Election deniers privately admit election claims were ‘always lies’

Election deniers privately admit election claims were ‘always lies’

  • In an episode of his podcast, Rep. Dan Crenshaw recalled the arguments in the GOP over claims of election denial.
  • Behind closed doors, he said, GOP officials admit the fraudulent election claims are “lies.”
  • Many politicians say that “the things they know are not true,” he said. “It’s a huge manipulation.”

Speaking on his “Hold These Truths” podcast, GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas said politicians and media figures pushing election denial claims know “it’s always been a lie” and admit falsehoods behind closed doors.

“The good news is that none of these people will ever have the power to overturn an election,” Crenshaw said in an episode discussing ranked-choice voting with Unite America’s Nick Troiano. “It was always a lie. It was always a lie. The whole thing was always a lie. And it was a lie meant to piss people off and, you know, I talked about this ad nauseam — it really pissed me off.”

Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, continued that “there isn’t even a process” to abolish the Electoral College and challenge the election results, as Trump-backing Republicans intended to do to overturn the 2020 election. In private conversations between Republican Party members and political figures, Crenshaw said, he’s had arguments about members perpetuating lies.

“We just, you know, people just need their last like last hurrah, like, they just need to feel like we fought one last time. Trust me, it’s going to be fine,” said Crenshaw who denied the election to him to justify their public support for a baseless claim to the presidency. “And I said, ‘No, they won’t. That’s not what people believe. And you don’t tell them that’.”

The Texas representative has taken a critical stance toward more extreme members of his own party, publicly supporting a Trump critic Rep. Adam Kinzinger and inviting members of the Freedom Caucus — which includes controversial congressmen like Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene“con artists” and “performance artists”.

“So we have a lot of people in the political world who are just willing to say things that they know are not true,” Crenshaw said on his podcast. “And it’s a huge manipulation.”

Representatives for Crenshaw did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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