Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) on Monday accused Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman of wanting to commit voter fraud after he said he opposes mandatory voter identification.
Scott, chairman of the Republican National Senatorial Committee, spoke with Sean Hannity about some key midterm elections and confidently predicted the GOP will regain control of the upper house of Congress despite swings favorable to Democrats. in the forecast during the last month. Hannity, still apparently aggrieved that Fetterman did not agree to come on his show to debate him, began the segment by criticizing the Keystone state lieutenant governor after threatening him with legal action last week in response to Fetterman’s campaign using Hannity’s name in a fundraising email.
“John, by the way, I see you are fundraising again from my name. Come to the show, bring your hoodie, bring your tattoos, tough guy, and we’ll talk about your positions and your own words,” the Fox host challenged. “We’ve never told a single lie about you. What you are guilty of is called slander and defamation.”
Hannity then mentioned a FoxNews.com history from earlier in the day about Fetterman’s opposition to voter ID laws. The story cited Fetterman against them because “there are tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians who are generally on the poorer side and are people of color who are less likely to have their ID at any given time.”
Scott first reacted to the story by trying to reassure Fox viewers that Dr. Mehmet Oz is a “great” candidate and the “best healthcare talk show host in the world.” Scott, who has differed on some issues with Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), perhaps motivated by McConnell’s decision recent suggestion that the quality of Republican candidates in Senate races could be better. (Oz himself shot down that notion on the Fox Business Network last week.)
Fetterman is “soft on crime,” Scott said. “He wants to let out, what, a third of criminals right now. He wants to legalize drugs, he wants to kill jobs by banning fracking. He wants to commit election fraud…by getting rid of the voter ID. I mean, this guy is a radical.”
Fetterman, who mocked Republican politicians after the 2020 election by pointing out Republican cases of voter fraud, then he said last summer that universal voter ID requirements are “insidious and unnecessary.”