Republican officials in Michigan and members of an “alternate slate” of electors intending to casts votes for President Donald Trump were barred entry to the state’s Capitol building by Michigan State Police troopers Monday evening.
Video shows about a dozen Republican officials alongside the “alternate” electors attempting to gain access to the building to reportedly vote for President Donald Trump in the Electoral College vote. Trump’s legal team has leveled several legal challenges questioning Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
Monday morning, Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller said the campaign would attempt to seat “alternate” slates of electors in key states in order to preserve the president’s objections to the official vote tally.
As seen in footage from the encounter, a trooper tells the electors — later identified by The Detroit News to indeed be Republican electors — that per Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office, the electors are not permitted into the building.
When the Republicans tell the trooper they’re electors, he still bars their entry. “The electors are already here, they’ve been checked in,” he said.
“Not all the electors are inside,” the Republicans insisted.
“The Capitol is closed,” the trooper responds, noting that he was “advised” by the governor’s staff that the 16 official electors are already “here” and “sworn in.”
According to The Detroit News, the group of Republicans included “a handful of Trump electors” and Rep. Matt Maddock of Milford, Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City, Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township, Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan and Rep. Julie Alexander of Hanover.
While the Republicans were being denied entry, Democratic electors cast 16 votes for Democrat Joe Biden, who won the state’s popular vote still being challenged by the Trump campaign.
This is an excerpt from The Daily Wire.
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