Trump has called ‘over the past week’ to void Wisconsin election results, President Robin Vos says

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MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s Republican House Speaker said Tuesday that former President Donald Trump called him “over the past week” seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election won by Joe Biden.

Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) told WISN in Milwaukee that he received an appeal from Trump after the state Supreme Court ruled on July 8 that the most mail-in ballot boxes in Wisconsin were illegal. The decision concerns future elections, not the one Trump lost in 2020 by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin.

“It’s very regular. He makes his point, which I respect,” Vos told WISN. “He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained that it is not authorized by the constitution. He has a different opinion.

Vos said Trump then posted about her on social media. In a July 13 post on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform, the former president repeated his baseless claims of voter fraud and falsely accused the president of letting Democrats “get away with a “murder”.

“What a waste of a brilliant and courageous decision from Wisconsin’s highest court,” Trump wrote.

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On Tuesday night, Trump told Truth Social that Vos’s top Republican opponent, Adam Steen, could benefit if Vos didn’t act. The primary is August 9. A Trump spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

“Now is not the time for him to hide, but the time to act! Trump wrote. “I don’t know his opponent in the next Primary, but I’m sure he’ll be fine if Speaker Vos doesn’t move enthusiastically. Robin, don’t let Wisconsin voters down!

After facing criticism from Trump last year, Vos hired former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to review the 2020 election, even though recounts and court rulings found Biden had won the elections. Gableman in March said Republicans who control the legislature should consider decertifying the 2020 election. Vos rejected the idea, as legal experts including Gableman’s own attorney, James Bopp Jr., said it was impossible.

Over the past year, Vos said he spoke to Trump regularly, even as they disagreed on how to handle the 2020 election. Vos did not immediately respond to a request for interview Wednesday morning.

Steen said he hasn’t spoken to Trump but comments from the former president are fueling his primary campaign. He criticized Vos for not advancing the resolution that seeks to overturn the 2020 results.

“If you really want people to know their vote matters, you want to find the answer, so what he does to me is spit in the face of men and women who gave their lives to this country,” did he declare.

Trump’s continued push to overturn the 2020 election results comes as hearings by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol showed that Trump’s actions have put the country down the path of violence that day. The committee’s evidence indicates that Trump chose to escalate rather than de-escalate tensions surrounding the election on at least 15 occasions. The committee’s next hearing, scheduled for Thursday evening, will focus on Trump’s actions as the US Capitol was attacked and breached.

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The Wisconsin case the state Supreme Court ruled on this month was brought by two men from suburban Milwaukee represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty after about 2 million people voted by mail in the November 2020 election, largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Wisconsin Election Commission, 528 drop boxes were in use in 430 state municipalities for the 2020 elections.

After the conservative group argued in a lawsuit that nothing in state law said absentee drop boxes were allowed, the case went to the state Supreme Court. On July 8, the Wisconsin high court ruled 4-3 against the use of drop boxes, with conservatives in the majority and liberals in the minority.

“A mail-in ballot must be returned by mail or the voter must personally deliver it to the City Clerk at the Clerk’s office or other designated site,” Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority.

Some Republicans seized on the decision as a way to try to reverse the 2020 results, but the court’s decision focused only on future elections, not those that passed.

The same court declined to pursue a lawsuit filed shortly after the 2020 election that sought to invalidate those results due to the use of drop boxes. In a ruling from the time, the judges wrote that challenges to election procedures must be filed before the election is held, not after.

In his interview with WISN, Vos played down Trump’s latest push to change the results in Wisconsin.

“I think we all know Donald Trump is Donald Trump,” Vos said. “There’s not much we can do to control or predict what he’s going to do.”

Bella reported from Washington. Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.


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