Senator Amanda Chase of the Republican state of Virginia, an outspoken Trump supporter and hopeful governor, doubled down on disputed voter fraud claims and said on Thursday that her state needs an election audit – through martial law, if necessary.
“President Trump should declare martial law, as recommended by General Flynn,” Chase wrote in a fiery Facebook post on Tuesday.
In the position, she also contested the 2020 election results in response to President-elect Joe Biden’s confirmation on Monday.
Flynn also tweeted a Dec. 1 ad of the conservative We the People Convention calling on Trump to invoke martial law “if lawmakers, courts, and congress don’t follow the constitution.”
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Chase has been known to open a .38 revolver and be described as “Trump in heels,” a renegade, and the Virginia Senate’s very own Annie Oakley.
She discussed concerns about changes to state voting laws leading up to the election in an interview with Fox News Thursday.
She argued that state Democrats, who control majorities in the legislature and hold the governor’s office, have scaled back voter identification laws, email signature requirements, and chain of custody rules of the vote, thus reducing the integrity of the vote. of the summer and autumn elections was weakened. Lawmakers backing the changes argued they were needed to protect the health of voters due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“That legislation passed essentially legalized the Democrats’ ability to commit electoral fraud here in Virginia,” Chase claimed Thursday.
John O’Bannon, the lone Republican on Virginia’s three-time election council, told VPM last month that he believes “Virginia elections were fair in general.” And state election officials have said they have not seen widespread voter fraud.
But Chase said an investigation is warranted. She supports former General Michael Flynn and calls for martial law and temporary “suspension of the constitution”, but only under “extreme” circumstances.
“You never want to suspend the constitution,” she said. You know the question is, if we get into an extreme situation where we feel like the Democratic Party has committed treason, we really don’t have much choice but to suspend the constitution and have a very limited focus on the state of siege. it involves the integrity of elections and voting, and securing the equipment we voted on to ensure that we get to the bottom of what happened. “
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Democratic Government office Ralph Northam did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. But President Trump’s legal team has had little success in a string of lawsuits over alleged voter fraud across the country.
When asked if martial law meant troops on street corners and everyday life would be turned upside down, Chase said no. She said she meant a “limited martial law,” in which the military would confiscate and control voting machines and ballots to investigate claims of voter fraud.
“A lot of Virginians have told me this …” We accepted Clinton, we accepted Obama because we felt it was a fair election, “she told Fox News Thursday.” But what we can’t accept is Biden as our president, because we don’t think this election was fair and fair. “
However, some other elected Republicans condemned Chase’s position.
“I think the world record level of cognitive dissonance is that she’s against the governor’s curfew, but she’s for martial law,” said US Representative Denver Riggleman, of Virginia’s 5th district. ‘I also think it’s gibberish. We don’t want the ‘G’ in GOP to stand for gibberish. ‘
But he admitted that Chase’s reporting works; it raises millions for its governmental campaign and appeals to “a broad electorate”.
“I think we need a vaccine against disinformation, just as we have a vaccine against COVID-19,” said Riggleman, proposing that private sector analytics companies present facts to the public and thus the “conspiracy theories,” the report said. media and both major political parties.
One such program, he said, is the Network Contagion Research Institute, of which he is a board member.
Virginia state representative Kirk Cox, who fights Chase in the GOP gubernatorial primary for a chance to take on Northam, said in a statement, “Senator Chase’s suggestion to impose martial law is absurd and dangerous . “
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When asked about her response to Republican and independent voters who admitted that Biden is the president-elect, Chase said she would keep fighting.
“We need to get to the bottom of voter fraud so that we can continue to operate as a republic,” she said. “We have to make sure every legal vote is counted.”
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After a short delay, Virginia declared the election results on Nov. 18, and voters cast their votes Monday for the Electoral College for Biden.
Supporters see January 6 as their next, and perhaps last, chance to overcome what they perceive to be widespread voter fraud. A joint session of Congress is scheduled to formally count the votes of the Electoral College.