Mac Warner, West Virginia’s former chief elections officer and now a candidate for governor, has once again argued that the 2020 US presidential election was rigged and should be considered illegitimate.
– The election was stolen, and it was stolen by the CIA, Mac Warner said during a gubernatorial debate on Thursday.
Of the candidates in the debate, Warner was the only one who firmly believed the election was “stolen”, but several others were open to the idea that it may well have been.
For Warner, who has served as West Virginia’s secretary of state since 2017, this was not the first time he had expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the last presidential election – after the 2020 election, he appeared at a Trump rally with a sign that read “Stop the Steal” – and questioned some states’ voting practices.
In early 2022, he continued to question the election process and results in swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, claiming in an interview that “votes came in outside the law”.
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Warner is now vying to lead West Virginia, often citing his long career in the US army and his two terms as the state’s top election official.
Polls have shown him trailing some of the other candidates, but he has received important support from the Donald Trump grassroots movement – a movement that has the potential to give him a big boost in the polls.
Warner also argues that the FBI was involved in a massive post-election cover-up, and that the US security services actively withheld compromising information from the American people about the confiscated laptop of President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.