Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell on Thursday ran away from a reporter when pressed to provide any evidence to back his claims that thousands of illegitimate ballots have been cast in Nevada.
Grenell and fellow Trump surrogate Matt Schlapp held a press conference in Las Vegas announcing a lawsuit seeking to block “illegal votes” in the Trump campaign’s latest attempt to dispute and invalidate votes in a swing state that could tilt the election for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Team Trump asserted, without evidence, that tens of thousands of votes were cast by dead or ineligible voters.
"What's your name?!?!
Journalists try to get Ric Grenell to identify himself at the Trump campaign's Nevada lawsuit presser. He refuses to give his name, saying they're here "to take in information" pic.twitter.com/x1ururSzJK
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 5, 2020
After repeatedly claiming that Nevada continues to “count illegal votes” and officials won’t give them answers, Grenell refused to identify himself at the presser when asked by reporters.
“What is your name?” reporters shouted in unison at Grenell, prompting him to snap back at them, demanding they “do [their] jobs” and “take in information.”
Following the off-the-rails presser, MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff caught up with Grenell as he made his way to a van.
“Can you talk about the evidence? You’re claiming thousands of illegitimate votes in Nevada,” Soboroff asked the “Gays for Trump” ally and Twitter troll as they walked.
Grenell brushed off Soboroff’s question, telling him to ask the Clark County clerk for the evidence.
“You just made the claim,” Soboroff shot back. “You also said there’s no election observers, there’s Democratic and Republican election observers inside. Where is the evidence of fraud? You haven’t presented any evidence of fraud. You’ve presented no evidence of fraud. We’re live on MSNBC. You said ‘thousands of illegitimate ballots.’”
Grenell, rushed inside the waiting van while refusing to provide any proof behind his unsubstantiated claims.
“What they have said here is supported by virtually no facts,” Soboroff told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin after Grenell sped off.
BREAKING: @jacobsoboroff demands evidence from Ric Grenell, Trump adviser and former acting director of national intelligence, to back up his assertions about votes in Nevada. pic.twitter.com/glaBjSHJk8
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 5, 2020