ICYMI: Tim Michels, An Election Denier, Remains A Threat To Democracy
MADISON, Wis. — The Washington Post reported today that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels is one of a majority of extremist GOP nominees on the ballot nationwide this November who have questioned or denied the outcome of the 2020 election.
Since the start of his campaign, Michels has sowed doubt in Wisconsin election systems, questioning the outcome of the 2020 election and voicing his support for Michael Gableman’s sham election investigation. Michels has said that illegally decertifying the election will be “on the table” if he becomes governor and has refused to commit to accepting the results of his own 2022 election or to certifying the 2024 presidential election.
Read more on how Tim Michels is a radical election denier below.
The Washington Post: A majority of GOP nominees — 299 in all — deny the 2020 election results
“A majority of Republican nominees on the ballot this November for the House, Senate and key statewide offices — 299 in all — have denied or questioned the outcome of the last presidential election, according to a Washington Post analysis.
“Candidates who have challenged or refused to accept Joe Biden’s victory are running in every region of the country and in nearly every state. Republican voters in four states nominated election deniers in all federal and statewide races The Post examined.
“Many of these candidates echo the false claims of former president Donald Trump — claims that have been thoroughly investigated and dismissed by myriad officials and courts. Experts said the insistence on such claims, despite the lack of evidence, reflects a willingness among election-denying candidates to undermine democratic institutions when it benefits their side.
“The Post has identified candidates as election deniers if they directly questioned Biden’s victory, opposed the counting of Biden’s electoral college votes, expressed support for a partisan post-election ballot review, signed on to lawsuits seeking to overturn the 2020 result, or attended or expressed support for the Jan. 6, 2021, ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in Washington that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“The proportion of election deniers on the November ballot is particularly high in three of the battleground states where Trump contested his defeat in 2020: Arizona, Georgia and Michigan. Election deniers have targeted offices in each of those states — as well as in other battleground states, including Wisconsin, Nevada and Pennsylvania — potentially giving Republicans a platform from which to challenge a popular vote they do not agree with in 2024.”