WHAT THE WITNESSES SAW IN DETROIT WILL SHOCK YOU.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Wednesday, thefederalistpages.com reported the filing of a complaint by the Trump Campaign regarding the many irregularities encountered by Republican poll watchers ("challengers") at the TCF Center in Detroit. The complaint mentioned over 100 affidavits from witnesses who observed irregularities. Today, I report on the contents of the affidavits. In short, what I encountered was nothing short of distressing.
Before relating my impressions of these affidavits, which you can review yourself at thefederalistpages.com news links page, I must express my utter disdain at the manner in which the press is treating this story. The events that took place throughout the nation, but in particular in Detroit and Philadelphia represent very serious affronts to the comport of the nation's affairs. What I read in these affidavits are so egregious that they rock the very foundation of our electoral system. Under no circumstances are they to be dismissed or treated lightly. Yet, that is exactly what the press is doing. Here are just a few examples.
David Fahrenholdt of the Washington Post minimized the evidence of election fraud by observing that one witness's complaint was that the PA system used at the TCF center was very distracting. Another Washington Post writer, Michael Salfino, noted that the Trump Campaign "suffered embarrassing rebukes from judges" in filing its complaints. Jessica Silver-Greenberg reported that one witness's concern centered only on how she was being stared at by union workers. Another news outlet belittled White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for claiming "stacks of papers is 'evidence' to invalidate Biden's win." But those "papers" were actually sworn statements, and the facts they allege were much more serious than identifying mere distractions or hostile looks.
Admittedly, the quality of the witnesses and testimonies contained within the over-one-hundred affidavits markedly varies. Some affidavits are meticulously typed with precise details while others are holographic letters written by unpracticed hands. Some witnesses are attorneys while others appear to not have finished high school. But the law does not differentiate on the basis of one's diplomas, and each person is speaking under risk of perjury.
What is most striking is the shear volume of the accounts, their reproducibility, and the seriousness of the allegations. Recurring themes of Republicans being kept out of the tabulation rooms, of them not being allowed to view ballots while those were being processed, and of being ignored when they brought up complaints on behalf of Republicans are near universal in these testimonies. And equally disturbing are the scores of descriptions of apparent reproductions of ballots without master, defective ballots to guide them in contradiction to legal requirements. There were also numerous allegations of harassment, intimidation and name-calling directed at Republican challengers, but none at their Democrat colleagues, while some reported seeing poll workers wearing "Black Lives Matter" masks in the voting areas. There were also the recurring accounts of cheers an jeers as Republican challengers were being led out of the TCF Center. Many also recounted how barriers placed on windows to prevent challengers from witnessing the events within the counting area, developments many of use viewed on social media.
Specific stories also raise alarms. Mr. James Pergo, for example, a 57-year-old attorney licensed to practice in Michigan, relates reporting to enter the vote counting area at the TCF Center in Detroit at 2:30 PM. He and another 50 people there were told the maximum number of observers for each party had been reached so they would not be allowed entry. However, one person yelled, "I was inside and when I briefly stepped out, you refused my re-entry!" Another bellowed he was an independent challenger (who is not a member of any party) and he was not being let in either. At one point Pergo was at the door to the voting area, when the Officer tried to close the door. Pergo impeded the door from closing by putting his foot before it. The Officer told him that they were maxed out, to which Pergo responded by asking how many were inside. When the officer admitted not knowing the number, Pergo replied, "If you don't know the number then you are NOT maxed out." Mr. Pergo, an officer of the court by virtue of being a member of the Michigan Bar, was then arrested and driven away in a police car in handcuffs. He was issued a Misdemeanor Citation for Disturbing the Peace.
Another intriguing testimony came from Jeffrey Moss, who was on station at 4:00 am on November 4. Moss says under oath, that he heard officials at the TCF Center say that there were only 16,000 votes left to count at that time, yet as we know, hundreds of thousands of votes arrived later. Still another witness, Kathleen Daavettila describes Democratic challengers holding packets entitled "Tactics to Distract GOP Challengers," which she was actually allowed to handle until she was discovered to be a Republican.
In the meantime, in Pennsylvania, President Trump's assault on the fraudulent practices there scored a significant victory when a state appellate court issued a two-page order declaring that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar acted outside of her authority when she changed the deadline prescribed in the Pennsylvania Election Code. Although the ruling may translate to a small numerical victory for President Trump (an estimated 2,100 votes), the ruling does provide the President's legal team with ammunition as it makes its way through the federal judicial system to the Supreme Court fight that will inevitably follow.
Clearly, the manner in which the election canvassing and tabulation process was conducted at the TCF Center in Detroit does nothing if not raise concerns about the integrity of the electoral process, and even of the election's outcome. These concerns must not be belittled. They must be taken seriously and rectified. If the allegations be not true or if their consequences are immaterial, then the results of a properly run investigation will demonstrate that and we can all move on with our lives. But, if the results of such an inquiry is what the witnesses suggest, then the observed activities threaten the very core institution of a free democracy: its voting system.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at email@example.com