According to a report from Orlando Weekly, the Florida Supervisors of Elections association issued a panicky memo on Wednesday begging GOP officeholders and candidates to stop talking about Donald Trump's election loss as if it was stolen.
With Republicans trying to stay on the former president's good side by either echoing his unfounded claims or saying nothing at all, election officials in Florida just wish it would all go away so they will stop receiving death threats despite the fact that Trump won the state.
The memo stated, "The Great American Experiment, our cherished democracy, is under threat. Our nation is only as strong as the faith our citizens have that their voice, their vote, has a say in our government. In this hour, public trust in our elections is being systematically undermined, to the detriment of all Americans," before adding the supervisors "continuously strive to debunk false claims, and ensure voters have access to accurate election information."
"Many of us have been threatened by our fellow citizens who have been led astray by these deceptions," it continued before asking officials to "tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy."
As Orlando Weekly's Dara Kam wrote, "The statement from supervisors in a state in which Trump handily defeated his Democratic challenger by more than three percentage points —- a landslide by Florida standards —- comes as elections officials in various parts of the country are receiving death threats, quitting their posts or facing calls for 'audits' to revisit the outcome of the 2020 presidential race."
According to Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett, a former Republican senator from Bradenton, "The fraud that they're talking about is very dangerous for our country because people lose faith in the system. The old adage, you tell a lie, you tell it big enough and long enough, it becomes true. And that really bothers me. It bothers me as a former member of the Legislature. Certainly it bothers me as a veteran. I just hate it."
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