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Michigan GOP director who said Trump 'blew it' in 2020 resigns

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 7/14/2021 Carly Roman
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The executive director of Michigan's GOP is resigning after he upset members of the party by saying the 2020 election wasn't stolen from former President Donald Trump.

Jason Cabel Roe, who assumed the role of executive director in February, confirmed he resigned his position Wednesday following months of criticism of the former president, who remains a popular figure within the GOP base.

"I have resigned my position as executive director and the reasons will remain between me and Chairman [Ron] Weiser," Roe said in an email to the Washington Examiner. "We've built an amazing team and I know they will be very successful in 2022. I look forward to helping any way I can."

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Roe, who was hired by his successor Chairman Ron Weiser to be the executive director of Michigan's Republican Party, has been a frequent Trump critic, telling Politico in a November 2020 interview that Trump "retains a hold that is forcing party leaders to continue down the path of executing his fantasy of overturning the outcome — at their own expense."

"Frankly, continuing to humor him merely excuses his role in this. The election wasn't stolen. He blew it. Up until the final two weeks, he seemingly did everything possible to lose," he continued. "Given how close it was, there is no one to blame but Trump."

As Republicans nationwide look toward the 2022 midterm elections, the party is grappling with the former president's role on the campaign trail. Trump has remained an active figure by endorsing candidates who remain loyal to him, especially those mounting challenges to Republicans who supported his impeachment earlier this year, such as Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who is facing a challenge from Trump White House aide Max Miller.

More establishment political figures, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have prioritized protecting incumbents.

"McConnell will always stick up for his incumbents," a top GOP Senate strategist said of the Kentucky senator in April.

Although the establishment wing has largely accepted the outcome of the 2020 presidential contest, Trump continues to rail against the results, arguing the election was "stolen" despite experts insisting the election was secure and most lawsuits from the Trump campaign being tossed by federal courts.

Trump even singled out the Michigan GOP for criticism regarding its handling of the 2020 results, saying last month that the state Senate's election investigation that affirmed Biden's victory amounted to a "cover-up."

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By contrast, the former president has praised audit efforts in other states that narrowly went for Biden, applauding the review in Maricopa County led by the Arizona Senate and encouraging other states — such as Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Wisconsin — to follow suit.

Tags: News, Michigan, 2020 Elections, Voter Fraud, Donald Trump

Original Author: Carly Roman

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