Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and other Republicans stayed at the Trump International Hotel in Washington after meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday. Images created by Washington artist Robin Bell were projected onto the building saying the votes were counted and the world is watching. (Courtesy photo) 

Update: Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

LANSING — Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield on Sunday warned that contested election results could create a “constitutional crisis” that the state’s Republican-led Legislature may have to resolve, a prospect for which President Donald Trump is openly advocating.

Speaking to  Fox News less than 48 hours after he and other Michigan Republicans met with the president in the White House, Chatfield said he will not “interfere” with a Board of Canvassers vote on Monday about whether to certify Michigan’s election results, which Trump has claimed without any proof were skewed by “massive fraud.” 

The canvassing board, composed of two Democrats and two Republicans, is set to meet at 1 p.m. to consider unofficial results showing Democrat Joe Biden won the state by more than 154,000 votes. Experts say the canvassers have a legal duty to confirm results already certified by all 83 Michigan counties.

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Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party Chair Laura Cox on Saturday called for canvassers to delay certification for two weeks in order to audit results from Wayne County and Detroit, an unprecedented step that does not appear to even be legal under current state law. 

If the board deadlocks 2-2 along partisan lines, experts say the Michigan Court of Appeals would likely order canvassers to certify the results. Chatfield, R-Levering, predicted the matter could end up before the Michigan Supreme Court. 

And if Michigan justices do not order canvassers to certify, “now we have a constitutional crisis in the state of Michigan that’s never occurred before,” Chatfield told Fox News. 

Democrats fear that could open the door to an Electoral College coup that would overturn election results, a scenario Trump explicitly called for in a series of Saturday evening tweets. 

“Hopefully the courts and/or Legislatures will have the COURAGE to do what has to be done to maintain the integrity of our Elections, and the Unites States of America itself,” the president wrote on Twitter. “THE WORLD IS WATCHING!!!”

Chatfield noted that the U.S. Constitution says states shall decide Electoral College votes in a manner prescribed by their Legislatures. In Michigan, the Legislature decided long ago to award electors to the winner of the state’s popular vote, a process written into state law

But there’s disagreement over what would happen if results are not certified by Dec. 8, a “safe harbor” date for the state to settle disputes to ensure representation at the Electoral College. 

“As the federal constitution says, this is left up to the state Legislatures,” Chatfield said. “The state’s Legislature decided long ago to do it this way, so if this way doesn’t work, obviously now we have questions that have arisen in Michigan for the first time in the history of our state.”

Chatfield said deciding the election by picking electors is “a place I really don’t want to be in, to tell you the truth,” but he noted that the Legislature is conducting its own inquiry into purported irregularities that have so far been dismissed by Michigan courts as not credible. 

Chatfield denied that Trump pressured Michigan Republicans to change the process.

“There was this outrage that the president was going to ask us to break the law and ask us to interfere, and that just simply didn’t happen,” Chatfield said. “I was happy to meet with the president, happy to talk with him and to kind of give him an update on what’s going on in the state of Michigan.”

Pressure on canvassers

All eyes will be on the Board of State Canvassers on Monday. 

One Republican appointee, 8th Congressional District GOP Chair Norm Shinkle of Ingham County, has already said he may not certify results because he’d like to see an audit. 

The second, Aaron Van Langevelde, an attorney who works for Chatifled in the Michigan House Republican caucus, has not made any public comment on Monday’s vote.

“I have not had a conversation with the board of state canvassers, and I do not intend on having a conversation with the board of state canvassers,” Chatfield said. 

Former Govs. John Engler, Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder initially appointed all four members of the current board. 

And those governors, two Republicans and one Democrat, have said the canvassers should “do their jobs” and certify results on Monday. 

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, is among a handful of Republican lawmakers who are urging the president to concede and for the Board of State Canvassers to certify results. 

“The voters have spoken here in Michigan,” Upton said Sunday morning on CNN, noting the “154,000-vote margin by President-elect Biden.”

