The California Republican Party has so far refused to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s false and misleading claims in recent days about voter fraud and attempts to “steal” the presidential election.
CA GOP spokesperson Hector Barajas did not respond to three requests for comment via text message in recent days. Read receipts — which display whether a recipient has seen a text message — shows Barajas viewed the messages.
An email to party communications manager Samantha Henson also went unanswered.
The state GOP has been active on Twitter in recent days, touting the victories of Republican candidates in legislative races, but it has not weighed in on the presidential race.
Associated Press projections put former vice president Joe Biden at 264 electoral college votes and Trump at 214. At least 270 votes are required to win the presidency. Several states — including Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada — remain too close to call.
Ballot counting after Election Day is a legal and common practice, especially when there are a large number of mail-in ballots. Yet, Trump has repeatedly, and falsely, claimed that results are being manufactured or manipulated. There is no such evidence to support his allegations, and he has not presented any.
During a briefing at the White House Thursday afternoon, President Trump said, “We will not allow the corruption to steal the election.” He did not respond to reporter questions following the briefing.
There is no evidence of any individual or party attempting to “steal” the election.
In the weeks leading up the election, the state Republican Party found itself embroiled in a controversy over its ballot collection activities leading up to the election.
In October, the California GOP set up at least dozens of their own ballot drop boxes around the state, some labeled as “official” — which runs afoul of the law. The party later clarified that the boxes would be used to store ballots after they had been legally harvested by party staff or volunteers and that the “official” labels were quickly removed.
A judge rejected Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s effort to investigate the boxes further.
On Twitter, Trump has continued to vent his outrage, packing more election falsehoods into 280-character missives.
Twitter has slapped a warning label on about a dozen of his tweets since Election Day, because they contain disputed or misleading information about the election.
The state Legislature’s top Republicans have also remained quiet.
A spokesperson for Senator Shannon Grove, who leads the Senate Republican Caucus, did not address CapRadio’s request for comment on Trump’s statements, and directed questions to the regional director for the Trump campaign.
The office for Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Republican leader of the Assembly, did not respond to a request for comment.
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