(NEXSTAR) – A Republican-led advocacy group is calling on senior Republicans to end their audits of the 2020 election. And they’re doing it with huge billboards that say “Trump Lost.”
Republicans for Voting Rights, an organization operating as part of Defending Democracy Together, has launched a quarter-billion dollar campaign to erect dozens of these billboards in major markets across the country, including one billboard. digital signage in the heart of Times Square.
On Twitter, the Republican Accountability Project – a sister organization of Republicans for Voting Rights (RVR) – confirmed that the Times Square billboard was in place on Wednesday. A representative of the group said that “dozens” of similar digital billboards were already in operation on Thursday. More traditional static billboards are also expected to follow.
Many notice boards are, or soon will be, located in states “where there is discussion of an audit of the 2020 elections,” according to the Republican Accountability Project (RAP) website. Such billboards are being installed in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the RVR.
âThe 2020 election was safe and fair,â RVR director Amanda Carpenter said in a statement shared with Nexstar. “These mock audits are a waste of time and money.”
Trump himself has repeatedly urged Republican lawmakers to conduct audits of the vote count, despite allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election being rejected by many state election officials and even Christopher Krebs, then head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) during the Trump administration.
Despite these certifications, Republican politicians and supporters of Donald Trump have called for audits in several states, often to the detriment of taxpayers. Some of the more notable audits conducted in Georgia and Maricopa County, Arizona, confirmed President Biden’s victory and, in some cases, increased his margin of victory.
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Also called on Republicans to stop “perpetuating the big lie” in a recent tweet to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), Who, during an appearance on Fox News declined to say the election was not “stolen” from Trump.
“Millions of Americans have been sold to a fraud that the election was stolen,” Cheney tweeted Sunday. âRepublicans have a duty to tell the American people that is not true. To perpetuate the big lie is an attack on the heart of our constitutional republic. “
All of RVR’s billboards – both digital and static – will be online starting next week, according to the group.
Defending Democracy Together, the anti-Trump rights organization under which the RVR and RAP operate, was founded within the Trump administration by “longtime conservatives and Republicans,” including Bill Kristol, who served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, and Sarah Longwell, a former Republican chairman of Log Cabin.
âWe are Republicans, former Republicans and conservatives determined to protect the right to vote of every American,â says a post that appears on the Defending Democracy Together website.
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