Former President Donald Trump is pushing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for an “audit” of the 2020 election ends in state he gained handily, the newest transfer in his persevering with efforts to undermine religion within the outcomes of a presidential election he misplaced by thousands and thousands of votes.
“Regardless of my huge win in Texas, I hear Texans need an election audit!” Trump wrote in a letter to Abbott, his shut ally, that was made public by Trump’s political motion committee Thursday.
“You understand your fellow Texans have huge questions in regards to the November 2020 Election,” the letter stated. Trump has been stoking these doubts by persevering with to falsely declare the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him regardless of no proof of any widespread fraud.
Trump, who has not dominated out working for president once more in 2024, has continued to publicly query the ends in states he misplaced by slender margins — he despatched a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger final week demanding he decertify his loss there — however the request for an audit in a state he gained by a 600,000 vote margin over Joe Biden is a brand new tactic.
It comes as the previous president’s supporters have been pushing for audits and critiques of areas he gained by blowout margins in hopes of unearthing fraud. An NBC Information overview earlier this week discovered a push to revisit November’s outcomes is underway or being referred to as for in at the least 9 counties Trump gained by greater than 24 factors.
Abbott’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark. The Texas governor is up for re-election in 2022 and is already attempting to fend off conservative critics and first opponents.
“Texas wants you to behave now,” Trump declared within the letter to Abbott.
Trump urged that laws be handed within the present particular session referred to as by the governor, calling it “the right, and perhaps final, alternative to cross this audit invoice.” The invoice would make it simpler for candidates and county chairs to demand audits in the event that they’re skeptical of the outcomes. It was sponsored by Steve Toth, a state Home Republican who unsuccessfully tried to sue to invalidate ballots solid in 2020 by drive-through.
“Your residents don’t belief the election system, they usually need your management on this subject, which is the primary factor they care about,” Trump wrote to Abbott.
Toth tweeted his due to the previous president for his help, including the hashtag “AuditAll50States.”
Responding to Trump’s letter to him, Raffensperger advised MSNBC on Wednesday that it is properly previous time to maneuver on.
“On the finish of the day, it has been 10 months now and I feel I — I am alarmed and I feel most individuals are alarmed that we’re nonetheless speaking and nonetheless dealing with these problems with election disinformation, misinformation. It actually on the finish of the day hurts the social material of our nation,” he stated.