Right-Wing Leaders Join Call for State Legislatures to Give Election to Trump
Late last week, the Conservative Action Project, an advocacy arm of the secretive Council for National Policy network comprised of right-wing supporters of Donald Trump, signed a letter falsely declaring Trump to be “the lawful winner of the presidential election” and urging state legislators to ignore certified election results and appoint pro-Trump electors. Several signers were also speakers at this past weekend’s pro-Trump rallies in Washington, D.C., including Ed Martin of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, and Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life.
Just a few days before Electoral College votes were cast in state capitols on Monday, the group made their last-ditch attempt to persuade the legislatures in several battleground states to give the election to Trump despite the will of the voters. The letter, whose signature page was updated Monday, attracted the support of leaders from across the religious and political right-wing movement as well as some corporate CEOs.
The names signed to the letter read like a Who’s Who of the far-right, and include Council for National Policy leaders William Walton and former Rep. Bob McEwen, Rebecca Hagelin of the religious-right voter mobilization group United in Purpose, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins and Jerry Boykin, the Leadership Institute’s Morton Blackwell, the Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell III, Tea Party activists Jenny Beth Martin and Judson Phillips, American Values’ Gary Bauer, Citizens United’s David Bossie, Western Journal publisher Floyd Brown, Elaine Donnelly of the anti-LGBTQ-servicemember Center for Military Readiness, and quite a few others.
The letter begins with the unverified claim that Trump, not Biden won, and therefore the certified votes should simply be ignored. “The evidence overwhelmingly shows officials in key battleground states—as the result of a coordinated pressure campaign by Democrats and allied groups—violated the Constitution, state and federal law in changing mail-in voting rules that resulted in unlawful and invalid certifications of Biden victories,” the letter says.
“There is no doubt President Donald J. Trump is the lawful winner of the presidential election. Joe Biden is not the president-elect.”
The Electoral College certified its 306 votes for Joe Biden on Monday, and he is indeed the President-Elect.