“No one has come up with any evidence of fraud or abuse,” Upton added, disputing Trump claims rejected in several courts. “The longer this languishes, the time then escapes from us from actually seeing a peaceful transition to the next administration. We’re Americans. We need this process to work.”

Trump allies have focused their fraud claims on Detroit, where Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially refused to certify results because 71 percent of the city’s absentee ballot precincts were “out of balance,” meaning the number of ballots did not exactly match the number of voters tallied in poll books. 

The Michigan Bureau of Election, in a report recommending certification, told state canvassers that 71.9 percent of Detroit’s precincts (458 of 637) were balanced in November, up from 53.6 percent in the August primary (539 of 1,006) and 41.8 percent in the 2016 election (270 of 662).

The report also noted that there are far fewer out-of-balance precincts in Detroit than in 2016, when Trump won the state and did not contest the results.

Trump attorneys have continued to perpetuate a conspiracy theory about Dominion Voting Systems equipment used in many Michigan counties.The claims were fueled by human error by Antrim County’s GOP clerk, who has admitted and apologized for a mistake the Bureau of Elections said “does not affect election results” and “has no impact on other counties or state.”

The 14-day audit requested by McDaniel and Cox would delay state certification until Dec. 7, just one day before Congress expects the state to finalize its Electoral College slate.  

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and other election experts say Michigan law does not allow for audits until results are certified and any recounts are completed. 

“That’s just a little bit out of bounds,” Upton said of the audit request by leaders in his own party. “For the process to work, you’ve got to have the official certification by the state Board of Canvassers.”

Chatfield and Michigan Senate Majority Leader MIke Shirkey of Clarklake faced intense scrutiny as they traveled to Washington on Friday for a White House meeting with Trump amid the president’s push to discredit election results in various battleground states he lost. 

After the meeting, Chatfield and Shirkey issued a statement promising “we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election.”

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election,” the statement continued.

Shirkey was photographed checking out of Trump’s Washington hotel on Saturday morning, and Chatfield was photographed with colleagues at the hotel bar with what appeared to be a bottle of Dom Perignon. 

Asked about how the trip was funded, Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said the Senate Majority Leader ““covered the cost of his trip, including accommodations. House Republicans who made the trip “paid their own expenses,” said Chatfield spokesperson Gideon D’Assandro. 

State Rep. Matt Koleszar, D-Plymouth, criticized Chatfield for what he called “vague language” about the election and safeguarding results. 

“The constitutional crisis has already begun sir,” Koleszar tweeted after Chatfield’s Fox News interview. 

“It began the day you and other leaders refused to stand behind our clerks and election process. 

“This is the crisis.”

NAACP complaint against Trump

Trump has allies have lost or dismissed all legal challenges in Michigan, and the president is now the subject of a separate lawsuit filed on behalf of Black voters in Detroit. 

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, in a complaint filed Friday in Washington., alleged the Trump campaign is “seeking to disenfranchise Black voters” in the African American majority city by “reaping false claims of voter fraud, which have been thoroughly debunked” and by “pressuring state and local officials not to count votes from Wayne County.”

Trump and his campaign’s “tactics repeat the worst abuses in our nation’s history, as Black Americans were denied a voice in American democracy for most of the first two centuries of the Republic,” NAACP attorneys wrote.

The Michigan Freedom Fund, a conservative advocacy group that has ties to the DeVos family and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos, on Friday urged state officials to investigate any irregularities but said the election “is over.”

“The results are in, and here in Michigan, they’re not going to change,” Freedom Fund executive director Tony Daunt said in a statement. 

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Judy
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 11:51am

Note: the images projected on the Trump Hotel were most likely created by D.C. artist Robin Bell. (I like to see credit where credit is due.)

Joel Kurth
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 1:17pm

Thank you, Judy.  After confirming they we images were created by Robin Bell, we have added that attribution to the cutline. Appreciate the heads-up!

nitpick
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 2:50pm

A typo "governors".

