Don Bolduc isn’t doing a complete turnaround, but the Republican nominee for the Senate in New Hampshire can’t stop himself from changing his stance on whether the 2020 presidential election was legitimate.
The retired Army general claimed during his primary campaign that the race for the White House was stolen from former President Donald Trump. So after Bolduc won the September 13 vote, he said no. On Monday, at a town hall in Hudson, he said he didn’t know what happened.
“I can’t say it was stolen or not. I don’t have enough information,” Bolduc said in response to a voter’s question. “But what I can say is that we have irregularities.”
Bolduc, running against Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan in November, told a second voter who pressed him on the issue that he believes the election was marred by fraud. So Bolduc suggested that the only way to hold Democrat Joe Biden accountable for what Bolduc considers impeachable crimes as president is to recognize his victory.
“We have to be able to say, whether you agree or not, a constitutional process was followed to get him in the White House so we can hold him accountable,” he said.
Trump called Bolduc a “strong guy, albeit expensive” but did not formally endorse the candidate in the primaries. Like many others who relied on Trump’s support or encouragement to help secure a nomination, Bolduc must now try to appeal to a wider swath of the electorate in the general election.
Nearly two years after Trump’s defeat, there is no evidence of widespread fraud. Numerous analyzes in battle states where Trump contested his loss confirmed the results, courts rejected dozens of lawsuits brought by Trump and his allies, and even Trump’s own Justice Department concluded that the results were accurate.
Despite everything, Bolduc’s position wavered.
During a debate in August, Bolduc was clear: “I signed a letter with 120 other generals and admirals saying that Trump won the election and damn I stand by my oath,” he said. “I’m not switching horses, baby.”
But two days after the GOP primaries, he told Fox News that he had since done “a lot of research” on the issue. “I have come to the conclusion, and I want to be definitive about this, that the election was not stolen,” Bolduc said.
One voter who asked Bolduc about the issue on Monday said he was unhappy with the candidate’s response, but the other said he had her vote.
“I’m fed up with these traitorous people in the White House, in our government,” said Mary Margaret Burke of Hampstead. “They need to go, and we need to make it happen.”
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