2020-11-12 18:24:08 UTC
...as Nevada's Trump campaign co-chair doubles down on claim they've found fraud
but don't know how widespread it is
* Tucker Carlson showed the names of at least 25 dead people he claimed voted in
this year's presidential election
*It included names in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada
*At least four of the names were from Georgia, where less than 15,000 votes
separated the candidates and a recount by hand has been called
*Carlson launched into an attack on mail-in voting, claiming the system
'encouraged' more dead people to vote
*He only added that the voters 'presumably' voted for Biden
*He was joined by Nevada's Trump campaign co-chair Adam Laxalt who echoed the
*Laxalt said the campaign had evidence of dead people voting in the state but
had no idea yet how widespread the alleged fraud may have been
Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed a list of names he claims are among the dead
people who voted in this year's election as he hit out at the 'media blackout'
for failing to report on fraud allegations.
The list, revealed during his show on Wednesday night, included the names of at
least four people in the state of Georgia where there are fewer than 15,000
ballots separating President Trump and Joe Biden.
It also included several in Nevada, where the TV host accused officials of
encouraging mail-in ballot 'fraud' to take place by sending out a ballot to all
registered voters, despite knowing that 41,000 people hadn't updated their
records in more than a decade.
He claimed that the mail-in system established due to the coronavirus pandemic
'encouraged' fraud, by allowing others to cast a vote for the likes of Rosemary
Hardle - an elementary school teacher who died in 2017 - as well as Fred Stoke
Jr Clark, who also died in 2017.
He claimed that the dead voters 'presumably' voted for Biden, although the
choices listed on the alleged ballots are not known and Carlson had no evidence
whatsoever for his claim. In fact the only arrest so far for attempting to vote
in a dead person's name was of a Trump-supporting registered Republican in
Carlson's claims were reiterated by former Nevada Attorney General and the
state's Trump campaign co-chair, Adam Laxalt, who admitted that the scale of the
fraud is not yet known.
But even assuming they voted for Biden - which would be to ignore Republican
convictions for electoral fraud across the country - 25 votes would do nothing
to move Georgia or Nevada closer to being regained by Trump.
The claims came as Trump's claims of voter fraud fizzled in the courts and he
turned to a new strategy of trying to stop entire states' votes being certified
on the basis of alleged irregularities rather than fraud.
Carlson attacked 'corporate media' despite working for Fox which called the
election for Biden last Saturday.
Carlson targeted Georgia, in particular, with his list of dead voters, naming
and picturing Deborah Jean Christiansen, Linda Kessler, Edward Swinott and James
Blalock as among those deceased who cast a ballot.
'Right now, fewer than 15,000 votes separate Donald Trump from Joe Biden in the
state of Georgia,' Carlson began.
'It's close enough that it's worth getting specific about what happened there,
and the Georgia secretary of state has now confirmed there will be a hand
recount of all votes cast.
'Among those votes, auditors will find a valid cast by woman called Deborah Jean
'It would be hard to find anyone who's got a bad word to say about Deborah. She
was well known in her community for years as a bird watcher, an avid gardener, a
committed fan of the Georgia bulldogs,' he continued.
'Those who knew her were sad when she died last May and they might be surprised
to learn that even after her death, Deborah Jean Christiansen still managed to
register to vote and then cast a ballot, presumably for Joe Biden.
'In some ways, it's an inspiring story. The triumph of voting over death,'
Carlson joked, before alleging that Blalock, who passed away in 2006 after 33
years as a mailman, must simply have been showing a dedication to his job in
mailing in a ballot after death.
'In his case, may be voting from the grave wasn't really fraud, it was just
commitment,' he quipped.
In one of the most extreme claims listed by Tucker, he spoke of Linda Kessler
who died 17 years ago but allegedly still had a vote cast in her name in this
year's presidential election.
As Carlson revealed a list of the 25 names that Fox has so far identified, he
admitted that the discoveries may not be enough to swing the election in Trump's
favor but claimed that 'the point is they exist'.
'They are dead, but they voted anyway. The question is how did they do that? How
exactly did they cast their ballots?' he asked.
'And the short answer is, by mail. Dead people tend to vote more often when you
make it easier for them to vote. They are like any other group. And this year we
made it much easier for the dead to vote.'
He then launched a further attack on mail-in voting, which he said was
introduced under the pretense that it was needed due to the pandemic but 'the
effect was to encourage fraud'.
Carlson referenced a 2012 report that claimed that there were close to two
million dead people still on voter rolls and 24million incorrect voter
'So, what happens if you start sending ballots and registrations to lists like
this? Well, you're guaranteed to increase the amount of fraudulent voting, and
that's exactly what Democrats did. Republicans, we should add, let them do it,'
The Fox star also turned his eye to Pennsylvania, where he alleged that a woman
named Denise Onick voted by mail-in ballot this year, despite the ballot
arriving to her home days after she died.
'According to a report from last December, less than a year ago, from the state
department of auditor general, nearly 3,000 potentially deceased voters remained
on the voter rolls in Pennsylvania,' Carlson added.
Carlson's claims were echoed by Laxalt in Nevada where he said the Trump
campaign had found evidence of voter fraud but as of yet, had no information on
how widespread it may have been.
He alleged that the campaign had established a list of over 3,000 people that
moved out of the state of Nevada and voted in this election. He said they have
since discovered that at least 100 of the votes were military votes.
'It's important for people to understand there is absolutely voter fraud as you
continue to try to point out, as we continue to try to point out, but in the
campaign, we aren't the system,' Laxalt told Carlson, stating that they couldn't
gain access to the voter system in the state.
'We've confirmed dead voters and so finally, we are no longer being accused of
producing zero fraud, now we are being accused of not producing systemic or
Laxalt alleged that he is being 'attacked viciously by the sitting attorney
general and other people' for his claims of voter fraud.
'All I want to do is what you want,' he said. 'I want to put a spotlight on this
system because the bottom line is there is fraud. I don't know how widescale it
He then questioned who was investigating the fraud, as he alleged the state had
'no investigative body that goes in independently and actually investigates
'This is why we have this mess,' Laxalt continued, 'and if they are suggesting
that the local registrar is going to do its own audit after the fact, of course
we know that isn't a real investigation.
'We are being accused of improprieties here and we don't have all the
information,' the former attorney general concluded.
'They just want to shut down any spotlight to the fact that there is voter fraud
in our state.'
As of Wednesday night, Trump loyalists have filed at least 15 legal challenges
in Pennsylvania alone in an effort to reclaim the stateŽs 20 electoral votes.
There is action, too, in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Michigan.
The claims in Nevada center around thousands of potentially fraudulent votes,
including votes cast on behalf of dead people and by people who were no longer
However, the election security agency at the Department of Homeland Security
says states have strong safeguards to detect illegal voting under the names of
the deceased, including signature matching and death records.
Rumors that people 120 years and older voted in the election 'are actually
innocuous clerical errors or the result of intended data practices,' such as
someone typing '1/1/1900' into a database as a placeholder item.
The Trump campaign settled one lawsuit that was before the Nevada Supreme Court,
saying it had reached an agreement with Clark County, which includes Las Vegas,
to add more observers to a ballot-processing facility.
Officials in Clark County said they have forwarded two allegations of ballots
being cast in the name of dead voters to the Nevada Secretary of State.
The state is also dealing with a lawsuit challenging the use of an optical
scanning machine to count ballots and verify signatures, which is still pending.