DCCC Chair: ‘We’re Going to Accept the Results of the Election’

Melanie Arter | October 31, 2022 | 10:22am EDT
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Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., questions Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former official at the National Security Council, testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on November 19, 2019. (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, (D-N.Y.) (Photo by JACQUELYN MARTIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the Democrats will accept the outcome of the midterm elections – “always have, always will.”

“Of course, we'll accept the outcome of the elections. Always have. Always will, and we're very concerned about the integrity of our elections, especially when people are trying to intimidate people with weapons, when they're engaged in these tactics to try to undermine confidence. Now, we're - we're going to accept the results of the election. That's - that's the American way,” he said. 

“Well, I'm glad you said that because there's been a lot of attention drawn to comments by some Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, who just released a taped statement online where she was talking about upcoming elections and she said, right-wing extremists already have a plan to literally steal the next presidential election and they're not making a secret of it,” host Margaret Brennan said.

“I understand hyperbole, but would you agree that that's not helpful in the current environment to talk about plots to steal elections?” she asked.

“Yes, no, I don't understand what that means, and I didn't see the comment. Let me tell you what I think,” the congressman said.

“What I think is that it's perfectly legitimate for both parties to make sure that voting is fair, that there's no fraud, that when votes are cast, that the people have a right to cast them or don't, and that's normal, and in a close election, you might have a recount, you might have other examination of absentee ballots,” Maloney said.

“That's all run of the mill stuff. What's different is people showing up with weapons and sitting in the back of a pickup truck next to a drop box trying to scare the tar out of people who are just exercising their vote. What's different is when a president, for the first time in our history, says he was cheated out of the result when he knows that's a lie,” he said.

“Let's not pretend for a minute that both sides have the same - same amount of accountability for - for the loss of confidence in our elections. One side has been out there for a couple of years now doing everything they can to pretend Joe Biden didn't win fair and square when he did, and that's the difference,” the congressman added.

On the topic of crime, when asked why the Democratic Party hasn’t be able to shake the perception that they’re soft on crime, Maloney said, “Well, because a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets its shoes on, as the saying goes. In my own case, I brought $7 million for local police departments, supported the Invest to Protect Act, which will fund all the police departments in my district, all under 125 officers.

“That's the most important support we've done for police in 30 years, and if you care about rising crime, my goodness, we should listen to police who are begging us to do something about the gun violence, which is at the heart of so much rise in crime, and, of course, the MAGA crowd is in the pocket of the NRA and won't touch common sense bipartisan gun safety legislation, which we passed through the House,” he said.

“So, we have a record of results supporting good policing and going after gun violence, and that's what people need to know,” the congressman said.

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