Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly flexed his political muscle since leaving office, issuing scathing rebukes of political adversaries on both sides of the aisle.
Most recently, frequent Trump critic Jason Cabel Roe announced his resignation as executive director of the Michigan Republican Party after only months on the job.
“He blew it”
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, he vowed to keep the reasons for his resignation between him and Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser.
“We’ve built an amazing team and I know they will be very successful in 2022,” Roe added. “I look forward to helping any way I can.”
As far back as November, Roe fiercely criticized Trump, whom he said still “retains a hold that is forcing party leaders to continue down the path of executing his fantasy of overturning the election — at their own expense.”
Roe went on to proclaim that “continuing to humor” the former president downplays his role in his own loss and those of other Republicans running for office.
“The election wasn’t stolen,” Roe said. “He blew it. Up until the final two weeks, he seemingly did everything possible to lose. Given how close it was, there is no one to blame but Trump.”
Roe feels the pressure
While his remarks likely earned him some praise among Democrats and never-Trump Republicans, he has faced mounting pressure to resign by those in his state who continue to support Trump.
In May, roughly 550 protesters showed up at the state’s GOP headquarters to call for Roe’s censure and removal from office, calling him a “traitor.”
The effort was partially organized by Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Baddock, who organized buses to take participants to a rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, just prior to a riot that erupted on Capitol Hill.
Michigan is also among the states where Trump’s supporters hope to initiate an election audit similar to those underway in Arizona and Georgia. Of course, Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory in that state was much wider than in other contested races.
The election fraud narrative might be turning in Trump’s favor in Georgia, however, where an audit determined, among other things, that as many as 35,000 people potentially voted illegally.