Rep. Devin Nunes weighed in on the Iowa Caucuses debacle with a partisan and uninformed “hot take.” The Republican California Congressman who’s very close to the White House and President Donald Trump posted a tweet suggesting Democrats didn’t have a paper backup system for Monday’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.
Too bad Dem/Socialists/Media didn’t read House Republican report on the importance of using paper ballots for election security…
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) February 4, 2020
It’s false to suggest there was no paper backup system. In fact, the caucus counting system is done largely on paper, and there is a paper backup system. The digital problem was reportedly with miscoding in a new app Iowa decided to use. Results are promised for later today.
“Iowa Democrats for the first time enacted a new ‘preference card’ system in which caucus-goers wrote down their choice for president. This created an unprecedented paper trail,” Politico reports.
But as some pointed out, Rep. Nunes not only thinks Democrats didn’t read a GOP report, he apparently didn’t either, since he voted against an election security bill that requires paper ballot backups. The bill’s sponsor is a Democrat.
You voted agaisnt the election security bill. Nice try #MoosCowNunes
— Elizabeth Moss (@ralphpartydog) February 4, 2020
Guy who votes “no” on election security measures says what? https://t.co/D46jq4FChj
— Chuck Todd’s Bangs (@_marymary7) February 4, 2020
Fun fact: 184 house Republicans, including Nunes, voted against a bill last summer that would’ve required election systems to use voter-verified paper ballots. https://t.co/29ZKDS6Biu
— Benjamin Freed (@brfreed) February 4, 2020
We literally wrote down our preference on paper ballots you turd https://t.co/wwkHMx1XXk
— Matt, Dr. Bunny Keeper 🐰 (@05HAWKI) February 4, 2020
Senate GOP blocks three election security bills for second day …
— No one (@ungubunugu1274) February 4, 2020
— Jim Fusilli (@jimfusillibooks) February 4, 2020
Your party, the corrupt and dying @gop, is refusing to engage in unanimous election security. @senatemajldr refuses because election security will ensure a Dem win. Meaning, without election tampering, you don’t exist. #stfu
— Jerry McNutt (@Jerrymcnutt) February 4, 2020
Too bad you don’t understand they are counting the paper “ballots” right now.
It was the app that reports the results that failed.
Pay attention – I know it’s hard when you’re busy with all of your COWardice and fear of impeaching a corrupt president.
— ♎ Vicki Decker ♎ (@VickiLibra) February 4, 2020
Dummy, they have paper backups. https://t.co/b3WvBRzWNu
— Fantastic Automatic (@FantaAutoma) February 4, 2020
‘Chaos and confusion’: Election head in solid GOP state bashes Trump for ‘undermining’ their mail-in voting efforts
Donald Trump's attempts to cast doubt on the result of the 2020 presidential election -- which appears to not be going his way -- is causing headaches and grief in Utah where voters who have overwhelmingly voted by mail are now in a panic over whether their votes will be counted.
According to a report from Washington Post, Weber County -- a rock-ribbed Republican district of 260,000 -- began using mail-in voting in 2013 with no complaints. In fact, according to the report, 'more than 99 percent of ballots cast in the  primary were placed in the mail or deposited in a dropbox."
Republicans have more to gain from losing the election — and they know it: Columnist
On Saturday, writing for The Week, Matthew Walther argued that Congressional Republicans' recent behavior shows they have made peace with losing the election — that, indeed, they are looking forward to it, and have mapped out what they will do next as the party out of power.
"Faced with the possibility of losing both the White House and possibly even the Senate in a year in which Democrats are also expected to consolidate control of the House as well, Republicans have resigned themselves to a half decade or so of opposition," wrote Walther. "Many of them are relieved at the thought of not even having to pretend to govern as members of a minority party — better yet, in the case of those who expect to lose their seats, at the not very remote possibility of a well-remunerated position with a lobbying or consulting firm."
Investigation reveals just how dangerous Trump’s rallies are for public health
An investigation into the latest accelerated spread of coronavirus in multiple states appears to be linked to President Donald Trump's string of campaign rallies over the last several weeks.
As coronavirus plagues states all across America, Trump continues to blatantly disregard how dangerous his campaign rallies are for his campaign staff, White House advisors and aides, and everyone who attends his political events. Now, USA Today has explained the extent of the spreads in several counties following the president's rallies.
According to the analysis released by USA Today, case rates in at least five counties—Blue Earth, Minnesota; Lackawanna, Pennsylvania; Marathon, Wisconsin; Dauphin, Pennsylvania; and Beltrami, Minnesota—increased at a faster pace after Trump's rallies. Collectively, these counties reported 1,500 additional new cases in the two weeks after Trump's campaign rallies. The previous number of 8,069 jumped to 9,647 cases.