A number of Donald Trump supporters have joined protests to persuade election workers to stop counting votes.
In Michigan, the “Stop the Count” demonstrations began outside the Detroit TCF center on Wednesday night, causing police officers to push back the crowds.
The riots began after Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Bill Stepien, issued a statement saying the campaign would file a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims to stop counting in the crucial swing state of Michigan, led by Joe Biden.
“President Trump’s campaign has not been given meaningful access to numerous counting sites to observe the opening of the ballots and the counting process as guaranteed by law in Michigan,” Stepien said in a statement.
“We filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to stop the counting process until meaningful access is granted. We are also calling for review of the ballots that were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.
He added: “President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else,” Stepien concluded in his statement.
Several videos with crowds of Republican supporters shouting, “Stop the count! circulated in social media and attracted a lot of attention as similar protests took place in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
A number of celebrities voting for the Democrats condemned the protests on Twitter.
“In the United States of America, people are protesting against the ‘vote count’,” Bernice King twittered.
In the United States of America, people are protesting against the ‘vote count’.
– Be a King (@BerniceKing) November 5, 2020
While music icon Cher Trump mocked because he did not graciously accept defeat, he asked if he was 5 years old.
WHAT WITH THE CLOSED
âITâS NOT FAIRâ B.S.
trumpâs ALWAYS TALKING ABOUTâï¸
WHAT IS, 5âï¸
– Cher (@cher) November 5, 2020
Trump’s frequent critic Bette Midler shared a meme denigrating Trump’s call to stop counting.
And yet, SOOOOOO President. pic.twitter.com/23LOygQEy6
– bettemidler (@BetteMidler) November 5, 2020
Comedian Sarah Cooper showed footage of a protest and asked why the demonstrators were protesting against democracy.
Trump supporters protest… *checks comments* …democracy pic.twitter.com/cOMlkPfdwD
– Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) November 5, 2020
Musician John Legend has tweeted: “Just to be clear, is Team Trump protesting to count out all the votes or to stop the count? Oh, so it all depends on who wins. I get the point. Makes perfect sense.”
So I’m clear: Is Team Trump protesting to count all the votes or to stop counting? Oh, so it depends on who wins. I get it. Makes perfect sense. https://t.co/QbbwuYs0DF
– John Legend (@johnlegend) November 5, 2020
Activist Shaun King described the protests as “complete stupidity.
In Arizona, Trump supporters are outside the polls chanting “COUNT THE CHOICE”.
In Pennsylvania, Trump supporters are outside the polls chanting “STOP THE COUNT.
– Shaun King (@shaunking) November 5, 2020
The actor David Schneider tweeted: “How do you even begin to defend the chant “Stop the count!” where you think you can lose, and “Count the vote!” where you think you can win?
How do you even begin to defend the chants of “Stop the count!” where you think you might lose, and “Count out this vote!” where you think you might win? https://t.co/LbSFYCtpBn
– David Schneider (@davidschneider) November 5, 2020
said enchanting actress Alyssa Milano: “President Trump’s unprovoked attempt to silence these voices is un-American, undemocratic and distracting. People on the left and right have condemned the president for his unfounded accusations of ballot box fraud.
President Trumpâ’s groundless attempt to silence these voices is un-American, undemocratic and distracting. People on the left and right have condemned the President for his unsubstantiated allegations of ballot box fraud.Â https://t.co/xhtN7TXAPW #CountEveryVote
– Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 5, 2020
Avengers actor Mark Ruffalo showed a video and tweeted: “Cut to Arizona, where there are armed whites threatening to disrupt the vote count and state volunteers. Nothing happens to them