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Trump called ‘within the last week’ to overturn Wis. election results, Speaker Robin Vos says

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Trump called ‘within the last week’ to overturn Wis. election results, Speaker Robin Vos says

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Former President Donald Trump said he tried to oust Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election “last week”, the Republican House speaker of Wisconsin said on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Speaker of the House Robin Worth, right, told WISN in Milwaukee that he got a call from Trump after the state Supreme Court ruled July 8 that most absentee ballot drop boxes in Wisconsin were illegal. The ruling concerns future elections, not the one Trump lost in Wisconsin in 2020 by more than 20,000 votes.

“It’s very consistent. He made his point, and I respect that,” Voss told WISN. “He wants us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained that the Constitution doesn’t allow that. He has a different view.”

Trump then posted about him on social media, Voss said. In a July 13 post on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, the former president reiterated his baseless allegations of election fraud and falsely accused the speaker of letting Democrats “go free.” “

“The wise and brave decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is a waste,” Trump wrote.

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On Tuesday night, Trump said on Truth Social that Voss’ Republican primary opponent Adam Steen could benefit if Voss doesn’t act. The primary election is on August 9. A spokesman for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

“This is not the time for him to hide, but to act!” Trump wrote. “I don’t know his opponents in the upcoming primary, but I’m sure Speaker Voss will do well if he doesn’t act with gusto. Don’t let Wisconsin voters down, Robin!”

After facing criticism from Trump last year, Voss hired former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman to review the 2020 election despite recounts and court rulings that found Biden won the election . Gableman said in March that Republicans who control the legislature should consider disqualifying the 2020 election. Vos rejected the idea because legal experts, including Gableman’s own attorney, James Bopp Jr., said it would be impossible.

Over the past year, Voss said he has spoken frequently with Trump, even though they disagree on how to approach the 2020 election. Voss did not immediately respond to a request for an interview Wednesday morning.

Steen said he has not spoken to Trump, but the former president’s remarks are fueling his primary campaign. He criticized Voss for not moving forward with a resolution aimed at rescinding the 2020 results.

“If you really want people to know that their votes matter, you want to find out, so what he did to me was spit in the faces of the men and women who gave their lives for this country,” he said.

As Trump continues his push to overturn the 2020 election results, hearings by a House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol showed that Trump’s actions set the country on a path of violence that day. Evidence from the committee suggests that Trump has chosen to escalate rather than de-escalate tensions around the election on at least 15 occasions. The committee’s next hearing, scheduled for Thursday night, will focus on Trump’s actions when the U.S. Capitol was attacked and vandalized.

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The case ruled by the Wisconsin Supreme Court this month was brought by two suburban Milwaukee men represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty after about 2 million people voted by absentee ballot in the November 2020 election , mainly because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the 2020 election, 430 state municipalities used 528 drop boxes, according to the Wisconsin Board of Elections.

The case made its way to the state Supreme Court after conservative groups argued in their lawsuit that there was nothing in state law that would allow absentee drop boxes. On July 8, the Wisconsin Superior Court voted 4-3 against the use of drop boxes, with conservatives in the majority and liberals in the minority.

“Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or voters must deliver them in person to the city clerk at the clerk’s office or designated alternate location,” Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority.

Some Republicans seized on the ruling as a way to try to reverse the 2020 result, but the court’s ruling focused only on future elections, not ones already passed.

The same court declined to hear a lawsuit filed shortly after the 2020 election that sought to invalidate those results over the use of drop boxes. In a decision at the time, the justices wrote that challenges to the electoral process must be raised before the election is held, not after.

In an interview with WISN, Voss played down Trump’s recent push to change the outcome in Wisconsin.

“I think we all know that Donald Trump is Donald Trump,” Voss said. “We can hardly control or predict what he will do.”

Bella reported from Washington. Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

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