Dozens of protesters gathered outside the home of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Dec. 5, demonstrating against the state’s certification of the presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden, chanting, “Stop the steal.”
President Donald Trump and members of his legal team have claimed widespread election fraud and other malfeasance.
Echoing the president’s position, Genevieve Peters, who posted the video, could be heard saying, “We do not accept this fraudulent election; we do not accept a complete corruption.”
“I wouldn’t even call it a demonstration, it was just a small event and nothing came of it,” Shaw said.
Benson said in her statement that she has “always been an energetic advocate for the right and importance of peaceful protest as enshrined in the United States Constitution,” but said the Dec. 5 protest crossed a line, claiming it was “done with the primary purpose of intimidation of public officials who are carrying out the oath of office they solemnly took as elected officials.”
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani took part in a hearing before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on Dec. 2, during which he asked questions of witnesses who gave accounts of various forms of election-related irregularities.
“This is a swindle, it’s a con job, it’s the theft of an election,” Giuliani said. “They stole the election.”
Benson, in her statement, denied claims of fraud and challenged the validity of the evidence.
“Through blatantly false press releases, purely political legislative hearings, bogus legal claims and so called ‘affidavits’ that fail to allege any clear or cogent evidence of wrongdoing, those unhappy with the results of this election have perpetuated an unprecedented, dangerous, egregious campaign to erode the public’s confidence in the results of one of the most secure, accessible and transparent elections in our state’s history,” she wrote.
Peters, in the video of the protest, could be heard saying, “We never, ever allow election fraud.”
“We will not stand down. We will not stop. We will continue to rise up. We will continue to take this election back for the president that actually won it by a landslide. This is not over,” she said.