The phrase “free and fair” seemingly no longer applies here in the United States. Especially in Michigan.
Republican electors in the Great Lake State were literally blocked from entering the Capitol Building in Lansing on Monday when trying to cast their ballots for President Trump.
The worst part?
It was supported by the GOP speaker of the House.
Videos posted to social media show state police acting on an order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) and GOP House and Senate leaders, blocking the electors from entering after informing them that electors had already been admitted.
“The electors are already here, they’ve been checked in,” a state police officer says as he and other officers block the entrance to the building.
“The Electors are already here, they’ve been checked in.” Michigan State Police are blocking access to the Capitol, preventing the GOP Electors from getting inside #Michigan #ElectoralCollege #ElectoralCollegeVote pic.twitter.com/GzTK5gGCJ1
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 14, 2020
“Not all of them,” one elector responds.
In another video, the same officer tells the electors he’s not going to get “into a political debate” as they continue to request entrance to fulfill their “constitutional duties.”
“If you have a problem, you can contact the Governor’s office, the Speaker of the House, [or] the Senate majority leader,” the officer added.
“If you have a problem, you can contact the Governor’s office.” State Police block access to the Capitol for the Trump electors, giving no reason for why the building is locked down & redirecting inquiries to Governor Whitmer’s office #Michigan #ElectoralCollege #Lansing pic.twitter.com/wqdPfpMC7H
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 14, 2020
In a lengthy statement on Monday, Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R) , who traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to meet with President Trump, said he worked hard to get him reelected but that he couldn’t support naming a competing set of electors and potentially destroying the country.
Please see my statement below regarding the Electors and the Presidential election. pic.twitter.com/9qGKs1WXL4
— Lee Chatfield (@LeeChatfield) December 14, 2020
“I worked hard to get President Trump reelected this year. I did everything I could. He has done an incredible job for our nation,” he said. “He put our country first and accomplished more than many other presidents have before him.”
“This has led to a national conversation over the Legislature’s role in choosing the electors. I’m a states’ rights guy, so I’m happy to have this conversation. But the Legislature in Michigan chose decades ago to award our electors to the winner of the popular vote,” he continued.
“I can’t fathom risking our norms, traditions, and institutions to pass a resolution retroactively changing the electors for Trump,” he added. “We fear we’d lose our country forever.”
Days Before the Election, Hackers Steal Millions of Dollars From the Wisconsin Republican Party
According to the Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman, hackers have stolen $2.3 million dollars in the final days of the election as President Trump looks to secure the swing state.
The Daily Wire Reports:
“The alleged hack was discovered less than two weeks before Election Day, as Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden made their final push to win Wisconsin and its 10 electoral votes,” the Associated Press reported. “Trump won the state by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016 and was planning his third visit in seven days on Friday. Biden also planned to campaign in Wisconsin on Friday. Polls have consistently shown a tight race in the state, usually with Biden ahead by single digits and within the margin of error.”
The AP notes that Wisconsin Republican Party Chairman Andrew Hitt contacted the FBI last week to notify them of the situation. Hitt told the AP that the money that was stolen was for services that were already rendered.
“We have been in contact with the state party and are assisting them through this process,” said Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens. “The RNC never left Wisconsin after 2016, and we are confident that our ground game and the millions we are spending on TV and digital will deliver us another win there in 2020.”
Whoever is behind the hack surely would like to strip the Republican Party of their financial power.
Inaugural Committee Rejects Motion Acknowledging Biden as President-Elect
The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies rejected a motion acknowledging Biden as president-elect after a 3-to-3 vote in which all Republicans opposed.
The motion put forward read, “I move that the committee notify the American people that we are preparing for the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden Jr., and his Vice President, Kamala Harris, in coordination with the Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee and public health experts to ensure the health and safety of the American people as we observe this transition of power.”
Hoyer criticized his colleagues after the meeting, writing in a statement that “the extent to which Republicans are refusing to accept the outcome of the election and recognize Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next President and Vice President is astounding.”
He added, “Their continued deference to President Trump’s post-election temper tantrums threatens our democracy and undermines faith in our system of elections.”
The other lawmakers who serve on the committee alongside Hoyer are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MO), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Chairman Blunt said in a statement that “it is not the job of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to get ahead of the electoral process and decide who we are inaugurating.”
Biden, call your Office of the President-Elect.
The Inaugural Committee fails to pass simple resolution *ACKNOWLEDGING BIDEN AS PRESIDENT-ELECT* after all Republicans opposed.
The resolution fails 3-3. It means all preparations to swear in Biden are premature.
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) December 8, 2020
We will follow up as this story develops.