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Cruz refuses to unconditionally accept the results of the 2024 elections



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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz declined Wednesday to say whether he will unconditionally accept the results of the 2024 election, the latest in a series of comments from prominent Republicans seeking to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential race.

“I think it’s actually a ridiculous question,” Cruz responded when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on “The Source” asked him if he will accept the results of the 2024 election regardless of who wins.

“Then one asks: ‘Do you promise, no matter what, to accept that an election is legitimate no matter what?’, and it would be absurd to say that. For example, we have a whole system of election laws: people challenge elections, elections are annulled, and voter fraud is proven. That happens all the time,” Cruz said.

Cruz, who objected to Arizona’s election results on January 6, 2021, then continued in his interview with Collins to suggest, baselessly, that the 2020 election was rife with fraud.

“So my question to you again, free and fair election, will you accept the results regardless of who wins?” -Collins asked.

“If the Democrats win, I will accept the result, but I will not ignore the fraud no matter what,” Cruz responded.

Many prominent Republicans, starting with the party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, are already casting doubt on the November results. Trump said earlier this month that he would only accept the results of the 2024 election “if everything is honest.” Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York and Sen. JD Vance of Ohio, both considered potential Trump running mates, said they would not have certified the 2020 election results if they had been Trump’s vice president, while Carolina Republican Sen. of the South, Tim Scott, refused. to say whether he would have certified the results as vice president.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, whom Trump mentioned as a possible running mate on Thursday, said on CNN that same night: “I will accept the results if they are done fairly and transparently.” Carson also raised questions about widespread mail-in voting on “NewsNight.”

Also on CNN Thursday night, Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, who has also been mentioned as a possible Trump vice presidential contender, was asked if he would accept the results if Trump lost. “If states and localities really follow the rules and procedures and everyone sees that the rules are followed, then of course what is done is accepted,” Donalds told CNN’s Laura Coates.

On Wednesday, Cruz also defended conservative Justice Samuel Alito, who has come under scrutiny for conspicuous displays of flags at two of his homes in recent years, telling Collins that “all of this fuss is greatly exaggerated.”

“I think there is a concerted effort driven by Democrats in the Senate to try to delegitimize the court and try to demonize it. We’re looking at it with Judge Clarence Thomas. We’re looking at it with Judge Sam Alito. “I think this whole thing is embarrassing,” Cruz said.

Cruz reiterated Alito’s explanation that Alito’s wife raised the symbol of discontent in response to profane signs in the neighborhood, including a neighbor who posted a sign reading “F**k Trump” near a school bus stop and then a poster attacking his wife, Martha. Ana Alito.

“Listen, there are judges that I disagree with, and yet everyone should be treated with civility and respect, and what Judge Alito said is that his wife was upset,” Cruz said.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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