Nearly six months after he left office, former President Donald Trump released a statement this week regarding his ongoing push for election reform.
According to The Washington Times, Trump is calling for action in a handful of swing states where Republicans have raised concerns that voter fraud might have changed the outcome of November’s presidential race.
“Be smart, get tough”
“Republicans in State Legislatures must be smart, get tough, and pass real Election Reform in order to fight back against these Radical Left Democrats. If they don’t, they’ll steal it again in 2022 and 2024, and further DESTROY our Country!” the former president wrote.
Trump reportedly called for Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona to pass state reform measures in an effort to prevent fraud in future elections.
In his statement, Trump noted that roughly 21,000 deceased voters remained on the rolls in Pennsylvania at the time of last year’s election.
All five of the states mentioned in the statement were won by Biden, and mostly by small margins. In Georgia and Wisconsin, fewer than 15,000 votes separated the two candidates, and in Wisconsin, Biden won by just over 20,000 votes.
As NPR explained, a change of just 44,000 votes in those three states would have led to an electoral tie and likely secured a second term for Trump.
“We will take back America”
Although the former president has argued that he actually received more votes than Biden, he has not yet been able to provide concrete proof reflecting the level of fraud necessary to cost him the election.
Nevertheless, Trump has managed to convince a number of prominent Republicans to act in pursuit of new election integrity laws ahead of future elections. He is holding open the option of a 2024 White House bid, through which he might benefit from the implementation of such measures.
A number of states relaxed early and absentee voting rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are now considering whether to keep those provisions in place or go back to the stricter rules.
Trump addressed the perceived necessity of instituting voting reforms in the contested swing states, declaring: “Together, we will take back the House, we will take back the Senate, we will take back America.”
So far, lawmakers in Arizona and Georgia have approved voter integrity laws. Others on his list are considering similar moves, but face a potential veto from their Democratic governors.