Trump attacks Michigan Republicans after report finds no evidence of voter fraud
LANSING, MI – Former President Donald Trump targeted two Michigan Republican lawmakers in a statement released Thursday after a report led by Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, debunked several false claims about the 2020 election results .
Trump’s email was sent to supporters’ inboxes a day after a Michigan Senate committee released a report Wednesday morning that found no evidence of systematic voter fraud in the general election in 2020.
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In the statement, Trump called the report – which used hours of public testimony and “countless” documents to conclude that the 2020 general election was free of fraud – a “cover-up.”
“Michigan State Senators Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom are doing all they can to stop voter audits in order to hide the truth about Nov. 3,” the former president wrote.
The report also suggested that Attorney General Dana Nessel investigate those who used false statements to raise funds “for their own purposes.”
Trump used the recommendation to accuse the Republican-led committee of wanting to “investigate the Patriots,” who he says are fighting to expose what he claims is “a most likely rigged election.”
Trump rehashed the Detroit polling conspiracy theories, which were at the center of unsubstantiated fraud allegations last November.
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“The truth will come out and RINO will pay at the polls, especially with the primary voters and the expected challenges,” Trump said.
The truth about the 2020 presidential election – that President Joe Biden rightfully won the state by 154,000 votes – was not unequivocally adopted by many Michigan Republican leaders until the led report was announced. by Republicans last week.
Read more: More than half of Michigan GOP senators express unfounded election concerns in letter to Congress
Shirkey told WDIV-TV on Sunday that based on the findings included in the report, he believed the election results were legitimate.
This isn’t the first time the former president has put Shirkey in the spotlight following disagreements over the November election.
After meeting with Trump in November, former Shirkey and Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement that they had not been made aware of any information that would nullify Biden’s victory in Michigan.
After the meeting, Shirkey said he was forced to get a new phone number after his cell phone number was released by members of the Trump team.
A former Michigan resident said in January he received “thousands” of phone calls and texts after the Trump campaign mistook their number for Chatfield’s in a January 3 Facebook post, which was shared by the president before being removed, urging supporters to pressure Chatfield and Shirkey to withdraw certification from Michigan’s election results based on unproven allegations of voter fraud.
Trump ended the statement Thursday by leaving the phone numbers at Shirkey and McBroom’s office.
“Call these two senators now and ask them to do the right thing, or vote them to be removed from office!” Trump said.
Still, a Republican in the Three Rivers House told reporters this week he was unsure whether Joe Biden’s victory in November was legal or not.
Read more: Michigan Lawmaker Introduces Bill Calling for ‘Forensic Audit’ of 2020 Election
Representative Steve Carra, R-Three Rivers, said in an interview on Tuesday that the only way to ensure the integrity of the 2020 election was what he calls a “forensic audit.” Despite court rulings, canvassing commissions and dozens of audits carried out statewide affirming the results, Carra this week introduced a bill that would create a bipartisan audit commission to conduct another review of the results. 2020 general election.
“A forensic audit is not one thing,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said last week.
Benson argued that partisan groups pushing for an audit should not have access to secure election materials. She called Arizona’s audit an illegitimate effort to spread misinformation and undermine confidence in the election.
There has never been any doubt among Democrats about the legitimacy of the election, who say Republican pressure for electoral law changes is justified by false allegations of electoral fraud by Trump and his supporters.
A package of bills pushed by Senate Republicans to change the state’s electoral laws would strengthen security measures at the ballot box, add to the state’s already existing voter identification requirements, and prevent the state’s voter registration. Michigan Secretary of State to send unsolicited postal ballot requests.
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