Trump Invites Michigan GOP to White House in Attempt to Change Election Results
Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election, but his opponent and those who continue to enable him are still acting like not only didn’t they lose, but they’re getting a second term. Despite various lawsuits in the states where he lost being thrown out, Trump and his team are apparently staging the world’s weakest coup in plain sight of the entire world. When intimidation tactics and empty accusations of voter fraud didn’t work, Team Trump moved on to openly discrediting the vote counters in those states.
Now Trump has invited two members of the Michigan State GOP to the White House for a meeting regarding their state’s election security in the attempts to sway the vote in his favor. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield agreed to go, according to a state official aware of the leaders’ plans.
The Legislature would be called to select electors if Trump succeeds in convincing the state’s board of canvassers not to certify Biden’s 153,000-vote victory in the state. Both Shirkey and Chatfield have indicated they will not try to overturn Biden’s win. Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes.
Hundreds of activists who protested at the Michigan Capitol on Saturday repeated Trump’s unproven claims of widespread voter fraud, urging lawmakers to “stop the steal” by choosing their own pro-Trump representatives to the Electoral College. Conservative groups have also started phone and letter-writing campaigns in an attempt to persuade legislative Republicans to decide the election for Trump.
Michigan's Senate Majority Leader @SenMikeShirkey said on Tuesday that Biden won the state and the election, and a plan to have the legislature throw out the results was "not going to happen."
The president may be seeking to change his mind. https://t.co/8R8jyrthqe
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) November 19, 2020
“That’s not going to happen,” Shirkey said. He noted state law awards electors to the winner of the state’s popular vote. And Biden won the state by more than 146,000 votes, according to unofficial results.
“We are going to follow the law and follow the process,” he said. “I do believe there’s reason to go slow and deliberate as we evaluate the allegations that have been raised.”