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Jeffrey Lord to Newsmax TV: Elections Have 'Hanky-Panky'

(Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live")

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 04:41 PM

Political strategist and commentator Jeffrey Lord defended the complaints of losing Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about an unfair election, saying "a lot of times there's hanky-panky."

In remarks Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live," Lord, the former associate political director for President Ronald Reagan, noted that Georgia GOP Gov.-elect Brian Kemp, when he was secretary of state, correctly tried to follow federal law that requires removing people from voter roles who had died or moved.

"How many stories did we see in the course of the 2016 election — and even to some degree in this one — in which we found that somebody was registered in two or three different states," he said. "You've got to have these things crystal clear and legit, and that's what she was protesting. And that's because a lot times there's hanky-panky in this stuff."

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Lord also weighed in on the White House issuance of new rules for reporters in the wake of President Donald Trump's bitter dispute with CNN White House chief correspondent Jim Acosta.

"I'm pretty much a First Amendment fundamentalist, but that doesn't necessarily mean you get to have a front row seat in the White House," he said.

"The press room at the White House is a Nixon creation," he added. "It didn't used to exist. The press used to sit in the lobby."

Lord said today's journalists should look up old video of John F. Kennedy conduct during televised press conferences, particularly one in which he sparred with newswoman May Craig.

"She asked him once about the practice of managed news, and he sort of goes back and forth, [asking] 'What is it you want?'" Lord recalled. "And she says, 'Mr. President, I think we ought to get everything we want.' He just laughs and says, 'I'm for that, Miss Craig. I think you should too.'

"The decorum was incredible — nowhere close what we're seeing now. And there's a lesson there, I think, for CNN."

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Saying "a lot of times there's hanky-panky," political strategist and commentator Jeffrey Lord defended the complaints of defeated Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams about an unfair election.
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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 04:41 PM
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