A chaplain in Detroit, Michigan, had a resounding message for his black fellow voters in the city, insisting that demographics would be clear for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, although supporters of President Donald Trump protested as the election workers counted the ballots until Wednesday night.
“We are about to have all the votes counted,” the chaplain, who was not named, told MSNBC in a video clip that was viewed more than 1.2 million times. “The way to victory in any fight is through Michigan and Detroit… We want every vote to count, because our vote is our vote, and it will be counted, and the election process will be complete. Inside, things are safe, but of course we have intimidation from the outside, but we will not be deterred.
Chaplain in Detroit on the “Stop the Count” protests:
“We will not be deterred… Black votes in Detroit are higher than ever before, and we will determine the outcome ? because we have moved from picking cotton to picking presidents”. #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/J4CLPf21yL
– The back calculation (@therecount) November 4, 2020
The chaplain stood in front of the TCF center in downtown Detroit, where at least four tables with election workers were still counting ballots. Both Democrats and Republicans had gathered outside the counting area and hammered on doors and windows.
Supporters of the president shouted “Let us in” and “Stop the count,” prompting police officers to push back the crowd, as they argued, the Detroit Free Press reported. The Associated Press declared Biden the winner at 6:00 p.m. ET in Michigan, although election workers in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, continued to count the ballots.
But the Trump campaign, which has repeatedly made unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and other irregularities, filed suit in a Michigan court on Wednesday afternoon, demanding that the counting of ballots be temporarily halted in the state until it is given “meaningful” access in numerous locations and allowed to review ballots already opened and processed, the AP reported.
According to the AP’s tabular breakdown, Biden received 50.3 percent of the state’s votes, compared to Trump’s 48.1 percent. And early figures from Wayne County suggest that the Democratic candidate did particularly well. The county is typically a Democratic stronghold, although low enthusiasm among black voters kept many voters away from the polls in 2016, according to the New York Times.
In Detroit, only half of the precincts had turned in their ballots when the AP declared Biden the winner-and almost as many ballots had been counted then as in all the other precincts counted there in 2016, the Times reported.
The Detroit chaplain spoke to these numbers, claiming that the city’s black voters had reached a record number this year. He said he had to “be persistent” and ensure that their vote was counted, even though the Trump campaign insists that the election was rigged.
“And I will say that the black electorate in Detroit is higher than ever, and we will determine the outcome because we have moved from cotton-picking to presidential picking,” the chaplain said.