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Merrill meets with Trump to discuss election integrity

Merrill says Trump praised Alabama as a standard for other states.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill met with former president Donald Trump Tuesday to discuss election integrity. (Photo courtesy of John Merrill)

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill met with former president Donald Trump Tuesday at Mar-a-lago to discuss election integrity and accountability, Merrill said Thursday.

What was scheduled as a 30-minute meeting turned into an hour and a half, Merrill said, and then continued with Merrill being invited back for dinner at the resort.

“We talked about everything he wanted to talk about,” Merrill said. “One of the things I’ve discovered with him is that you know what you want to talk to him about when you have the privilege to talk to him, but you also talk with him about all the things he wants to talk about as long as he wants to talk about them.”

The main topic of discussion though was elections and the voting process.

“As you can imagine we talked about the 2020 election and he could not quit bragging on Alabama,” Merrill said. “He was very generous with his comments about the work that I and our team have done.”

Trump also discussed his concerns about other states’ processes with Merrill. While Merrill said those concerns are “private” he said “they were and are being addressed.”

Merrill also said there is “no doubt” that Trump believes Alabama’s election process is the standard for what should be expected across the country.

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It’s no secret that Trump believes the 2020 election was unfair to his campaign, with his “Stop the Steal” campaign crescendoing in the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. 

However, Merrill said Trump did not levy any accusations against Alabama, giving nothing but praise to the state’s system.

Merrill has also recently met twice with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has alleged that 100,000 votes were flipped in the state while Merrill said that claim has no evidence.

“He has not been able to introduce any issues of concern to us and introduced no evidence of irregularities or inconsistencies,” Merrill said. 

Following the meeting, Merrill also announced that he is working with Trump on an election-related project that will be announced in January, but did not give further details.

Merrill said Trump also wanted to talk about Alabama politics and football.

Regarding state politics, Merrill said Trump reiterated positions that have been “well-covered” already including his support of Mo Brooks for Senate and his friendship with Gov. Kay Ivey.

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He also wanted to talk about the previous weekend’s Iron Bowl.

“You could tell he really watched the game,” Merrill said. “He was really impressed by the game-tying drive.”

They talked about the SEC Championship game, too, but Merrill said Trump wasn’t making any picks for the game.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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