Supporters of President Trump on Saturday night took their anger over the election results from the State Capitol steps in a quiet area of Detroit, Michigan, where Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson lives.
About 20 protesters, some of them armed, stood outside Ms Benson’s home for about half an hour, chanting through megaphone that they refused to accept the election results, which President-elect Joseph R Biden Jr. won in Michigan by over 154,000 votes. “No verification, no peace,” they shouted, adding that Ms Benson was a “murderer” and a “criminal”. Officers from the Detroit Police Department showed up after about 20 minutes, but no arrests were made.
The protest was the latest example of the hostility faced by some election officials across the country. Many have received emails, phone calls and letters full of threats and even threats of violence, resulting from their work in the elections. In Georgia, even the wife of the Secretary of State has received “sexualized threats”.
Ms Benson made a statement that she was at home with her family, including her 4-year-old son, at the time of the protest.
“Through threats of violence, intimidation and intimidation, the armed people outside my home and their political allies seek to undermine and silence the will and voice of all voters in this state, little doesn’t matter who they voted for, ”Ms. Benson, a Democrat, said in the statement. “Their goal is to nullify and overturn the results of an election which are clear and unequivocal.”
A video of the protests was posted to the “Stop the Steal Michigan” Facebook site and showed that the group, which has sponsored several protests at the State Capitol and busy detroit intersections since the Nov. 3 election, were over in addition targeted with their manifestations.
The protests come after the Trump campaign or its allies filed at least five lawsuits, attempting to overturn Michigan election results. All of them failed as county, state and federal judges noted that the allegations of rigged elections were baseless and that affidavits filed by Republican ballot candidates were not credible. The election was certified by Michigan’s 83 counties and the State Board of Canvassers.
In addition to the prosecutions, Republicans held two separate legislative committee hearings with 11 hours of testimony over two days from Republican ballot candidates and Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. Mr Giuliani is trying to get the state to assign his 16 voters to Mr Trump, but legislative leaders have said they will abide by state law, which requires the winner of the popular vote to receive all 16 votes of the vote. electoral college.