CNN Host Insists Voter Fraud is 'Basically Nonexistent', Gets Schooled by Alabama Sec of State

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FILE – In this Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, a voter enters a booth at a polling place in Exeter, N.H. Tweets alone don’t make it true. Donald Trump won the presidency earlier this month even as he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to The Associated Press’s vote-counting operation and election experts. Trump nonetheless tweeted on Nov. 26 that he won the popular vote. and alleged there was “serious voter fraud” in California, New Hampshire and Virginia. There’s no evidence to back up those claims. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)


As Democrats use the “gift” of the pandemic to push voting by mail, arrogant CNN host Brianna Keilar asked her guest, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, if he’s “aware that the research shows that in-person voting is more likely to result in voter fraud, which, overall, is basically nonexistent?”

I’d like to take a look at the research she was referring to that produced such an obviously inaccurate result. Maybe according to the Brennan Center for Justice, as in John Brennan, that’s a truthful statement. However, the evidence shows that mail-in votes are far more likely to be compromised than in-person votes, and rather than being “basically nonexistent” as Keilar maintains, voter fraud happens with great frequency. She is well aware of that.

Throughout their discussion, Keilar maintained a thinly disguised look of scorn on her face and continually interrupted Merrill.

Merrill managed to remain respectful and even upbeat despite Keilar’s smoldering contempt for him and his support for in-person voting.

Here is the relevant part of the exchange (scroll down for video):

Merrill tells her, “I know that since I’ve been the Secretary of State in Alabama – five years, four months and eight days – we’ve had six convictions on voter fraud, we’ve had two elections that have been overturned. Five of the six that have been convicted were convicted for fraudulent activity related to absentee balloting. I know that for a fact.”


“Are you aware that the research shows that in-person voting is more likely to result in voter fraud, which, overall, is basically nonexistent?” Keilar asked with a derisive chuckle. “So it’s kind of odd that we’re having this conversation, but it’s mostly in-person voting, not absentee ballot voting.”

The unflappable Merrill struck back and told her, “everyone is entitled to their opinions but they’re not entitled to their own facts. And the facts in our state show that we have had voter fraud, that we have had people convicted and those people are currently incarcerated. Period. We’re making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Alabama.”

This type of behavior is typical for Brianna Keilar. I recall watching her interview White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro in late March.

As the clip begins (below), Navarro is saying, ”We all, as a country, got dealt a bad hand by China.”

It takes a second for Keilar to absorb Navarro’s comment. Then, she puts her hand up and tells him, “Uh, Peter, that is just a waste of time to say that. I’m gonna leave it there. Peter Navarro.”

Navarro is gobsmacked. He interrupts, “No, hang on, wait a minute. Why is that a waste of time to say that?”

Keilar ignores him. “We’re just trying to get our hands around it. No. Peter Navarro. That’s it. We’re out of time. We’re out of time. And that’s just, that’s ridiculous. Peter Navarro. Thank you so much.”


As she continues speaking, Navarro says, “Good to talk to you. I’ll come back anytime.”

Keilar did not even try to be subtle. This exchange belongs in a textbook about media bias. When a “journalist” refuses to even listen to an opinion they disagree with, it can no longer be called journalism.

She declared her guest’s comment to be “just a waste of time” and “just ridiculous.”

Keilar deserves to be fired. Instead, CNN will probably give her a raise and a bonus.


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