Virginia GOP senator Amanda Chase used a radio interview Tuesday to assert fundamentally that Democrats are trying to “steal” the state’s gubernatorial election, the first major race that occurred after President Donald Trump went on to say that the 2020 presidential contest was stolen from him.
“I know how to steal elections, and we’re not going to let this happen this year, ”Chase said of the Democrats. during an interview on Tuesday, before being launched into a series of absurd claims about next month’s election. The interview was conducted by John Fredericks, the conservative radio host whose show Trump used last month to highlight Democrats try to steal the election.
Chase, who attended the January 6th general meeting during which Trump urged his supporters to “stop stealing” ahead of the uprising at the U.S. Capitol, several weeks ago campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.
Youngkin has playing around with conspiracies related to the Trump election throughout the race without explicit support, when he tried to rule moderate voters without alienating Trump supporters who had bought lies, the party had been talking about the 2020 election. Chase’s comments, and his increasingly prominent role in the final stages of the race, show parts of the GOP decided to use contests primarily about election -related conspiracy abilities to motivate conservative voters.
During an interview, Chase said he had “cleaned up his schedule” and planned to spend the last 10 days of the campaign and for Youngkin before the Nov. 2 election. He is also scheduled to perform at the event Wednesday along with GOP lieutenant governor candidate Winsome Sears, and former Trump confidant Steve Bannon, who also spread lies that the 2020 election was stolen.
During the election debate, Youngkin said he believes the 2020 election “can be confirmed” and that he expects to “have a clean election” in Virginia this year. Youngkin’s campaign spokesman Macaulay Porter said that former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Youngkin’s Democrat opponent, “is the only candidate in this race who claims to assert the election was stolen,” citing McAuliffe’s previous claim that the 2000 presidential election was stolen from Al Gore.
But Porter did not comment directly on the substance of Chase’s statement, and did not deny Chase’s own characteristics as a successor to Youngkin’s campaign.
During a 16-minute interview, Chase made a web of more bizarre conspiracies, scams, and other unrelated claims about allegations of election theft since 2016. He claimed to have recently learned of a democratic plan to “fix” the 2016 presidential election, citing claims that repeatedly denied that votes were illegally elected during the 2020 presidential race, and then asserted that Democrats are now trying to corrupt the governor’s ballad by manipulating voter lists, carrying out “cyber attacks” on voter registration files, and using non-existent ballot fraud.
He was talking about a meeting with Arizona Republican Mark Finchem, a Republican secretary of state candidate who promoted conspiracy theories about Trump’s defeat last year. Chase said that he and other unnamed people who were part of the last meetings, including “the man who stopped the cyber attacks” that were part of the 2016 election plot, “showed that he stole the election in Virginia.”
But this time, he said, he and other Republicans, including Youngkin’s campaign, know how to prevent a complicated conspiracy to steal elections that Democrats claim is done.
“I know how,” Chase said. “He moved, in cyberland, he turned an inactive voter into an active voter, all in the same week, undetectable. I know what he did, John, and now the Youngkin campaign has all that information and he’s not going to get it this year . ”
“Everybody sees thousands of votes changed where Trump really lost,” Chase said. “I know how he’s going to do it, and now the Youngkin campaign has it, and we’re not going to let that happen. So, I’m going to let the Democrats know.”
Fredericks elaborates on Chase’s theory, falsely accusing Democrats of using voter lists and records to identify registered voters who could not vote and then falsely filling out non -voting ballots and putting them in drop -down boxes.
“It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Chase said.
There was no widespread fraud during last year’s election, or any other in recent American history. Chase also failed to provide evidence on claims that Democrats are now “lying” in several areas. Early voting in Virginia began Sept. 17, and there have been no reports of evidence of crime or trafficking to date.
“Glenn Youngkin and his top friends have one priority: bring Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda to Virginia,” said Virginia Democratic Party spokeswoman Virginia Bonder. “Youngkin is clear – he would love to destroy our democracy if he could make himself and Trump come to power. He doesn’t live close to the governor.”
Porter, a Youngkin campaign spokesman, also criticized McAuliffe’s upcoming campaign tour with Georgia State Representative Stacey Abrams, who refused to concede defeat in the 2018 gubernatorial race because of voter pressure claims and because her opponent, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has also overseen the race. was in the race. McAuliffe-Abrams’s Denier Election tour will showcase two of the three biggest election conspiracy theories in [Democratic] The party-the only one missing will be McAuliffe’s mentor, Hillary Clinton, “Porter said. Both Abrams and McAuliffe have rejected comparisons are as follows.
Youngkin has said he believed President Joe Biden won the election legitimately. But he has also created “electoral integrity” – a euphemism Republicans embrace continue to nod to Trump’s conspiracy theories and reduce voting rights – a the subject of the campaign.
Youngkin has said he will make “electoral integrity task force“As a governor and a demonstration of” electoral integrity “he held during this year’s race. He also supported the voter ID law and other policies the Republican Party aggressively sought to implement after last year’s election, and firmly avoiding the opportunity to refute claims made by voters who has asked about fraud, or whether Trump can be reinstated as president. (He can’t.)
The issue is causing headaches for Youngkin during the race, supporting his efforts to appeal to conservative Trump voters and moderates, he should claim a nationwide victory in the Virginia GOP since 2009. Youngkin slightly outscored McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, in a pre -election poll.
Last week, Youngkin get an audit the voting machine of Virginia, a practice that is often legitimate but McAuliffe slammed in an attempt to appease Virginia conservatives who want an Arizona -style “forensic audit” in the 2020 state election. Youngkin later said he just asked for the kind of legitimate audit that Virginia had done, which McAuliffe also supported.
Chase, who visited Arizona during a fake “audit” earlier this year and also asked for a similar process in Virginia, thanked Youngkin very much for not writing “Trump Republic” like he did.
“Glenn really unites the party,” he said in an interview. “And I know that there are some Republicans who want to try to overthrow Trump’s Republic, and I’m very happy that Glenn didn’t do that. I mean, he’s really trying to unite everything.”