Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters erased language on the campaign website saying the 2020 election was stolen from Trump
Masters’ new campaign posture comes as a wave of Republican candidates nationwide attempt to distance themselves from unpopular or divisive policy positions, particularly on abortion and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, ahead of the election November mid-term.
A person close to Masters told CNN last week that the Republican candidate designs, codes and updates his website himself – and that his recent updates to the abortion section reflect his desire to use its political section as a “living document” rather than immutable. statement of his positions.
It’s unusual for candidates to update their major issues pages, and CNN has reached out to the Masters campaign about the changed language regarding the 2020 election.
Removed sections on immigration and 2020 elections
The page now only says, “We need to take election integrity seriously.”
The masters deleted the last line, which nods to the replacement conspiracy theory.
Site removed from archiving in 2018
The Masters website was temporarily removed from the Web Archive at his request, according to a spokesperson for the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
Anyone can request that their content be removed from the Wayback Machine and netizens reported it being removed on Friday after NBC’s report. Although the removal sparked cries that Masters was trying to hide changes to his campaign website, his page was actually requested for exclusion in 2018 before he was a candidate.
“Blake Masters sent us a request to remove blakemasters.com from the Wayback Machine in 2018, long before his campaign,” the spokesperson said. “We had no idea he would become a candidate for public office and have banned the site. We have currently reactivated access to the site’s archives for the period following the posting of the Masters campaign.”
CNN’s Alex Rogers contributed to this report.