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A Michigan Republican Party leader who faced grassroots pushback after saying the 2020 presidential election wasn’t stolen and blaming ex-President Donald Trump for the loss has resigned his position with the state party. 

Jason Roe confirmed he stepped down as executive director of the state GOP, but declined to provide a specific reason for the decision. 

“I resigned my position as executive director and the reasons will remain between me and Chairman Weiser,” Roe said in a statement to the Free Press, referring to Michigan GOP Party Chairman Ron Weiser. 

“We’ve built an amazing team and I know they will be very successful in 2022. I look forward to helping however I can.” 

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Roe’s departure comes at a time when Michigan Republican lawmakers and party officials have faced growing pressure from pro-Trump activists to take additional steps to investigate the results of the Nov. 3 presidential election.  

A Michigan Republican Party spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The news was first reported by The Atlantic

Roe joined the Michigan GOP in February, but it was comments he made last year that landed him in hot water with some of the party base.  

In November, Roe told Politico “the election wasn’t stolen” and that “there is no one to blame but Trump” for the party’s defeat in the presidential election. That eventually enraged some in the party. 

In late May, Michigan GOP precinct delegates delivered a resolution calling on the party’s leadership to fire Roe because of what he told Politico. 

Debra Ell, a Republican organizer in Michigan, helped lead the push for the resolution against Roe. “He said there was no fraud — again, that’s something that doesn’t line up with what we think really happened — and then he said it’s all Donald Trump’s fault,” she told the Washington Post.

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Weiser defended Roe at the time.

“While there are a few activists who want to shrink our party and are focused on fighting with other Republicans, my team is focused on growing our party and fighting our true opponents, the Democrats,” he said. “I’d encourage everyone to channel their frustration toward winning in 2022, not attacking each other.”

During a meeting of the North Oakland County Republican Party in March, Weiser was similarly criticized for not doing enough to speak out against elected Republicans like U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer of Grand Rapids and Fred Upton of St. Joseph, who voted to impeach Trump. Roe followed Weiser’s remarks, saying “We’re all on the same side, but it didn’t sound like it there.”

“I’m not going to spend my time fighting a battle we already lost,” Roe said at the time.

“I’m going to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2022. … I’m not dismissing it but I just watched you rudely attack him (Weiser) for trying to help our party move forward.”

Contact Dave Boucher at dboucher@freepress.com or 313-938-4591. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Boucher1.