Trump’s valentine to Brandtjen as Vos-Gableman are “going off the rails”

By: - August 13, 2021 9:55 am
My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaking into a microphone

Mike Lindell | Photo by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0

Former President Donald Trump has found a new Wisconsinite worthy of his praise — and taken another shot at beleaguered Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

Vos is fast becoming a scapegoat for the QAnon-wing of the Republican party despite his having waded very deep into the falsehoods and misinformation about the 2020 presidential election, spreading  them widely. At the same time, he’s had taxpayers pay former Justice Michael Gableman $11,000 a month to lead an election review, with a blank check for spending on whatever investigators and supplies he deems worthy. According to WisPolitics, Vos is also considering signing off on subpoenas for that effort.

This week the Journal Sentinel broke the news that GOP special counsel Gableman attended a ‘fact-finding’ mission at MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s conspiracy-fest in South Dakota along with Rep. Tim Ramthun (R-Cambellsport) and Wisconsin Election Commission member Bob Spindell. 

Kent Mansfield of Authentix shows the Assembly elections committee his “goodies.” | WisEye

Trump had nothing but adulation for Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), who has begun her own investigation as head of the Assembly’s elections committee. Yesterday the committee held a hearing with only one person speaking — Kent Mansfield, by invitation only — to do what amounted to an infomercial of his company Authentix and give the members of the committee “goodies,” as Brandtjen described them, to play with that he explained would add layers of security to Wisconsin ballots if the state purchased Authentix services. 

At the meeting, Brandtjen and Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenfield) discussed what they’d seen on their trip to witness the widely discredited Arizona audit — where they are also looking into using Authentix ballots. In response, Democrat Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) asked, “Are we to spend more to prevent a problem that doesn’t exist?”

Here is the statement by Trump on Brandtjen and Vos that was emailed to the media:

“The people of Wisconsin are lucky to have a strong and great leader like Representative Janel Brandtjen, who issued subpoenas for Brown (Green Bay) and Milwaukee Counties, and all of their election evidence and so-called results. Wisconsin shows many (to put it mildly) signs of cheating in the 2020 election, and people want answers, now. … The Great American Experiment cannot withstand corruption. We must demand our elected officials follow the law, and WE MUST HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. All eyes are on Wisconsin as they begin their election audit.

Rep. Janel Brandtjen tests Authentix ballot security equipment 8/13/21 | WisEye
Rep. Janel Brandtjen tests Authentix ballot security equipment 8/13/21 | WisEye

“Hopefully Republican Speaker Robin Vos has the integrity and strength Wisconsin needs to support Rep. Brandtjen’s efforts. Our Country is counting on it!”


The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, in a press release, had its own take on the MyPillow show and what the statement called Vos’ “GOP’s sham election review, which is currently going off the rails.”

At the MyPillow QAnon bonanza, Gableman was ‘right in the middle trying to absorb everything’ according to Wisconsin state Elections Commissioner Bob Spindell, who was also in attendance. Mike Lindell’s own cybersecurity expert has admitted Lindell’s fringe views and claims about election fraud are bogus.”

Assembly Democratic leader Gordon Hintz expressed his dismay on Twitter: 

“I wonder what the creator of MyPillow has to say about election administration. Just say it out loud. Make sure you are awake. Where is the bottom?”

And Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan is demanding Gableman’s removal by Vos and Republican Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu:

“Gableman must be fired NOW,” Pocan tweeted. “This isn’t about a serious review of elections. This proves it is ONLY about continuing the Big Lie. No tax dollars should go to pay someone who has this terrible of judgment [sic]. Time for ⁦Vos and LeMahieu to act! Embarrassing!”

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Melanie Conklin
Melanie Conklin

Melanie Conklin was the Wisconsin Examiner's founding Deputy Editor, serving from its launch July 1, 2019, until Feb. 1, 2022. She is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications before returning to journalism at the Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.