United States Sen. Chuck Grassley voted to certify the 2020 Presidential Election. He is also a cosponsor on a bill in the Senate that will make challenging election results from one state much more difficult in Congress than it is currently.
Grassley defended alterations to the election process in numerous states, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. He acknowledged these alterations “may have” increased the potential for fraud or inaccuracies. But, when it comes to Mike Lindell’s claims, Grassley said simply:
“False. There was no widespread conspiracy to deprive President Trump re-election through the manipulation of votes.”
Grassley said that Congress has “no role” in conducting elections or adjudicating election disputes — all it can do is receive and formally count the votes cast in each state. That was Grassley’s statement on Jan. 6, 2021.
Interestingly, on Jan. 5, 2021, Grassley said he would listen to debate and “it would be really wrong for me to say I have my mind made up.”
“Presumably, we’re going to hear a lot of things we’ve never heard before,” Grassley said. “I don’t know if we will hear things that we’ve never heard before. But that’s the implication. And so I think it would be really wrong for me to say I’ve got my mind made up.”
To The Iowa Standard’s knowledge, there were no alterations to the U.S. Constitution between Jan. 5, 2021 and Jan. 6, 2021 that went from allowing Congress to “hear” the evidence and decide how to vote on challenges to state results to suddenly only giving Congress the opportunity to receive and formally count results.
Now, just a few weeks before his re-election, Grassley says he has concerns about voting in large cities in America like Chicago and Philadelphia.
Grassley was asked this week how confident he is of election integrity in Iowa as well as the nation.
He said he “very strongly” believes there is voter integrity in Iowa. But…
“In cities like Chicago and New York and Philadelphia and some places like that, I think that there’s a lot of people, a lot of votes being counted for people that were ineligible to vote or maybe not even real people. And so that’s wrong. And that really, that really disturbs me.”
He went on to say since there is no federal law — just 50 different states law — in Iowa when there is cheating in Chicago it doesn’t devalue the vote of Iowans.
That’s an odd statement because if there was fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election in Chicago or Pennsylvania or Atlanta or New York or Phoenix, it certainly would devalue legitimate votes in Iowa.
It is an interesting statement from Sen. Grassley who said there was no proof of widespread fraud in 2020. To The Iowa Standard’s knowledge, there is yet to be a significant election between the 2020 election and this upcoming election in which Americans had real concerns about election integrity.
The last election was, essentially, the 2020 Presidential Election. Now Grassley says he is “disturbed” about people — and mind you he said “a lot of people” — who are voting and are ineligible or not even real.
This is simply astonishing. Welcome to the party, Sen. Grassley. Where were you on Jan. 6, 2021? It is unlikely anything has happened in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia after Jan. 6, 2021 that has caused him to believe “a lot of people” are voting who are either ineligible or aren’t real people at all.
This means, if he really believes this, he is referencing the 2020 Presidential Election which he gave his stamp of approval.
It is impossible to make all of Grassley’s statements on the 2020 Presidential Election align with his actions in regard to voter integrity.
He believes ineligible people or people who don’t actually exist are voting in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and New York, but he votes to certify the election.
On Jan. 5, 2021, he said he’d listen to the debate on whether Congress should object to a state’s results, but on Jan. 6, 2021 he says in a statement Congress has no role other than receiving and counting votes.
He is “disturbed” by “a lot of people” voting who shouldn’t be in voting large cities, but he is cosponsoring a bill to make it more difficult for congressional members to object to state election results.
He finds peace in the fact that Iowa’s elections are tight, which means illegal votes in Chicago or Philadelphia will not devalue Iowa votes. Although when illegal votes in Pennsylvania or Arizona or Georgia or Wisconsin for president are counted, they certainly devalue Iowans’ votes for president.
Seriously. Make it make sense.
It makes as much sense as Farmer Fran in The Waterboy:
The problem, of course, is that it doesn’t make sense.