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MADISON, Wisconsin — The Republican House Speaker of Wisconsin said on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump called him “within the past week” to undo the 2020 presidential election that Joe Biden won.

Wisconsin State Assembly Chair Robin Vos (R) told WISN in Milwaukee that he received a call from Trump after the state Supreme Court ruled on July 8 that most ballot boxes in Wisconsin are illegal. The ruling concerns future elections, not the 2020 election that Trump lost by more than 20,000 votes in Wisconsin.

“It’s very consistent. He makes his business, which I respect,” Vos tells WISN. “He would like us to do something different in Wisconsin. I explained that according to the constitution it is not allowed. He has a different opinion.”

Vos said Trump subsequently posted about him on social media. In a July 13 post on Truth Social, Trump’s social media platform, the former president reiterated his baseless claims about voter fraud, falsely accusing the speaker of letting Democrats “get away with “murder.” ”

“What a waste of a brilliant and courageous decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court,” Trump wrote.

Ballot boxes are not allowed in Wisconsin, under state Supreme Court rules

On Tuesday evening, Trump said on Truth Social that Vos’ Republican primary opponent, Adam Steen, could benefit from Vos not taking action. The primary is August 9. A Trump spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

“This is not a time for him to hide, but a time to act!” Trump wrote. “I don’t know his opponent in the upcoming Primary, but I’m sure he’ll do well if Speaker Fox doesn’t move enthusiastically. Robin, don’t abandon Wisconsin voters!”

After receiving criticism from Trump last year, Vos hired former state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman to review the 2020 election, although recounts and court rulings showed Biden won the election. Gableman said in March that Republicans controlling the legislature should consider decertifying the 2020 election. Vos rejected the idea because legal experts, including Gableman’s own attorney, James Bopp Jr., said it’s impossible.

Vos says he has spoken regularly with Trump in the past year, even though they do not even see it about how to deal with the 2020 elections. Vos did not immediately respond to a request for an interview on Wednesday morning.

Steen said he has not spoken to Trump but that the former president’s comments fuel his primary campaign. He criticized Vos for not going through with the resolution that wants to undo the 2020 results.

“If you really want people to know that their voice counts, you want to find the answer, so what he’s doing to me is spitting in the face men and women who gave their lives to this country,” he said.

Trump’s continued push to undo the 2020 election results comes as the hearings before the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol have shown that Trump’s actions that day on the path to violence. Evidence from the commission indicates that Trump chose at least 15 times to escalate rather than ease tensions surrounding the election. The committee’s next hearing, scheduled for Thursday night, will focus on Trump’s actions as the US Capitol was attacked and breached.

Trump’s choices set the nation on the road to violence on Jan. 6, committee finds

The Wisconsin case heard by the state’s Supreme Court this month was brought by two Milwaukee suburban men, represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, after approximately 2 million people were absent in the November 2020 election. voted, largely because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, 528 drop boxes were in use in 430 state counties for the 2020 election.

After the conservative group argued in a lawsuit that nothing in state law indicated that drop boxes with absences were allowed, the case ended up in the state’s Supreme Court. On July 8, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4 to 3 against the use of drop boxes, with conservatives in the majority and liberals in the minority.

“An absentee ballot must be returned by post or the voter must deliver it in person to the Town Clerk at the Secretariat or at a designated alternate location,” Judge Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority.

Some Republicans took advantage of the ruling to try to undo the 2020 results, but the court’s ruling focused only on future elections, not those that passed.

The same court declined to file a lawsuit filed shortly after the 2020 election to invalidate those results for its use of drop boxes. In a decision made at the time, the judges wrote that electoral procedures should be challenged before the election is held, not after.

In his interview with WISN, Vos downplayed Trump’s latest attempt to change the results in Wisconsin.

“I think we all know Donald Trump is Donald Trump,” Vos said. “There is very little we can do to control or predict what he will do.”

Bella reported from Washington. Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

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