RELEASE: Tom Barrett Confirms 2020 Election Denial
September 27, 2022
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Tom Barrett Confirms 2020 Election Denial
In new reporting, Barrett refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election and won’t say if he’d accept the outcome of his own election in November
LANSING, Mich.— In a piece published in the Detroit Free Press this morning, congressional candidate Tom Barrett again rejected the results of the 2020 election, continuing a years-long effort to cast doubt on the integrity of the democratic process.
In a separate piece, published today by WXYZ, Barrett refused to comment when asked if he would accept the outcome of his own election for Michigan’s 7th congressional district.
When pressed by Todd Spangler of the Free Press, Barrett doubled down on his election denial, arguing that the 2020 election’s integrity is “an unknowable thing” and declining to answer when asked if he would have certified the results of the 2020 election as a member of Congress. Congress certified the results of the 2020 election on January 6th, 2021, after the armed insurrection at the Capitol; 147 Republicans voted to overturn at least one state’s electoral votes.
“This morning’s reporting makes clear that Tom Barrett can’t be trusted to place country over party. Barrett refused to say whether he would have certified the results of the 2020 election,” said Elissa Slotkin for Congress spokeswoman Lynsey Mukomel. “Given that Congress is responsible for certifying the presidential election in 2024, today’s comments prove that Barrett has no business being elected to Congress. He has made clear he puts Donald Trump’s victory ahead of the results of our democratic elections. The voters in this district deserve a representative who will uphold our democracy, not undermine it.”
Barrett’s statements, nearly two years after the 2020 election, build on a long track record of election denial that he has, until today, attempted to downplay in this tough race.
The day that the election was called for President Biden, Barrett questioned the results, saying that there was “reasonable doubt” in the outcome. Barrett was one of a handful of state legislators to meet President Trump in the White House to discuss options to disqualify Michigan’s slate of electors. Just two days before the riots on January 6th, Barrett wrote a letter calling on Congress to delay counting the electoral votes and certifying the election.