What On God’s Green Earth Just Happened With The Votes In Wayne County, Michigan?
Complete chaos has erupted in Wayne County, Michigan – home of Detroit – where the county had initially refused to certify the 2020 election results, only to completely reverse itself and certify the results in a span of hours.
After refusing to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the Wayne Count Board of Canvassers then re-voted 4-0 to unanimously certify the results.
Initially, Monica Palmer, a Republican on the Board, had said that poll books in Detroit were out of balance.
Michigan’s Wayne County unanimously certifies election results showing President-elect Biden defeating President Trump, hours after Republicans first blocked formal approval of voters’ intentions. https://t.co/UNK6JQXoyU
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 18, 2020
Late Tuesday, Team Trump Originally Called Deadlocked Vote ‘Huge Win’
Team Trump legal adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted late Tuesday, “BREAKING: This evening, the county board of canvassers in Wayne County, MI refused to certify the election results. If the state board follows suit, the Republican state legislator will select the electors. Huge win for @realDonaldTrump.
??BREAKING: This evening, the county board of canvassers in Wayne County, MI refused to certify the election results. If the state board follows suit, the Republican state legislator will select the electors. Huge win for @realDonaldTrump
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 17, 2020
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany shared a similar message:
After presenting 234 pages of sworn affidavits raising allegations of fraud in Wayne County, Michigan voting, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers has DECLINED to certify their portion of the Michigan vote.
Joining @seanhannity with more at 9:00 pm ET!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 18, 2020
President Trump also cheered the initial deadlocked vote:
Wow! Michigan just refused to certify the election results! Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020
Board chairwoman Monica Palmer, who is a Republican, told the Detroit News, “Based on what I saw and went through in poll books in this canvass, I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books.”
Board Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch, who is a Democrat, called not certifying the results, “reckless and irresponsible.”
Then the reversal came.
That the election was certified so quickly after originally being blocked may look suspicious to many, given that election irregularities have been claimed in Michigan this cycle, particularly in Detroit.
The Detroit News noted, “In August, 72% of Detroit’s poll books were found to be out of balance, a condition that precluded them from being used if a recount were requested.”
Many have claimed the quick reversal happened due to nefarious influence.
The Detroit news notes that there was an hours-long public comment period after the deadlock vote, and that “the vote was described as a targeted attack on majority-Black Detroit, the largest city in the county and state.”
We now know that the two Wayne County, MI GOP canvassing board members only certified the vote after being threatened by violent leftist radicals.
DOJ/AG Barr must immediately guarantee federal LE protection to any and every election official being threatened.@realDonaldTrump
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 18, 2020
Commentators on the right singled out a man named Ken Staebler, who they believe used threatening language to intimidate the Board.
Watch for yourself:
WAYNE COUNTY BOARD OF CANVASSERS – 2 Republican members voted not to certify the ballots- public comment is now open and it is intense. People calling board members racist. This is commenter Ned Staebler: pic.twitter.com/cEsDlxzVXT
— Jennifer Ann Wilson WXYZ (@JennaWils) November 17, 2020
Other members of the public made impassioned pleas for the board to certify the results:
— Jennifer Ann Wilson WXYZ (@JennaWils) November 18, 2020
If there really were irregularities, as Palmer had claimed, and they certified them anyway, what does that say about our system?
Regardless of the outcome, the results of this election are going to be questioned by many for a long time to come.