Resorting to an old Democratic line, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke now claims he does not have “complete confidence” that President Trump was rightfully and legally elected.
O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman, said the Russian hacking attempts in the state of Florida and other states around the country put his confidence in the election’s integrity on shaky grounds.
The Washington Examiner reports:
When asked in an MSNBC interview Saturday if he was confident President Trump had been elected fairly, the former Texas congressman agreed the use of propaganda on voters and electoral system breaches gave him doubts.
“I don’t have complete confidence in part because of what you’ve just shared about Florida, in part because we know from other secretaries of state in other states in the union that their systems were breached. We don’t know if vote tallies were changed, but that alone should be cause for concern,” O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke continued: “When you add to that one of the first phone calls this president made after the Mueller report was released was to Vladimir Putin to whom he described the Mueller report as a hoax, that is a green light, an open invitation, for Russia to continue to involve themselves in our elections. So I’m concerned about what happened in 2016.”
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O’Rourke’s comments come as he is polling in the single digits and more than two and a half years after the 2016 presidential election.
The Washington Examiner adds:
O’Rourke said Congress needs to protect the nation because Trump has failed his job to defend the United States.
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In response to the recent reports about the Russian hackers, former 2018 Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum tweeted: “The Russians know how they hacked our elections. Apparently, the FBI has some indication, but the most important people who need to know — the voters of Florida — are left in the dark. That’s not right and it’s no way to ensure our elections are uncorrupted.”
The FBI thoroughly investigated Russian interference into the election systems and concluded that not one single vote had been changed. Following their initial investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller was tasked with looking into Russia’s attempts to hack the election and potential collusion with members of the Trump campaign team. No collusion was found.