Vice President Harris called it a “very chilling situation” that so many GOP candidates running to oversee state and local elections in their states have questioned or pushed baseless claims about the 2020 election.
“There are 11 candidates in 11 states vying for Secretary of State, which means you’re running elections, which are Holocaust deniers. It’s a very scary situation in that regard,” Harris said in an interview on “The Morning News with Vineeta Sawkar,” which aired Thursday.
“But I will tell you, and I firmly believe in it, that our democracy will be as strong as our will to fight for it. And that means people are engaged, that means voting, that means saying not under my watch we’re going to deteriorate, but rather we’re going to fight for freedom and integrity.
A number of Republican candidates vying for statewide positions, including Governors Mansion and Secretary of State, have questioned or falsely claimed that the 2020 election was fraudulent or rigged, despite the fact that audits and investigations in battleground states indicated that there was no major fraud.
Some of those GOP candidates have included gubernatorial candidates Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania and Kari Lake in Arizona. They also included candidates for Secretary of State such as Jim Marchant in Nevada, Mark Finchem in Arizona and Kristina Karamo in Michigan.
While some surveys showed these candidates trailing their Democratic counterparts, other candidates, including Marchant and Lake, voted more competitively or even came out on top in their respective races.
“People all over the world look up to us because, you know, when you’re a role model, people look at what you do to see if it’s what you say,” Harris said in her interview. “And so it behooves us, the American people, to keep our promise as established by our founding fathers and mothers to hold this together. It is as fragile or as strong as our will to fight for it.