Murray camp calls Smiley ‘extremist’ for appearing at same event as Dinesh D’Souza

SPOKANE, Wash. — The general election is just under two months away, and Washington’s Senator candidates are in a fierce duel.

Democratic incumbent Patty Murray and her supporters criticized her opponent Republican Tiffany Smiley for an appearance with Dinesh D’Souza, a man who continuously pushes conspiracies over the 2020 election.

“Tiffany Smiley doing an event with a ‘big lie’ conspiracy theorist, Dinesh D’Souza, is dangerous. This is somebody that is proactively putting out falsehoods about the 2020 election in an attempt to undermine our Democracy. D’Souza and the MAGA Republicans threaten our free and fair elections when they spew these conspiracies and spread the ‘big lie,'” said Porshalain White, vice president for voting rights at End Citizens United.

On a Zoom call with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Murray’s supporters condemned an appearance in Yakima where Smiley will appear at the Lincoln Dinner on Saturday, where D’Souza is scheduled to speak.

D’Souza is behind the debunked film “2000 Mules.” Smiley and D’Souza are both scheduled to speak at the event.

Smiley’s campaign told 4 News Now in a statement that she has no plans to meet with D’Souza and that they just happen to be appearing at the same event. Her campaign also said Smiley has no control over who the republican party invites to its events.

“The real extreme in this race is Patty Murray, who refuses to debate or participate in joint editorial board interviews. The fact that a 30-year incumbent is relying on dishonest and disingenuous attacks to win an election tells voters everything they need to know about her record,” Smiley’s campaign said in a statement.

Patty Murray’s campaign tells 4 News Now that debates are in the process of being scheduled ahead of the general election and dates are forthcoming.