On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump telephoned an attorney in charge of certifying the result of the elections in part of the key state of Michigan, apparently to pressure her to change her decision to validate the victory of the president-elect, Joe Biden.
Republican Monica Palmer, one of four members of the Wayne County electoral board – where Detroit is located – told the newspaper on Thursday The Washington Post what Trump called her Tuesday night, right after she and her teammates had certified Biden’s victory in their district.
The day after Trump’s call, Palmer and the other Republican member of that county’s board of elections announced that they wanted to withdraw their certification of the results, something Michigan authorities have indicated they will not allow.
“I received a call from President Trump late Tuesday after the meeting” via videoconference to certify the results, Palmer said in a message sent to Post.
The representative of Trump’s party assured that she did not feel pressure from the president to change his position and that he only expressed “concern for your safety”, due to the alleged threatening messages Palmer said he received that day.
The call came after a tense day in which Palmer and the other Republican on the board, William Hartmann, initially refused to certify the election results.
However, both finally agreed to do so, after a strong controversy in which they were accused of trying hinder the suffrage of African Americans, who are a majority in Detroit and backed Biden en masse, and who have historically faced barriers to voting throughout the United States.
On Wednesday, following Trump’s call to Palmer, the two stated that they had been inappropriately pressured to certify the result of the elections and that they wanted to change their position, in addition to demanding an audit of the votes in Detroit.
The office of Michigan Secretary of State, Democrat Jocelyn Benson, said Thursday that there is “no legal mechanism” for those two proxies to withdraw their vote, and that the process in the state will continue, with a meeting next Monday in which the electoral board of the entire state will certify the result.
Trump’s reelection campaign also announced Thursday that it had withdrawn its lawsuit in Michigan because it had “gotten” the results from being certified in Wayne County, something that it’s false, since Republicans will not be able to change their vote.
Trump’s campaign legal strategy to challenge the results is not giving significant results, and to turn around the results of the elections of November 3, they would have to demonstrate in court a major fraud not only in one, but in multiple key states, something extremely unlikely.
Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, insisted this Thursday without any proof that there was “a centralized plan” to execute an alleged electoral fraud in several Democratic cities, and assured that his campaign could still present new lawsuits in Arizona, Virginia and New Mexico