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Richard Grenell Is Still Spreading Lies About the Election

Richard Grenell on Hannity

The highest-ranking out official in the Trump administration cast doubt on the election's legitimacy even after a mob stormed the Capitol.

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Donald Trump's favorite gay man, Richard Grenell, has denounced Wednesday's violence by a pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol but repeated the myth of widespread voter fraud in the presidential election.

Grenell, the former ambassador to Germany and acting director of national intelligence, appeared on the Fox News Channel's Hannity Wednesday night.

"We have to condemn this violence," Grenell told host Sean Hannity, then went on to falsely claim that liberals did not condemn the violence that accompanied some protests against systemic racism and police brutality last summer. Grenell also appeared to be buying into the theory put forth by some right-wing commentators that those who stormed and trashed the capitol might have been left-wing activists in disguise. "We need to figure out who these people are and get to the bottom of it," he said.

He then turned to the election. "Transparency in the election is going to be helpful," Grenell said. "If you want the public to understand what's at stake and whether or not the vote was real, you have to be able to come clean and give us the information." He repeated allegations about votes being cast in the name of dead people and said those who protested peacefully were driven by questions about the election's legitimacy. Trump himself has claimed the election was stolen from him, he encouraged his supporters to march on the capitol Wednesday.

But there is no question that the vote was real and that Joe Biden won both the popular vote and the electoral vote over Trump. A joint session of Congress certified the Electoral College count early Thursday morning, after proceedings to do so had been interrupted earlier by those storming the capitol. Agencies of the Department of Homeland Security, which ultimately report to Trump, put out a statement in November saying the election was the "most secure in American history" and that "there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."

Hannity, however, concurred with Grenell's doubts about the election's integrity, as did fellow guest Jason Chaffetz, a Republican former congressman who is now a Fox News commentator.

Grenell also tweeted about Wednesday's chaos at the capitol.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.