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Trump reaches out to Michigan GOP leaders to overturn election results

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, September 24, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

US President Donald Trump has called for an extraordinary meeting with Republican leaders from Michigan, in another desperate move to reverse the results of the disputed election in the key state that handed victory to Democrat Joe Biden.

Trump extended the invitation on Thursday morning to GOP lawmakers, including them Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield.

They agreed to meet the president at the White House, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The sources said that Trump’s campaign latest attempt is to convince Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states won Biden, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, to set aside the results and determine Trump the winner.

“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,” one of Trump’s lawyers, Sidney Powell, said on Thursday.

Both Shirkey and Chatfield, however, have indicated that they will not try to overturn Biden’s win.

“Michigan law does not include a provision for the Legislature to directly select electors or to award electors to anyone other than the person who received the most votes,” Shirkey’s spokeswoman said last week.

Chatfield also tweeted earlier, “Whoever gets the most votes will win Michigan! Period. End of story. Then we move on.”

Regarding Trump’s latest attempt to outreach to Michigan legislators, Biden said Thursday that it was "going to be another incident where he will go down in history as being one of the most irresponsible presidents in America history."

"It's just outrageous what he's doing," Biden said.

GOP senators calls Trump move ‘undemocratic’

Two prominent GOP senators also criticized Trump for his latest attempt to overturn the results in Michigan, with one going so far as to call Trump’s chaotic post-election strategy as "undemocratic.”

Senator Mitt Romney took to Twitter on Thursday, writing, “It is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”

Trump fired back at him on Friday, saying in a tweet that Romney is a "RINO," Republican in name only, and saying, "I'm sure, however, that he feels he got slaughtering by Obama 'fair and square'."

Other Republican senator, Ben Sasse said that he is telling his constituents to look at what the Trump legal team is arguing in court, not what they are saying in public.

In lawsuit after lawsuit, the Trump team has either not alleged voter fraud or been unable to back up their claims with evidence.

"President Trump lost Michigan by more than 100,000 votes, and the campaign and its allies have lost in or withdrawn from all five lawsuits in Michigan for being unable to produce any evidence,” he said.

The president lost cases in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia, on Thursday.

Vice president heads to Georgia to rally support for GOP senators

In the meantime, Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Georgia on Friday, to get Republican voters to turn out in force for a January 5 runoff election battle that will decide Senate control.

"Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Georgia TOMORROW for TWO rallies with David Perdue and me!" Georgia Senators Kelly Loeffler tweeted on Thursday evening. "Help us hold the line."

The state’s Senate runoff elections will decide whether Republicans or Democrats hold onto the Senate.

Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator since 1996.

Biden, who narrowly leads Trump in the state by 49.5% to 49.2%, became the first Democratic nominee to triumph in Georgia.

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