LaRose says Dems could harm integrity of election, boasts Trump, who is suspected of voter fraud

On Sunday, Ohio’s top election official tweeted that if Democrats win in Ohio, they could jeopardize election security. Then he bragged about having received an endorsement from someone who is himself under investigation for possible electoral fraud.

It could demonstrate the needle that Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is trying to thread as he presents himself as a candidate for a secure election while touting the former’s endorsement. President Donald Trump, who has relentlessly and wrongly denigrated US election security. It could also demonstrate how much more polarized things are in the wake of the Trump presidency.

The Rose raced in 2018 touting its bipartisanship and promoting congressional and state legislative districts that do not unfairly favor one party over another.

But this year, he was part of a Republican majority on a new redistricting commission. The constitutional amendment that created the commission prohibits extreme gerrymandering, but LaRose joined the majority in producing four sets of legislative maps that the Ohio Supreme Court rejected as unconstitutional because they are too partisan.

In response, LaRose lashed out at the referees. Earlier this month, he said the Republican Chief Justice who voted with three Democrats on the court had ‘violated his oath of office’ in ruling against him and that he ‘would agree’ with his removal.

It came after LaRose took to Twitter twice in February to make massive and deceptive attacks on the press.

In one he said “Here they go again. The mainstream media tries to downplay voter fraud based on their narrative.

He claimed The Hill news agency downplayed voter fraud in an article. But it was, in part, a press release from LaRose that said his office was working to “keep voter fraud extremely rare», and that a survey revealed that a very small 0.0005% of the votes could were fraudulently chosen in the 2020 election in Ohio.

On Sunday, LaRose tweeted that the Ohio election is secure under his leadership, but that may not remain the case if a Democrat is elected secretary of state in November.

“Ohio has become THE leader in election integrity,” he tweeted. “But all of that can be undone if the Democrats win.”

And, fresh from a rally for former President Donald Trump in Delaware on Saturday, LaRose added this: “President Trump knows that – and he gave me his full support. Join the team and participate in our campaign.

Trump, of course, talks a lot about election integrity. But there’s reason to suspect that he’s not at all concerned about his protection.

To begin with, it is below criminal investigation in georgia for possible electoral fraud. Facing a loss on January 2, 2021, Trump called the Republican Secretary of State from Georgia and said I just want to find 11,780 votes…” – one more than he needed to win the state. The Chief Executive also vaguely threatened that it was a “criminal offence” if the Secretary of State did not didn’t do what he wanted, according to a recording of the call.

Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, is also under investigation for potential electoral fraud; this time in North Carolina, where he is believed to have registered to vote in the 2020 election using a mobile home address where he had never lived.

Additionally, Trump’s 2020 election challenges have been thrown out by more than 60 justices — including some he appointed — and both his vice president and attorney general told him he lost. Even so, Trump was considering declaring martial law, seize voting machines and appoint fake voters to maintain his grip on power.

Then Trump encouraged his supporters to come to Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, and told them to march to the Capitol as Congress certified his loss to Joe Biden. In a violent attack that lasted for hours, Trump resisted calls tell his followers to go home. Five people died as a result of the attack.

In the aftermath of this trauma, Trump continues to falsely insist that he won in 2020.

Despite all of this, the Ohio secretary of state continues to portray Trump as an authority on voter fraud. LaRose’s office did not respond to repeated questions this week asking whether LaRose believes Trump’s claim that he was the victim of a stolen election — or whether LaRose believes Trump rightfully lost.

LaRose’s office responded to a question asking how Democrats might compromise Ohio’s election security.

At the state level, in 2020, Democrats sued (to) force the state to accept mail-in ballot applications sent by email, risking sending insecure attachments to county council computer systems. across the state,” LaRose spokesman Rob Nichols said in an email, adding that Democrats also want to “(to) remove signature matching requirements on mail-in ballots, so that any ballot would be accepted, even if the signatures did not match”.

Nichols also criticized the Voting Rights Act John R. Lewisa major election bill proposed by congressional Democrats that failed earlier this year.

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