Joel Kurth
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 8:37pm

correct. thanks!

Chatfield disap...
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 6:29am

"In the past, Shirkey and Chatfield — both Republicans — have rejected the idea of a mask mandate in the Legislature, which was exempt from any of the governor's emergency orders. Representatives for both lawmakers did not immediately respond to requests for comment related to Gilchrist's letter." Freep, October 7, 2020.

Michigan lawmaker says she has COVID-19, was exposed by fellow legislator, Freep, November 24, 2020.
"On Nov. 11, Michigan House leadership cancelled session and committee meetings scheduled for Nov. 12. Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said there was nothing that needed the immediate attention of lawmakers. But state Rep. Scott VanSingel, R-Grant, confirmed that week he was recovering from COVID-19. "
...
"Bolden is at least the 10th Michigan lawmaker with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. In addition to LaSata and VanSingel, Rep. Ann Bolin, R-Brighton, confirmed earlier this month she had also tested positive.

Earlier Also this month, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, confirmed on Twitter he had COVID-19. In September, state Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, announced his own diagnosis. State Sen. Tom Barrett — a Charlotte Republican who sponsored a bill to limit the emergency powers Gov. Gretchen Whitmer previously used during the pandemic — tested positive in August. Barrett recovered and returned to legislative work.

In March, Detroit Democrats Rep. Tyrone Carter and Rep. Karen Whitsett tested positive. While they would recover, state Rep. Isaac Robinson, D-Detroit, died later that month because of suspected coronavirus complications.

Lawmakers are scheduled to resume committee meetings next week."
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2020/11/24/michi...

WHY ARE REPUBLICANS SO BAD AT GOVERNING???

you know why
Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:00pm

They don't believe in government,

I don't even know if I should put this out there........I am surprised they aren't all having a COVID party !

Herd immunity it!!

Moooooooo!

$hifty $hirkey ...
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 6:40am

More details of election discussions emerging. Stay tuned.

"Lansing — President Donald Trump's campaign announced Tuesday that the Michigan Legislature would hold a hearing on election integrity Dec. 1, but the event won't occur, a key GOP state lawmaker said.

Trump's campaign said Michigan was one of three states where lawmakers will "hold public hearings on the election" in the coming days. There were discussions about having Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, testify, state House Oversight Committee Chairman Matt Hall, R-Marshall, told The Detroit News.

"We’ve just determined that logistically it’s not something we’re going to be able to do," said Hall, adding that the Trump campaign has been invited to submit written testimony."

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2020/11/24/trump-campaig...

Why not testify in court? Is it easier to perjury yourself in the Michigan legislature? Giuliani, you are not welcome in Michigan.

Karen Dunnam
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 11:53am

I've long wondered why our lege is led by a high school teacher and a mechanical engineer. Events of this week make it clear that these representatives need additional training in the legislative process.

Oh, come on!
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 2:53pm

Nothing Dom Perignon at Trump Tower can't fix! I want to attend communion at Chatfield's church. I bet his dad serves the cheap stuff.

Amen
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:44am

Maybe the pastor will be serving the good stuff THIS week. Thank POTUS

I call BS
Wed, 11/25/2020 - 12:26am

Nothing to see here folks, Trump summoned the 7 Michigan legislators to the White House merely to ask about Michigan election laws, just as Lindsey Graham from South Carolina did in Georgia. Nothing wrong with asking questions. LOL

Brigid
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 12:08pm

Chatfield predicts a constitutional crisis. Give the Republicans credit: if a crisis can be created, they'll be the ones to do it.

Besides
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:12am

One has to wonder if Chatfield was concerned about covid, why was he sitting closely with people from different households without a mask in a lounge having drinks. Was he trying to absorb the Don Trump Jr DC experience?

