Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger tore into the Republican Party for refusing to remove fake ballot collection boxes it has installed throughout the state.
Himself a Republican, Schwarzenegger said Thursday on CNN Tonight that the GOP has gone “off the rails” and was doing a “stupid thing” with such a transparent attempt at sowing confusion among voters in competitive congressional districts.
“The Republican Party says it will not comply with the state’s cease and desist order over unofficial ballot drop boxes placed in several counties. You were governor of the state once, what is your message to them?” host Don Lemon asked.
The Governator held nothing back in his reply:
We have always somewhat known – and I told the Republican Party at their convention in California in 2007 – that ‘you’re dying at the box office,’ and so they are off the rails. First of all, what they are offering the people of California… you cannot see them anywhere when it comes to health care, they have no interest in education, they have no interest in any of those kinds of those issues, like for instance issues that women are so interested in, and that’s why they lost millions of women, the Republican Party, and that’s why it’s a sinking ship. It’s a stupid thing that they’re doing right now with those ballot boxes. I think it’s just Mickey Mouse stuff that, you know, has serious kind of effects. And I think that what they should do, really, is offer people hope and make everyone participate and make everyone be able to vote and those kind of things rather than make those fake ballot boxes.
Former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denounced the state’s Republican Party for not complying with the state’s cease and desist order over unofficial ballot boxes being placed throughout the state.
“It’s a stupid thing they’re doing right now,” he said. pic.twitter.com/F9IP1rzdUb
— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) October 16, 2020
Reports of the receptacles popping up at churches, gas stations, and gun shops in at least three counties started surfacing last Sunday.
“The California Secretary of State has received reports in recent days about possible unauthorized ballot drop boxes in Fresno, Los Angeles and Orange counties, agency spokesman Sam Mahood said Sunday evening. Reports place such boxes at local political party offices, candidate headquarters and churches,” wrote The Sacramento Bee.
Some of them were marked as a “secure ballot dropoff location.” Others were labeled as “approved and bought by the GOP.”
On Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned that “anyone who knowingly engages in the tampering or misuse of a vote” would be prosecuted swiftly and harshly.
“We hope that the message goes out loud and clear to anyone who is trying to improperly solicit, obtain, and manage a citizen’s vote that they are subject to prosecution,” Becerra said. “I’m trying to be careful with how I say this, but the reports we are hearing are disturbing.”
The state GOP refused to comply, and has even threatened to add more.
“As of right now, we’re going to continue our ballot harvesting program,” California Republican Party spokesman Hector Barajas said.
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