Daily Beast politics editor Sam Stein told MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday that Republicans’ silence on election fraud in North Carolina was shocking. A new election has been ordered following an investigation that concluded electoral fraud had taken place.
Republican Mark Harris conceded that a new election was necessary following the investigation, in which Harris’ own son testified against him. It appears that Harris hired an operative to commit ballot tampering in a county where Democratic voters are predominant.
“It was a dramatic couple of days,” MSNBC’s Willie Geist said. “You had Harris’ son effectively testifying against him yesterday as his father wept in this open hearing. And then yesterday, you had Mark Harris himself, the Republican candidate, trying to defend himself at first, kind of spinning wildly, taking a break and then coming back and saying ‘You know what, you guys are right, we need a new election.'”
“Let me just say one quick thing,” the Daily Beast‘s Sam Stein said. “We referenced this at the top as voter fraud. This is not voter fraud. This is election fraud. No voters committed fraud here. A candidate hired an operator to concoct votes. So that’s election fraud.”
“Secondarily, it was very dramatic,” Stein said. “I do wonder whether there’s any recourse for people who have been on the other side of this operative in other elections. This is not his first rodeo. He’s done this in other elections.”
“And thirdly, to the point we’ve talked about at other points in this broadcast, the Republican Party has made voter fraud, election fraud, a huge issue. They say it’s rampant. That’s led by the President of the United States, who has claimed at various points in time, that millions of people have cast illegal ballots.”
“We now have an instance where we have clear election fraud, and I’ve heard nothing – nothing – from the President about this. Nothing from Republicans about this who are up in arms over instances of what they perceive to be fraud in the Florida recount. So, I am just shocked, I guess, that there is so much silence here.”
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