Armed pro-Trump protesters gather outside Michigan elections chief’s home

Armed Trump protesters gather outside Michigan elections chief's home
Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan secretary of state. Source: Paul Sancya/AP
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Daily US Times: Jocelyn Benson, the secretary of state of Michigan, said dozens of armed protesters gathered in a threatening manner outside her home on Saturday evening chanting “bogus” claims about electoral fraud.

Last month, Michigan officials certified the state’s election results showing Joe Biden had won Michigan, one of a handful of key battleground states.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the outcome of the election was marred by widespread fraud in multiple states, though he did not provide any evidence. State and federal officials have repeatedly said that there is no evidence of voter fraud on any significant scale, and Joe Biden is to sworn into office on 20 January.

According to various clips uploaded on social media, the protesters who rallied outside Benson’s home held up placards saying “Stop the Steal” and chanted the same message.

On Sunday, Benson said in a Twitter statement that the protesters were trying to spread false information about the security and accuracy of the US election system.

“The demands made outside my home were unambiguous, loud and threatening,” he said.

Dana Nessel, Michigan attorney general, in a separate Twitter post, accused the pro-Trump demonstrators of “mob-like behavior (that) is an affront to basic morality and decency”.

“Anyone can air legitimate grievances to Secretary Benson’s office through civil and democratic means, but terrorizing children and families in their own homes is not activism.”

The Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer, who has clashed publicly with President Trump over state coronavirus restrictions, was the target of a kidnapping plot by a far-right militia group during the election campaign, prosecutors said in October.

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