Adam Laxalt on the Steve Bannon show: Election integrity is the ‘hottest topic’

The Republican front-runner in the U.S. Senate race from Nevada called widespread voter fraud his campaign’s “hottest topic” during a recent interview with Steve Bannon.

“We need an election integrity plan. We’re putting it in place now,” Adam Laxalt said during a Wednesday appearance on Bannon’s “War Room” talk show.

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In the interview, Bannon called Nevada a “professional” vote-stealer, asking Laxalt how he would stop the state from stealing “a Senate seat” from us.

“As you know, this is the hottest topic we have, and there are a lot of groups that have raised a ton of money,” Laxalt replied. “And so my job over the next few months is to figure out which is the best group to work with.”

Laxalt’s comments come amid a backlash over his campaign profiting from unfounded allegations of a ‘stolen’ presidential election in 2020 – allegations that led a mob of angry Trump supporters to storm the Capitol American last January.

Adam Laxalt, right, appears with American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp in Las Vegas in November 2020 to talk about a trial to declare Donald Trump the winner of the Nevada presidential race.  The legal challenge failed.  Laxalt is currently running for the US Senate.

Bannon, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, was indicted in November by a federal grand jury, charged with contempt of Congress after refusing to answer questions from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

In a letter sent to Laxalt’s campaign last week, Rick McCann, a recently retired Nevada police union leader, called on the Republican candidate “to immediately donate all proceeds from these campaign solicitations to the U.S. Capitol. Police Memorial Fund”, which supports the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

Laxalt, which hopes to oust Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in November, has raised about $1.4 million, according to campaign finance reports.

“It is a failure of leadership to repeat these lies, and even worse to use them to fund your political campaign,” wrote McCann, who headed the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers.

During the 2020 presidential election, Laxalt and American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp called a press conference alleging widespread voter fraud in Nevada. Laxalt has also filed lawsuits in state and federal courts challenging the integrity of Nevada’s general election, but those legal challenges have failed.

Rio Lacanlale writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal, part of the USA Today Network. Contact her at rlacanlale@gannett.com and follow @riolacanlale on Twitter. Support his work by subscribe today.

Jessica C. Bell