Column: Katie Porter goes MAGA, claiming California’s election was rigged. It wasn’t


Donald Trump didn’t write Katie Porter’s requiem post on social media. But throw in a few misspellings and capitalized letters, and he very well could have.

“Because of you, we had the establishment running scared,” she told supporters of her unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid in a statement Wednesday night on X. This, Porter continued, despite her being massively outspent on TV and facing an “onslaught of billionaires spending millions to rig this election.”

That word — rig — suggesting there was something illicit, fishy or not entirely kosher about this week’s California primary, wasn’t just groundless and self-serving.

Given today’s fraught environment, it was reckless and wildly irresponsible, like tipping kerosene on a fire, or handing a child a loaded pistol.

There are enough doubts about our embattled election system being sown by Trump and his MAGA movement without Porter, a law professor with a wide following on the political left, leveling her false accusation.

To be clear, Adam B. Schiff and Steve Garvey advanced to a November Senate runoff because they were the preferred choice of California Democrats and Republicans, respectively.