Trump’s Republican Party raises the specter of fraud and calls to defend the vote

Trump’s Republican Party raises the specter of fraud and calls to defend the vote
Trump’s Republican Party raises the specter of fraud and calls to defend the vote

Detroit (USA), June 14 (EFE).- The Republican Party this Thursday raised the specter of electoral fraud, which former United States President Donald Trump has alleged since 2020 without evidence, and launched a campaign to recruit electoral observers who are in charge of “defending the vote” in the elections on November 5.

Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee and daughter-in-law of Donald Trump, presented the initiative in a suburb of Detroit, in the key state of Michigan, where Democrat Joe Biden defeated the Republican by a narrow margin in the last elections.

The campaign intends to recruit some 100,000 volunteers who will go to the polling stations in November, when the duel between Biden and Trump will be repeated, to supervise the progress of the vote and the counting of the votes.

The headquarters of the Oakland County Republican Party, on the outskirts of Detroit, hosted a first workshop this Friday to train a handful of volunteers.

Lara Trump said in a press conference that her father-in-law is “the best candidate” for the party and was convinced that he will mobilize voters to go out and cast their vote, but alleged that the 2020 process “left many questions open.” .

“We want when people go to vote to feel that their vote will be counted and we want to send a message: if you are a person who wants to commit fraud, we are going to find you and the full weight of the law will fall on you,” he said.

It is common for both Democrats and Republicans to recruit volunteers to monitor polling stations, but the rhetoric of possible fraud is something new in recent years.

Donald Trump (2017-2021), who baselessly maintains that he won the 2020 elections, is accused of having tried to reverse his defeat and having instigated the 2021 assault on the Capitol, in which a mob of his followers attacked Congress to try to stop the ratification of Biden’s victory.

At a rally last week in Las Vegas, the Republican claimed that the only way for Democrats to win in November would be to cheat.

The Democratic Party believes that Trump represents a serious threat to democracy in the United States and accuses Republicans of wanting to send volunteers to schools to intimidate voters.

Michael Whatley, president of the Republican National Committee, denied that the campaign launched this Friday was a plan to intimidate voters or election officials, and promised that observers “will respect voters.”

The leader affirmed that the requests that the Republican Party makes are issues of “common sense”, such as requiring official identification for voters, that only American citizens can vote and that voting by mail be protected.

Trump has always opposed early voting and voting by mail, which broke records in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, maintaining that this form of voting is more susceptible to fraud.

However, given how close the next elections are expected, the Republican changed his mind and in a message to his voters in April he said that “all options are good.”

One of the participants in the Republican workshop, who preferred not to give his name, told EFE that he is convinced that the candidate who loses, be it Trump or Biden, will not admit defeat and believed that the country is experiencing a pre-civil war climate. . EFE

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