(WATCH) Mitch McConnell Blames Democrats for GOP’s Alleged North Carolina Election Fraud
Last week, it was determined that a new election had to be held for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District seat. Republican candidate, Mark Harris, had hired operative, Leslie McCrae Dowless, “who allegedly assembled a crew of election workers to illegally collect, fill out and forge mail-in ballots in two rural counties in the 9th District.”
While President Trump often accuses Democrats of voter fraud, Republicans have largely remained silent on this situation. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, finally addressed the case on Tuesday morning. He blamed the Democrats for the fraud that was purportedly carried out by the GOP.
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According to McConnell:
“For years and years, every Republican who dared to call for commonsense safeguards for Americans’ ballots was demonized by Democrats and their allies. We were hit with left-wing talking points insisting voter fraud wasn’t real! Never happens, they said! Well that fraud just didn’t happen, if modest efforts to ensure that voters are who they say they are and are voting in the proper place were really some sinister right-wing plot to prevent people from voting”
McConnell also claimed that Democrats should be more willing to support voter ID laws. He said, “So now you might expect, now that an incident of very real voter fraud has become national news and the Republican candidate seems — seems — to have benefitted, these long-standing Democratic talking points have been really quiet.”
Of course, McConnell’s stance has nothing to do with the situation in North Carolina. There are multiple types of fraud. The alleged fraud was a case of vote suppression and possible alterations, rather than people not eligible to vote casting ballots. It is unlikely that standard voter ID laws would have prevented the situation in North Carolina.