Suz McLaughlin
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 12:50pm

The MI GOP ELECTED officials have done MUCH damage to the 'WILL of THE PEOPLE' and hopefully THESE ACTIONS will be under GREAT SCRUTINY for future elections.
These GOP actions of ELECTION OBSTRUCTION appear to be purely 'self serving' and MI voters have sent clear messages...WE WILL NOT TOLERATE YOUR RACIALLY MOTIVATED ACTIONS!

Disgruntled taxpayer
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:16am

Chillax. Your unfounded claims and egregious misuse of the race card are worse than Trump's unfounded claims.

Kyle
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:11am

It's not unfounded when the Trump legal team targets the highest percentage minority county in Michigan over unbalanced precincts, when there are more unbalanced precincts in other predominantly white counties.

I call BS
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:48am

Suz is absolutely correct. Now that gerrymandering will be fixed, we will make Michigan great again. The GOP has disenfranchised the majority for far too long. Now we can see the crimes in real time. NO MORE HIDING. Yes, your culture will be canceled. LOVE will PREVAIL.

Jane
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 6:27am

Democrats have done far more damage to this country, and democracy, with your refusal to accept the results of the 2016 election for the past 4 years, along with all the voting "errors" that for some reason benefit only Democrat candidates.

JWK
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 2:19pm

All it takes is a quick look at the actual data to see how ludicrous it is to suggest there is something amiss in Detroit:
2016
248,780 votes cast (48.6% turnout)
Trump/Pence: 7,682 votes (3.1%)
Clinton/Kaine: 234,871 votes (94.9 %)

2020
257,619 votes cast (50.9% turnout)
Trump/Pence: 12,889 votes (5.0 %)
Biden/Harris: 240,936 votes (93.9%)

So in 2020 Trump actually did BETTER than 2016 in Detroit. Hardly evidence supporting widespread malfeasance in Detroit! The reason he lost in Wayne county was because lots of places like where I live in the metro area flipped (2016: 50/43 Trump/Clinton; 2020: 47/50 Trump/Biden); and we have all Republicans for clerk, supervisor etc.

I'm all for making sure elections are secure and fair, but a simple look at publicly available data suggests nothing out of the ordinary!

(Detroit data can be found here: https://detroitmi.gov/departments/elections/election-results)

WD40
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:24am

Nevermind districts with vote tallies higher than their total population. Nevermind the thousands of dead people who voted. Never mind the thousands of people who had to vote provisionally because someone already claimed their votes. Nothing to see here. Typical libitard.

Agree
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:14am

Never mind all your unproven BS.

JWK
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 10:48am

Would love to see the data to back up your claims to evaluate myself. FYI, press conferences, tweets, and secret affidavits never presented in court aren't data.

Almighty Dollar
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 3:22pm

Never mind crazy unsupported Facebook conspiracies from people unable to substantiate what they are saying with no proof.

Thousands of dead people? lol. Carnival barking at it's best.

Rick
Sat, 11/28/2020 - 9:44am

'Never mind the thousands of people who had to vote provisionally because someone already claimed their votes. Nothing to see here.'
OK show us 50 of these voters; should be a slamdunk with 'thousands' of them. Just 50. Oh wait, the Trump lawyers never could produce EVEN one!
Stop repeating off the wall lies (like Trump).

Grifters?
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 3:10pm

"Shirkey was photographed checking out of Trump’s Washington hotel on Saturday morning, and Chatfield was photographed with colleagues at the hotel bar with what appeared to be a bottle of Dom Perignon.

Asked about how the trip was funded, Shirkey spokesperson Amber McCann said the Senate Majority Leader ““covered the cost of his trip, including accommodations. House Republicans who made the trip “paid their own expenses,” said Chatfield spokesperson Gideon D’Assandro.
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Can anyone translate those costs into "Levering" and "Clark Lake" dollars? These boys have tasted the good-life. Ain't no turning back now. Did Trump show them any other fine things from Big City life? What other indulgences did they enjoy? It's all just business, but legislative business or pleasure. It's all very odd timing to be flaunting the dolce vita.

