Russiagate promoter Chris Hayes says Trump and GOP triggered ‘election delegitimization’
MSNBC presenter Chris Hayes, who has often promoted Russiagate conspiracy theories, accused former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party of “delegitimizing the election.”
On Tuesday, the “All In” host tweeted an accusation that the “conspiracy theorizing” and delegitimization elections had started with Trump and the Republicans after the 2020 election.
“Something to consider is that the corrosive conspiracy theory and the delegitimization of The Big Lie [sic] elections that Trump and the GOP have called will not necessarily be limited to them, ”Hayes tweeted.
The tweet followed the recent report from the New York City Council of Elections that an error resulted in the accidental tallying of 135,000 pre-election votes in the last primary. The final result is not expected to be announced until mid-July.
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Although Hayes has claimed conspiracies and delegated elections started with Trump and the GOP, the MSNBC host has consistently promoted both in recent years. Notably, in 2018, Hayes featured Stacey Abrams as a guest following her failed 2018 Georgia gubernatorial campaign with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. There, he allowed Abrams to declare that the elections in Georgia were “not free and fair”.
He continued to have Abrams as a guest despite her frequent claims that she did not lose the 2018 election. Politifact has officially stated that there is no evidence that a voter suppression prevented Stacey Abrams to become governor.
Additionally, Hayes has promoted a theory to delegitimize the 2016 election and prevent Trump from being president. In a clip from December 2016, he discussed the idea with liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.
“There are people who have pushed very hard and who think that because of some of the constitutional dangers of the emoluments clause, because of the popular vote margin, because of the fundamental principles that they think threaten democracy Liberal voters should be persuaded and put under pressure on Monday and to walk away from their pledge and vote against Donald Trump, ”Hayes said.
“Yeah, they absolutely should,” Moore replied. “I believe right now there are voters – we only need 38 of them, who have a conscience or are worried about a man who will not attend the daily security briefings , which we now know that Russia was trying to help get elected. “
After the 2016 election, Hayes also tweeted a “fun fact” about state voters not voting for the candidate who won the most votes in their respective state.
“Fun fact: States decide how their voters are distributed. They could give everything, for example, to the candidate who won the majority of counties! Hayes thought.
Hayes went so far as to assert that the 2000 presidential election result was not legitimate nearly two decades after the fact.
“A reminder that Bush v Gore, who functionally handed over the presidency to Bush, was so legally shoddy that its own writers explicitly disavowed it as precedent * in opinion itself *,” Hayes tweeted in 2018 .
In his tweet on Monday, Hayes omitted the fact that Democrats in Congress sought to challenge the certification of the electoral college in the presidential elections of 2000, 2004 and 2016, the last three times won by a Republican candidate.
After the 2000 and 2016 elections, Democrats in the House of Representatives tabled a motion to challenge the certification of electoral votes from various states, but lacked the requisite support of a senator needed to move forward with the motion. After the 2004 election, Democrats again tabled a motion to prevent certification of Ohio electoral votes.
This time, House Democrats received backing from then-California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. They claimed that “numerous and serious electoral irregularities” occurred during the election. The motion failed when it came to a vote and President George W. Bush was able to move forward with his second term.
Congressional Republicans challenged the certification of several states after the 2020 election on Jan.6, the day of the Capitol Riot, but certification continued without successive challenge.
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Hayes also frequently spurred more outlandish theories about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In 2018, Hayes spoke with liberal writer Jonathan Chait about the claim that Trump was a “possible” asset. of Russia since 1987.
Earlier in March, Hayes also retweeted a bogus claim that Hunter Biden’s laptop came from Russians in an attempt to affect the 2020 election. He ultimately backed out and deleted the tweet.