President Donald Trump’s tweets about voter fraud following a Friday meeting with two Michigan Republican leaders appear to contradict their joint statement.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, have been invited to meet with Trump at the White House.
They did and, following the meeting, released a statement later on Friday suggesting that a significant portion of the meeting was focused on securing more federal funds for Michigan for coronavirus aid. .
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They went on to say, “We have not yet been made aware of any information that could affect the outcome of the Michigan election and as legislative leaders we will follow the law and go through the normal process regarding Michigan voters, everything. like we did. said throughout this election.
But Trump, in two tweets on Saturday, November 21, reposted Shirkey and Chatfield’s joint statement and added his own comments.
“True, but very different from that reported by the media. We are going to show massive and unprecedented fraud! He wrote in a tweet.
In the next, he said: “Massive voter fraud will be shown!”
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Shirkey and Chatfield, in their statement, wrote:
“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent behavior must be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly and, if proven, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And the candidates who win the most votes win Michigan’s election and electoral votes. These are simple truths that should give confidence in our elections. “
For many, there was widespread speculation that the state’s Republican leaders would argue with the president intervening in the voter selection process. They have no role in this process under Michigan law.
Other than the description in the joint statement, the exact details of Friday’s discussion are not known.
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