Donald Trump, the twice-impeached ex-president who lost the popular vote twice, will forever be known for the Big Lie, the one that says that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential elections only for the election to be stolen from him by Democrats, Republican governors and secretaries of state, a vote tabulating machine manufacturer, Italy, and the long-dead former president of Venezuela.
Texts uncovered between Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) show that, although they repeatedly said in private that there was no actual evidence to support the Big Lie, they were willing to go along with it and even to spread it as truth.
READ: Mark Meadows' texts with Mike Lee and Chip Roy https://t.co/nxf20jaW3a
— Fulvio Meloni (@MeloniFulvio) April 15, 2022
Senator Mike Lee texted Meadows to say there was no actual evidence anyone had seen to support the lie, they needed to know what message Trump wanted them to send to the people to support it. He also suggests that states where Trump won in 2016 but lost to President Biden in 2020 should send a new slate of electors to cast votes for Trump, a plan that came to fruition and is under investigation as a potentially criminal act.
CNN was the first to report on the Meadows’ texts with the two senators, in which Mike Lee can be found arguing that:
‘if you want senators to object, we need to hear from you on that ideally getting some guidance on what arguments to raise…I think we’re now passed the point where we can expect anyone will do it without some direction and a strong evidentiary argument…Everything changes, of course, if the swing states submit competing slates of electors pursuant to state law.’
Several members of Congress just finished a meeting in the Oval Office with President @realDonaldTrump, preparing to fight back against mounting evidence of voter fraud.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) December 21, 2020
Even as Lee admitted that there was no evidence and that many senators were finding it difficult to get behind the lie as a result, GOP officials were already publicly going on with the lie. Meadows explained to Lee that Trump though that the legislatures had the power to overturn the election, but that the VP has power too, which is untrue and led to the attack on January 6, 2021 as Trump supporters tried to intimidate lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence to find a way to install Trump in office for a second term..
‘They gotta get a manual recount before they certify and sec states being stubborn and kemp won’t pressure… and party establishment don’t get it.’
BIG news in Nevada: a Judge has allowed NV Republicans to present findings of widespread voter fraud in a Dec. 3rd hearing. Americans will now hear evidence from those who saw firsthand what happened—a critical step for transparency and remedying illegal ballots. Stay tuned.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) November 25, 2020
As Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell made some of the most bizarre arguments about the shady way Trump was “cheated” out of the election, so bizarre that the GOP tried to distance themselves from them but still publicly support Trump’s lie, Roy begged for guidance in the face of the lack of any evidence of voter fraud.
‘Please man, help us up together a message to go on offense. I am trying to piece together 11th Cir, Nevada, Pa Hearing, etc… and I think there is a strong message that would be louder and better than Sydney/Rudy have been doing, but it’s hard to keep up.’
NEW: Newly uncovered texts show Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) begging the Trump White House for talking points to justify stealing the election in November 2020: “Please give me something to work with. I just need to know what I should be saying. Please tell me what I should be saying.”
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) April 15, 2022