Minnesota GOP Chair Jessica Carnahan conveyed a message from Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel in a Thursday meeting with local party officials: “Help reinforce President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.
“Another thing Ronna said on the call today is that she asked us, as chairperson, ‘Can you get your other leaders in the state to come forward and talk about this,'” Carnahan said in a conversation with local GOP activists, according to The Minnesota Reformer.
The state chairman emphasized that in order to support the president’s message regarding the vote count, other Republican officials must be recruited to support these claims.
“Because it can’t just be the state party chairperson, right? It can’t just be the party leader who says, “Hey, we have concerns about the validity of some of these things,” Carnahan added. “There are concerns about the looseness of the electoral laws and the way the Democrats have been so hard on us and started the summer with all these electoral law changes and excuses from all these leftist groups.
She informed the local officials and activists of the GOP party in Minnesota that she would begin making calls starting Friday.
Trump lost Minnesota by seven percentage points in this year’s presidential election – a loss that his campaign had not expected to be so big, as Trump lost the state by only 1.5 points in 2016.
The President and many of his deputies invested heavily in Minnesota and made many trips throughout the campaign to the state’s Iron Range – a region that had promoted Trump four years ago.
Joe Peschek of Hamline University told Washington Newsday that the Trump campaign “really targeted that area in terms of personal visits to Hibbing and the Duluth area. These are the kind of places where the President and Vice President have made personal appearances”.
Although Trump lost in Minnesota, Carnahan said that she was working with the party on a national level to develop a strategy to support the president if the ballots continued to be counted.
She said that Minnesota campaign staff had been sent to other key states, such as Michigan and Georgia, where the president’s campaign filed lawsuits, to further the Trump campaign’s unfounded voter fraud.
“As for the field agents we had in Minnesota, the field agents have been reassigned or redistributed or reassigned at this time to help now in Michigan, Georgia and Arizona,” she said, “We have to bring all these states home for the president; her campaign feels like we’re bringing them all home. So we will be supporting this great Donald Trump for another four years in this country.
The day after the appeal, Carnahan began her efforts to reinforce Trump’s message by telling the Minnesota Star Tribune: “When changes like [electoral law changes]are brought forward en masse in several states, it raises questions, it raises some doubts.
It seems that other state GOP leaders have begun to make similar efforts as the race narrows and moves in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
In Michigan, where Biden leads with 146,000 votes, state GOP chair Laura Cox expressed suspicions that software glitches could cost the party thousands of votes.
Washington Newsday approached McDaniel and Carnahan for comment, but received no response before the release.