Former President Donald Trump is supporting Republican Kristina Karamo, an outspoken critic of the 2020 election, to be Michigan’s next secretary of state, a development that will likely bolster her campaign.
Trump announced his endorsement of Karamo to be Michigan’s top election official on Tuesday, saying the Oak Park educator is “strong on crime, including the massive crime of election fraud.” Karamo traveled to Arizona in June to view that state’s audit of the 2020 vote and has said there’s “overwhelming evidence” that gives residents “reasonable concerns” about the result in Michigan.
“Kristina will fight for you like no other, and of equal importance, she will fight for justice,” Trump said in a statement. “Good luck Kristina, and while you’re at it, check out the fake election results that took place in the city of Detroit.”
Democrat Joe Biden defeated Trump by 154,000 votes or 3 percentage points in 2020 in Michigan. Dozens of audits by election officials, a series of court rulings and an investigation by the GOP-controlled state Senate have upheld the result.