RNC Co-Chair Lara Trump Vows to Prosecute Anyone Who Cheats in Election: ‘We’ll Find You’

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Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and daughter-in-law of former President Trump, vowed Friday to prosecute anyone who cheats in an election.

“This year is the year we do it,” Lara Trump said at the Turning Point USA convention in Detroit, Michigan. “We are also sending a loud and clear message to anyone who thinks about cheating in an election: we will find you, we will find you, and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

The RNC launched a swing state initiative Friday to mobilize thousands of poll watchers, election workers and lawyers to serve as “election integrity” watchdogs in November.

Lara Trump said the goal was to recruit more than 100,000 poll watchers and 500 lawyers to deploy at election sites across the country.

Trump has a “kind of a pretty good idea” for his vice presidential pick and will likely announce it at the RNC convention.

Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, speaks on stage during “Turning Point’s The Peoples Convention” June 14, 2024 at Huntington Place in Detroit, Michigan. (JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

For decades, the RNC has been limited in its ability to coordinate election monitoring and other election integrity activities by a federal court consent decree established to stop voter intimidation efforts supported by the Republicans. The decree was lifted in 2018.

“We have a unique opportunity right now that we haven’t had in 40 years as a party. For 40 years, a consent decree was imposed on the RNC that did not allow us to train people to work as poll workers.” , said Lara Trump. said at the Turning Point USA event. “Who has trained everyone over the last 40 years? Not the RNC. Think about how many people the DNC has had to train.”

“So now we have this incredible opportunity to be able to train you to work in a polling place. We can train you to work in a tabulation center when the mail-in ballots arrive. We also want lawyers working at all major voting locations. so we’re not reactive, we’re proactive,” she said.

The RNC said its new efforts would focus on stopping “potential Democratic attempts to bend the rules.” The party will deploy observers to observe every step of the election process, create hotlines for poll observers to report perceived problems, and escalate these issues through legal action.

The RNC kickoff event took place at the headquarters of the Oakland County GOP, one of Michigan’s most influential local parties. Oakland County is an affluent suburb of Detroit that for decades was one of Michigan’s premier swing counties. RNC Chairman Michael Whatley said Friday the committee will place election integrity directors in 15 states, including the most contested battlegrounds, and work with state parties to establish similar programs in other states.

“What we have to ensure is the integrity of our election process,” Lara Trump said at the kickoff in Bloomfield Hills, in a suburban county crucial to winning Michigan. “We can never go back and repeat 2020, but we can learn from 2020.” She said most of the RNC is currently focused on the committee’s election integrity agenda.

Eric Trump, executive vice president of Trump Organization Inc., left, and Lara Trump, co-chair of the Republican National Committee, right, during a news conference at Trump Tower in New York, Friday, May 31, 2024. (Yuki Iwamura/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Both parties have a long history of organizing supporters to serve as election observers, and the Democratic National Committee has said it is planning its own volunteer recruitment effort.

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The launch of the RNC initiative comes as the Republican Party faces a significant disadvantage compared to Democrats when it comes to traditional on-the-ground political infrastructure in key states, like campaign offices, community centers and canvassers, according to the Associated Press. President Biden’s campaign and its allies in the Democratic National Committee have opened hundreds of campaign offices across the country, while in many cases Republican officials are still waiting for the Trump campaign and the RNC to commit.

Lara Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 22, 2024 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

DNC spokesperson Alex Floyd said the DNC, “alongside our partners at the state and local level, will not let MAGA Republicans get away with these baseless attacks on our democracy, and we “We will continue to use every tool at our disposal to ensure that everyone.” Americans can make their voices heard at the ballot box. »

The RNC leadership, which former President Trump hand-picked in a major overhaul of the committee earlier this year, followed suit in foreseeing the potential for foul play in this year’s election. Lara Trump qualified her response on CNN earlier this month when asked if she would accept the results of the election.

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“I can tell you that yes, we will accept the results of these elections if we believe they are free, fair and transparent,” she said. “And we’re working overtime to make sure that happens.”

Asked Friday whether the committee plans to challenge the election certification process in swing states that Trump could narrowly lose, Whatley said, “We’re not going to cross any of those bridges right now.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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