Virginia GOP State Senator Amanda Chase used a radio interview on Tuesday to baselessly claim Democrats are trying to ‘steal’ the impending state governorship, the first major race to happen in the wake of President Donald Trump’s continuing lies that the 2020 presidential competition was stolen from him.
“I know how they steal elections, and we’re not going to let that happen this year, ”Chase said of Democrats. during an interview on Tuesday, before launching into a series of absurd claims about next month’s election. The interview was conducted by John Fredericks, a Tory radio host whose Trump show used last month to claim Democrats would be try to steal the elections.
Chase, who attended the rally on January 6 during which Trump called on his supporters to “stop the flight” before the insurgency on the U.S. Capitol, spent the past few weeks campaign for Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin.
Youngkin has flirted with Trump’s election-related plots throughout the race without explicitly endorsing them, as he tries to appeal to moderate voters without alienating Trump’s loyalists who have bought into the party’s lies about the 2020 election. Chase’s comments and his growing role in the later stages of the race suggest that parts of the GOP decided to play the contest largely on the ability of election-related plots to motivate Tory voters.
During the interview, Chase said she had “cleaned up her schedule” and planned to spend the last 10 days of the campaign making do with and for Youngkin ahead of the Nov. 2 election. She must also appear during an event wednesday alongside GOP Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears and former Trump confidant Steve Bannon, who also spread the lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
During election debates, Youngkin said he believes the 2020 election is “certifiable fair” and expects “to have a clean and fair election” in Virginia this year. Youngkin campaign spokesman Macaulay Porter argued that former Governor Terry McAuliffe, Youngkin’s Democratic opponent, “is the only candidate in this race who falsely claimed an election was stolen,” stressing McAuliffe’s previous claims that the 2000 presidential election was stolen from Al Sang.
But Porter offered no direct comment on the substance of Chase’s statements, and did not dispute Chase’s own characterization of herself as a surrogate for the Youngkin campaign.
Throughout the 16-minute interview, Chase woven an increasingly bizarre web of conspiracies, lies and other baseless allegations about alleged plots to steal elections dating back to 2016. She claimed to be new to Democratic plans to “fix” the 2016 presidential election, cited the repeatedly debunked claim that the votes were illegitimately reversed in the 2020 presidential race, and then claimed that Democrats were currently attempting to rig the governor’s race by manipulating the voters list, carrying out “cyber attacks” on voter registration files, and using mail-ballot fraud.
She spoke of a meeting with Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem, a Republican candidate for secretary of state who promoted conspiracy theories over the loss of Trump last year. Chase said he and other anonymous people who were part of recent meetings, including “the guy who stopped the cyber attacks” who were part of the supposed 2016 election plot, “showed me exactly how they stole the election. in Virginia “.
But this time, she said, she and other Republicans, including Youngkin’s campaign, know how to foil the elaborate plot to steal the election she claims the Democrats have concocted.
“I know how they’re doing,” Chase said. “They move, in cyberland, they change inactive voters into active voters, all in the same week, it’s undetectable. I know what they’re doing, John, and now the Youngkin campaign has all of this information and they won’t be doing it with us this year.
“Everyone has seen thousands of votes exchanged where Trump actually lost votes,” Chase continued. “I know how they’re doing, and now the Youngkin campaign has it, and we’re not going to let that happen. I therefore caution the Democrats. “
Fredericks developed Chase’s theory, falsely accusing Democrats of using voter lists and registers to identify registered voters who were unlikely to vote, then fraudulently filling out mail-in ballots and placing them in boxes deposit.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Chase said.
No widespread fraud took place in last year’s election, or any in recent American history. Chase also provided no evidence for his claim that Democrats are currently “cheating” on multiple fronts. Early voting in Virginia began on September 17 and there have been no reports of wrongdoing or impropriety so far.
“Glenn Youngkin and his main allies have one priority: to bring Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda to Virginia,” Virginia Democratic Party spokesman Manuel Bonder said in a statement. “Youngkin made it clear that he would be more than happy to destroy our democracy if it meant he and Trump were in power. He doesn’t belong anywhere near the governorship.
Porter, the Youngkin campaign spokesperson, also criticized McAuliffe’s upcoming campaign tour with former Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, who refused to concede defeat in the race for governor of 2018 for allegations of voter suppression and because his opponent, then Secretary of State Brian Kemp, had also overseen the race in which he was racing. “The McAuliffe-Abrams Election Denier Tour will feature two of the top three electoral conspiracy theorists in the [Democratic] Party – the only one missing will be McAuliffe’s mentor Hillary Clinton, ”Porter said. Abrams and McAuliffe rejected such comparisons.
Youngkin has stated that he believed President Joe Biden legitimately won the election. But he also made “electoral integrity” – the euphemism Republicans have adopted for keep nodding your head at Trump’s conspiracy theories and restricting voting rights to centerpiece of his campaign.
Youngkin said he would create a “Election Integrity Working GroupAs governor and titled the “electoral integrity” rallies held during this year’s race. He also pushed voter identification laws and other policies that Republicans aggressively sought to implement after last year’s election, and ostensibly has avoided the possibility of refuting voters’ claims who asked him about an alleged fraud, or whether Trump could be reinstated as president. (He can’t be.)
The problem has caused headaches for Youngkin throughout the race, complicating his attempts to appeal to both Trump’s conservative voters and moderates, he is expected to claim the first statewide victory for the Virginia GOP since 2009. Youngkin is slightly behind McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, in the pre-election polls.
Last week Youngkin requested audits Virginia voting machines, an often legitimate practice but one that McAuliffe has criticized as an attempt to appease Virginia conservatives who want an Arizona-style “forensic audit” of the 2020 state election Youngkin later said he was only asking for the kind of legitimate audits Virginia is already conducting, which McAuliffe also supported.
Chase, who visited Arizona during her mock “audit” earlier this year and also called for a similar process in Virginia, expressed gratitude to Youngkin for not deregistering “Trump Republicans” like her.
“Glenn really unifies the party,” she said during the interview. “And I know there are Republicans out there who want to try to overturn Trump Republicans, and I really appreciate that Glenn didn’t. I mean, he’s really trying to bring us all together.