Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says that when she refused to declare former President Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election in the Wolverine State, he suggested that she should be arrested and executed for treason.
“Even the president himself had called on me to be arrested and tried for treason, potentially executed,” said Benson, adding that she felt “surreal” and “sad” upon hearing it from someone familiar with what Trump allegedly said about her.
“To hear that the president of the United States when he loses the election in Michigan decides that the way to deal with that is to accuse you of treason, to ask – isn’t there some way to arrest her?” asked NBC News senior legal and investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden.
“We should stop expecting there is a bottom to the lengths that people will go to overturn legitimate election results and seize power in our country,” replied Benson.
TONIGHT: @CynthiaMcFadden is reporting on secretary of state elections across the US as they take on a greater importance.
Michigan’s Jocelyn Benson is running for reelection. She says former President Trump suggested she should be arrested for treason and potentially executed. pic.twitter.com/tnWoJj5bmq
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 19, 2022
Asked about Benson’s allegation, Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich denied it took place:
“I have it on good authority that Secretary Benson knowingly lied throughout her interview with NBC News.”
The final Michigan count in the 2020 presidential race was 2,804,40 votes for President Joe Biden and 2,649,852 for Trump.
MLive explained how Biden won Michigan despite major efforts by the Trump campaign to hold the state:
Donald Trump lost Michigan because support for the former president decreased in many cities and townships throughout the state, a trend led by affluent suburbs with large numbers of college-educated voters.
There were a total of 48 communities that Trump won in 2016 and lost in 2020.
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