Stacey Abrams, the chairman of the Georgia Electoral College meeting, spoke with voters yesterday at the Georgia State Capitol.
“I’m afraid we will lose our country forever.”
Those were the stern and steadfast words of Republican Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield, who issued a statement. yesterday a few hours before he and Mike Shirkey, the Republican majority leader in the state Senate, confirmed Michigan’s 16 electoral votes for Biden.
“I can’t imagine risking our norms, traditions and institutions to pass a resolution retroactively changing Trump’s voters, just because some think there may have been fraud widespread enough to give him victory,” he said. writes Chatfield.
Trump summoned him and Shirkey to the White House last month and sought to persuade them to replace state voters by holding a vote in the state legislature. As supporters of the president who have their own political ambitions and who represent a state where Trump remains very popular among Republicans, Chatfield and Shirkey were ready to meet and listen to him.
But they ultimately rejected his plan, and in so doing, became canaries in the mine for other Republicans at the national and state levels across the country, who are now striving to balance their loyalty to the president with reluctance. to follow his undemocratic behavior. .
It’s no easy task politically: More than two-thirds of Republican voters nationwide believe Trump was unfairly denied election victory, according to a Fox News poll last week. Sixty-six percent of Republicans said the president’s challenges in elections actually helped American democracy, and even more – 71 percent – said they wanted him to run again in 2024.
But things are very different among Democrats and Independents, who overwhelmingly believe Biden won fair and square.
In Washington, Republican leaders are starting to abandon their unwavering loyalty to Trump, as senior senators stepped forward after the Electoral College vote to recognize Biden as president-elect and Kamala Harris as vice-president-elect yesterday.
“I understand that there are people who are deeply convinced of the outcome of this election, but in the end, at some point, you have to face the music,” said Sen. John Thune, Republican No. 2 of the room, on the Capitol. . “And I think once the Electoral College has dealt with the matter today, it’s time for everyone to move on.
That change in tone did not come soon enough for Rep. Paul Mitchell, Republican of Michigan, who was so disgusted by his party’s refusal to confront Trump over his disinformation campaign that he quit the GOP.
Mitchell, who did not run for re-election this year and was already planning to step down from Congress, broke the news yesterday in a letter to senior Republican officials. He warned that they were helping Trump “long-term damage to our democracy” by giving credence to his baseless allegations of electoral fraud.
Mitchell plans to complete the remainder of his term as an independent.
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