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The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal

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There was a Politico article that is a long read, but talked in some detail about the presidential election in Michigan. I'm going to rant about the dishonest behavior of many Republicans and then provide quotes from the article.

Many Republicans have been repeating lies about the elections based on a false narrative the Republicans and their allied media have spread. These lies undermine not just this election, but also the idea of elections as our way of choosing leaders. This has been willful by some Republicans who know better but do it anyway. Republicans have attacked other Republicans who refuse to go along with lie. That's very bad for conservatives unless they actually want to turn into a fascist bloc.

Maybe what angers me the most is the many Republicans who don't respect the votes of others, but tout their own voting as sacred. What the fuck? Am I a lesser human or lesser American because of how I vote? If you think so, you ought to reexamine some of the founding tenets of this country. Too many Republicans have been gleeful about invalidating millions of votes from citizens. Again, what the fuck? Do you want fair elections or not? Fair elections mean YOU CAN LOSE. Finally, if you're going to resort to screaming 'voting fraud' without evidence as your justification for not believing YOU LOST, you are a baby, not an adult. Don't shout fraud, don't assume fraud. Don't assume procedures you don't understand are wrong and fraudulent. Show strong evidence (strong evidence, not speculation, not weak evidence) and check your evidence with someone who knows what the election procedures are, like Republicans with years of elections experience. Like..... maybe Raffensperger in GA.

So, the high points from the article about Michigan.

 

The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal

(Politico) ... the drama in Lansing raised deeper questions about the health of our political system and the sturdiness of American democracy. Why were Republicans who privately admitted Trump’s legitimate defeat publicly alleging massive fraud?

In conversations with more than two dozen Michigan insiders—elected officials, party elders, consultants, activists—it became apparent how the state’s conditions were ripe for this sort of slow-motion disaster. Michigan is home to Detroit, an overwhelmingly majority Black city, that has always been a favorite punching bag of white Republicans... Perhaps most important, Trump’s allies in Michigan proved to be more career-obsessed, and therefore more servile to his whims, than GOP officials in any other state he has cultivated during his presidency...

...the president’s efforts here were aimed not at overturning the results, but rather at testing voters’ faith in the ballot box and Republicans’ loyalty to him.

“We have to see this for what it is. It’s a PR strategy to erode public confidence in a very well-run election to achieve political ends,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said in an interview last week.

The irony of Michigan’s electoral meltdown is that Election Day, in the eyes of veteran clerks and poll workers across the state, was the smoothest it had ever been... There were no documented instances of voter intimidation. No outcry over precincts opening late or closing early. Heck, in the state’s biggest and busiest voting jurisdictions, there were no lines to complain about. The day was eerily uneventful.

Because state law prohibited the processing of absentee votes until 7 a.m. on Election Day—preventing workers from getting a head start with the time-consuming work of opening envelopes, removing ballots and preparing them for tabulation—everyone understood the state would face a historic backlog of votes to count once the polls closed at 8 p.m...

...More than half of Michigan’s voters chose to vote absentee, the result of a new law that predated the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that scared many people away from voting in-person. For this reason, Michiganders were not congratulating themselves when the polls closed on election night. They knew the real gantlet lay ahead.

...But many Republicans didn’t believe the election would be terribly close to begin with... The common expectation was that the president would lose comfortably, by at least 4 or 5 points, a margin that would render any controversy about absentee voting meaningless.

...around 10 p.m. on election night... Trump had built a lead of nearly 300,000 votes on the strength of same-day ballots that were disproportionately favorable to him. ...Michigan Republicans scrambled to protect that lead. Laura Cox, chair of the state party, began dialing prominent lawmakers, attorneys and activists, urging them to get down to the TCF Center, the main hub of absentee vote counting in Detroit. She was met with some confusion; there were already plenty of Republicans there, as scheduled, working their shifts as poll challengers. It didn’t matter, Cox told them. It was time to flood the zone.

...Now, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, things were going sideways. Groups of Republican poll challengers were clustering around individual counting tables in violation of the rules. People were raising objections—such as to the transferring of military absentees onto ballots that could be read by machines, a standard practice—that betrayed a lack of preparation.

By five o’clock on Wednesday morning, it was apparent Trump’s lead would not hold.

His cushion over Biden had been whittled down to 70,000 votes. There remained hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in the large, Democratic strongholds of Detroit, Lansing and Flint. The math was simply not workable for the president. Just before 9:30 a.m., Biden overtook Trump in the tally of Michigan’s votes...

