Trump touts Michigan lawmakers’ statement on White House meeting: ‘massive voter fraud will be shown!’

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President Donald Trump appears to believe that his meeting Friday with Michigan’s top two Republicans was a great step toward exposing “massive and unprecedented fraud.”

After the president met Friday with Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, the two lawmakers issued a joint statement/readout detailing some of their thoughts.

What drew the most attention was their admission that they had not “not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”

In other words, they were unaware at the time of any widespread election fraud or malfeasance in Michigan — a fact that presumably boded badly for the president, given as the deadline for the Great Lake State to certify its election results is Monday.

Yet when the president learned of their statement Saturday morning, he eagerly retweeted it and wrote that the statement is “true.” He added that “we” will prove that massive and unprecedented fraud occurred in the 2020 race.

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The retweets struck many as odd because his belief that fraud will be exposed seemed to contradict Shirkey and Chatfield’s sentiment. Some wondered if perhaps the president had even read the statement in full.

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It’s possible the president had been referencing the rest of the statement.

The Senate and House Oversight Committees are actively engaged in a thorough review of Michigan’s elections process and we have faith in the committee process to provide greater transparency and accountability to our citizens,” it continued.

In other words, the Michigan lawmakers confirmed that their respective bodies in the state’s legislature were “actively” investigating the election.

It’s also possible the president is aware of additional information that hasn’t yet gone viral on social media and elsewhere yet.

For instance, a day earlier Michigan Senate candidate John James, a Republican, submitted a request to Michigan’s four-member canvasser board requesting that they delay certifying the results of the 2020 race.

“I submit this request because I am interested in the truth and protecting the integrity of our elections. Sometimes the truth takes time to surface, and it’s rarely easy to get to,” James reportedly wrote.

Also on Friday, more lawsuits were filed.

“A national conservative group announced Friday it plans to file more lawsuits in Michigan and other U.S. swing states regarding election results,” the Detroit Free Press confirmed.

“The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society is the group working alongside President Donald Trump’s campaign to spearhead national and state lawsuits, according to a news release.”

In a statement, the group claimed that “extensive irregularities and illegalities plagued the vote-counting process in Wayne County, affecting more than 300,000 ballots in a state decided by just 150,000 votes.”

The group also pointed to sketchy behavior linked to Rock the Vote, a left-wing campaign that was given the authority to “have activists enter new voters on to voting rolls and amend other registrations.”

“The decision [by the government] to hire such a politically charged organization to do this sensitive work is also being challenged,” they reportedly said.

These simultaneous events suggest that the president may perhaps have reason to feel a certain degree of confidence. Plus, on Saturday both Michigan Republican Party chair Laura Cox and Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel joined James’ appeal for Michigan’s board of canvassers to delay certification.

“In light of the already unprecedented nature of this election — conducted largely by mail in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, it would be a grievous dereliction of this board’s duty to the people of Michigan not to ensure that the irregularities identified by the James Campaign are thoroughly investigated by a full audit before certifying Wayne County’s results,” the two wrote.

In a tweet, Cox added that the Michigan Republican Party intends to “exhaust every legal option to ensure that we uncover the truth of what happened on election night and the days that followed.”

It’s clear the president intends to do the same.

Vivek Saxena

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