"What did you do – take it and do something crazy with it?"
This is just one of many absurd claims in a clip that has already garnered more than 13 million views of Melissa Carone – one of Rudy Giuliani's star witnesses at a hearing asking Michigan legislators to review the presidential election results of the state – from charge to charge. In an irritated exchange, Carone accused Republican officials of manipulating the state's voting papers when an official tells her that the ballot book is no different by 30,000 votes.
The exchange is weirdly hard to follow, but it exemplifies the sputter, slapdash, and conspiracy theory-driven nature of Trumpworld threshing Try to discredit and reverse the results of the 2020 elections.
Carone's testimony was part of a December 1 hearing when Michigan House Oversight Chairman Matt Hall (R) invited Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, "with the Michigan Electoral Irregularities Committee to speak". Hall said in his statement that he hoped for "clarity and transparency".
Michigan doesn't have that.
According to MLive, Trump's legal team spent most of their time calling Republicans from Michigan to testify against the Wayne County's election process. Many of them have reconsidered unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud and misconduct "made at a Senate supervisory committee hearing on Tuesday and in affidavits contained in various legal challenges to election results … none of these challenges were in court successfully."
That hearing came two days after Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that there was no evidence that widespread electoral fraud could have changed the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Michigan Republicans did not allow affidavits, prevented Democrats from calling witnesses, and prohibited cross-examination. This led Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to refer to the hearings as a "state sponsored disinformation campaign to undermine our electoral system."
Carone's statement, while not emblematic, was at least pretty much in line with the rest of the hearing. your Even Giuliani, who at some point leaned forward and apparently tried to withhold his testimony, went too far after laughing mockingly at the request not to interrupt the officer and to ask her to clarify her fraud allegations. It's unclear what Giuliani expected – Carone's allegations had been directed at Fox when she was interviewed on Nov. 11. In an interview with Lou Dobbs, she insinuated that vans that supplied election workers with food actually carried illegitimate votes instead.
Days later, a Wayne County judge stated that the Washington Post reported that these allegations "simply are not credible."
First electoral fraud claims, then attempts to suppress voters – the Michigan hearings followed a well-trodden path
Several witnesses directed their criticism of Detroit, a 79 percent black city that Giuliani described as "corrupt". They are stealing elections in Detroit. "
MLive reported that Detroit activists were alerted by the Trump campaign allegations of election fraud in their city. Activist Branden Snyder told MLive that it "stinks of racism … that blacks and in a black-majority city cannot count their own votes". Repeating these claims, Nessel said, "The issues we are seeing here are: blacks are corrupt, blacks are incompetent, and blacks cannot be trusted."
At the hearing on Wednesday, a woman from Michigan spoke out in racist language in favor of introducing mandatory voter identification.
“I think Chinese people all look the same. How do you know? When a chow shows up, you can be anyone and vote. “- One of Rudy Giuliani's witnesses yesterday insisted that there must have been election fraud in Michigan
Yes, it's a current quote.pic.twitter.com/nsM0Hc2LE7
– Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) December 3, 2020
Allegations of electoral fraud are inextricably linked to the long history of restricting the right to vote for people of color. A January letter published by the Brennan Center for Justice stated:
Like their Jim Crow predecessors, stringent voter identification laws are often defended with reference to a racially neutral need to defend the "integrity" of elections. However, one study after another has shown that voter impersonation-related fraud is vanishingly rare. Many also claim that these laws pose little of a burden because everyone has the required ID – but the reality is that millions of Americans don't and they are disproportionately colored people.
Of course, Michigan has a voter ID requirement. You will need to show valid ID or sign an affidavit. In the November 2016 election, only around 18,000 people chose to sign an affidavit rather than identify themselves, according to Bridge Michigan, an impartial, nonprofit news source. President-elect Joe Biden received over 150,000 votes more than Trump in the state.
One Republican official's reaction to the hearing sums it up pretty well – Rep. Aaron Miller scourged Giuliani, telling the Detroit News, "He committed wild and widespread insults to unrelated partisans for several minutes, and that was frankly unacceptable, shameful and pathetic and distracts from any evidence we might hear. I'm totally embarrassed. "
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