A few minutes ago, the VA State Senate finished rejecting a series of bats***-crazy, conspiracy-theory-driven, “election integrity” amendments to the budget bill (SB30) by, you guessed it, faaaar-right Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield). It’s painful and embarrassing to even listen to Chase spewing this unhinged crap, but see below for video if you’re a glutton for punishment.
Also, see here for her absurd amendments, which basically would spend millions of Virginia taxpayer dollars conduct “forensic audits” and otherwise to try to find something – anything! – wrong with the 2020 (or 2021?) election. Note that the Virginia Department of Elections’ post-2021-election report found that the 2021 Virginia General Election “was a resounding success and a testament to the tenacity, talent, and dedication of local election
administrators and Electoral Board members, the State Board of Elections (SBE), and ELECT staff”, while a Virginia Department of Elections’ post-2020-election report “confirmed with over 99% confidence the original count of votes accurately reflected the winners in Virginia for both the United States Presidential and Senate race,” with just “a .00000065117% chance” (that’s right, six zeroes after that decimal place)! “that the outcome of the Presidential election in Virginia was inaccurate.” In short, Chase is completely, wildly wrong in her outlandish, irresponsible and dangerous claims.
Given all that, it’s really appalling to see even four State Senators (out of 40) who actually voted for Chase’s lunacy: 1) Chase herself; 2) Sen. Jennifer Kiggans (R), who’s running for Congress in VA02, and should be disqualified from ever holding higher office (or any public office) based on this wildly irresponsible vote alone; 3) Sen. Bryce Reeves (R), who’s running for Congress in VA07, and also should be disqualified from ever holding higher office (or any public office) based on this wildly irresponsible vote alone; 4) hard-right Sen. Mark Peake, who also should never hold any higher office (or any public office, really).