While the Blue Wall may have given Joe Biden the Electoral College victory and 5 million more votes than Donald Trump, the red line has remained strong as Republicans stay mostly silent about Trump's claims of voter fraud.
That's why it's notable that Michigan Congressman Paul Mitchell (R-Shelby Township) refused to toe the party line, and called out Trump on Twitter for his refusal to concede.
Former Royal Oak city commissioner Marie Donigan immediately responded, telling him it's time to spread the word to his Republican colleagues.
"But who do you think you are talking to? I see it but I get it. Wouldn't it be better to pick up a phone and talk to your colleagues?" she wrote.
Others thought he was wrong for failing to stand by Trump's claims despite the lack of evidence and the fact his lawsuits alleging rampant voter fraud have been tossed out of courts.
"I'm comfortable waiting on the legal pursuits. something stinks and he needs you all to stand with him," Cheryl wrote on Twitter. Most other Republicans have taken this position, which caused former President Barack Obama to call them out for "humoring him" despite the fact they know it's wrong. Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said the election was safe, legal and transparent, and a federal oversight committee said this was the most secure election in history.
Former Trump national security advisor Jon Bolton joined the voices calling on Trump and other Republicans to stop playing games and get real with the president's supporters. "It's critical for other Republican leaders to stand up and explain what actually happened: Donald Trump lost what, by any evidence we have so far, was a free and fair election," Bolton said on ABC this weekend.
This isn't the first time Mitchell has tangled with Trump, despite the fact they're both Republicans. After Trump sent a tweet on July 14th telling four minority women in Congress to “go back” to their countries of origin, Mitchell went public. He said he called a fellow House GOP leader and asked him to persuade Trump to cease his rhetoric, adding, "It’s the wrong thing for a leader to say," and "politically damaging to the party, to the country."
Mitchell, a businessman considered the wealthiest member of Congress with an estimated $37.7 million, said he discussed his "misgivings" about the president's rhetoric with Vice President Mike Pence, and the Vice President's then-Chief of Staff, Marc Short. He said he "begged" for a one-on-one conversation with Trump. It's unclear if the meeting ever happened.
Shortly after the election, Mitchell also took on the president for saying he would have won "easily," if only "legal votes" were counted. There has been no evidence there was widespread illegal voting, though Trump tried to stop the counting of absentee ballots in several states, including Michigan, when they started to trend toward a Biden win.