Republican state lawmakers from Michigan meeting with President Trump on Friday were greeted at the Washington, DC, airport by protesters yelling “certify the vote” and holding signs that said “Shame.”
The White House meeting came as Trump's lawyers call for state legislatures to name electors for Trump in states Biden won.
Adam EdelmanRepublican state lawmakers from Michigan met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday and said afterwards that they were not"made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan."
The White House meeting came as Trump's lawyers are calling for state legislatures, including Michigan's, to name Trump electors instates won by President-elect Joe Biden."The entire election, frankly, in all the swing states should be overturned, and the legislatures should make sure that the electors are selected for Trump," campaign lawyer
Sidney Powell told Fox Businesson Thursday.In a joint statement issued after their approximately two-hour visit to the White House, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said they accepted the president's invitation"as we would accept an invitation from any sitting president if asked to meet," but said their position that the voters are the ones who pick the state's electors was unchanged.
As"legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election," their statement said.“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and if proven, prosecuted to the full extent of the law. And the candidates who win the most votes win elections and Michigan's electoral votes," they added.
A state GOP leader told NBC News before the meeting that Shirkey and Chatfield expected Trump to pressure them to overturn the election results based on unproven claims of fraud and irregularities in Detroit. They were prepared to tell him that while they will pursue probes into “irregularities and potential fraud to avoid future situations,” they would uphold Michigan law, which calls for the winner of the vote to get the state's 16 electors, the person said.
Biden won the state by almost160,000 votes.“Legally, they don’t think they have any actual legal options. It legally cannot happen in Michigan. That’s what they’re going to tell the president,” the person said.In their statement, Shirkey and Chatfield said they used the meeting to press for"additional federal funds to help Michigan in the fight against Covid-19.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany portrayed the highly unusual meeting as routine earlier in the day.“This is not an advocacy meeting," she said."There will be no one from the campaign there. [The president] routinely meets with lawmakers from across the country."
When Shirkey and other lawmakers arrived at Reagan National Airport in Washington earlier in the day, they were greeted by about 20 protesters yelling"certify the vote" and holding signs that said"Shame."Biden campaign legal adviser Bob Bauer said,"No state legislature in our country's history ever has done what Donald Trump is apparently agitating for the Michigan State Legislature to do, which is to ignore the results of a popular vote election and wrest control from the voters."
Bauer called the invitation"an abuse of office. It's an open attempt to intimidate election officials. It's absolutely appalling.""It's also pathetic," he added, and"will be unsuccessful."No matter the party, when you have an opportunity to meet with the President of the United States, of course you take it. I won’t apologize for that. In fact, I’m honored to speak with POTUS and proud to meet with him. And I look forward to our conversation. 🇺🇸Read more: NBC News »
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Sounds like they(Republicans) hadn't heard enough. They should be heckled and held to account. Not sure if anyone realizes what’s happening or not, all of this is to make stricter election laws for the next election. When you break it down our election process is a catastrophe, it’s all over the board. And this election was a by far worse than the others with the mail in v
asking the gop to feel shame is like extracting blood from stone I think the act wasn't human because it is Republic party out of the white house and tomorrow it will be Democratic party so I advise the non Republicans to think twice. Meet them at Trumps swear in testimony!!! It was faked by Biden followers, Trump win is a fact.
As Chris Britt shows in his great cartoon, the GOPComplicitTraitors 'Coddle and Enable' our Tantrum-Thrower-in-Chief. Until now history has only really witnessed this level of state-regulated brainwashing in high office among autocratic and totalitarian regimes! Now we are seeing this creeping malaise in Western democracies with some concern!
Fake News👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 Why did they go? Yes. And then they had Dom Perignon at tRump Hotel, where they stayed after their presidential summons. gop doesn’t have soul to feel those words Assad Family Syria.... Trump Family USA! No difference!Elections? What Elections? Hello, please check out my gig if you need any kind of graphic design.
Sidney said looks like Republicans may have used smartmatic connections as well. Just wondering.. Do this, to every single Republican who ever chose to prop up Trump, all the time, forever. Lol fk nbc They should have refused to meet with the president and just certified the election result I don't think they realize they're going to be part of history in Donald Trump's attempt at a coup d'etat.
They shouldn't have even entertained the idea. Apparently, a lot of the GOP has forgotten that 'no' is a complete sentence in itself. And I'm sure it went on deaf ears. They got their ears so full of corruption they can't and won't hear what the people are saying. They do NOT care. They're in it for themselves. RemoveTrumpNOW
Hell on tarmac!! Ridiculous act!