31 NC, SC lawmakers join in letter laying out a path to overturn 2020 election, reinstate Trump

Will Doran and Brian Murphy, The News & Observer on

Published in Political News

More than 30 Republican state lawmakers in North Carolina and South Carolina signed onto a new letter that backs false claims about the 2020 elections and pushes for the whole country to copy a widely discredited type of election audit that Arizona recently attempted.

The letter goes on to suggest that the 2020 election results should be overturned and Democratic President Joe Biden ousted from office.

One of the lawmakers who signed the letter is North Carolina Rep. Donnie Loftis of Gastonia. He was at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 attack on Congress in which former President Donald Trump’s supporters tried to reverse the election results by force, although he hasn’t been charged with any crimes related to that day.

Loftis initially wrote on social media that he “got gassed three times and was at the entrance when they breached the door,” The News & Observer reported, but later told WRAL-TV that “I had absolutely zero involvement in the rioting and categorically condemn the storming of our Capitol building that day.”

None of the top leadership of the North Carolina or South Carolina House or Senate signed the letter, but some of those who did sign it wield significant influence within North Carolina’s House GOP caucus, like Rep. Keith Kidwell of Onslow County. He leads the far-right House Freedom Caucus whose members include nearly half of the Republicans in that chamber, and which has been pushing unsuccessfully to inspect North Carolina voting machines to see if they contain modems, The News & Observer reported.

The letter itself, led by far-right Arizona state lawmaker Wendy Rogers, was posted online Tuesday night. It says every state’s election results need to be audited again, and, if audit results go in Trump’s favor, the U.S. House needs to potentially reinstate him as president.


Nearly every state automatically audits its results after every election, including North Carolina, and none of those audits have found any reason to suspect the election was fraudulent.

The few states that don’t conduct election audits, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, are nearly all states Trump won.

Some states have also conducted additional audits, with no signs of fraud that could have changed the election results for either Trump or Biden. Dozens of lawsuits from Trump and his allies challenging the election also failed to provide any evidence that the election should be overturned.

The letter suggests that there is still some reason to believe fraud occurred, although it does not give any specifics.


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