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Donald Trump hails Texas Lt. Governor for offering $1 Million as reward for evidence of voter fraud

 Donald Trump has praised Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick after the Republican offered a $1 million reward for evidence that supports the president's unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.

Lt Gov Patrick said he would pay out rewards from his own campaign funds for information that leads to voter fraud arrests and convictions, as Trump refuses to concede the election. 

'Whistleblowers and tipsters should turn over their evidence to local law enforcement. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and final conviction of voter fraud will be paid a minimum of $25,000,' Patrick said. 

'I support President Trump's efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted and every illegal vote is disqualified,' he continued. 

 'President Trump's pursuit of voter fraud is not only essential to determine the outcome of this election, it is essential to maintain our democracy and restore faith in future elections,' Patrick said in a statement, which offered no evidence that fraud had occurred.

 Trump was quick to praise Patrick, retweeting a news story about the offer with the comment: 'Thanks Dan. Big win for us in Texas!'

'Thanks Dan. Big Win for us in Texas!' the president tweeted after hearing about the offer

'Thanks Dan. Big Win for us in Texas!' the president tweeted after hearing about the offer

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (pictured) sent out a press release offering $25,000 to $1 million for information on voter fraud

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (pictured) sent out a press release offering $25,000 to $1 million for information on voter fraud

'I support President Trump's efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted,' he said in a statement

'I support President Trump's efforts to identify voter fraud in the presidential election and his commitment to making sure that every legal vote is counted,' he said in a statement 

Trump and his campaign have failed to provide any evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. 

TV networks and the Associated Press called the election for Joe Biden on Saturday after the Democrat pulled ahead in Pennsylvania, securing the 270 electoral college votes he needed to win the presidency. 

Put Trump and his campaign have refused to concede, and launched a series of lawsuits in swing states in a bid to overturn results.


President Trump has made claims of widespread voter fraud but there has so far been no evidence of such

President Trump has made claims of widespread voter fraud but there has so far been no evidence of such

Critics of Lt Gov Patrick have hit out at the offer of rewards, suggesting that it may be an improper contribution to Trump's camapign.

 Jim Clancy, former chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission, said: 'You could argue that this is an in-kind contribution to the Donald Trump campaign. That's his problem'.

 Patrick spokeswoman Sherry Sylvester said the offer was about tackling voter fraud 'regardless of the outcome of the election' .

Most Republicans are refusing to congratulate Biden or declining to push Trump to accept the outcome. 

Over the weekend, Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, another Trump ally, launched a fundraising campaign to 'help us bring it home for the president' but it appears the donations are set to flow into her own re-election account.  

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