AG Ferguson, Leading Democracy Experts Condemn Tiffany Smiley’s Planned Appearance With Radical Election Denier Dinesh D’Souza

Press Release | September 9, 2022

D’Souza is a far-right conspiracy theorist and one of the biggest promoters of Trump’s Big Lie; Smiley has met and praised D’Souza

AG Ferguson: “Wildly unacceptable” that Tiffany Smiley is “willing to go onstage, stand there with Dinesh D’Souza, and tacitly endorse the wild conspiracy the theories he’s putting out there”

***WATCH: Video of the Press Call HERE***

(Yakima, WA) — This morning, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and other pro-democracy experts held a virtual press conference ahead of Republican Senate candidate Tiffany Smiley’s appearance with prominent “Big Lie” conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza — who will be headlining the Yakima County Republican Party’s Saturday Lincoln Day Dinner. The event will also feature a screening of 2000 Mules, D’Souza’s debunked, dangerous, and widely mocked film that claims to “prove” Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about voter fraud in the 2020 election. Video of the press call is here.

AG Ferguson was joined on the press call by Porshalain White, Vice President for Voting Rights at End Citizens United //Let America Vote, and Kevin Hamilton, partner at the Seattle-based Perkins Coie law firm and one of the nation’s leading election law experts. Hamilton represented President Joe Biden in multiple election contests over the 2020 election in Georgia, Nevada, and Minnesota — during the call he made the undeniable point that no election fraud was found in any case contested by the Trump campaign or by Trump’s supporters.

MAGA Republican Tiffany Smiley has previously met and praised D’Souza, an anti-abortion extremist who has praised Russian war criminal Vladimir Putin, called Democrats “Nazis,” spread outlandish conspiracies about 9/11, and has been one of the leading promoters of Donald Trump’s  dangerous “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. 

“As the Attorney General — but also just as a Washingtonian and as a dad — I no longer take for granted that we in the United States will have a functioning democracy in the way that we do now in 10 years or in 20 years. And it’s because of people like Dinesh D’Souza spewing out these totally fictitious conspiracies about our elections,” said Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “It’s the U.S. Senate, for God’s sake. It’s just wildly unacceptable behavior, any way that you look at it.”

“Tiffany Smiley is trying to have it both ways,” AG Ferguson continued. “She’s trying to present a certain image to some Washingtonians but still, with the extreme MAGA right of the Republican Party, she’s willing to go onstage, stand there with Dinesh D’Souza, and tacitly endorse the wild conspiracy the theories that he’s putting out there that been debunked by everybody and are being laughed at by, literally, Donald Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr. Washingtonians, I have no doubt, will make the right choice — the clear choice — and send Patty Murray back for another term.”

“Dinesh D’Souza peddles fabricated nonsense and conspiracy theories that have been widely ridiculed and never accepted by any court, anywhere,” said Kevin Hamilton, partner at the Seattle-based Perkins Coie law firm and one of the nation’s leading election law experts. “And just like the dozens of post-election lawsuits that have been rejected across the country, just like the countless lawsuits that have been and are being dismissed right here in Washington, this election denier nonsense should be rejected emphatically, not embraced. Any candidate for elected office — and certainly, any candidate for the United States Senate — who would support such conspiracy theorists is simply unqualified to hold office.”

“We are seeing more political violence, election workers being threatened and anti-voting laws being passed that threaten the very foundations of our democracy,” said Porshalain White, Vice President for Voting Rights at End Citizens United //Let America Vote. “Tiffany Smiley can try to scrub her website all she wants to try to hide how she also questioned the 2020 election results and fed into this dark anti-democratic conspiracy. But we know where she stands when she stands with extremists like Dinesh D’Souza. Anyone who takes part in denying election results and takes money from these anti-freedom extremists should not be in office.”

Recently, Tiffany Smiley — who said it would be “awesome” to have Donald Trump’s endorsement — has gained widespread national attention for removing the “ELECTION INTEGRITY” section of her website that said, among other things, that “The 2020 election raised serious questions about the integrity of our elections.” After Washington’s primary election, Smiley replaced that section of her website with a far more sanitized version — and in a recent CNN interview, Smiley refused to admit that President Biden was fairly elected, even after being asked three times. Now Smiley is campaigning and raising money alongside one of the most prominent and hateful election deniers in national far-right politics.