Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Slammed Into Reverse

Hard-core Trumpists in Wayne County, Michigan, which is Detroit and the most heavily-Democratic part of the state, tried to subvert the election by refusing to certify the votes in that county. This intransigence lasted about as long as a Trump rally, and they reversed themselves.

Republican appointees on a key board in Michigan’s most populous county Tuesday night reversed their initial refusal to certify the vote tallies in the Detroit area, striking a last-minute compromise with Democrats that defused a political fight over the process to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

The unexpected twist came after the four-member Wayne County Board of Canvassers had deadlocked on the day of the deadline for Michigan counties to certify the vote — a move President Trump celebrated on Twitter as “a beautiful thing.”

The Trump campaign has alleged irregularities in the vote count in the county seat of Detroit, accusations city officials have vigorously denied. Democrats accused GOP officials of seeking to disenfranchise voters in the majority-Black city of Detroit.

State Democrats say Trump has no hope of overturning Biden’s 148,000-vote lead.

For all their stalwart claims about standing tall with their Dear Leader, these guys can’t even keep up the sham for one news cycle. And a good thing, too.

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