The Republicans’ 2022 platform is outlined in a 40-page document that addresses state issues but also much broader priorities such as calling for the U.S. to leave the United Nations. Delegates approved it over the weekend, at the party’s convention in Houston.
“We believe that the 2020 election violated Article 1 and 2 of the US Constitution,” the Texas Republicans said in their new platform. They accuse several secretaries of state of illegal actions, alleging that “substantial election fraud in key metropolitan areas” distorted the results in Biden’s favor.
“We reject the certified results of the 2020 presidential election, and we hold that acting President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected by the people of the United States,” the GOP platform stated.
The pro-Trump stance sets the tone for November’s midterm election date. It also suggests the Texas GOP will use Trump’s claims to stoke voter turnout: The section on election fraud concludes by urging every Republican to vote in order to “overwhelm any possible fraud.”
The film was recently discussed during a Jan. 6 committee hearing, when former Attorney General Bill Barr said the film’s central premise, that electronic location data proved people were used as “mules” to stuff ballot boxes, was “just indefensible.”
2,000 Mules was directed by Dinesh D’Souza, who, in 2014, admitted to making illegal campaign contributions in other people’s names a form of election law fraud, in other words. The controversial activist was pardoned by Trump in 2018. The former president hosted a showing of the film in Florida last month.
Saying the U.S. government has impaired Texas’ right of self-government, the platform calls for rejecting any legislation that conflicts with the state’s rights — and it suggests leaving the union might be the answer.