The internal conflict within the Republican Party continues, even after Donald Trump’s departure from the presidency. On Thursday, June 24, the former president issued a statement criticizing the Republican majority leader in the Michigan Senate, Mike Shirkey, and Republican state senator Ed McBroom, claiming that they are “doing everything possible” to “hide the truth” about the 2020 presidential election.
Trump is referring to a report filed in the Michigan Senate on June 23, which could make or break whether or not to push for a forensic audit of the 2020 election. Despite asserting that there were voting irregularities, this report says that an audit is not warranted, finding no evidence of “systemic fraud.” It was Republican Senator McBroom who signed the letter accompanying the report, according to The Western Journal.
In response, former President Trump wrote: “Michigan State Senators Mike Shirkey and Ed McBroom are doing everything possible to stop Voter Audits in order to hide the truth about Nov. 3rd. The Senate “investigation” of the election is a cover up, and a method of getting out of a Forensic Audit for the examination of the Presidential contest.”
Former President Trump calls Michigan’s Detroit the most corrupt city in the state. The Republican politicians mentioned above he called “corrupt” for their contradiction in saying that there was no fraud in the county, then admitting there were problems with some votes.
“They admit to “problems with the numbers” that rigged 7,048 votes to illegally give a very conservative county to Joe Biden, which raised big signals, only to then find that it was actually President Trump that won the county by 3,788 votes, not Biden,” Trump wrote.
Trump’s reference to “7,048 votes” was in allusion to Antrim County, Michigan. Remember that the county initially proclaimed Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, but after a manual vote count admitted a “fault” that flipped the result in Trump’s favor.
“The report mentions that Detroit engaged in “illegal actions” by “blocking our poll workers,” and concludes mailing of unsolicited ballot applications “demonstrates a clear vulnerability for fraud,” and then goes on to say that no one should question this election?” Trump continued.
The mention of “a clear vulnerability” refers to a Michigan Senate Committee report released Wednesday claiming it found “no evidence of widespread or systemic fraud” in the 2020 election in the state of Michigan. While the report did not claim voter fraud, it did note a problem with mailing absentee ballots to all voters in the state.
“The Committee concludes that this demonstrates a clear vulnerability to fraud that may go undetected, if the actual voter does not vote at all,” the report said. That could lead to a vulnerability to double voting or someone voting in someone else’s place.
Despite this, as mentioned earlier, an audit of election results was discouraged, contrary to what happened in Arizona, where Republican state senators had to fight for the audit underway in Maricopa, the state’s largest county.
In the statement, Trump also said: “Instead of doing a Forensic Audit, they want to investigate the Patriots who have fought for the truth and who are exposing a very possibly Rigged Election. The truth will come out and RINO’s will pay at the polls, especially with primary voters and expected challenges. Our Country was based on Free and Fair Elections, and that’s what we must have!”
The former president’s statement concluded with the names and phone numbers of Michigan’s two state senators for people to call and urge them to do the right thing.
Some representatives—more sympathetic to the Trump-driven MAGA movement—disagree with not conducting a forensic audit in Michigan.
It’s not just politicians, as ordinary citizens are also calling for transparency in the contested 2020 election.
On June 17, hundreds of people gathered in front of the Michigan Capitol to protest and deliver approximately 7,000 affidavits alleging voter fraud and demanding a forensic audit.
The protesters claimed that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s audit only recounted votes but went no further.
While Michigan conducted a manual recount of votes, it did not investigate the allegedly fraudulent processes in the election, such as those involving the Dominion Voting Systems equipment, which has been shown in several counties to have been easily altered to benefit the Democratic Party in the ballot counts.