An ultra-conservative Texas politician who believes seniors would fairly die from Covid-19 than allow for the pandemic to damage the economic system is pushing an additional baseless concept, and dangling a million-dollar bounty for evidence that Donald Trump is becoming cheated of victory in the presidential election.
Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of the lone star point out, claims he is giving the funds to “incentivize, encourage and reward” citizens who can present proof of voter fraud, even even though the president beat Joe Biden in Texas by practically 650,000 votes.
“I support President Trump’s efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his motivation to making certain that every legal vote is counted and every unlawful vote is disqualified,” Patrick said in a assertion, claimed by ABC13 in Austin.
“The delays in counting mail-in ballots in other states raises extra issues about voter fraud and prospective blunders.”
To that close, Patrick is supplying the payout in chunks of at minimum $25,000 to every single particular person who provides information and facts that leads to a conviction. The money will arrive from Patrick’s marketing campaign money, according to a spokesperson.
There is no proof of popular voter fraud or malfeasance in Texas or any other condition, inspite of the repeated efforts of Trump and his supporters to solid question more than the integrity of the 3 November election.
Patrick’s press release also contained no proof of mass voter fraud, and rather cited a solitary episode in which a care house social worker was arrested for allegedly trying to sign-up 67 of its people to vote, evidently with no their expertise.
By comparison, Trump’s guide in Texas above Biden was 647,076 votes on Wednesday afternoon, with a lot more than 99% of the state’s ballots counted.
Patrick created controversy in March for his reviews on keeping the economic climate open during the coronavirus pandemic, which on Wednesday saw Texas turn out to be the initial US state to surpass 1m infections.
“No a person reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you eager to get a possibility on your survival in exchange for retaining the The usa that all America enjoys for your children and grandchildren?’” Patrick claimed.
“And if that is the exchange, I’m all in. That does not make me noble or courageous or anything like that. I just consider there are a lot of grandparents out there in this state like me.”