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Beto not 'confident' Trump elected 'fairly' in 2016: 'We don’t know if vote tallies were changed'

He also says Trump has invited Putin to interfere in 2020. No mention of 2018 though. (Might be a sore subject.)

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Democrat and fading 2020 hopeful Beto O'Rourke, who lost to Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas last year, isn't confident President Trump really is the President. Not the "fairly elected" one, anyway.

He was on MSNBC on Saturday to talk with Joy Reid when the topic was raised, as the Washington Examiner kindly noticed for the millions not watching.

"Do you have confidence that the 2020 election was not impacted, in terms of not just the use of propaganda on American voters," said the MSNBC host, "but literally that the electoral systems weren't breached and Donald Trump was elected fairly?"

"I don't have complete confidence," O'Rourke answered. "In part because of what you've just shared about Florida, in part because we know from other secretaries of state in other states in the union that their systems were breached."

"We don't know if vote tallies were changed," he said, "but that alone should be cause for concern."

He then said that the President offered an "open invitation" to Russian President Vladimir Putin to interfere in the 2020 election. It's a specter that other 2020 candidates have raised, but O'Rourke really went after it in this interview.

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"When you add to that, that one of the first phone calls this president made after the Mueller report was released, was to Vladimir Putin, to whom he described the Mueller report as a hoax, that is a green light," said O'Rourke. "An open invitation for Russia to continue to involve themselves in our election."

He even implied that Trump attempted to use the military to intimidate voters and would "stop at nothing, including involving foreign powers in our democracy" to win in the future. Then he went for impeachment, too.

"If ever we needed congress to stand up and protect all of us, it is now. Because the chief executive has failed to do that, and in fact invites further harm going forward,' he said.

Having finished complaining about propaganda, host Joy Reid turned to the next topic by saying O'Rourke "came very close to beating Ted Cruz."

Losing by nearly a quarter million votes is, apparently, a subjective definition of being "very close" to winning.

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