On Wednesday afternoon, a crowd of Republican campaign workers supporting the re-election of President Donald Trump demonstrated outside the TCF center in Detroit, demanding that the campaign workers “stop the count.
The demonstration began after Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Bill Stepien, issued a statement in which he said the campaign would file a lawsuit with the Michigan Court of Claims to stop counting in the crucial Swing State of Michigan, where Biden is narrowly in the lead with about 99 percent of precincts. Stepien claimed that the President’s campaign has not been granted “reasonable access” to review the counting process.
“Stop the count! Stop the count,” cried the crowd of GOP supporters repeatedly outside the TCF center. Videos of the demonstration were uploaded to social media. Police were on the scene and reportedly prevented them from entering the counting facility.
#BREAKING: Large, animated crowds of âStop the Countâ demonstrators trying to squeeze into the TCF hall in #Detroit where the ballots are counted.
They are blocked by guards at the door.
Pizza boxes are pushed against the window to block the view. It is tense. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/zFhzd88skX
– Steve Patterson (@PattersonNBC) November 4, 2020
“Let us in!” cried the demonstrators.
The election rules provide for 134 challengers to represent each candidate and challenge the results. Detroit Free Press reported that 570 challengers were already walking around freely in the room where the election workers counted the approximately 25,000 absentee ballots of Detroit residents. Among them were 227 Republicans, 268 Democrats and 75 non-partisan challengers.
The demonstrators in front of the TCF Center in Detroit called âStop the count.â The people who identify themselves here as Republicans claim that they may not appear as challengers for the elections while the absence votes are counted. @wdet pic.twitter.com/DMmRztZBCl
– Laura Herberg (@HerbergRadio) November 4, 2020
Republican pollsters within the institution who spoke with Detroit Free Press argued that it was unfair that there were more Democrats than Republicans, even though there were already more of both parties than was technically possible.
Addison Township Republican challenger Nick Sinishtaj told Detroit News that they were unfairly blocking members of his party. “When you come in, they ask which party you belong to, and as soon as you say GOP, they say ‘both are at capacity’. Well, if that was the case, then why did you even ask what my party was,” Sinishtaj said.
In a statement e-mailed to Washington Newsday by Ryan Jarvi, press secretary for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, in response to the Trump campaign’s threat of a Michigan lawsuit, Ryan Jarvi, press secretary for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, said the election was “transparent”.
“The Michigan elections were conducted transparently, with access for both political parties and the public, and a robust system of checks and balances was put in place to ensure that all ballots were counted fairly and accurately. At this time, our department has not yet been notified by the Court of Claims of this suit, and when it is served on us, we will review it and respond accordingly. Michigan will continue to protect the right of all voters to have their ballots counted,” said Jarvi.
CNN and NBC News predict that Biden will be the winner of Michigan. With 99 percent of the precincts having been counted, Biden Trump leads by 1.3 percentage points. The Democrat was supported by about 49.9 percent of Michigan’s electorate, compared to 48.6 percent who support the incumbent president. With 16 voters, Michigan is a decisive victory….