The R.N.C. Has a New Interview Query: Was the 2020 Election Stolen?

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Former President Donald J. Trump’s full takeover of the Republican Nationwide Committee continued this week with interviews for key positions which have included a jarring query: Was the 2020 presidential election stolen?

That query has been requested in interviews geared toward changing a few of the greater than 60 R.N.C. officers who have been laid off this month, in accordance with two individuals accustomed to the matter.

A lot of the candidates who have been posed the query responded with some model of a solution saying that there had been irregularities within the 2020 presidential contest and that adjustments to guidelines and legal guidelines that 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic had created trigger for concern, the individuals accustomed to the matter stated. There isn’t a proof of widespread fraud in that 12 months’s election, however Mr. Trump and a few of his allies have continued to forged doubt on its legitimacy.

The Washington Put up first reported that the R.N.C. interviews included a query concerning the validity of the 2020 election.

It was unclear how the solutions from candidates would have an effect on occasion officers’ hiring choices. An R.N.C. spokeswoman didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

This month, the R.N.C. elected new leaders who have been handpicked by Mr. Trump, together with his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump.

For the previous a number of years, R.N.C. attorneys have instructed occasion officers to keep away from claiming that widespread fraud altered the end result of the 2020 presidential election, or that the competition was stolen. As a substitute, the attorneys have urged officers to say that some states had eradicated voting safeguards and to underscore a necessity for ballot watchers.

These warnings about cautious language got here as a number of Trump advisers confronted felony prices for his or her function in making an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

Prime R.N.C. officers have been additionally frightened about making false election claims provided that the occasion had solely lately been launched from a decades-long ban on mounting campaigns in opposition to purported voter fraud with out court docket approval. That ban, which was lifted by a 2018 federal court docket ruling, was first imposed in 1982 after courts discovered situations of Republicans intimidating or making an attempt to exclude voters of colour.

President Biden’s marketing campaign instantly jumped on studies concerning the R.N.C. interview query.

“Donald Trump is demanding fealty to his excessive, antidemocratic beliefs to be a part of his Republican Occasion,” Ammar Moussa, a marketing campaign spokesman, stated in an announcement. “People don’t need his lies, assaults on democracy, requires violence or harmful agenda.”