A revealing incident took place in Wayne County, Michigan last week. What happened is highly instructive, because it exposes the left’s modus operandi. It is important that we learn from it and take measures to prevent its recurrence, because if we don’t, this country will fall into the hands of brutal leftist totalitarians.
In Wayne County two Republican members of the county’s Board of Canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, initially refused to certify the results of the obviously fraud-ridden election. Wayne County, by the way, includes the city of Detroit which has been continuously controlled by corrupt Democrats since 1962. Not surprisingly, Detroit has been known to suffer from election irregularities for many years. In this election, among other concerns, around 70 percent of Wayne County precincts were found to be “out of balance,” which means that the number of ballots cast did not match the number of people who signed in to vote.
The refusal to certify this vote with its glaring irregularities made the two honest officials an immediate target of intimidation and blackmail. Within minutes of their decision, death threats began pouring in. “The [death] threats have been made against myself, my daughter and my husband,” Monica Palmer told Detroit Free Press. The threats that Monica Palmer referred to in this statement were conveyed to her privately. But there was more to come publicly so that the whole world could see just how brazen and vicious the American political left is.
In the contentious public meeting that followed the standoff, Palmer and Hartmann were abused and bullied by a succession of Democrat operatives. Astonishingly, in that meeting, which was broadcast on Zoom, Democrats made statements that contained threats of potentially deadly violence against the two board members and their families.
One of the oafs who used this tactic was a man by the name Abraham Aiyash. Aiyash is a hard left activist who had just been elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. He hails from Michigan’s deeply blue District 4 where he received nearly 90 percent of the vote. Prior to his election he worked as a trainer of community organizers. This is how a former co-worked described Aiyash in a Twitter post:
“I’ve worked closely with @AbrahamAiyash with his time working with @MichiganUnited, his job was training the next generation of organizers. Michigan should be proud to have such a fighter and a progressive champion in the state house, I know I am proud to call him a friend.”
At the Wayne County election certification meeting, this “progressive champion” set the scene by accusing Monika Palmer of racism:
“You are standing here today telling folks that Black Detroit should not have their votes counted. And know the facts. You are certainly showing that you are a racist. You may say that you are not. You may claim that you are not. But let’s be very clear. Your words today and your actions today made it clear that you are okay with silencing the votes of an eighty-percent African-American city.”
Having accused and convicted Palmer of racism – which is apparently the worst charge that a person, living or dead, can face these days – Aiyash made his move:
“And what that tells us is you Miss Monica Palmer from Grosse Pointe Woods, which has a history of racism, uh, deciding to enable and continue to perpetuate the racist history of this country.”
Threats and intimidation: Abraham Aiyash publicly accused Monika Palmer of being a racist who wants to disenfranchise the black people of Detroit. He then revealed the name of her children’s school and asked her to think what will happen when they come face to face with their “black classmates”
Notice how deliberately Aiyash announced Palmer’s name and the area of her residence. This was completely unnecessary as those present at the meeting were doubtless already aware of these facts. To understand what this man did and why, we need to remember the context in which he made his statement
In the last six months we have watched terror unleashed in this country under the guise of anti-racism by the left and its militant organs BLM and Antifa. Apart from the unprecedented destruction of property, the crazed leftists have assaulted, beaten and brutalized scores of people, allegedly because of racism. To designate someone a racist in a high-stakes election meeting is to set them up as a candidate for retribution. To declare publicly that someone is a racist who intends to disenfranchise the whole black population of Detroit makes that person a target for potentially deadly violence.
Abraham Aiyash, however, did not stop with Monika Palmer. He continued further:
“And I want you to think about what that means to your kids – who probably go to [name of the school] – and when they see all their black classmates…”
The Democrat wretch named the school that Palmer’s children attend and then invited their “black classmates” to bully and abuse them.
This is obvious intimidation and blackmail. What Aiyash essentially said was this: “Either you will go along with us and certify this fraudulent election, or you and your family will be targeted for violence at home and in school.”
But the leftists were still not done. Aiyash was followed by one Ned Staebler, who serves as Vice-President for Economic Development at Wayne State University. Lest you have any doubt where he stands politically, his Twitter name reads: “Ned BLACK LIVES MATTER Staebler.”
Like so many Democrats today, Staebler is an unhinged individual who espouses extreme views. This is what he wrote to Trump’s supporters in December 2016, barely a month after Trump’s first presidential victory: “If you support Trump you are OK with bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia and a foreign power undermining our democracy. Own it.”
