LANSING, MI — Former President Donald Trump took aim at two Republican Michigan lawmakers in a statement issued Thursday after a report led by Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, debunked several false claims surrounding the results of the 2020 election.
Trump’s email hit the inboxes of his supporters one day after a Michigan Senate committee unveiled a report Wednesday morning that found no evidence of systematic voter fraud in the 2020 general election.
In the statement, Trump called the report – which used hours of public testimony and “countless” documents to conclude the 2020 general election was free from fraud – a “cover up.”
“Michigan State Senators Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom are doing everything possible to stop Voter Audits in order to hide the truth about November 3rd,” the former president wrote.
The report also suggested Attorney General Dana Nessel look into individuals who used fake claims to raise money “for their own ends,” to be investigated.
Trump used the recommendation to accuse the Republican-led committee of wanting to “investigate the Patriots,” who he claims are fighting to expose what he maintains was “a very possibly Rigged Election.”
Trump rehashed conspiracy theories about Detroit polling locations, which were the center of unsubstantiated fraud claims last November.
“The truth will come out and RINO’s will pay at the polls, especially with primary voters and expected challenges,” Trump said.
The truth about the 2020 presidential election — that President Joe Biden legitimately won the state by 154,000 votes — wasn’t unequivocally espoused by many Republican leaders in Michigan until the announcement of the Republican-led report last week.
Shirkey told WDIV-TV on Sunday that based on the findings included in the report, he believes the election results were legitimate.
It’s not the first time the former president has put a spotlight on Shirkey following disagreements over the the November election.
After meeting with Trump in November, former Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement that they had not been made aware of any information that would overturn Biden’s win in Michigan.
Following the meeting, Shirkey said he was forced to get a new phone number after his personal cellphone number had been released by members of Trump’s team.
A former Michigan resident said in January they received “thousands” of phone calls and text messages after the Trump campaign mixed up their number with Chatfield’s in a Jan. 3 Facebook post, which was shared by the president before being removed, urging supporters to pressure Chatfield and Shirkey to decertify Michigan’s election results based on unproven allegations of voter fraud.
Trump ended the statement Thursday by leaving the phone numbers to Shirkey and McBroom’s office.
“Call those two Senators now and get them to do the right thing, or vote them the hell out of office!” Trump said.
Still, one House Republican from Three Rivers told reporters this week that he isn’t sure whether or not Joe Biden’s victory in November was lawful.
Rep. Steve Carra, R-Three Rivers, said in an interview Tuesday that the only way to ensure the integrity of the 2020 election is through what he calls a “forensic audit.” Despite court rulings, canvassing boards and dozens of audits performed across the state affirming the results, Carra introduced a bill this week that would create a bipartisan audit board to conduct another review of the 2020 general election.
“A forensic audit is not a thing,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said last week.
Benson has argued that partisan groups pushing for an audit shouldn’t have access to secure election materials. She has called the Arizona audit an illegitimate effort to spread misinformation and undermine faith in elections.
There has never been doubt among Democrats about the legitimacy of the election, who say the Republican push for changes to election laws is being justified by Trump and his supporters’ false claims of election fraud.
A package of bills pushed by Senate Republicans aimed at changing the state’s voting laws would put increased security measures on ballot drop boxes, add to the state’s already existing voter identification requirements and stop the Michigan Secretary of State from sending unsolicited absentee ballot applications.
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