Masters’s new campaign posturing comes as a flurry of Republican candidates nationwide attempt to distance themselves from unpopular or divisive policy positions, particularly about abortion and the legitimacy of the 2020 election, ahead of the midterm election this November.
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 his policy section as a “living document” rather than an immutable record of his positions.
It’s unusual for candidates to update their issues pages on major issues, and CNN has reached out to Masters’ campaign about the modified language about the 2020 election.
Removed sections on immigration and election 2020
The page now only says, “We need to get serious about election integrity.”
Masters removed the last line, which nods to the great replacement conspiracy theory.
Website removed from archiving in 2018
Masters’ website was removed from the Web Archive temporarily at his request, according to a spokesperson for the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
Any person can request their content be removed from the Wayback Machine and Internet users flagged its removal on Friday following NBC’s report. Though the removal sparked cries that Masters was trying to hide changes to his campaign website, the exclusion of his page was actually requested in 2018 before he was a candidate.
“Blake Masters sent us a request to exclude blakemasters.com from the Wayback Machine in 2018, well prior to his campaign,” the spokesman said. “We were not aware he would become a candidate for public office and excluded the site. We have presently re-enabled access to archives of the site for the time period after Masters’ campaign became public.”
CNN’s Alex Rogers contributed to this report.