Nothing says concern about Covid-19 in Michigan like flying on a plane during the pandemic to DC, staying at a luxurious "Trump" Hotel and drinking hundred fifty dollar bottles of French champagne. Here's the thing: What were they celebrating??? Or is that just how they always live???

Meanwhile We the People in Michigan are trying to survive the economic and health crises they have long ignored, rather exasperated. I don't get it. What are their ulterior motives/ambitions???

No shame for the absolute appearance of impropriety. Indeed the world is watching and the optics are stunning! They look like two modern-day Marie Antoinettes: Let them eat cake!

Kyle
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:14am

I despise Trump just as much as the next person, but I also know my bubbly and that's not a bottle of champagne in the waiter's hands, that's a bottle of wine. Dom bottles have a different shape (unless I'm missing the photo of what they're actually drinking, I'm looking at the bottle in the waiter's hand).

LOL
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:19am

Apparently given all your other comments, you love Trump and you do not know your bubbly. The Dom is on the table, just like the proverbial envelope of a bribe.

Jane
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 6:36am

Two Republican elected officials go to DC to meet with the President and Democrats lose their sanity. Crying foul, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY, even though nothing happened. A former President struts across an airport tarmac, figuratively giving the middle finger to the country, to met with the head of DOJ, hours before the criminal investigation to his wife is dropped and Democrats claim "nothing to see here folks, move along"

Yes, we the people in Michigan, trying to survive the economic crisis that Whitmer imposed by royal decree, her actions deemed illegal by our state Supreme Court (which she continues to ignore and do as she wishes).

Nothing says concern about a virus like a sham impeachment for election purposes during a pandemic.

I agree, the optics are not good at all.

Living like Betsy
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 3:13pm

I just vomited in my mouth. Those two are despicable.

Gotta server so...
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 3:27pm

I would like to see the receipts for the hotel, food, and beverages. Nothing comped by Trump?

Seems odd some country bumpkins from rural Michigan would even think to drink Dom Perignon, let alone order it, especially given the cost.

Do they not have prices listed on the menus at Trump properties? Aside from the audacity, how can Chatfield with all those kids, as a legislator and teacher, afford drinking that?

What do I know? I'm the kind of Christian that doesn't drink alcohol.

As Bob Dylan says:
You may be a preacher with your spiritual pride
You may be a city councilman taking bribes on the side
You may be workin' in a barbershop, you may know how to cut hair
You may be somebody's mistress, may be somebody's heir

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody

Trump profit
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:55am

Dylan: a soothsayer!

LOL
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 3:34pm

So they only talked about the covid-19 needs of Michigan? Yet this?

Trump attends his final G-20 summit but does not participate in pandemic preparedness session

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/21/trump-does-not-attend-g-20-event-on-glob...

Everyone knows Trump doesn't care about the pandemic, here, there, or anywhere. Trump only cares about Trump.

Chatfield and Shirkey now reside on the worldwide web hall of shame. That picture projected on Trump International will live forever on the internet, never degrading like the actual Mt. Rushmore.

Kudos, guys! You're (in)famous now!

integrity
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 4:51pm

Isn't it funny how they don't want a constitutional crisis, but they run toward that with every action, while they run from Covid, while saying they are being left out?

It's almost like opposite speak.

Have they told us how the Corona virus aid talks went?

My Thoughts
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:28am

You are correct. The Republicans are creating the constitutional crisis and running at it full steam. The only way they can win is with creating an environment of fraud. Which they started months ago, way before the election. The losers in this state are the people who ended up with COVID and the Republicans are largely responsible for the rapid spread. Their weak, extremely weak, position of the Governor not meeting with them to discuss their plan is pathetic. Quite whining and pass some legislation to combat the virus. Once the legislation is passed the Governor has to deal with it. If she vetos it, then the Republicans can complain. Meanwhile, the Republicans need to get their ‘spineless’ act together and help the people in Michigan. Going to Washington to meet with the President during a full fledge pandemic is a terrible optic and and does nothing for the people. But then again, are our Legislative leaders there for the people? Or themselves?

