Nunes says Democrats are lacking confidence in Biden victory
There is something “very strange” about the way Democrats are treating the 2020 election, according to Rep. Devin Nunes.
The California Republican, who is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said even President-elect Joe Biden and his team are not acting like winners, although they are putting up “a facade” of victory.
“There’s a false media narrative that’s been created to move us past the election that started essentially election night,” he said to the Epoch Times in a recent interview, insisting that House and local races would not have been called if they were so close.
“It’s very, very strange,” Nunes said. “If you look at the Democrats that we’re working with — we’re here in Washington, you know, back here this week after the election — these are essentially people that aren’t acting very confident.”
Biden is projected to have 306 electoral votes, 36 more than is needed to win the Electoral College, and so far leads President Trump by about 6 million votes in the popular vote, according to the Associated Press.
But Trump refuses to concede the race, holding out for legal challenges and recounts to play out in several battleground states, while claiming that the election was rigged, although his team has not shown evidence of widespread fraud. While Biden is moving ahead with setting up an administration, he hasn’t been given access to government resources for a presidential transition, which has raised national security concerns. The Trump team is running out of time, however, as states certify their votes and the Electoral College meets in mid-December. Inauguration Day is Jan. 20.
Still, Nunes said Democrats are not “confident” in the election.
One “red flag,” Nunes said, was in Wisconsin, where the elections commission considered but ultimately did not approve changes to its recount manual for two recounts for ballots cast in two deeply liberal counties at Trump’s request over concerns about “irregularities.”
In addition, Nunes suggested there is a rush to call the elections and pointed to Wayne County, Michigan, where Republican members of the board of canvassers were doxxed and threatened after they voted against certifying the election in dozens of jurisdictions where Republican also allege fraud and voting irregularities.
“Those are not the thoughts and the actions of people that are confident in their victory,” Nunes said.
Republicans made gains in the House, and they could also retain control of the Senate, depending on two runoffs in Georgia next month.
Nunes argued that 2020 was a “total destruction” for the Democrats outside of the presidential contest and that questions surrounding the White House match-up demand scrutiny in order for people to trust that there is integrity in the system. And “fake news and fake polls,” following what he calls the “Russia hoax,” have gone a long way to erode this confidence, Nunes added.
He said Biden should be siding with Trump in questioning the results. “Biden should welcome recounts. This guy is limping into office. Not going to have control of the Senate most likely, on the verge of losing the House,” Nunes said.
The congressman also defended Sidney Powell, a member of the Trump campaign legal team, who is facing bipartisan blowback for saying there is evidence of software flipping votes. Nunes said he “can’t imagine” that the attorney would make stuff up, but that it remains to be seen if she can collect enough evidence to make a case in court.