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Protesters Crowd Michigan Capitol After Donald Trump Calls for 2020 'Forensic Audit'

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6 days ago Alexandra Hutzler
Protesters crowded the Michigan state capitol on Tuesday, demanding a forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election. In this photo, people hold a sign claiming Trumps victory in the presidential elections during a rally supporting the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in Fowlerville, Michigan on May 15, 2021. © Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images Protesters crowded the Michigan state capitol on Tuesday, demanding a forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election. In this photo, people hold a sign claiming Trumps victory in the presidential elections during a rally supporting the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in Fowlerville, Michigan on May 15, 2021.

Protesters crowded the Michigan State Capitol on Tuesday, demanding an audit of the 2020 presidential election.

The rally was organized by a group called Election Integrity Fund and Force. The organizers said they originally anticipated roughly 100 attendees. One independent reporter, Brendan Gutenschwager, said the rally had grown to at least a few hundred people.

The demonstration comes just days after former President Donald Trump promoted the event in a statement calling for an audit of the state's 2020 election results.

"Big Michigan Rally coming up on Oct. 12th, on the Capitol steps in Lansing, where Patriots will demand a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam," Trump wrote in a statement. "The Voter Fraud is beyond what anyone can believe. Anyone who cares about our Great Country should attend, because unless we look to the past and fix what happened, we won't have a future or a Country."

Trump also noted that three Republican candidates he's given his endorsement—Matt DePerno, Steve Carra, and Kristina Karamo—would be in attendance at the event.

"Let's Go, Michigan, don't let us down!" Trump said.

President Joe Biden won 50.6 percent of the vote in Michigan compared to Trump's 47.8 percent.

A months-long Republican-led investigation into the election concluded in June there was no widespread fraud. The report said that residents should be confident that the election's outcome represents the "true results.

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