Several members of the Trump campaign, including Ric Grenell and Matt Schlapp, held a press conference in Las Vegas Thursday announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit over a lack of meaningful access for GOP ballot counting observers, and alleging that more than 10,000 non-residents illegally voted on November 3.
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The Harry Reid machine recklessly threw ballots into the mail, and now we cannot check whether or not there are non-residents, which we have evidence, publicly-available evidence that you all in the media should also be looking at. It’s publicly-available information that non-residents have voted. There is a 30-day residency requirement in the State of Nevada. If you haven’t been in the state for 30 days, it is illegal to vote. Reporters have a responsibility. The fact is, we are filing this federal lawsuit to protect legal voters.
It is unacceptable in this country to have illegal votes counted, and that is what’s happening in the State of Nevada. We have asked Clark County for answers. They have no answers. They continue to count illegal votes. That is unacceptable, and it’s giving legal people a sense that the system is corrupt. We have to have a system where legal votes are cast. What the Harry Reid machine has done is throw out recklessly ballots, and now they don’t want us to check those ballots, and we are seeing discrepancies all over.
We are asking Clark County to give us answers. All of your questions about the details are legitimate questions, and they should be asked of Clark County, because the Clark County officials are silent. They are not giving us any answers, and they continue to count these legal votes. Ballots versus legal votes. That’s what we’re talking about. It is unacceptable in this country.
After Grenell left the podium and Matt Schlapp started to speak, reporters were shouting at Grenell, asking, “What’s your name?” Grenell was wearing a Team Trump jacket that had his last name embroidered on it, so it should have been easy enough for the reporters to at least write down his last name and then Google it, but they kept shouting. Finally Grenell told them, “Do your jobs,” and to figure it out. Priceless.
Matt Schlapp told the crowd the Trump campaign’s purpose is to ensure that both sides can meaningfully observe the counting process so the American people can have confidence in the election outcome.
The Presidency literally hangs in the balance. And what the fundamental principle is here, is that we want to be able to make sure that the counting that occurs and that the results that happen can be respected by every American voter across this land, and truly across the world. If you’re not allowed in to see the process, both sides and all of you in the media so that there is transparency, so that there’s meaningful observing of these ballots, that calls into question what those results will be.
The idea…in America that we would somehow reduce or limit the ability to have basic insurance that a ballot is a legal ballot, that a ballot is an acceptable ballot…that we took minimal steps to make sure that there was a signature match, for instance, those types of guarantees need to be in the process.
And so we have to understand that what’s going on in Nevada impacts what’s going on all across this country, which is, the American people want to have confidence in the results that are coming out of Nevada. That will occur when we can make a case why every ballot is an acceptable, compliant ballot.
Grenell and Schlapp then introduced a Nevada woman who had always voted in person and when she showed up Tuesday to vote both she and her roommate were told that they had already voted. They never received their mail ballot.
Then a conservative journalist who had been asked to leave a ballot counting location while other outlets were allowed to stay.
All of your questions are very good, and they should be asked of Clark County. We don’t have access to the information. They are not giving us access to the ballots. The publicly-available information raises a lot of questions. And yeah, we are not getting answers, just like you.
As Grenell was heading back to his vehicle, he was followed by MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff, who repeatedly demanded that Grenell provide evidence of his claims.
BREAKING: @jacobsoboroff demands evidence from Ric Grenell, Trump adviser and former acting director of national intelligence, to back up his assertions about votes in Nevada. pic.twitter.com/glaBjSHJk8
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 5, 2020
As he said during the press conference, Grenell told him to go ask Clark County about it.