Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of “biased hysteria” for expressing repeated concerns about the security of the election.
McConnell sent a strongly worded letter to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and made similar comments from the Senate floor on Thursday, complaining that Democrats are refusing to recognize Republican “progress in electoral security” because they express concern about potential foreign election mix and rhetoric that tries unfounded. discredit post voting.
“Leading Democrats and prominent media voices have spent years downplaying our progress on electoral security, questioning the legitimacy of elections that Democrats do not win and abusing this important issue as a platform for party-political finger-pointing,”
“This endless parade of biased hysteria has promoted the goals of our opponents to such an extent that Putin, Xi and the mullahs in Tehran can hardly dream of achieving themselves,” he added.
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President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that mailing is widespread with widespread fraud, even though he himself has used it, and most studies show little evidence that decades-old practices have led to significant fraud. Record numbers of submissions are expected to be cast this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democrats have expressed fears that the integrity of the election could be jeopardized due to unwarranted doubts about the validity of mailings. They have also suggested that the US Postal Service may deliberately try to delay or interrupt the delivery of ballot boxes, citing recent delivery delays and policy changes.
McConnell’s letter responded to a letter sent by Schumer and Senator Bernie Sanders two days earlier. Senators called on McConnell to form a special two-party committee on electoral security with them, focusing on voting by mail and planning for potential scenarios with a disputed election result.
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“Unfortunately, there are some who systematically undermine public confidence in the voting process and responsibly fan suspicions and conspiracy theories about the legitimacy of election results,” Sanders and Schumer McConnell wrote on Tuesday. “Let’s meet, Republicans and Democrats, to ensure the security of our elections and to ensure Americans’ confidence in the outcome.”
McConnell refused, writing in his letter that “real Senate committees with real jurisdiction have already been on this for four years.”
“The Democratic leader has attacked the Republicans and fundamentally questioned our patriotism because we did not rush to meet his latest demands for empty theaters,” he said later in a Thursday speech from the Senate floor.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Trump nominee, testified before Congress on Thursday that Russia is actively trying to undermine the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Software giant Microsoft said last week that hackers from China, Iran and Russia were targeting campaigns for both Biden and Trump.
Newsweek reached out to McConnell for comment.