The true insanity was saved for Detroit... Cox, the party chair, tweeted out a video of her comrades standing outside the locked-up downtown building. “Republican poll challengers blocked from entering the TCF Center in Detroit! This is egregious!” she wrote.

Truly egregious was Cox’s dishonesty. At the time of her tweet, several hundred of her party’s poll challengers, attorneys and representatives were already inside the TCF Center monitoring the count. By law, Republicans were allowed to have 134 challengers in the room, one for each tabulation table. In reality, the GOP had far more than that, according to sworn testimony from nonpartisan poll watchers inside the TCF Center.

Another chapter ---- Revenge for certifying the vote

“Principled conservatives who respect the rule of law and speak out suddenly find themselves outcasts in a party that is no longer about conservativism but Trumpism.”

[The statewide certification a few weeks later] ...Within minutes of Van Langevelde’s vote for certification... the fires of retaliation raged. In GOP circles, there were immediate calls for Van Langevelde ... to lose his job in the House of Representatives; to be censured on the floor of the Legislature and exiled from the party forever. Actionable threats against him and his family began to be reported. The Michigan State Police worked with local law enforcement to arrange a security detail.

...Trump’s legacy will be his unprecedented assault on the legitimacy of the ballot box... [The] GOP will make casual insinuations of voter fraud central to the party’s brand...

... There is little cause for optimism. If the majority of GOP politicians couldn’t be bothered to do the easy work of debunking crackpot conspiracy theories, how likely are they to do the hard work of hardening our democracy?...

Another interesting fact from the article:

There were valid concerns about some inconsistencies in the balancing of Detroit’s poll books... [BUT] Livonia, which is 95 percent white, had more poll-book irregularities than Detroit, which is 80 percent Black.

 

 


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All the Trump lawsuits can be summed up with these words: Black votes don't matter.

That's why they keep getting their asses kicked in just about every courtroom.  They won one this week in a lower court & today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court bitch slapped the petitioners & the judge who tried to stop the already certified certification ending the useless injunction.

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6 hours ago, HipKat said:

There was a Politico article that is a long read, but talked in some detail about the presidential election in Michigan. I'm going to rant about the dishonest behavior of many Republicans and then provide quotes from the article.

Many Republicans have been repeating lies about the elections based on a false narrative the Republicans and their allied media have spread. These lies undermine not just this election, but also the idea of elections as our way of choosing leaders. This has been willful by some Republicans who know better but do it anyway. Republicans have attacked other Republicans who refuse to go along with lie. That's very bad for conservatives unless they actually want to turn into a fascist bloc.

Maybe what angers me the most is the many Republicans who don't respect the votes of others, but tout their own voting as sacred. What the fuck? Am I a lesser human or lesser American because of how I vote? If you think so, you ought to reexamine some of the founding tenets of this country. Too many Republicans have been gleeful about invalidating millions of votes from citizens. Again, what the fuck? Do you want fair elections or not? Fair elections mean YOU CAN LOSE. Finally, if you're going to resort to screaming 'voting fraud' without evidence as your justification for not believing YOU LOST, you are a baby, not an adult. Don't shout fraud, don't assume fraud. Don't assume procedures you don't understand are wrong and fraudulent. Show strong evidence (strong evidence, not speculation, not weak evidence) and check your evidence with someone who knows what the election procedures are, like Republicans with years of elections experience. Like..... maybe Raffensperger in GA.

So, the high points from the article about Michigan.

The Inside Story of Michigan’s Fake Voter Fraud Scandal

(Politico) ... the drama in Lansing raised deeper questions about the health of our political system and the sturdiness of American democracy. Why were Republicans who privately admitted Trump’s legitimate defeat publicly alleging massive fraud?

In conversations with more than two dozen Michigan insiders—elected officials, party elders, consultants, activists—it became apparent how the state’s conditions were ripe for this sort of slow-motion disaster. Michigan is home to Detroit, an overwhelmingly majority Black city, that has always been a favorite punching bag of white Republicans... Perhaps most important, Trump’s allies in Michigan proved to be more career-obsessed, and therefore more servile to his whims, than GOP officials in any other state he has cultivated during his presidency...

...the president’s efforts here were aimed not at overturning the results, but rather at testing voters’ faith in the ballot box and Republicans’ loyalty to him.

“We have to see this for what it is. It’s a PR strategy to erode public confidence in a very well-run election to achieve political ends,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said in an interview last week.

