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‘Stop the steal’: Trump supporters rally at Michigan Capitol

Paul Sancya/AP Photo A President Trump supporter carries his rifle during a rally at the Capitol building in Lansing, Mich., Saturday.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People waving U.S. and Trump flags rallied Saturday at the Michigan Capitol as speakers cast doubt on the results of the Nov. 3 election and encouraged Republican lawmakers to deliver Michigan’s electoral votes to the president.

“We all know the president won an overwhelming victory on Tuesday and it’s got to stay that way,” Mark Johnston of Grosse Pointe Woods insisted.

Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump by more than 140,000 votes in Michigan, according to unofficial results. But since the election, the campaign and some residents have filed lawsuits, alleging fraud in the counting of Detroit absentee ballots.

Judges, however, have refused to stop certification of the results. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the U.S. election. Judge Timothy Kenny said claims in Detroit were not “credible.”

Randy Bishop, a conservative radio host in northern Michigan, urged Republican leaders in the Legislature to “break the law” and seat Trump electors instead of Biden supporters when the state’s 16 electoral votes are officially entered. The GOP lawmakers have said they won’t do it.

Some of the hundreds of people at the Capitol held signs that said “stop the steal.”

“I trust the system,” Melanie Baker of Warren told The Detroit News. “I don’t trust the politicians behind the system at all.”

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