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Newsom goes scorched earth on Elder over false 'fraud' claims

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Just hours ahead of the Gavin Newsom recall election, the California governor has issued some of his most searing remarks to date against his most prominent opponent.

"He refused to commit to accepting the results of the election," Soboroff said. "I'm curious if you heard what he had to say, what do you make of that?"

Newsom chuckled before taking off his California bear mask and launching into a tough broadside against Elder, and former President  Donald Trump. "I'll take my mask off on that," replied the governor.

"I mean, just think about what you said to me," Newsom said. "... What that message sends to the United States, people all across this country, their vote somehow doesn't matter, that this whole thing is rigged."

NEW: Just caught up with Gov. Newsom. Asked him about Larry Elder refusing to commit to accept the recall results.

"They are quite literally trying to dismantle democracy and trust in this country... I'll accept the will of the voters no matter what it is. Period, full-stop." pic.twitter.com/XaC4w6M6Ml

— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) September 14, 2021

"I mean, they are quite literally trying to dismantle democracy and trust in this country and our very nation," the governor continued. "This is fundamental, this is serious stuff. I hope people are paying attention to this."

Both Elder and Trump are, in tandem, already claiming without evidence that this election is faulty.

Trump, on Monday, issued a statement saying, "Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn't rigged?"

A website put up by the Elder campaign, called "Stop CA Fraud," has a form in which voters can report if they "have experienced any irregularities, interference, or intimidation while voting."

Newsom continued, "I could care less what he does with the election. I'll accept the will of the voters no matter what it is. Period, full-stop. The idea they're even playing around with this and vandalizing trust and confidence, that's consequential. That has real impact across this country."

Newsom also speculated that this last-minute blitz to peddle misinformation about the election being "rigged" is "going to hurt the Republican Party" by discouraging GOP voters from casting their ballots.

"It's a hell of a thing, and I hope people are waking up to what's going on in this country."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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