Threats and Nationwide Bullying Caused Michigan Officials To Cave

Jen­na Ellis, a senior legal advis­er to the Trump 2020 cam­paign, told “Fox News @ Night” on Tues­day that the two Repub­li­cans on Michi­gan’s Wayne Coun­ty Board of Can­vassers involved in a brief dead­lock in the coun­ty’s elec­tion cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process faced threats and alle­ga­tions of racism before they agreed to cer­ti­fy the ballots.

Their deci­sion to side with their Demo­c­rat col­leagues was dra­mat­ic and viewed by con­ser­v­a­tives on social media as a capit­u­la­tion after a bru­tal, two-hour pub­lic pres­sure campaign.

Ellis told Shan­non Bream, the host of the show, that she received reports that these two board mem­bers cor­rect­ly spot­ted dis­crep­an­cies and she said the bal­lot counts in 71% of the coun­ty’s precincts do not match vot­er rolls.

“That’s sig­nif­i­cant,” she said. “That doesn’t mat­ter if you’re a Demo­c­rat or a Repub­li­can. You should be con­cerned about it.”

Kayleigh McE­nany, Trump’s White House press sec­re­tary, announced ear­li­er on Twit­ter that there were 234 pages of sworn affi­davits that raised alle­ga­tions of fraud in the county.

Crit­ics said that the deci­sion not to cer­ti­fy these votes was a direct affront on minor­i­ty communities.

Ned Stae­bler, the chief exec­u­tive of Tech­Town who, accord­ing to the New York Times, is a poll chal­lenger at the T.C.F Cen­ter in the city, said in a viral Zoom meet­ing, “The Trump stain, the stain of racism that you, William Hart­man and Mon­i­ca Palmer, have cov­ered your­self in, is going to fol­low you through­out history.”

He said the two would “for­ev­er be known in south­east­ern Michi­gan as two racists who did some­thing so unprece­dent­ed that they dis­en­fran­chised hun­dreds of thou­sands of Black vot­ers in the city of Detroit.”

Gov. Gretchen Whit­mer, the state’s Demo­c­rat, said in an ear­li­er state­ment, “In refus­ing to approve the results of the elec­tion in Wayne Coun­ty, the two Repub­li­can mem­bers of the Wayne Coun­ty Board of Can­vassers have placed par­ti­san pol­i­tics above their legal duty to cer­ti­fy the elec­tion results.”

Rep. Rashi­da Tlaib, D‑Mich., took to Twit­ter to blame the can­vassers of putting “pol­i­tics about their duty to our residents.”

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