A top Republican in Wisconsin says former President Donald Trump bluffed and blundered in an attempt to persuade him to spoof the state’s 2020 presidential election results.
Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Trump had called him last week to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in his state.
Vos told Wisconsin’s WISN-TV that the call followed a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling earlier this month limiting absentee ballot drop-box locations to election offices.
After the ruling, Trump falsely claimed on his Truth Social platform that the ruling meant he won Wisconsin because the state used “corrupt and scam-ridden scam boxes.”
The former president later gave Vos a pitch, suggesting that he had to “decide” on the outcome of the election in the state.
Biden defeated Trump in the state by less than 21,000 votes, and he received the state’s 10 Electoral College votes.
“It’s very consistent, he makes his point, which I respect. He wants us to do something different in Wisconsin,” Vos said of Trump’s call last week.
“I explained that it is not allowed under the Constitution. they have a different opinion, and then they put out [post], So that’s it.”
Vos referred to a post Trump later added to Truth Social that referred to him as RINO, or “a Republican in name only.”
“It seems Speaker Robin Vos, a longtime professional RINO always looking to defend his side, will do nothing about the wonderful decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court,” Trump wrote.
“The Democrats would like to sincerely thank Robin and all his fellow RINOs for avoiding the ‘murder’.”
Vos reiterated that the ruling, however, “does not go back and say that what happened in 2020 was illegal.”
“I think we all know that Donald Trump is Donald Trump,” Vos said. “There is little we can do to control or predict what he will do.”
Trump said in response to the interview on Tuesday night that it was Vos’ “time to act” in response to the ruling.