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Lahmeyer and his supporters target fellow Republicans and push 2020 election lies at rally


Trump diehard Jackson Lahmeyer is shaping up to be incumbent Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s main challenger next November, and at a rally Thursday night in Broken Arrow, he and supporters focused their attacks on their fellow Republicans.

Lies about widespread voter fraud and a 2020 election stolen from former President Donald Trump were a focal point of the event. The lineup of speakers included several high-profile supporters of what’s come to be known as the Big Lie, and they focused their animus toward Republicans who did not ultimately object to the election results — primarily, Lankford.

"On Jan. 6, every single elected official that voted to certify that election was derelict in their duties," said Trump-endorsed candidate for Congress Joe Kent of Washington.

"We should all be saying we don't want people in office that don't have principle. We don't want people in office representing us that doesn't actually adhere to that oath. We call those in Oklahoma RINOs," said Oklahoma state GOP Chair John Bennett, who openly supports Lahmeyer.

RINO stands for Republican in name only.

Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers urged those in attendance to contact their state lawmakers and ask that they decertify the election results and perform audits as part of a plan to put Trump back in office. The former president won Oklahoma by 33 points, carrying all 77 counties and garnering less than 50% of votes in only Oklahoma County.

"And if you think Oklahoma went red, they would have been redder. OK? Missouri is saying — they went 19 points for the president, the real president, and they probably were 39 points," Rogers said.

Lahmeyer, who refuses to refer to President Joe Biden as anything other than “the former vice president,” repeated several false claims about voter fraud, including that 50,000 fraudulent ballots were discovered in one county in Arizona. That did not happen.

Lahmeyer called for an audit of Oklahoma’s election results and claimed without evidence there had been "tremendous fraud" in Tulsa and Oklahoma counties.

"Well, James Lankford may not say it, but Jackson Lahmeyer will shout it. The 2020 presidential election, that was a stolen election, and it can never, ever happen again," Lahmeyer said.

Lahmeyer also pledged never to support Mitch McConnell as leader of the U.S. Senate, saying he would only back "an America-first patriot." For that situation to arise, however, Republicans need to reclaim a majority in the chamber.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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