Slotkin: Leaders must stand against attempts to thwart will of voters

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, called on leaders to stand against attempts to “thwart the will of the voters,” after President Trump delivered a speech on Nov. 5, 2020, that claimed unnamed opponents of his are trying to steal and rig the 2020 General Election, and that he had “won” states — including Michigan — that have either been called for his opponent, or in which his lead is shrinking.

“President Trump has been telling us for six months that he would contest the election if he didn’t win,” Slotkin said in a statement. “He started tweeting about this in April. Now that we’re here, it is time for every leader, from the President’s cabinet to local elected officials here in Michigan, to choose: fealty to President Trump, or democracy.”

Slotkin said leaders can no longer dodge their responsibilities to our democracy.

“History is presenting a real test for the people who have downplayed the president’s anti-democratic words and deeds. These responsibilities are bigger than one man or any one party,” Slotkin said. “Senior cabinet officials need to signal — clearly and publicly — that they will not aid the president’s attempts to undermine our elections.”

Senior Republican elected officials need to speak out, Slotkin said, to make clear that they will not participate in attempts to “thwart the will of the voters.”

“If you remain silent, you are complicit,” she said. “I am not asking my colleagues to support Joe Biden. I am asking (them) to stand up for our country.”

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