Two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers — which represents Detroit — initially voted not to certify to the election results on Tuesday evening. The two members of a four person board — Monica Palmer and William Hartmann — voted no after citing absentee ballot irregularities. According to The Detroit News, “absentee ballot poll books at 70% of Detroit’s 134 absentee counting boards were found to be out of balance without explanation. The mismatches varied anywhere from one to more than four votes.”
After pressure was applied, the Republican members reversed course and agreed to certify the elections. In the second vote, a “request to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to audit precincts that were discovered to be out-of-balance,” was added, according to Patch.com.
What took place in between the votes was far more than pressure, however. What Monica Palmer and William Hartmann were subjected to can only be described as top down intimidation. In addition to accusations of “undermining the will of the voters” from Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Palmer and Hartmann were doxxed and threatened by fellow board members.
Wayne County Democrat Abraham Aiyash disclosed the neighborhood in which Palmer lives, as well as the school district her kids attend. “While you may show us your ‘caucacity’ today in refusing to certify the election, and making note that you are OK with certifying all of Wayne County except Detroit, know that we see what is happening, and know that there is nothing other than Jim Crow-ing that is going on right now,” Aiyash stated on a zoom call. “Know the facts, you are standing here today, telling folks that black Detroit should not have their votes counted. And know the facts, you are showing that you are a racist,” he stated.
It was later revealed that Aiyash’s sister is on the school board of the district in question.
Another Wayne County Democrat — Ned Staebler — went viral with similar accusations of racism. “I just wanna let you know that the Trumpstick, the stain of racism, that you, William Hartmann and Monica Palmer have just en-covered yourself in is going to follow you throughout history. Your grandchildren are going to think of you like Bull Connor or George Wallace,” Staebler proclaimed in a self righteous rant.
In his monologue, Commissar Staebler confirmed that the report from The Detroit News was true — that 70% of absentee ballots displayed irregularities — but pressed on with racism accusations.
This suppression tactic is nothing new. Baseless accusations of racism are green lit by big tech and the mainstream media then gobbled up by leftist shock troops on the ground/social media. It doesn’t have to proven, it’s just automatically true. The position of the left in regards to Michigan has been — both from the government and activist wings alike — that any questioning of widespread voter irregularities in Detroit is racist.
What typically happens? Republicans/conservatives fold. They either aren’t expecting or can’t handle the sheer volume of coordinated hatred that will come their way if they ever stand up for what they believe in.
Sadly, too many on the right fail to understand that people like Ned Staebler and Abraham Aiyash want them dead. Their stance of fighting against “racism” is just a way for them to justify authoritarian tactics.
Much like people who accuse everyone right of Stalin of racism “whether you deny it or not”, in the words of Aiyash, it’s not hard to see past the facade of these thugs if their own logic is to be applied. If Monica Palmer and Walter Hartmann will be remembered in the same vein as George Wallace or Bull Connor, Staebler is essentially saying that they will be hunted. I mean after all, people like Ned Staebler have spent the last four years calling Trump and his supporters white supremacists, Nazis, traitors and Russian agents. There can be only one remedy to such dangerous elements, which is total eradication.
If the rhetoric of the Ned Staebler’s of the world is to be believed, more than 72 million Americans are dangerous enemies who need to be rooted out with force if necessary. This type of rhetoric is not just contained to Staebler, as we’ve seen it from the top down throughout the Trump presidency. Hundreds of prominent politicians, media operatives and celebrities have echoed the same sentiment as Staebler. Voting Republican = white supremacy.
Yet, even still, too many on the right fail to understand this. The far left has the tacit approval of the moderate left while conservatives have a penchant for throwing the other guy under the bus. For years, too many in the conservative sphere have allowed what were considered dissident voices to be censored. Mainstream conservatives stood by when people like Alex Jones and Nick Fuentes were de-platformed and even virtue signaled to the left about it.
I call this phenomenon “Ben Shapiro syndrome”; an irresistible desire to appear the most reasonable in the room. Even if one side is downright authoritarian, those with Ben Shapiro disorder will allow it to take place in hopes of being seen as reasonable. Someone with this type of mentality will betray any principles in the name of not rocking the boat and are heavily influenced by media/social media pressure.
For example, look at how many in the Republican party felt the need to speak out in favor of BLM when the social pressure was at all time highs. Then think of how many of these people went back on it as soon as they felt safe. Just gotta be the middle of the road guy even if one side is literally burning cities over a fentanyl overdose.
This whole insincere pandering to radicals who view all conservatives/Republican voters as a hostile element routine needs to stop. Ned Staebler would sooner gulag you than come together with you. He — and many people more powerful than him — make it clear on a daily basis that they hate half the country and want to enact punitive measures on them.
Act accordingly, because those who pander are never spared. Just look at how Mitch McConnell is referred to as “Moscow Mitch” or how the Lincoln Project losers were instantly tossed in the trash. Hatred defies logic and the modern left has embraced hatred as a party platform to the point where a guy using the phrase “caucacity” can accuse others of racism without merit and have it stick. If moderate liberals are out there, they sure never seem to be speaking out against the Ned Staebler’s of the world. Act accordingly and stop allowing right wing people to be intimidated before worse things start happening to even the most moderate Republican voters.