Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos said former President Donald Trump called this month urging him to try to undo the results of the 20-month-old 2020 presidential election.
“He would want us to do something different in Wisconsin,” Vos, a Republican, told Milwaukee’s WISN in an interview that aired Tuesday.
Vos said Trump contacted him “last week” after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled this month to restrict the use of ballot boxes in future elections. According to the ruling, a 2020 decision by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to expand the use of drop boxes because of the pandemic was “unlawful” and should be restricted to the offices of election clerks in the future.
Following the reigning Trump — who repeatedly claimed without evidence that the boxes contributed to widespread voter fraud — he took to social media to urge Vos to take action.
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court has just declared the ‘Unlock’ Boxes, or Ballot ‘Stuffing’ Boxes, ILLEGAL,” he wrote in a July 9 post on Truth Social, his social media platform. “It is now up to Robin Vos to do what everyone knows must be done. We need FAIR and FAIR elections in our country.”
Fox, Trump continued, “has a decision to make! Will Wisconsin regain voters, hand over the election to the actual winner (a lot!) Or will you sit back and do nothing as our country continues to go to HELL?”
Vos told WISN that Trump called him too.
“He makes his case, which I respect… I explained that it’s not allowed under the constitution. He has a different opinion,” Vos said, adding that he also told Trump the ruling “isn’t going back and saying what happened in 2020 was illegal. It just says it can’t happen in the future.”
Trump’s office has not responded to a request for comment on Vos’ account of their alleged phone call.
The House Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 riots has examined the efforts of Trump and his allies in the weeks following the election to pressure state lawmakers to reverse the results in key swing states that Joe Biden won, including Wisconsin. The committee is set to hold a prime-time hearing Thursday, focusing on Trump’s hours-long failure to act when his supporters attacked the Capitol.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, meanwhile, is conducting a criminal investigation into attempts by Trump and others to pressure Georgia lawmakers to reverse Biden’s victory.
Though Trump no longer has the power of the presidency behind him, he hinted in a message Tuesday that Vos, who is running for reelection this year, could lose to a GOP challenger if he doesn’t do what he wants. “I don’t know his opponent in the upcoming primaries, but I’m sure he’ll do well if Speaker Vos doesn’t move with enthusiasm. Robin, don’t abandon the Wisconsin voters!’ Trump wrote on Truth Social.
Fox’s challenger, Adam Steen, has tried to capitalize on Trump’s criticism of his opponent.
Asked about Trump’s criticism, Vos told WISN, “I think we all know Donald Trump is Donald Trump. There is very little we can do to control or predict what he will do.”