Trump-backed GOP pick for Michigan AG has been a vocal supporter of election lies. Emails show just how far he's gone for the cause

September 22, 2022 at 23:16

Former President Donald Trump endorses Matthew DePerno for GOP Michigan attorney general nominee during a rally on April 2, 2022 near Washington, Michigan.
But that fairy tale continues to stoke demands that voting machines be scrapped and the vote in November's midterms be counted by hand.
An attendee holds a sign in support of Matthew DePerno, the Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general, at a GOP convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 23, 2022.
In three states -- Alabama, Arizona and Michigan -- GOP election deniers are running for all three top positions.
In June, investigators for Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf, a DePerno ally, began questioning township clerks in the county about the 2020 election.
Even so, his reputation as a no-holds-barred litigator made him a key player in Antrim County -- where he quickly helped stoke claims of fraud after the 2020 election.
Those researchers quickly produced a report that claimed Dominion voting machines were "intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results."
DePerno's aggressive hunt for voting machines after the Antrim report also led to trouble.
At least one of Leaf's deputies also filed public-records requests last spring to various townships to inspect or copy electronic drives and vote records from the 2020 election.
False narrative about voting machines continuesThe relentless focus by DePerno, Trump and others on attacking voting machines has created a reality-defying belief within the MAGA world: that voting machines can't be trusted and ballots should be counted by hand.
After the June primary in New Mexico, for example, the Republican-controlled Otero County Commission refused to certify the results, citing worries about Dominion voting machines.
MAGA-leaning groups or candidates have filed lawsuits in at least half a dozen states seeking to block the use of voting machines this November.