October 2, 2022
Smiley featured alongside MAGA Republican candidates Doug Mastriano, Don Bolduc, and Dr. Oz for trying to hide election denying views
NYT: “Smiley used a coded ‘he is our president’ answer repeatedly when she was asked if Mr. Biden had been legitimately elected — language other Republicans have used to obscure whether they believe the outcome of the 2020 voting was accurate”
(Seattle, WA) – MAGA Republican Tiffany Smiley continues to receive national attention for her anti-democracy views — most recently by the New York Times. Smiley was recently featured prominently in an article titled, “Election Deniers Are Pivoting to November. Will Voters Buy It?” alongside fellow MAGA Republicans Doug Mastriano, Don Boldouc, and Dr. Oz.
Smiley previously garnered national press attention after removing the “ELECTION INTEGRITY” section of her website and replacing it with a far more sanitized version after Washington’s primary election — one of many other examples of Smiley attempting to hide her extreme positions from voters. Smiley also recently headlined a local GOP fundraiser in Yakima with notorious election-denier and extremist Dinesh, D’Souza, who Smiley has previously met and praised.
Smiley attended the MAGA Leadership Summit in 2018 and campaigned for Donald Trump in 2020; she has said it would be “awesome” to have Donald Trump’s endorsement. In a recent CNN interview, Tiffany Smiley refused to admit that President Biden was fairly elected — even after being asked three times.
Read more from The New York Times:
Blake Masters in Arizona, Tiffany Smiley in Washington State and Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania have all made pivots — some artfully, some not — as the ardent, Trump-loyal voters who decided the Republican primaries shrink in the rearview mirror, and a more cautious, broader November electorate comes into view. These three Senate candidates haven’t quite renounced their questioning of the 2020 election — to right-wing audiences of podcasts, radio shows and Fox News, they still signal their skepticism — but they have shifted their appeals to the swing voters they need to win on Nov. 8.
The real question now is: Can they get away with it?
Ms. Smiley, the Republican Senate nominee in Washington, dropped “election integrity” from a remade website after her primary victory, and with it, the statement that “the 2020 elections raised serious questions about the integrity of our elections.”
Still, in a recent appearance on CNN, Ms. Smiley used a coded “he is our president” answer repeatedly when she was asked if Mr. Biden had been legitimately elected — language other Republicans have used to obscure whether they believe the outcome of the 2020 voting was accurate, while still affirming that Mr. Biden is indeed the president.