Don't hold UR breath
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:01pm

Cohen told us how Trump talks in code to get what he wants, like a gangster. Chatfield and Shirkey just complained about "that woman", no real requests for covid help or expectations in that regard from Trump. They exchanged the typical Trump admiration we have come to expect from visits with the king by his loyal subjects: love letters, accommodations, and French champagne.

Anonymous
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 6:19pm

Chatfield, Shirkey and Trump should all be charged with felonies for conspiracy to commit election fraud.

Anonymous
Sun, 11/22/2020 - 7:07pm

Just audit the dang results! If folks feel so confident that the everything was done right, then the audit will not find anything. That allows the board of elections to shove it down the throats of the naysayers. My fear is that these folks that appear to show such strong confidence publicly do not exude such level of confidence privately. That would not be good for MI.

Just sayin'
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:03pm

The law says you do that after the certification.

Anonymous
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:12pm

Or else what, more bribery?

Jorge Sanchez
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:31am

Why is the media so worried about auditing the election?

Rick
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:00am

Read up a bit Jorge - they can audit. After certification - 30 days after certification. I guess you just want to allow a losing party to delay and obstruct. Pretty obvious.

Crimes of conve...
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:04pm

Jorge, first things first, let's audit Chatfield and Shirkey's expenses at Trump's DC hotel.

Agnosticrat
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 6:21am

If they do not do their job and certify the election...I’m not sure I want to do my job.
Get it?
Do the words general strike make the people’s will any clearer?

Maybe?
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:07pm

How can you shutdown the GOP legislature when they already do nothing, besides spread covid? But hey something has to give. Do we work for them or do they work for us??? Elections should matter.

Investigative Minds
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 7:38am

How much is a last minute booking for a room/suite at Trump International in DC? Did Chatfield and Shirkey both stay there? Did Trump or anyone working for Trump pull strings to get booked or upgrade accommodations? Chatfield and Shirkey OWE us copies of the receipts whether they paid on their own or not. It looks like a huge conflict of interest. Ethical IRREGULARITIES to say the least.

Don
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 8:39am

So what did trump give them republicans to become traitors!!!!! OUR AG and SOS need to charge them if the do any thing to stop the certification of Michigan’s election!

Just sayin
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:14am

Lee said it best again and again, when the president calls you to his hotel, you go.

Constitutionalists?
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:10pm

No legit business ever happens at hotels. That's where you get the term "lobbyist", a hotel in DC, the Willard. Now it's Trump International. To hell with the emoluments clause.

Yuck
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:14pm

It sure looks bad that Chatfield stayed at Trump's privately-owned hotel and drank Trump's champagne. That can't be normal presidential or legislative behavior.

THH
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:15am

Chatfield and Shirkey and the MI GOP legislators created the constitutional crisis by using a subpoena to get Sec. of St. election records when Trump lost in MI by 150K+ votes and more than 6 mil. nationally. In 2016 he won MI by 11K and lost the national popular vote by almost 3 mil. There was no concern about possible voting irregularities then. They are hypocrites who sued to reclaim power from the Gov. to address the COVID pandemic after coddling and even appearing with some of the thugs who threatened the safety of Whitmer and the legislators only to do absolutely nothing to mitigate the spread while the virus cases increased and hospitalization numbers grew exponentially.
Their pilgrimage to see their corrupt and buffoonish king further stoked the flames which threaten to burn down the Constitution and our democracy. They got their 15 minutes of fame, their photo op and champagne at the palace, the insurance against being excommunicated by the Cult of Trump, and probably the chance to hold their base in case they run for offices in the future.
All of the MI legislators who made this trip to the White House should be ashamed. That they won’t tells us everything we need to know about them and the state of decay in the GOP.

