Lindsey Graham donates $500G to Trump, rips ‘crooked’ Philly elections in scathing rebuke
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was reelected to his Senate seat this week. He appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night and pledged $500,000 to President Trump’s defense legal fund to help in his efforts to challenge election procedures in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Nevada.
“I’m here tonight to stand with President Trump,” Graham told Hannity. “He stood with me, he’s the reason we’re going to have a Senate majority … He helped Senate Republicans. We’re going to pick up House seats because of the campaign that President Trump won.” Then he promoted donating to the fund for the coming legal battles.
When Hannity and Graham discussed the counting of votes in Philadelphia and how they had miraculously shrunk over the last few days giving most of the questioned ballots to Joe Biden, Graham described elections in the City of Brotherly Love as being “crooked as a snake.”
Republicans in the state of Pennsylvania and across the nation are echoing Graham’s sentiments. Earlier Thursday, one Pennsylvania Republican lawmaker called on Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, the cabinet official who oversees elections, to resign, saying that she had “failed to deploy even the minimum safeguards to secure [Pennsylvania’s] election.”
State Sen. Doug Mastriano compared the Pennsylvania election proceedings to those he observed as a U.S. Army officer in Afghanistan.
“ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] provided oversight and security to Afghan elections — a country that had never witnessed an honest election … the elections that we oversaw were safe and fair,” Mastriano wrote.
“I wish I could say the same for the elections in Pennsylvania during your time as secretary,” the retired colonel stated.
Lindsey Graham also went after public pollsters in his Hannity interview. He scathingly rebuked them for their biased predictions that he and some of his Republican colleagues would face close races or lose their seats. They got it overwhelmingly wrong.
“Mainstream media polling is designed to suppress Republican votes,” he said. “I won by 11, Susan [Collins] won by seven or eight [in Maine] and Mitch [McConnell] won by 21 [in Kentucky]. It’s a game they play to depress the Republican vote.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is also voicing outrage over the alleged rigged election in Joe Biden’s favor. Cruz claims that partisan election observers in Philadelphia were being denied access to observe ballot counts. Legally, they are required to have access.
“I am angry,” Cruz said on Twitter, sharing a clip of his appearance. “The American people are right to be angry. We need observers. Now.”
I am angry.
The American people are right to be angry.
We need observers.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 6, 2020
Disputes over poll watchers largely involved Philadelphia, where the Trump campaign complained its observers could not get close enough to see whether mail-in ballot envelopes had signatures along with eligible voters’ names and addresses. Ballots without signatures could be challenged or disqualified, and city officials have said state election law allows poll watchers only to observe the work and not audit it.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar defended the process as open:
“In Pennsylvania, every candidate and every political party is allowed to have an authorized representative in the room observing the process,” Boockvar said in an interview. “Some jurisdictions including Philly are also livestreaming, so you can literally watch their counting process from anywhere in the world. It’s very transparent.”
On Thursday, a state judge ordered Philadelphia officials to allow party and candidate observers to move closer to election workers processing mail-in ballots. A spokesperson for the Philadelphia board of elections said barriers were shifted in response to the order while the city appealed it.
Later that day, a federal court in Philadelphia denied a Trump campaign bid to stop the vote count over the access issues, urging the two sides to come to an agreement. U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond suggested each party be allowed 60 observers inside the convention center where ballots were being tallied.
Voting advocates noted the restrictions applied to both Republican and Democratic poll watchers.