Harsh criticism of Trump after putting pressure on local officials
After his lawsuits were dismissed in several U.S. states, Donald Trump is apparently trying to convince loyal Republicans to manipulate the electoral system in his favor. This reports the “Washington Post”. After a press conference by Trump attorney Giuliani, which had caused much criticism, Republican Senator Mitt Romney released a statement.
In it, he expressed clear criticism of Donald Trump’s attempts to put pressure on electorates in the states: “After failing to bring a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy to court, the president is now openly pressuring local officials to undermine the will of the people and overthrow the election.” It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic act by an incumbent American president.
Trump’s efforts are currently – the Washington Post reports – concentrated on the state of Michigan, where Biden is ahead with about 157,000 votes. Trump is said to have invited leading Michigan Republicans to the White House this Friday before the state’s state election committee meeting takes place next Monday. The results should be confirmed there. The suit against a certification of the results in Michigan pulled Trump’s electoral team back, but Now the president probably wants to get the state parliament, which is dominated by the Republicans, to override the will of the electorate for alleged electoral fraud and to appoint its own electorate. The outgoing president also contacted a Republican representative on the local electoral council in Wayne County, metropolitan Detroit, according to a report.
Monica Palmer and another Republican had initially refused to confirm Biden’s victory in the district on Tuesday. After hours of deliberation, they gave in before they turned around again on Wednesday evening. In the meantime, she received a call from Trump, Palmer told the Detroit Free Press. The president did not exert any pressure, he only inquired about the hostility against them about their safety. (with AFP)