On Sunday (June 25), during a speech in Michigan, former President Donald Trump took his latest swipe at the United States election system.
In a speech to Oakland County Republicans in Michigan, Trump declared that he was the reason Michigan’s steel industry was saved, suggesting he did that by placing tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel while President.
Trump asserted that a country cannot exist without steel, borders, or elections. He also repeated his declarations that elections in the U.S. as “fake.”
“And if you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country, like borders, like elections,” Trump asserted during his speech, concluding with a comment he had repeated before: “We don’t really real elections, we have fake elections.”
In his statements, Trump has repeatedly made false claims about the 2020 election being stolen from him. He used his keynote address to express his desire for same-day voting on Election Day, using paper ballots, and implementing voter ID requirements, despite some GOP lawmakers suggesting that these remarks could have devastating consequences for Republican success.
However, Trump suggested Democrats oppose those measures because they intend to engage in election dishonesty.
Despite claims by Trump and his supporters, there was no evidence of widespread election fraud in the 2020 election, leading to allegations that it was stolen from the former President.
Trump’s impact on Republican voter sentiment is most evident in a poll before the 2022 midterms that showed 40 percent of Republicans said they would blame voter fraud if the Republican Party didn’t reclaim control of Congress.
More recently, a June 2023 survey showed that roughly three in 10 American voters believe President Joe Biden won the 2020 election due to voter fraud.