New World Disorder
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:20am

Don't underestimate Shirkey and Chatfield. They're both not quite dumb as a bag of rocks. While they probably won't even get some gravy for their districts. They will get what they really want, Trump-style social media fame to become lucrative political influencers. They only went to DC to apply for The Apprentice, Politics Edition, COMING SOON on all platforms!

LkOrion
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 9:36am

Disenfranchisement of voters, better stated: the protection of plutocrats, their position of privilege, power and wealth. The extremes, including money, taken to obstruct citizens from voting, in the courts, at the USPS, outside and within the voting precincts was massive. What saved this election was early/mail-in voting.

Rick
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 10:47am

Chatfield was the clown who brought a gun (loaded) to an airport 'by mistake' just last January. An illustration of how dumb this guy is. A loaded gun. He carries it around with him, even in the State House. Insecure and dumb. And yet he's the Speaker of our House!
The dumber you are, the higher you rise in the Republican Party here. He represents a district of 1,752 people I believe. A graduate of Liberty Univ., aka 'Pool Boy U'.

Pretty face, bi...
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:20pm

Ah yes, makes me long for the days of less dangerous GOP dummies like Dan Quayle.

Clarissa
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:05am

With all that is being said about the certification process here in Michigan, it would seam that the Republicans leadership would have decided not to go the White House. It just was so inappropriate at this time they could have told that man-boy when everything is settled we will come especially after what happened earlier in the week with the two board members. While Mr. Trump decided to take advantage of this particular situation as usual, the members of the state government joined in him with him in his total disregard for the voters in Wayne county. That in itself is very telling on how the Republican Party feels about black voters here in Michigan.

WD40
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:21am

This dribble is what passes for news? Hunter takes millions in bribes and we're worried about a hotel stay.

Anonymous
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:26am

Photos don't lie, but you do.

Louise
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 11:29am

He should be in jail for allowing thousands to die under his watch while he just constantly everyday day pushed his own personal agenda to keep his own ass out of jail for all the lies and crimes he and his cronies think they are gonna go scott free in the end for. Do you think smart America is gonna allow this ass to pull this off?!

True
Mon, 11/23/2020 - 12:25pm

Close your eyes and try to imagine the reaction if someone photographed Gov. Whitmer in a Washington DC hotel bar, with a $500 bottle of Dom Pérignon, without a mask, on the day Michigan had nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 53 deaths.
— Zack Pohl (@ZackPohl) November 21, 2020

Read other reactions here:
https://www.kxan.com/news/political-news/dom-perignon-trends-on-twitter-...

So True
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 5:29am

Exactly! Substitute the name of ANY Democrat and see the fake outrage of Republicans, just like their pretending this story is no big deal.

Almighty Dollar
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 3:18pm

Simply pathetic. I can't wait until they and we can eliminate these gerrymandered anti democratic crazies. It's pathetic that the caliber of legislators has sunk so low.

Vince Caruso
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 6:32pm

I can't wait till non-GerryManders districts in Our Great State Of Michigan lead to the extension of these reptiles in office.
Cannot come too soon.

Susan
Sun, 11/29/2020 - 7:45am

Michigan had one of the most corrupt elections in the country, the WHITMER adminstration is one of the most corrupt administration's in Michigan history!! This election was a clear case of election fraud!! Funny how these issues only happened in strong democratic areas. Trump won Michigan by a landslide, it has nothing to do with race, it has everything to do with the economy doing well, and promises made, promises kept. These crazy Democrats want to destroy our country and turn it into another Venezuela using the same cheating equipment and software to steal elections. Ask the people who live and DIE in Venezuela how stealing elections, and not being stopped has worked out for them!!! Just because you keep telling a lie, about Biden winning Michigan, that doesn't make it true!!! STOP THE STEAL!!! SAVE AMERICA!! IMPEACH WHITMER! Prosecute her for the death of all the elderly she caused to die from her executive orders, the small businesses she's destroyed, the economy she's flattened but can't seem to figure out the proper way to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, the restaurants that have permanently closed. Use your intelligence, why is it that only democratic run States are having these issues!!!