Today's episode of "Everything Old Is New Again" will feature a poorly dressed redux of the Brooks Brothers Riot from 2000.
In fact, the @MIGOP has so overwhelmed the Detroit vote counting room with “challengers” (most who are not lawyers), preventing actual Dem lawyers from actually getting in. Sure feels like a deliberate attempt to try to steal the election. pic.twitter.com/pIZCzUB6VH
— Jordan Acker (@JordanAckerMI) November 4, 2020
I'm having trouble finding a suit among the crowd, but just like in 2000, when George W. sent out the call for his peeps to storm the recount in Florida to shut it down, a bunch of GOP thugs answered the dogwhistle of their party leaders to shut down vote counting in Detroit, Michigan, because CHEATERS and RACISTS.
Nicolle Wallace spoke to Heidi Przybyla, who was at the voting center in Michigan where this happened, and noted that the state had already been projected to go to Joe Biden, yet Trump was still planning to file a lawsuit to stop the counting. Those remaining votes were expected to "tilt heavily" towards Biden, so nothing about the race would have changed, except perhaps the level of Trump's humiliation. Przybyla spoke to Jordan Acker, one of the Michigan Democratic Party's official poll challengers, about what happened during the chaos.
PRZYBYLA: You said they stormed the room, or the escalator? How exactly did that happen?
ACKER: So, at first they converged all over the building. Maybe about a half hour, 40 minutes later probably two dozen came down the escalator in some sort of coordinated effort. They had on lanyards with the "MIGOP" on it, chanting, as they are right now, "Stop the count," banging on the doors, trying to get the election officials to stop even when the city attorney came out and said, "Here's why we're doing this. We have one challenger per precinct. It's what the parties agree on." That's what's in there, that's what we saw all morning. Ultimately they still tried to stop Detroiters from having their right to have their vote heard.
Pryzbyla asked if the collective GOP tantrum had any impact on their ability to count the ballots, and the short answer was, thankfully, no, thanks to the professionalism of the people inside, the police on the outside, and officials from both parties who continued on with their task.
She did take pains to emphasize, rightly, that this whole episode was orchestrated by the Michigan GOP from start to finish:
It's almost as if the party that forced the need for exponentially increased early voting, yet simultaneously refused to allow extra time needed to count those huge number of early votes, might not be operating in good faith.
Speaking of good faith, though, the fitting and accurate last word will go to this very wise chaplain outside the TCF Center:
Chaplain in Detroit on the “stop the count” protests:
“We’re not deterred … The Black vote in Detroit is higher than it’s ever been and we will determine the outcome — because we’ve gone from picking cotton to picking presidents.” #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/J4CLPf21yL
— The Recount (@therecount) November 4, 2020
And let's not forget who engineers these stupid displays of thuggery:
We need to be connecting this shit to Roger Stone's Brooks Brothers Riot in Florida in 2000 at every mention.
Same shit, same people, same party, different election.https://t.co/JX7H0q76G9
— Jon Virtes (@JonVirtes) November 5, 2020