This conservative Michigan Republican is calling out Trump's bogus voter fraud claims: 'Demonstrably false'
Almost eight months after the 2020 presidential election, former President Donald Trump continues to obsess over his loss in the five states that now-President Joe Biden flipped — falsely claiming that he was robbed of a second term by widespread voter fraud when in fact, the election was quite secure. One of those states is Michigan, which Trump won in 2016 but lost in 2020. Ed McBroom, a conservative Republican and Michigan state senator, spent months searching for evidence of widespread voter fraud in the Upper Midwest state — and according to The Atlantic's Tim Alberta, he found zero evidence of it.
Alberta, in an article published on June 30, takes a look at McBroom's decision to speak out forcefully about his findings. McBroom heads the Michigan State Senate Oversight Committee and led the voter fraud investigation.
In a comprehensive report, McBroom wrote, "Our clear finding is that citizens should be confident the results represent the true results of the ballots cast by the people of Michigan. There is no evidence presented at this time to prove either significant acts of fraud or that an organized, wide-scale effort to commit fraudulent activity was perpetrated in order to subvert the will of Michigan voters…. The Committee strongly recommends citizens use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain."
The fact that McBroom found zero evidence of widespread voter fraud in Michigan isn't the least bit surprising. In all five of the states that Biden flipped in 2020 — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin — bipartisan recounts showed that Biden defeated Trump fair and square. Not only did widespread voter fraud not occur in 2020, but also, countless election officials all over the U.S. have stressed that the election was historically secure.
But what is definitely noteworthy is that McBroom decided to speak out about fellow Republicans "who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain." In the Republican Party of 2021, the cult-like pressure to go along with anything that Trump has to say is enormous. MSNBC's Chris Hayes was spot on when he recently mocked Wisconsin Republicans' mindless devotion to Trump as "Stalinist groveling."
Alberta notes that throughout the Michigan State Senate Oversight Committee report, one finds "a clear and clinical statement of facts, accompanied by more animated language that expressed disgust with the grifters selling deception to the masses and disappointment with the voters who were buying it."
During an interview with Alberta, McBroom said, "I tried to leave no room for doubt." And the conservative Michigan state senator described Trump's attack on him as "surreal, just surreal."
Trump, in a written statement, slammed McBroom's investigation as "a cover up, and a method of getting out of a Forensic Audit for the examination of the Presidential contest" — which is also the type of thing the former president said about Wisconsin Republicans. The difference: McBroom wasn't afraid to speak the truth and offend Trump, whereas Wisconsin State Senate President Chris Kapenga stooped to the pathetic "Stalinist groveling" that Hayes brutally mocked on MSNBC.
McBroom told Alberta, "I can't make people believe me. All I can hope is that people use their discernment and judgment, to look at the facts I've laid out for them, and then look at these theories out there, and ask the question: Does any of this make sense?"
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