Republican Congressman Paul Mitchell has branded President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the recent presidential election “stupid” and called on him to stop repeating them.
Mitchell, who represents Michigan’s 10th congressional district but did not run for re-election in 2020, responded to a tweet from the president on Sunday with the hashtag #stopthestupid.
“We have some big things happening in our various litigations on the Election Hoax. Everybody knows it was Rigged,” Trump wrote. “They know Biden didn’t get more votes from the Black community than Obama, & certainly didn’t get 80,000,000 votes. Look what happened in Detroit, Philadelphia, plus!”
“Oh my God,” Mitchell responded. “@realDonaldTrump Please for the sake of our Nation please drop these arguments without evidence or factual basis.”
Some social media users criticized the Republican and said there was evidence of fraud. However, the Trump campaign has failed to produce proof of mass voter fraud so far and their lawsuits have been largely unsuccessful.
Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California picked up on Mitchell’s tweet, saying: “I agree with GOP @RepPaulMitchell and the hashtag he wrote, #stopthestupid.”
Other Twitter users also embraced Mitchell’s hashtag, including conservative lawyer George Conway and former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, both critics of the president.
“It is a conspiracy and the election is being stolen but no one has ‘seen the evidence,'” Mitchell had tweeted on November 28 in response to comments by Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel.
“The result—loss of faith in our elections. Adversary nations have tried to do this to America—we do it to ourselves.”
Mitchell was first elected to Congress in 2016 but announced earlier this year that he would retire after just two terms. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family, especially his nine-year-old son, who has special needs, according to the Detroit Free Press.
However, Mitchell also criticized rhetoric in modern politics, saying: “You look at the rhetoric and vitriol, it overwhelms policy, politics becomes the norm.”
“Everything’s about politics. Everything’s about an election. And at some point of time, that’s not why I came here,” he said.
In 2019, Mitchell asked for a 15-minute meeting with Trump to discuss chants at one of the president’s rallies aimed at Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. He was one of several Republicans concerned about the crowd shouting “Send her back.”
“It’s one thing to do chants of ‘lock her up.’ But a chant like this is simply not reflective of our constitution,” Mitchell said.