Jake Tapper Takes On Kellyanne Conway Over Conspiracy Theories About Polling Places Staying Open

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CNN's Jake Tapper took Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to task for her defense of boss and the Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party's claim that the polls were being held open in Nevada for "certain groups" of people.

Conway admitted that Trump and McDonald have no evidence whatsoever that there were any special favors done for Democratic voters, and tried desperately to "pivot" back to their usual attacks on Hillary Clinton.

TAPPER: Kellyanne, spokesperson for Clark County, Nevada, said folks in line before the polls closed were allowed to stay in line and vote. I'm sure you know that that's a common practice throughout the country, If a whole bunch of Trump voters are in line when the polls close in Ohio, should they not be allowed to vote or would you want the polls closed only after every single one of them in line at the closing time was allowed to vote?

CONWAY: We just want the law followed and rules followed I do predict you're going to see really long lines, serpentine like lines of people there on Tuesday, folks there for Donald Trump. You're going to see record turnout in many of these places. But look, it's concerning when you hear reports about special favors and perhaps special rules for Democratic voters. We already know that their presidential nominee --

TAPPER: What's the special rules? (crosstalk) If people are in line when the polls close, people who are in line at that cutoff time are traditionally and in some places by law... allowed to vote. You want that to happen on Tuesday with Trump voters.

CONWAY: I sure do.

TAPPER: That's what Clark County was doing with other voters. So I don't...

CONWAY: We've not been able to -- we've not been able to independently verify that, but I'm telling you, we just want the rules and laws followed and that will be fine. But excuse us that the Democratic presidential nominee is somebody who lives under a separate set of rules than the rest of us. That's very clear. She gets to set up private e-mail servers and lie about it and flap the law and compromise your kids and my kids' national security.


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TAPPER: That's not what this is about.

CONWAY: But that's what the voters are concerned about, too. We have a report this morning that she has a maid, printing out classified information. Who is this person? So it's so selfish...

TAPPER: I don't know what report you're referring to. But my question is voters are in line at cutoff time [..] and the county says, you're in line at seven o'clock, therefore, we're going to wait until everybody in line at this cutoff point can vote, what's the problem?

CONWAY: If that is true -- if that is true, there isn't a problem, but we don't know that's true. we'll take a look at Tuesday as well. But yes, we just want the rules and law followed. But remember, the Democratic Party --

TAPPER: Mr. Trump said it was rigged.

CONWAY: And he has been saying that the system is rigged for a long time and apparently --

TAPPER: No, but he was talking specifically about -- you don't have the information. Mr. Trump is saying that the system is rigged with these voters who are American citizens voting, and I’m just trying to figure out why that's a problem, why that's an example of people, of anything being rigged. People are allowed to exercise the right to vote as long as they're in line on the cutoff point.

CONWAY: Right. Jake, on that we agree. We've said it four times because I'm sure that's a better story to discuss rather than the tightening polls and the fact that we're playing following the leader and Hillary Clinton is following us to Michigan, following us to Pennsylvania, following us to Wisconsin, following us to New Hampshire, all these blue states on her schedule now.

For an arrogant campaign that's built fireworks in New York to celebrate her victory on Tuesday night. She's the President running of the United States running around to blue states that he carried twice just to prop her up. That's actually the big story this morning.

But if we want to say for the fourth time and agree together for the fourth time that if , big conditional word, if the law is being followed and people are in line, they ought to be able to vote. Donald trump has been talking about a rigged system all along. You know, his poll numbers started to tighten right after that third debate, and part of it was him talking about a big corrupt system where people just can't get a break. He is the voice for the forgotten man, forgotten woman.

And since then we've seen the polls continue to tighten to the point where we're deploying our two best assets, Mr. Trump and Governor Pence in traditionally blue states that Barack Obama carried twice with well more than 50 percent of the vote, a number Hillary Clinton hasn't seen all along. Why is this woman who starts out with 240 electoral votes unable to find 22 more? I mean it's absolutely confounding. (crosstalk)

TAPPER: It's a very competitive race. Very competitive race.

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