Trump called for execution of Michigan secretary of state, she claims
Former President Donald Trump called for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s execution for treason, she claims.
Benson, who serves as Michigan‘s top election official, said she received a “surreal” piece of information from an inside source from the White House that the then president suggested she be arrested for treason and executed for her refusal to overturn the results confirming that President Joe Biden carried the state in the 2020 election.
“It was surreal and I felt sad,” Benson told NBC in a story published Thursday.
“It certainly amplified the heightened sense of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty of that time, which I still feel in many ways, because it showed there was no bottom to how far [Trump] and his supporters were willing to stoop to overturn or discredit a legitimate election,” she continued.
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On Dec. 7, 2020, armed protesters showed up outside Benson’s home to dispute her handling of the 2020 election results. Benson and her 4-year-old son had just finished decorating their home for Christmas, she said at the time.
More than 250 countywide audits of Michigan’s 2020 election results confirmed the election results, Benson said in March 2021.
Benson, who is seeking reelection, faces a challenge from Republican Kristina Karamo, who has echoed Trump’s claims about the 2020 election being stolen.
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Trump and his campaign lost dozens of legal challenges that alleged widespread voter fraud despite officials’ reassurances that the election was secure.
The Washington Examiner reached out to Benson and Trump for comment.