Minnesota and National Report
When Republicans continue to criticize election procedures they do so with a common thought, which is some wrong happened, they know it but just can’t prove it. When asked about changes to election law, House Speaker Melisa Hortman (DFL-36B, Brooklyn Park) says, “We want every eligible voter to vote,” and in response to the same question Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-09, Nisswa) answers, “We want every legal voter to vote,” they are voicing quite different ideas and philosophies.
The reason Donald J Trump (R) sought to contest the votes in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin was because they had Republican controlled legislatures. When the Governors and the Secretaries of State change election procedures in the light of COVID, this is where Trump and other Republicans stoked the flames and started screaming “Stop the Steal.” A lie which is based on the fact when Republicans address election questions they believe a falsehood that elections need addition protections like Voter ID to prevent none existent voter fraud. They do not support longer voting periods, mailed balloting or any other ease of access, because they know the truth, in general when more people vote it favors Democrats and they seek tactics to create impediments to voting, rather than expansion of it.
It is simply called voter suppression, but they do so under the false pretense of fraud. During the debate in the US House on the Articles of Impeachment, many of the 147 Republicans who spoke gave voice to these same tropes. They perpetuated the election lies in support of Trump and in response their corporate donors have left them in droves.
It is good to see the financial support erode from the Liar in Chief and his chorus of liars in concert.