President Donald Trump on Saturday, Dec. 19, affirmed that he isn’t considering imposing martial law amid calls to use the executive order to ensure election security.
“Martial Law = Fake News,” the president tweeted. “Just more knowingly bad reporting!”
Martial law = Fake News. Just more knowingly bad reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2020
The president’s comments come as several high-profile figures called for enacting martial law given the scale of voting irregularities, electoral fraud, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reject or slow walk voter fraud-related cases.
President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn suggested earlier this week on Newsmax that the president should use military force to “rerun” the election in the key swing states where Dominion Voting machines were used to allegedly switch votes from President Trump to Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
“There is no way in the world we are going to be able to move forward as a nation,” Flynn said. “[The president] could immediately, on his order, seize every single one of these machines.”
“Within the swing states,” he continued, “if he wanted to, he could take military capabilities, and he could place those in states and basically rerun an election in each of those states.”
Flynn said that imposing martial law is not unprecedented and it has been used 64 times.
”We have a constitutional process. We clearly have a constitutional process. That has to be followed,” he added.
Attorney Lin Wood echoed Flynn’s comments on Saturday, calling on President Trump to impose martial law.
“Patriots are praying tonight that @realDonaldTrump will impose martial law in disputed states, seize voting machines for forensic examination, & appoint Sidney Powell as special counsel to investigate election fraud,” Wood wrote. “Our county must learn TRUTH of 20/20 election.”
Earlier in the day, President Trump met with Flynn and Powell at the White House. The president reportedly discussed appointing Powell as special counsel investigating voter fraud but his advisers pushed back on the idea.
A forensic audit report from Allied Security Operations Group released on Monday, Dec. 14, of Dominion machines and software in Michigan’s Antrim County found that the machines were assigned a 68.5 percent error rate and the voting system “is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results.”
According to a data analyst who released a report on Thursday, Biden outperformed in counties that use the Dominion or HART InterCivic voting machines.
“Analysis evidence suggests the use of the Dominion X/ICX BMD (Ballot Marking Device) machine, manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems, and machines from HART InterCivic appear to have abnormally influenced election results,” the report states.
Dominion Voting Systems has denied allegations that the company’s machines can switch votes from one candidate to another.
The conversation in the White House also reportedly included discussions on the possibility of enacting an executive order to access and inspect voting machines a purported reference to President Trump’s 2018 executive order titled, Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election.
These developments arise after the SolarWinds cyberattack. Dominion Voting Systems has used products from the breached SolarWinds company but later deleted links and references to the company off its website.
Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has confirmed that there was foreign interference in the 2020 election and committed to providing an expeditious report.