Aside from everything else that’s happened in the wake of the 2020 election, there’s been a developing drama in Wayne County, Michigan — home of Detroit — where two Republican canvassers, who are on a board with two Democratic canvassers, allege they were bullied and threatened to agree to certify votes.
The situation unfolded this week, as Fox News first reported that Republicans Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann expressed concerns over the way absentee ballots were handled in Wayne County, which was enough for them to refuse to certify at the time. As part of a bipartisan, four-member board, they had that right.
But just hours later, there was a shock reversal in their decision as the two Republicans suddenly agreed to vote in favor of certifying the county’s vote.
Sadly, but certainly not surprisingly, the reason for their sudden change of mind was based on fear.
A day later, according to an updated Fox News report, Palmer and Hartmann once again rescinded their vote to certify, signing sworn affidavits that the only reason for their previous reversal was because they were “bullied” by Democrats, including being labeled as “racists” and report that they and their families were threatened.
“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,” Hartmann wrote in his affidavit.
Palmer, in great detail, recorded the events that immediately took place after she initially refused to go along with the certification of the vote.
“After the vote, my Democratic colleagues chided me and Mr. Hartmann for voting not to certify,” she said.
“After the vote, the public comment period began and dozens of people made personal remarks against me and Mr. Hartmann. The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family. The public comment continued for over two hours and I felt pressured to continue the meeting without a break,” Palmer added.
At one point there was a Zoom meeting with local officials, in which the two Republicans were viciously attacked over raising concerns about some technicalities related to absentee votes in the county. One member of the Zoom meeting, poll challenger and TechTown chief officer Ned Staebler, made vial remarks accusing the two of being racists.
“The Trump stain, the stain of racism that you, William Hartmann and Monica Palmer, have covered yourself in, is going to follow you throughout history,” Staebler said, adding that the two 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.”
In other words, Staebler and several others resorted to playing the race card because they didn’t get their way. Sadly, that’s the go-to Democrat strategy in these times. It used to be a lot more effective, but it’s clear that Hartmann and Palmer are taking a stand and refuse to suffer further intimidation.
If Democrats would have just listened to the two Republicans’ concerns in the first place and agreed on a simple compromise to correct them, this wouldn’t even be an issue and the vote would probably be well on its way to being certified.