Ohio tea party leader urges Trump to suspend the Constitution, invoke martial law to push for new vote
A Tea Party leader in Ohio took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times with a message to President Donald Trump urging him to take unprecedented action to force states to conduct a new vote in an effort to overturn the presidential election.
According to Cleveland.com, the man responsible for placing the ad is Tom Zawistowski, the executive director of the Portage County Tea Party and member of the We the People Convention. The text was also published to the party's "We the People" website.
In the ad, Zawistowski echoed a number of Trump's unfounded voter fraud claims as he suggested "when Democrat Joe Biden is formally elected the next president, as is expected, Trump should order the U.S. military to oversee a new election for federal candidates using only paper ballots," per the publication.
"Without a fair vote, we fear, with good reason, the threat of a shooting civil war is imminent," the ad states, which also included subtle warning that if the president opts not to declare martial law, "we will also have no other choice but to take matters into our own hands, and defend our rights on our own."
Zawistowski also wrote, "we wanted to express our concerns to the President, to the legislators, courts and Congress that We the People will NOT cede our exclusive Constitutional right to elect our Representatives to judges, lawyers, courts, Governors, Secretary's of State, Congress, corrupt election officials and local politicians, the corrupt media - or Leftist threats of violence! It is OUR EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to elect our President and that sacred right has been infringed by the massive, planned, illegal election fraud conducted by corrupt Democrat/Socialist Party operatives across our nation to steal our vote. We will NOT stand for it."
The Tea Party leader's latest remarks come as Trump and his campaign continue to scramble for evidence to support their voter fraud claims, many of which have been perpetuated by the president, himself.
Despite Zawistowski's call for Trump to take action against the election results, there does not appear to be a clear path Trump can take to achieve the outcome he desires. In addition to the dozens of lawsuits that have been dismissed in several different states, even U.S. Attorney Bill Barr has admitted there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
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