Few Republicans within the nation swung tougher and quicker for Mr. Trump than these in Wisconsin. Within the 2016 presidential major, Scott Walker, the state’s governor on the time — whose personal marketing campaign ended after 71 days with a warning in opposition to nominating Mr. Trump — organized the celebration’s total political and native media equipment behind Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in what amounted to a last-ditch effort to cease Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cruz gained the state, the final one he’d carry earlier than ending his marketing campaign a month later. Most, however not all, Wisconsin Republicans rapidly obtained on board with Mr. Trump. Consultant Paul D. Ryan, then the Home speaker, dragged his ft on endorsing Mr. Trump. Charlie Sykes, on the time essentially the most influential conservative discuss radio host within the state, by no means did, and give up his job to change into a By no means-Trump commentator.
Now, as they’ve in Georgia and Arizona, Mr. Trump’s false claims that he gained Wisconsin’s presidential contest threaten to separate Republicans. On the celebration conference on Saturday, Mr. Trump delivered a prerecorded message reiterating the lie that he gained the state — although he didn’t point out any of the legislative leaders he had attacked in his assertion the night time earlier than.
“We had truly nice ends in Wisconsin,” Mr. Trump mentioned. “As you understand, in 2016 we gained, and as you additionally know, in 2020 we gained, however that hasn’t been so adjudged but.”
Shae Sortwell, a conservative state assemblyman who was certainly one of 15 Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers to signal a Jan. 5 letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging him to not certify the presidential election outcomes the subsequent day, argued that it had “been confirmed” that some Wisconsin election directors broke state legislation.
“I hope that they discover the reality as as to if there was collusion between Democratic operatives to violate election legislation,” he mentioned of Mr. Vos’s investigators. “That’s what I need to discover.”
Mr. Vos has superior laws to make absentee voting tougher and forbidden the mass amassing of early votes that the town clerk in Madison, the liberal state capital, engaged in final fall. However he has up to now resisted, whereas not ruling out, calls to subpoena giant numbers of 2020 votes and embark on an Arizona-style audit.