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Michigan GOP House Speaker Chatfield enjoys drinks at Trump Hotel
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Public skepticism that Michigan’s Republican legislative leaders focused on COVID-19 assistance when they met with President Donald Trump was amplified Saturday as state House Speaker Lee Chatfield was seen socializing at the Trump Hotel in Washington and the president posted tweets that implied the election was also a topic of discussion.
Chatfield and Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey met with Trump Friday afternoon at the White House. After the meeting, the pair issued a statement that said, the meeting focused on COVID-19 assistance and that “we have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”
But critics of the meeting were already dubious that the president did not try to persuade the lawmakers in his ongoing efforts to subvert the election results before photographs surfaced of Chatfield drinking and sitting, unmasked, with others at the Trump International Hotel. Their concerns were amplified when the lawmakers did not elaborate on what, if anything, the president asked about Michigan election results
Trump hopes the state’s Republican-controlled state legislature will flip Michigan’s 16 Electoral Colleges vote to him even though President-elect Joe Biden earned approximately 154,000 more votes in the state than Trump.
— Lauren Windsor (@lawindsor) November 21, 2020
Trump tweeted twice Saturday, responding to both lawmakers with more unfounded allegations of fraud and misconduct in Michigan.
“We will show massive and unprecedented fraud!” Trump tweeted in response to Shirkey tweeting out his statement.
In response to a Chatfield tweet, Trump tweeted, “Massive voter fraud will be shown!”
– Dave BoucherClara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press
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