, of engaging in some voter hanky-panky. As of now, it looks like the race is just too close to make a definite call, and it will probably head into a recount.
“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump said in a post on his social media network Truth Social. “It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to find.'”
MacCallum asked guest Ronna McDaniel if she agreed with the former president.
“Do you think that Dr. Oz should just go ahead and declare victory?” MacCallum asked.
McDaniel conceded that Trump had a point about problems with voting in the Keystone State, describing it as a “disaster.”
“The former president is suggesting that another Republican,” MacCallum pressed, “who is supported by people who used to work in his administration, is searching for votes or doing something that is untoward?”
“We certainly do not think that ballots without dates should be counted because how do you know when they came in, I think that’s common sense, and that’s definitely where the RNC and GOP is,” McDaniel replied.
“So if Dave McCormick were to win,” MacCallum asked, “will he be supported by President Trump or is he going to keep saying, you know, that he won this in a way that wasn’t fair or that was fraudulent? It seems odd, doesn’t it?”
“I think every Republican is going to be supporting the Republican nominee in these states, including President Trump,” McDaniel responded.
“We know what’s at stake with the balance of power, we see the disaster that our country’s going through with Joe Biden. So we’re going to rally around, primaries are difficult. They’re challenging. And then we come together afterwards and focus on who we really need to defeat, which is the Democrat,” she added.
MacCallum then pressed the RNC chair about a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that tried to draw a comparison between Trump’s statements about the Pennsylvania primary and his casting doubt on the integrity of runoff elections in early 2021, which some have tied to low Republican voter turnout in the Georgia senate races. McDaniel disagreed with the op-ed’s argument, recalling that Trump had heavily campaigned with the Republican senate candidates.
“But when you cast doubt on the process,” MacCallum continued, “we know from the polling that happened in Georgia that it made some people in certain districts very wary of participating in it. So whether or not he may have supported it in terms of robocalls and other things in coming in the day before, some of that was sort of baked in the cake with the voters. At least that’s what was revealed in the polling there.”
“Yeah, it’s still in the Republican Party concerns about election integrity—2020 was a different election, there was more mail-in ballots than ever, many of the safeguards of voter ID were removed,” McDaniel explained.
“And you’ve seen Georgia and Florida and Texas and other states pass comprehensive election reform that require voter ID for absentee ballots. That’s just common sense, it’s where most Americans are. They agree that we should show our ID to vote, and Democrats don’t. And get rid of ballot harvesting and get rid of drop boxes and have same-day voting. These are commonsense measures that will ensure integrity in the election.”
And the problem is, Martha, Democrats want the delta to be longer than ever. They want to vote earlier and then count the ballots as late as possible, so it’s like a two-month delta. When you have this type of delay in counting the ballots it always creates concern with voters. And that’s why Republicans have stepped up,” McDaniel continued. “The RNC has built the largest election integrity team across the country heading into 2022 in November. And this is something that’s necessary to assure our voters that we’re watching and we’re going to make sure it’s transparent and fair.”
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