Insurrection, Trump abuses threaten your vote and your liberty

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Muskegon County Airport, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Norton Shores, Mich.

Michiganders who love liberty should be alarmed at what we are learning about former President Donald Trump and the legacy of Trumpism that he is leaving behind.

As a lawyer who specializes in defending individual rights and freedoms, I am clear-eyed enough to know that the people we elect to serve us — Republicans and Democrats — don’t always stay within their constitutional boundaries. When they stray, they must be held accountable. What Trump has done, however, according to the evidence of the special congressional committee investigating his role in trying to overturn the 2020 election results, go well beyond the pale — with repercussions that threaten our votes and our rights this election cycle and beyond.

We know Trump was aware that his supporters were heavily armed when they attended the rally that led to the attack on Congress, and even encouraged them. We know Trump applied enormous pressure on elections officials to change the results of votes Americans had already cast for president in 2020. We know he sent fake electors to steal the election and pressured the Department of Justice to help him alter the outcome. We know Trump thought then-Vice President Mike Pence deserved to be hanged.

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