Fox News anchor Bret Baier interviewed Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel about the allegations of election fraud in key states that promoted President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, and confronted her with the lack of evidence.
Trump and his supporters have unfoundedly claimed that widespread election fraud has led Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to rush ahead of the incumbent Republican president in key states and promote him to the top of the electoral college. Fox News and the Associated Press currently gives Biden 264 votes – only six votes less than the 270 required to win the election. Meanwhile, the results show Biden is just ahead of Biden in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia – each of which would put the Democrats above the required threshold.
In a Friday interview, Baier pointed out that in Michigan (where the president claims the results are fake) Biden is ahead of Trump with about 146,000 votes, with all ballots counted.
“So, are you saying that you will come up with something in this press conference that will change the dynamics of 147,000 ballots,” the Fox News anchor asked McDaniel
“I say be patient and allow us to investigate these irregularities and some of these accusations, which are very serious. Very serious,” replied the chairman of the GOP. “And allow us to do so. Let the trial take place. It is strange that we are making a hasty judgment. We want to get this election behind us. But if there is electoral fraud, which everyone accuses of, or which everyone says did not exist, or if there were these irregularities, we must pursue them,” she said.
While Baier said he agreed that everyone wants irregularities dealt with, he pointed out that no evidence has been presented to support the claims of widespread fraud.
“We simply did not see it. It has not been presented. All kinds of things fly on the Internet. But if we look into it, it doesn’t make sense,” said the Fox News journalist.
McDaniel suggested that the RNC and Trump campaigns were in the process of investigating various allegations, which they would pursue legally. “There’s a trial going on,” she said, claiming that the GOP “wants to take legal action.
Washington Newsday turned to the RNC for further comments.
It would be virtually impossible to conduct election fraud at the level claimed by Trump and the Republicans. It would require Democratic officials to prepare hundreds of thousands of ballots with social security numbers, state ID numbers and signatures of residents of several states without their consent. Such an effort could easily be detected by officials in the municipalities and districts that receive and verify ballots.
Academics and think tanks have conducted several studies on election fraud in the United States, all of which have concluded that incidents of illegal voting are incredibly rare. Research by Justin Levitt, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, found only 31 cases of election fraud across the country amidst more than 1 billion ballots cast between 2000 and 2014. A report by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law found that incidents of voter fraud in U.S. elections ranged from 0.00004 percent to 0.0009 percent – statistically far below zero.