Republican politicians across the country have for years railed against the threat of voter fraud. Some have made unproven claims about how rampant it has become in order to pass voter ID laws and open sweeping investigations. The sanctity of the vote, they have said, must be protected at all costs.
But when a hard-fought congressional election in North Carolina — in which a Republican candidate appeared to narrowly beat his Democratic opponent — was overturned this week because of election fraud by a Republican political operative, the party was measured, and largely muted, in its response.
This CNN chyron completely misses the point. Trump dismissed North Carolina election fraud, he didn't really "condemn" it. pic.twitter.com/vdQVAj6apg— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 22, 2019