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What the heck is happening in Michigan, folks? If you blinked, you probably missed a series of very interesting events that took place in rapid succession yesterday and culminated in Republican election canvassing board members refusing to certify election results. So let’s start from the beginning.
On the evening of the 17th, the Detroit-area county board of canvassers was unable to certify their presidential election results by the required deadline due to a deadlock vote of 2:2. This would mean that a state panel would then have 10 days to review and certify. The 2 Republicans, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, voted against certification of the ballot count, citing irregularities that warranted further investigation.
“Based on what I saw and went through in poll books in this canvass, I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books.”
Immediately, the two Republican board members were threatened, doxxed, and labeled racists. Another board member specifically said, “I want you to think about what this means for your kids, who probably go to [name of school]…” as well as publicly disclosing her town of residence.
The exact moment Democrat Abraham Aiyash threatened Monica Palmer’s children on zoom. This extortion attempt directly influenced the decision to agree to certify the election fraud in #WayneCounty.@TheJusticeDept @JackPosobiec @DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/vDGiFIwmOf
— Miss Michigan (@correctthemedia) November 18, 2020
In addition to Abraham Aiyash’s thinly veiled threats against Ms. Palmer and her children, another man on the Zoom call, Ned Staebler, likewise launched into a tirade full of thinly veiled threats against Palmer and Hartmann:
“I just want to let you know: the Trump-stink, the stain of racism that you, William Hartmann and Monica Palmer, will follow you throughout history. Your grandchildren are going to think of you like Bull Connor or George Wallace. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann will forever be known in Southeastern Michigan as two racists who did something so unprecedented that they disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of black voters in the city of Detroit because they were ordered to. Probably, Monica, you did it because you think Q told you to, or some other crazy stuff like that. But just know that when you try to sleep tonight, that millions of people around the world now on Twitter know the name[s] Monica Palmer and William Hartmann as two people completely racist and without an understanding of what integrity means or a shred of human decency. The law isn’t on your side, history won’t be on your side, your conscience will not be on your side, and lord knows when you go to meet your maker, your soul will be very, very warm.”
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 18, 2020
Interesting side note: Staebler’s Twitter feed tells a very interesting story about the man.
Many disturbing and deeply bigoted tweets found on @NedStaebler’s deranged twitter account
He is a county official responsible for certifying elections in Michigan, who promotes violence against Trump supporters pic.twitter.com/QXeQpD3p1C
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 18, 2020
Mind you, this threatening and doxxing was happening in real-time on a Zoom call that was being watched live by about 85 people.
The public, of course, weighed in unfavorably.
I’m counting on it. https://t.co/kOLqEhFahZ
— Miss Aja (@brat2381) November 18, 2020
The names of the two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers are Monica Palmer and William Hartmann.
They may have just reversed themselves, but remember their names and faces for what they tried to do today. pic.twitter.com/Diahrxe4sl
— Steven Santos (@stevensantos) November 18, 2020
VIDEO: Wayne County Board of Canvasser Dem @NedStaebler admits that only 72% ballots are “recount-able” but says votes need 2B certified because it was worse during the primary.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) November 18, 2020
Monica Palmer @monicaspalmer and William Hartmann @HartmannDude are racist Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers who tried to discount votes from Detroit (BLACK PEOPLE’S VOTES) from being certified with the the [sic] county.
They are trash and should be removed. pic.twitter.com/k7ZdcjqB3A
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) November 18, 2020
I truly hope Monica Palmer and William Hartmann become pariahs in Michigan
Everywhere they go they should feel shame for a good while pic.twitter.com/kZKPjoV6iZ
— Dwight Schrute Stan account (@AovertonM) November 18, 2020
Within the limits of what is lawful, Monica Palmer should be reminded of this day for the rest of her life by the American people.
She is a transparent racist and an abject traitor.
This is who this party has become. https://t.co/yOi4hV2TFe
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) November 18, 2020
Following the public threats, the entire meeting was muted for several minutes. When the meeting was resumed, the two Republicans had suddenly agreed to certify the results in a unanimous vote, which had already taken place, and abruptly adjourned the meeting.
Really frustrating thing is that the board was muted for about five minutes and came back on and basically said never mind, we changed our minds and certified the results. No explanation. https://t.co/fL9aEsQJfr
— Kathy Gray (@michpoligal) November 18, 2020
Apparently, the Republicans agreed to certify the results as long as the Secretary of State conducted a “comprehensive audit” of the precincts that lacked an explanation for unbalanced vote tallies. The liberal media quickly reported the reversal but conveniently failed to mention the veiled threats against the chairpeople.
Well, as a new day dawned, Ms. Palmer and Mr. Hartmann announced that they were rescinding their vote to certify the election results, saying that they learned that state officials did not intend to honor their stipulation of auditing certain counties. Additionally, they both filed affidavits regarding their positions on the matter, as well as the threats they had both received.
In dramatic reversal, Wayne County election board Republicans RESCIND votes certifying results
In affidavits, GOP canvass board members claim they were bullied and say there are too many irregularities in Detroit vote to justify accepting election results https://t.co/5jLoYWbaHU
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 19, 2020
In his affidavit, Mr. Hartmann said,
“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified. Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results.”
And Ms. Palmer said in her affidavit,
“I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections…The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family.”
So, after a tumultuous day of debate, discussion, and threats, the matter seems to once again be settled in a deadlock against certification of election results in Wayne County, Michigan. The matter is not resolved, as a state panel will now have the task of reviewing and determining, but according to this, there is no legal way to really rescind their votes, and it’s likely that the state will simply go ahead and certify the results.