Maine Senator Angus King spoke out against President Donald Trump’s recent statements and allegations of electoral fraud in the upcoming election, saying it was exactly what opponents like Russia and Iran wanted the Americans to believe during an interview in the PBS’s line of fire.
The concept of the âPerception Hackâ explained:
âIt creates a perceptionâ of âunreliabilityâ in the election process, says @SenAngusKing.
The Russians donâ€?t have to change the votes, they just have to convince enough Americans that they can, or maybe try to, do it, he says, âand thatâ€?s enough.â pic.twitter.com/fvDPo3ewPC
– Shooting line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) October 29, 2020
King, an independent who is also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, spoke about possible interference and said that Russia and Iran were trying to interfere in the election.
“They are desperate to undermine our democracy and show the world that it doesn’t really work,” he said before explaining that foreign powers have tried to interfere in U.S. elections many times throughout history.
Firing Line presenter Margaret Hoover asked whether any pre-existing doubts about the election process helped foreign powers to influence the elections. King said that many opponents use “perception hacks” which, he explained, “create a perception of unreliability [and]mistrust in the electoral process” to sow doubt among Americans.
The senator went on to say that it is a challenge to inform people about opponents who try to interfere without “doing their job for them” and to sow doubt by keeping people informed.
“When you think about it, it’s not a great challenge for the Russians,” King said. “They just need to convince a number, many Americans that they can do it, or maybe try to do it. And that’s enough.”
Hoover then asked about Trump’s recent claims about the likelihood of increased electoral fraud, saying that foreign powers like Russia and Iran were trying to share the same ideas.
“He says exactly what our opponents say and what they want to hear from him,” King said. “If he tells them that the election is rigged or will be rigged or that the postal vote or all these things cannot be trusted, that is exactly what the Russians and Iranians are trying to convince the Americans of – unfortunately I hate to say this, but that is exactly what the Russians and Iranians are trying to convince the Americans of.
King then said that Trump should “reassure people about the integrity of our system” and called it a “deep disservice” to spread doubt about the process.
Later in the interview, Hoover King asked whether there was evidence that voter information was being changed or whether Americans should be concerned about changing votes. King answered “no” to both questions, but said that Russians infiltrating the electoral system should remain on the radar.
“Although, again, why are the Russians infiltrating electoral systems?” he said. “They must ask themselves why they do it, and are they doing it just for fun or for some nefarious reason? I don’t think they are up to any good.”
[email protected]: Is there any evidence that the voter information has changed? @SenAngusKing: “No. No.”
Hoover: “No. Is there evidence that we should be concerned about changing votes?
King: “No, I don’t think so,” but “You must ask yourself, why are they doing this?” pic.twitter.com/1ALtwXzlJM
– Shooting line with Margaret Hoover (@FiringLineShow) October 30, 2020
In a statement e-mailed to Tekk.tv on Saturday, King stressed the importance of voters being careful with the information they gather and of officials being careful as they are targets for outside forces.
“The American voters need to understand that we are under attack, and we will probably meet this challenge by election day and beyond. The American people must be skeptical and thoughtful about the information they receive, and election officials must be doubly cautious because they are the targets of attacks,” King said in a statement.
The Trump campaign did not respond to the request sent to Tekk.tv by e-mail for a comment in time for release.
Updated at 10:15 ET, with a statement from King….