Impeachment-backing Republican says he was advised to say 2020 election was stolen even if he didn't believe it

  In a new analysis published byThe New York Times on Wednesday of the state of the Republican Party after theprimary loss of top Trump critic Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) told the paper that he was intensely pressured by his party to claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen — even if he didn't believe it. “'Policy is not policy toward improving government," Meijer told the newspaper. "It’s policy as a signifier of whether you’re part of the in group or the out group." The Michigan Republican went on to say that he was now squarely in the "out group" for refusing to back Trump's false claims about the 2020 election. "I can’t tell you the number of times somebody said, ‘You don’t have to believe the election is stolen, the important thing isn’t believing it, it’s saying it,’” said Meijer. “That is what a Republican is supposed to do right now.” READ MORE: GOP 'tripled down' on Trump's 'toxicity' ..
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