Governor Whitmer has police, 200 troops block Republican electors from Michigan state capitol

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LANSING, MI- What is the definition of a tyrant? 

tyrant

NOUN

  1. a cruel and oppressive ruler

That definition fits a number of governors very well, but in the case of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it’s perfect.

According to American Greatness, on Monday, Republicans in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Nevada all entered competing slates of electors which selected President Donald Trump, as Electoral College members in those same states cast ballots for Biden.

However Republican electors in the state of Michigan, who also showed up to cast conditional ballots for President Trump and Vice President Pence, were forbidden entry after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered state police officers to block them from entering the state capitol.

 

 

Not only did she send the state police, but she also sent 200+ troops ostensibly from the Michigan National Guard to block Republican electors from entering the building to perform their constitutional duty.

“Our Capitol is totally closed and locked down, away from the rest of the people,” one Michigan representative said outside the Capitol building in Lansing.

People took to Twitter to condemn the actions by Whitmer and the attorney general.

“MI Attorney General is threatening legislators w criminal investigation and possible prosecution if they disagree with her, and the MI Governor and other officials are shutting down the peoples’ house and preventing them from gathering today to perform their constitutional duty,” said Phillip Kline.

 

Yet another tweet showed a police officer blocking entry to the capitol building.

“I am telling you that they’re not going to be allowed into the Capitol” A lawyer tries to lead the Michigan GOP electors into the Capitol Building to deliver Electoral College voters for Donald Trump #Michigan #ElectoralCollegeVote #ElectoralCollege” said Brendan Gutenschwager.

Kline said in another tweet:

“Today, Trump electors from the state of Michigan, were denied entry to the Michigan State Capitol after Governor Whitmer and other officials sent 200+ troops to guard the building.”

Gutenschwager:

“’Our Capitol is totally closed and locked down, away from the rest of the people.’ One of the Michigan Representatives speaks about today’s Capitol closure surrounding the Electoral College vote #Michigan #Electors #ElectoralCollege #ElectoralCollegeVote”

According to Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, he said the Senate closed its facilities on Monday “based on recommendations from law enforcement.”

On Sunday, spokeswoman Amber McCann said, “The decision was not made because of anticipated protests, but based on credible threats of violence.”

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A spokesman for House Speaker Lee Chatfield refused to address what the potential threat was.

“I can’t get into the nature of the concern,” said the spokesman Gideon D’Assandro. Have to refer you to the Michigan State Police (MSP) on that.”

However, a spokeswoman for the state police, Shanon Banner reportedly said that the police did not make the decision to close the building and referred questions back to the legislature.

Kline was having none of it.

“Like tyrannical kings of old dissolving lawful parliaments, governors in these contested states have declared themselves to be the law and are actively preventing the state legislatures from exercising their constitutional authority over the final certification process,” he said.

Kline is the former attorney general of Kansas and is now the Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society.

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) has argued that it will eventually be up to Congress to decide who will eventually be the next president.

That will happen on January 6, when Congress will convene to count electoral votes and officially declare the winner. Under Congressional rules and the United States Constitution, members of Congress are allowed to object to returns. This has been done previously, having occurred in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2017.

Brooks has met with Republican Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) as well as separately with the House Freedom Caucus to discuss a potential challenge to the election results.

“To lodge a challenge, Brooks said he will need a senator to join him. The New York Times said Senators Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky have signaled they would be open to doing so.

“Once an objection is heard from a member of each house of Congress, senators and representatives hold a two-hour debate before voting on whether to disqualify a state’s votes. Both houses of Congress would have to agree to reject a state’s results.”

Brooks noted that, “We have a superior role under the Constitution than the Supreme Court does, than any federal court judge does, than any state court judge does. What we say, goes. That’s the final verdict.”

Town Hall reported that at Arizona’s certification vote, the state’s 11 Republican electors cast their votes for President Trump and Vice President Pence.

‘Today, Arizona’s 11 Republican presidential electors met to cast their votes for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. With ongoing legal challenges to the 2020 presidential election still being heard in the courts, and state legislatures across the country holding hearings on election fraud and voting irregularities, it is imperative that the proper electors are counted by Congress,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward.

 

The Pennsylvania Republican Party issued a statement which read:

“At the request of the Trump campaign, the Republican presidential electors met today in Harrisburg to cast a conditional vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice President respectively. Today’s move by Republican party electors is fashioned after the 1960 Presidential election, in which President Nixon was declared the winner in Hawaii.

“While Democrat legal challenges were pending, Democratic presidential electors met to cast a conditional vote for John F. Kennedy to preserve their intent in the event of future favorable legal outcomes,” the Pennsylvania Republican Party said in the statement.

“The conditional resolution states that electors certify their vote for the President and Vice President on the understanding that if, as a result of a final non-appealable Court Order or other proceeding prescribed by law, [they] are ultimately recognized as being the duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from the State of Pennsylvania.”

New Mexico:

Georgia’s GOP also cast electoral votes for Trump and Pence:

And finally, Wisconsin GOP also met and cast their electoral votes for Trump and Pence in order to preserve their role in the electoral process with the outcome still pending in court.

As the saying goes, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. Well, she may be warming up but there are still some procedural tricks yet to be played…no matter what Biden’s teleprompter tells him. 

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