On Friday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) warned of what the 2022 midterm elections mean for the future of democracy in America.
On MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” host Nicolle Wallace noted how Benson was “just the kind of person” former President Donald Trump wanted to replace to potentially void the 2024 election if the vote doesn’t go through. his, or another Republican’s, path.
Benson, who was elected Michigan’s top electoral official in 2018, was bullied by Trump supporters after the 2020 election amid the GOP’s ultimately unsuccessful efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.
“You’re not exactly the type of person, but in Michigan specifically, what Donald Trump wants to change next, what are your warnings about 2024?” Wallace asked Benson.
“That 2022 will decide if we have a democracy in 2024,” Benson replied.
“Our ability to protect and defend democracy in 2020 depended entirely on people of integrity on both sides of the aisle, protecting the will of the people, saying no, when the president called and said, ‘Find me some votes.’ and certifying the elections”. despite the threats, violence and challenges of these certification processes,” she said.
The 2022 midterms “is when voters will decide who the players will be in 2024,” she continued. So it’s “an opportunity for us to choose champions of democracy and reject those conspiracy theorists who very clearly wouldn’t certify an election they don’t agree with.”
Benson expressed hope that voters “would make the right choice.”
“This is our chance between now and Election Day to impress upon voters in states like Michigan, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada that democracy is at stake,” she concluded. “Their vote this year will determine his future.”
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