As controversies and allegations fly over the presidential election between Democrat candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, Republican voices are divided on the contest’s legitimacy — with some believing the election was stolen, and others thinking it was conducted fairly.
Although the mainstream media called the election for Biden on Saturday, the contest won’t be decided until the week of Dec. 8. That’s when states must settle election disputes and certify official tallies before electors meet in every state Dec. 14 to cast their Electoral College votes.
As of Thursday, Fox News has the electoral vote count at 290-217, with Biden in the lead. But recounts have been called for in Georgia and Wisconsin, and Trump is waging legal battles in Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan and Georgia.
But the issue of voter fraud is bubbling to the surface.
On Wednesday, Trump alleged on Twitter that a “report” shows Dominion Voting Systems “deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide,” and also found that 221,000 votes were switched from Trump to Biden in Pennsylvania.
“REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.” @ChanelRion @OANN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
As for vote switching, the Michigan General Assembly convened hearings this past week after a “glitch” in Antrim County gave Biden at least 4,000 votes that belonged to Trump. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said on Fox News last Friday that Trump’s lawyers should demand a manual recount in states that used the same voting machine software.
Larger vote shifts were observed election night in a now-viral video segment featuring CNN newsman Chris Cuomo. In a video posted on Twitter, CNN hosts are bewildered by an unexplained sudden shift of more than 120,000 votes to Biden in Wisconsin.
— OffGuardian (@OffGuardian0) November 4, 2020
Other voting problems, such as the blocking of poll watchers in various states, have been reported. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, said he would file a lawsuit this week to challenge the conduct of elections officials in Pennsylvania. Guliani posted to Twitter that “hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots were counted without any Republican observer.”
Attorney Sidney Powell, appearing on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria,” said her investigative team identified 450,000 ballots in battleground states that cast a vote only for Biden, with no other candidates voted down the ticket.
In Vermont, top conservative voices are mixed on whether there’s enough fraud to change the apparent outcome of the election.
“They haven’t presented evidence of that yet, but I certainly hope that they do with the ballots, and that’s the kind of problem that we do need to unearth,” Rob Roper, president of the Ethan Allen Institute, told True North.
“A lot of the way these elections are being done is that there’s no accountability. … I mean they say ‘count all votes’; well, sure, count all the votes, but a ballot isn’t a vote unless it’s connected to a legal voter.”
Peter Briggs, the town chair for the Addison GOP, isn’t convinced the 2020 election was clean.
“This is banana-republic-type elections,” he said. “You tell me how they can just quit the counting for one night, and then when they start counting again the next morning … they can count it all in one night like we do right here in our local towns, and all of the sudden they just find more Joe Biden votes? I mean, give me a break — like this isn’t fraud.”
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate John Klar was careful not to jump to conclusions just yet.
“As an attorney, I am careful to analyze facts before reaching conclusions,” he told True North in an email. “But if organized widespread voter fraud is established, those responsible must be punished to the maximum extent under the law, then tarred and feathered, and deported to the middle of the Pacific. It is treason and must be answered.”
Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, says he needs to see more before he jumps to conclusions.
“If evidence is there and credible, I think it should be played out and gotten to the bottom of, and judges will issue an appropriate rule,” he said.
House Minority Leader Patricia McCoy, R-Poultney, said she’s not following the national scene enough to say whether there’s a problem with the national results.
“I haven’t really followed very closely the issues with absentee ballots in every state,” she said. “I do know in our particular state I haven’t heard too much about the mail-in ballots,” she said.
Rep. Scott Beck, R-St. Johnsbury, says he doesn’t buy the questioning of the results so far.
“I think that those comments and those accusations are just a bunch of BS unless somebody wants to put forward a legal case,” he said.
Sen. Randy Brock, R-Franklin, said he’s not convinced as well.
“So far I’ve heard and I’ve read about mass allegations of fraud and other kinds of issues, but none of the complaints that I’ve heard have been even the least bit credible,” he said. “There’s no evidence that’s being presented; there are complaints that are being presented and there are arguments that are being presented, but what’s not being presented is evidence.”