LANSING — While President Biden and Michigan Democrats continue to deliver for working families and small businesses as they help the country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan Republicans are in a race toward the bottom to win the affections of Donald Trump — and they’re cozying up to extremists and conspiracy theorists to do it.
As the Associated Press reported this morning, Donald Trump has made it clear that his Republican Party will support candidates in the 2022 midterms who perpetuate lies about the 2020 election or actively tried to overturn the results. In fact, Trump has endorsed several candidates in Michigan that continue to amplify his Big Lie, “despite dozens of state and local elections officials, numerous judges and Trump’s own attorney general saying President Joe Biden won fairly.”
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By Jill Colvin // The Associated Press
Despite a lack of credible evidence to support Trump’s allegations of mass voter fraud, the former president has continued to push the “big lie,” turning it into a litmus test for GOP candidates. Trump remains deeply popular with Republican voters, a majority of whom continue to believe the election was stolen, despite dozens of state and local elections officials, numerous judges and Trump’s own attorney general saying President Joe Biden won fairly.
In Michigan’s secretary of state race, Trump endorsed Kristina Karamo, who had backed an unsuccessful lawsuit from Texas that had tried to prevent Michigan and three other states from casting their electoral votes for Biden. For Georgia secretary of state, Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, a loyalist who voted against certifying the election results and who is running to unseat Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger, who stood by Georgia’s election results and rejected Trump’s entreaties to “find” more votes, enraging the former president.
Trump on Friday sent a letter to Raffensperger requesting he “start the process of decertifying the Election, or whatever the correct remedy is, and announce the true winner.”
In addition to the secretary of state races, Trump last week endorsed Matt DePerno, a Michigan lawyer who is running for state attorney general and who made debunked claims about vote-counting machines in Michigan’s 2020 election. A report from the Republican-controlled Michigan Senate found no evidence of the fraud that DePerno alleged and recommended the current attorney general investigate those profiting off election misinformation.