McDaniel pressed for more details and said she would hold a press conference later that day.
“It’s serious. I want to let it play and allow the lawyers to watch this,” she insisted. “It’s not something that is small.”
McDaniel’s vague allegations of electoral fraud come from the fact that the president appears on the verge of defeat. Biden’s lead in a number of key states grows as election officials continue to count postal ballots and postal ballot papers in droves this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump, who has been trying for months to discredit the practice as ripe for fraud, has thrown a number of legal challenges in states that have not yet been called but had little success in court. He has also falsely declared victory, baselessly accusing the Democrats of trying to “steal” his election.
In her press conference on Friday, the RNC chairman again did not present a specific allegation of fraud, but pointed to a software problem in a county that falsely gave the Democrats thousands more votes, but has been corrected.
McDaniel said the party found that the same software was being used in dozens of other counties across the state, but had provided no evidence that such a problem had occurred elsewhere. She related a breakdown in a separate county that falsely decided a local breed but was also corrected but also did not claim any specific fraud cases in the county that Biden wore with 14 points.
She repeatedly accused Democratic-owned district leaders of preventing Republican observers from counting votes, citing the chaos at a Detroit convention center where votes were counted, and called the Democratic Secretary of State “dishonest” for having one equal numbers of Democrats denied and Republican election observers had been asked to leave due to lack of space.
And she accused an election worker in Detroit of telling colleagues to change the date of the postal vote, which were allegations refuted in court this week.
In Fox News, she described “hundreds of witnesses speaking of being disenfranchised and removed from counting centers while election officials cheered when they were removed,” saying the party has filed lawsuits claiming such steps are “systematic”.
“The fact that we were there enabled us to show what happens when Detroit is removed person by person. If you went to the bathroom, you weren’t allowed back in. I don’t hear that from reports, hearsay or the internet, ”she argued. “I know these people.”
But the Fox Anchors were sliding back, and Baier noted that “being transparent and watching the ballot papers is something other than finding scam that changes direction, narrowing the gap,” which currently stands at around 146,000 votes in Michigan.
Baier asked McDaniel if the allegations she eventually tried to make would upset a margin of that size.
“I say be patient and allow us to pursue these irregularities and some of these allegations which are very serious – very serious,” she replied. “And let that happen, let the process take place. It’s funny that we want to be quick to judge, we want to get this choice over with. But if there is election fraud – which everyone accuses or says there wasn’t, or if there was irregularity, we have to prosecute it. “
“We agree with you and would like to investigate everything. But we just didn’t see it. It was not presented ”, emphasized Baier. “All sorts of things fly on the internet, but when we look at it it doesn’t work.”
He noted that when Trump celebrated a disgruntled victory by a narrow margin in Michigan in 2016, he had no complaints about the vote count process and that a recount then didn’t change enough votes to change the outcome of the race.
McDaniel again asked for patience and urged the media to investigate the type of irregularities she was vaguely referring to.
“Don’t rush to tell people, just accept it because it won’t happen. If these irregularities are there, they need to be investigated, ”she added.
Baier continued to push back on McDaniel’s claims, asking if the country would “see” certain allegations of fraud.
“You know Bret, we’re working on it. And that’s why I say give us time, ”she said. She claimed the Democrats did not come to the aid of the Republicans to advocate more transparency in the counting process.
“I looked at the Index of Statements today and there are hundreds of them,” she continued. “There are situations where military votes were not properly transposed or could not be observed, or where they had ballot papers that they said were invalid and were put back in the validity pile. These are the types of statements we get. We’re going to deal with these legally and make sure they turn into affidavits, and that’s a bit of a process. So when you have so many complaints this is not to be overlooked and to be ignored. “