Former President Donald Trump ripped into Michigan and Wisconsin for not investigating what he claimed was a late vote dump in both states for Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
His comments came Friday on his new online platform he set up to communicate with his followers. While blasting the two states, he also referred the 2020 presidential election as "fraudulent."
Writing "From The Desk of Donald J. Trump," he said: "At 6:31 in the morning on November 4th, a dump of 149,772 votes came in to the State of Michigan. Biden received 96% of those votes and the State miraculously went to him. Has the Michigan State Senate started their review of the Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 yet, or are they about to start? If not, they should be run out of office. Likewise, at 3:42 in the morning, a dump of 143,379 votes came in to the state of Wisconsin, also miraculously, given to Biden. Where did these "votes" come from? Both were State Election changing events, and that is on top of the other corruption without even including the fact that neither state got Legislative approval, which is required under the United States Constitution."
Trump’s remarks came as the Justice Department expressed concern about ballot security and potential voter intimidation arising from the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s private recount if the 2020 presidential election results in Maricopa County.
The Associated Press reported that in a letter to GOP Senate President Karen Fann, the head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division said the Senate's farming out of 2.1 million ballots from the state's most populous county to a contractor may run afoul of federal law requiring ballots to remain in the control of elections officials for 22 months.
And Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan said that the Senate contractor's plans to directly contact voters could amount to illegal voter intimidation.
The Justice Department letter came six days after voting rights groups asked federal officials to intervene or send monitors to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix at the state fairgrounds, where the ballots are being recounted.
Trump’s use of his new online platform came after he was banned from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.
Twitter has said Trump is permanently banned from tweeting after the platform said a tweet of his following the action seemed to be supportive of those who engaged in violence that day.
Trump’s new site does not currently allow for people to comment on his posts.
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