The irony of Michigan’s electoral meltdown is that Election Day, in the eyes of veteran clerks and poll workers across the state, was the smoothest it had ever been... There were no documented instances of voter intimidation. No outcry over precincts opening late or closing early. Heck, in the state’s biggest and busiest voting jurisdictions, there were no lines to complain about. The day was eerily uneventful.

Because state law prohibited the processing of absentee votes until 7 a.m. on Election Day—preventing workers from getting a head start with the time-consuming work of opening envelopes, removing ballots and preparing them for tabulation—everyone understood the state would face a historic backlog of votes to count once the polls closed at 8 p.m...

...More than half of Michigan’s voters chose to vote absentee, the result of a new law that predated the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that scared many people away from voting in-person. For this reason, Michiganders were not congratulating themselves when the polls closed on election night. They knew the real gantlet lay ahead.

...But many Republicans didn’t believe the election would be terribly close to begin with... The common expectation was that the president would lose comfortably, by at least 4 or 5 points, a margin that would render any controversy about absentee voting meaningless.

...around 10 p.m. on election night... Trump had built a lead of nearly 300,000 votes on the strength of same-day ballots that were disproportionately favorable to him. ...Michigan Republicans scrambled to protect that lead. Laura Cox, chair of the state party, began dialing prominent lawmakers, attorneys and activists, urging them to get down to the TCF Center, the main hub of absentee vote counting in Detroit. She was met with some confusion; there were already plenty of Republicans there, as scheduled, working their shifts as poll challengers. It didn’t matter, Cox told them. It was time to flood the zone.

...Now, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, things were going sideways. Groups of Republican poll challengers were clustering around individual counting tables in violation of the rules. People were raising objections—such as to the transferring of military absentees onto ballots that could be read by machines, a standard practice—that betrayed a lack of preparation.

By five o’clock on Wednesday morning, it was apparent Trump’s lead would not hold.

His cushion over Biden had been whittled down to 70,000 votes. There remained hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots to be counted in the large, Democratic strongholds of Detroit, Lansing and Flint. The math was simply not workable for the president. Just before 9:30 a.m., Biden overtook Trump in the tally of Michigan’s votes...

The true insanity was saved for Detroit... Cox, the party chair, tweeted out a video of her comrades standing outside the locked-up downtown building. “Republican poll challengers blocked from entering the TCF Center in Detroit! This is egregious!” she wrote.

Truly egregious was Cox’s dishonesty. At the time of her tweet, several hundred of her party’s poll challengers, attorneys and representatives were already inside the TCF Center monitoring the count. By law, Republicans were allowed to have 134 challengers in the room, one for each tabulation table. In reality, the GOP had far more than that, according to sworn testimony from nonpartisan poll watchers inside the TCF Center.

Another chapter ---- Revenge for certifying the vote

“Principled conservatives who respect the rule of law and speak out suddenly find themselves outcasts in a party that is no longer about conservativism but Trumpism.”

[The statewide certification a few weeks later] ...Within minutes of Van Langevelde’s vote for certification... the fires of retaliation raged. In GOP circles, there were immediate calls for Van Langevelde ... to lose his job in the House of Representatives; to be censured on the floor of the Legislature and exiled from the party forever. Actionable threats against him and his family began to be reported. The Michigan State Police worked with local law enforcement to arrange a security detail.

...Trump’s legacy will be his unprecedented assault on the legitimacy of the ballot box... [The] GOP will make casual insinuations of voter fraud central to the party’s brand...

... There is little cause for optimism. If the majority of GOP politicians couldn’t be bothered to do the easy work of debunking crackpot conspiracy theories, how likely are they to do the hard work of hardening our democracy?...

Another interesting fact from the article:

There were valid concerns about some inconsistencies in the balancing of Detroit’s poll books... [BUT] Livonia, which is 95 percent white, had more poll-book irregularities than Detroit, which is 80 percent Black.

LOL

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46 minutes ago, Albany,n.y. said:

All the Trump lawsuits can be summed up with these words: Black votes don't matter.

That's why they keep getting their asses kicked in just about every courtroom.  They won one this week in a lower court & today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court bitch slapped the petitioners & the judge who tried to stop the already certified certification ending the useless injunction.

The only “win” was the difference between standing 10’ and 6’ away....


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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Na na na, na ...


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Yup

Nothing to see in Michigan, either.

Real Americans will keep on fighting to ensure our election process is fair and free while losers like Hip will ignore and pretend it doesn't exist.

Enemy of the people 

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