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‘Extreme Trump Loyalists’ Form New Coalition to Take Over Election Process In Key States

‘Extreme Trump Loyalists’ Form New Coalition to Take Over Election Process In Key States

At least eight Republicans who are currently running to serve as chief election officials in crucial swing states have come together to form a coalition with the intention of taking over the election process from within. These ‘extreme Republicans’ loyal to Donald Trump and his “big lie” that the 2020 election was rigged have formed a nationwide alliance aiming to take control of the presidential election process in key battleground states that could determine the outcome of the 2024 presidential race.

HillReporter has been watching this phenomenon since September 2021, when MAGA candidate Joe Kent spoke on the record that he plans to call for “a forensic audit” of the 2022 midterms, even before a vote has been cast. Kent and other candidates openly backing the “America First” Trump agenda are less focused on winning these races and more concerned about fracturing the American voting system and recreating one that serves them better.

 

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Subsequently, Trump has endorsed specific “America First” candidates in swing states where he lost in 2020 or in races where the incumbent Republican either voted for his second impeachment or didn’t support his Big Lie, or both. The existence of the “coalition of America First secretary of state candidates” was disclosed by one of the members themselves, Jim Marchant who is running for secretary of state in Nevada. A former business owner and Nevada state assembly member, Marchant has ties with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. Marchant ran for a US House seat in 2020 and lost. He challenged the result unsuccessfully in the courts, claiming he was a “victim of election fraud”, in a mirror-image of Trump’s many failed legal challenges to his defeat.

In an interview with The Guardian, Marchant said that there were currently eight members of the coalition bidding for chief election official posts, with more likely to join soon. He said participants included Jody Hice in Georgia, Mark Finchem in Arizona and Kristina Karamo in Michigan – all three of whom have been endorsed by Trump.

Marchant also named Rachel Hamm in California and David Winney in Colorado, and said that further members were likely to be recruited imminently in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Several in-person “summits” of the candidates had already been held, with the next planned in Wisconsin on January 29th and in Nevada on February 26th.

All the candidates named by Marchant have been prominent exponents of false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Finchem attended the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington on January 6 hours before the US Capitol was stormed.

Read the full profile at The Guardian.

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