During the Wayne County canvassers meeting last week, Staebler launched a fiery rant that set up Palmer and Hartmann as sitting ducks for leftist vengeance. This is what he said:
“I just want to let you know that the Trump stink, the stain of racism that you, William Hartmann and Monica Palmer, have just covered yourself in is going to follow you throughout history. Your grandchildren are going to think of you like Bull Connor or George Wallace. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann will forever be known in south-eastern Michigan as two racists who did something so unprecedented that they disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Black voters in the city of Detroit…”
Vitriolic: Ned Staebler publicly called the Wayne Country canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann “racists” who are without “a shred of human decency.” He said that thanks to Twitter “millions of people around the world” now know their names.
Notice the number of times Staebler says their names in connection with the term racist. This is deliberate. He continued:
“Just know when you try to sleep tonight, that millions of people around the world now on Twitter know the name Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, as two people completely racist and without an understanding of what integrity means or a shred of human decency. The law is not on your side, history won’t be on your side, your conscience will not be on your side, and lord knows when you go to meet your maker your soul is going to be very, very warm.”
Note the code words Staebler uses to turn the two canvassers into targets for BLM and Antifa terror: “racist,” “black voters,” “disenfranchise.” Also disturbing are the ominous references to “your maker” and to “your soul,” which obviously refer to posthumous existence.
Now put yourself in the shoes of these two people. Imagine you were having to decide whether or not to certify the vote in this situation. How would you feel if the left’s ire was about to come down on you and your children? I venture to say that most people could not withstand this kind of pressure and intimidation. It is no surprise, therefore, that the two commissioners changed their mind and went along with the left’s demands.
An article in the Detroit Metro Times reported their change of mind this way:
“All eyes were on Wayne County on Tuesday evening as the county’s election board, deadlocked in an unprecedented partisan vote, initially declined to certify Detroit’s election results — only to quickly reverse course after concerned citizens called them out during the meeting’s public comment.”
The report is only partially correct. The two Republicans did, indeed, reverse their position, but not because they were “called out.” They reversed because they and their families would have been assaulted if they hadn’t. Most of us would likely do the same if faced with this level of danger and intimidation.
Note: Since their vote to certify, Palmer and Hartmann tried to rescind their vote by affidavit. Whether they will be successful or what will happen to them remains to be seen.
Regardless of the final outcome in Michigan, what we have seen there is the essence of the hard left’s approach. This is exactly the way they take over governments and countries. It is never done in an honest, transparent way, but through lies, intimidation, blackmail and violence.
In the weeks ahead this scenario will unfold up and down the US. Wherever decisions regarding this election will have to be made, the left will threaten and intimidate officials on all levels: local, state and federal. Every public official in favor of a meaningful audit or recount will be immediately marked for intimidation and violence. Sadly, in the present environment this threat is all too real. It is likely that in most cases the targeted officials will cave. Given the circumstances it would be difficult to blame them.
In a few days some of the legal cases will start making their way to the Supreme Court. Tremendous pressure will be put on those members who may be inclined to rule in favor of electoral integrity. Just put yourself, for example, in the shoes of the newly appointed Amy Coney Barrett. Should she vote in left’s disfavor, she and her family would immediately become the targets of a nationwide campaign of hatred. For a mother of seven children this would not be an easy situation to handle. Her house would be besieged, and the members of the Barrett family would face harassment – or worse – wherever they go.
If we do not want to fall under the rule of the violent totalitarians of the hard left, it is imperative to confound their tactic of getting their way through intimidation and violence. There are two lines along which this problem must be tackled simultaneously. First, those officials who will be making election-related rulings must be given meaningful guarantees of security for themselves, their families and their property. They must know that they will be provided with whatever protection is necessary to keep them and their own safe.
Second, our government must take a strong stand against all forms of harassment. People like Abraham Aiyash and Ned Staebler should be charged with intimidation and incitement of violence against public officials. They will no doubt claim that this was not their intention but given today’s violent climate, they knew exactly what they were doing. They publicly painted Monika Palmer and William Hartmann as two inveterate racists and disenfranchisers of black people and then doxed them. In our current milieu this kind of tarring makes people prey for the left’s Brown Shirt organs – BLM and Antifa. Such intimidation should not be tolerated in the United States of America and those who attempt it should feel the iron fist of the law.
Vasko Kohlmayer, Lewrockwell.com