What Mitt Romney’s comment said on voter fraud allegations

Senator Mitt Romney condemned baseless allegations of voter fraud as “stupidly self-defeating and despicable” following Tuesday’s midterm election, which left Republicans and Democrats waiting to see who will control Congress.

Doubts sown by both parties about the integrity of the elections must be dispelled, the Utah Republican wrote in a Wall Street Journal comment on Thursday.

“It’s coming mostly from the GOP, but Democrats are not without sin,” he said, adding that despite some irregularities in one election, there is no evidence of organized fraud or voter suppression that changed the outcome of a recent state or federal race.

in one tweet In connection with the op-ed, Romney cited the “pervasive” trend of non-voting.

“The world is caught in a bitter struggle between authoritarianism and democracy, and the wicked are winning. Spreading unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud is self-destructive and jeopardizes democracy here and abroad,” he said.

In the op-ed, Romney wrote that the world looks to the United States as a model for free and fair elections.

“If we don’t have confidence in our own system, how can we expect democracy to work anywhere else?” he wrote. “While authoritarians in Russia and China are promoting an alternative to government by, by and for the people, making unevidenced allegations of voter fraud is stupidly self-defeating and despicable.”

Romney was one of the first Republican senators to recognize Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, which many members of his party initially refused to do. He also urged former President Donald Trump to stop spreading the “big lie” that the election was stolen. Romney blames Trump for the January 6, 2021 riots in the US Capitol.

Trump continues to make false claims of voter fraud as he seeks a possible re-election in the coming weeks.

Depending on the outcome of several key elections, the Republican Party could hold a majority in one or both houses of Congress. And if the GOP takes control, Republicans will have a choice to either pass meaningful legislation or conduct “pointless” investigations, bills, threats and government shutdowns, Romney said.

“Two roads are available. I hope Congress and the White House are committed to making a difference, rather than making more noise,” he said.

Romney listed several issues that require bipartisan attention, including inflation, federal spending, public debt, immigration and climate change.

Rather than crossing fingers that the Federal Reserve will fix inflation, Congress could help by increasing legal immigration, increasing work visas in sectors with labor shortages, securing the border, raising tariffs on US allies lowers oil, gas and nuclear power and facilitates renewable development and curbing spending, he said.

“Overspending and the deficit have been the bugbear of the Republican Party for years,” Romney said. “But like the Democrats, we shy away from telling the American people the truth that the problem of spending is not primarily due to the annual budget.”

He noted that two-thirds of federal spending, such as on Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, is automatic and non-discretionary. It’s that spending, he said, that’s growing faster than the economy. None of the cuts the federal government is making for defense, education, the environment or housing will be enough to balance the budget, he said.

Romney said that overspending not only increases government debt but also causes inflation.

“The Fed is stepping on the brakes while the administration and Congress are stepping on the accelerator,” he said.

Romney has voted for several bipartisan spending bills opposed by other members of the all-Republican congressional delegation in Utah, including the $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure and a $908 billion COVID-19 relief package .

The immigration “chaos” also figured prominently in the midterm election, Romney said, adding that politicians had railed against it for 25 years but done almost nothing to fix it.

He said he asked a leading Democrat why his party hadn’t worked to secure the border, particularly because failure to do so gives Republicans a huge advantage in swing states like Arizona and Nevada.

“His response: ‘You don’t understand the power of the immigration lobby.’ Awesome,” Romney wrote in the comment.

To make a difference for the climate, Romney said Congress should focus on action to reduce emissions globally, not just industry incentives for innovative solutions in the US, he said.


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