Getting Donald Trump elected president was the big topic at the Central Texas Republican Women’s August luncheon Wednesday.
U.S. Rep. John Carter and Texas Federated Republican Women President Theresa Kosmoski spoke to local Republicans at the Wildflower Country Club.
“This is the most important election in our nation’s history,” said Carter, who is supporting Trump.
At stakes this year, Carter said, is the Supreme Court. The next president will likely have the chance to appoint at least one justice.
“We have to elect Donald Trump,” the congressman said. “It is a must.”
If Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected, Carter wasn’t sure if he would be able to recognize the United States.
Kosmoski echoed a similar sentiment about a possible Clinton presidency.
“She wins she’s there for eight years,” Kosmoski said. “That scares the crap out of me.”
She brought up her children and how they don’t understand what it was like to have fear in the U.S. However, Kosmoski warned that Clinton would change that.
“If Hillary Clinton wins, I might be one of those people who move to another country, and I will take my kids with me because I am that afraid of what the next 30 or 40 years will look like because of the Supreme Court justice picks,” she said. “We don’t have Russian invaders at our doors — we have terrorists now.”
Trump was not Kosmoski’s first choice for president, he wasn’t even her 15th, she said. As for Carter, he did not endorse anyone in the primary.
“We have to stick with our nominee,” the Round Rock Republican said.
Carter and Kosmoski both believe that people need to get out and vote to ensure a solid Republican victory in Texas.
One concern that Kosmoski discussed was voter fraud. In recent weeks while on the stump, Trump has said that the election is going to be rigged against him and has called for poll watchers.
“We know that the Democrats are working really hard to thwart the Republicans in Texas so if you have time on Election Day we need poll watchers everywhere,” Kosmoski said. “I know we are going to have a really hard time with all of the voter fraud that exists across the country.”
From 2000 to August 2012, Texas had 104 cases of alleged election fraud, according to a study by News21, which is an investigative journalism project at Arizona State University. During that time period, a total of 35,829,114 Texans cast their votes in November general elections.
During the same time period, News21 found that the total number of alleged election fraud reported on in the United States since 2000 was 2,068. From those cases, there were only 10 cases of voter impersonation.
“We fight it by having Republicans turn out to the polls,” Kosmoski said.