Outgoing California Republican Jeff Denham blamed laws that make it easier to vote for his party’s shellacking in the 2018 midterm elections, implying without evidence that Democrats didn’t win fairly.
“Moving eight to ten points the weeks after the election is unbelievable,” Denham said Tuesday on CNN, complaining that late provisional ballots shifted the momentum dramatically to the Democrats. “That’s something that, as Republicans in California, we have to look at.”
“Are you actually alleging some kind of malfeasance here?” replied host John Berman.
“We changed our laws several times in California over the last couple of election cycles,” Denham said after a lengthy silence, launching into an attack on new voters, the state’s “Motor Voter” registration laws, and same-day voter registration. “It is different phenomenon in California than what we saw across the rest of the country.”
“But these are all legal votes, correct?” prompted Berman. Denham refused to answer.
“Do you dispute the fact that these are legal votes?” Berman tried again. “You don’t think it was legal votes that cost them the election?” Denham continued evading the question, stammering that “the laws have changed several times.”
“You’re adding an element of uncertainty here,” Berman continued, pointing to the Democratic wave. “You are suggesting something else, or at least you are open to the possibility that there was something else, that there was some kind of fraud going on here?”
Denham continued to demonize new voters, calling into question the validity of their choices.
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