Outgoing President Donald Trump continues to push the lie that widespread voter fraud—of which there is no evidence—tipped the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden.
What's more, many Republicans in government positions are following the President's lead in undermining public faith in American democracy.
General Services Administration head Emily Murphy still refuses to sign the required paperwork allocating resources like office space and government data to the incoming Biden team for coordinating a transition. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly pressured Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to throw out legally cast ballots.
And on Tuesday night, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers in the swing state of Michigan initially refused to certify their election results.
Wayne County is the most populated county in Michigan. In it is the city of Detroit, which is around 80% Black.
The board, which consists of two Democrats and two Republicans, was initially deadlocked, with its Republicans—William Hartmann and Monica Palmer—refusing to certify.
The two cited irregularities in which the vote numbers recorded in poll books didn't match with the number of confirmed votes, a phenomenon that occurred in 2016 (the results were still certified) and which Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson assured was "not an indication that any votes were improperly cast or counted."
Monica Palmer said that she would be willing to certify other parts of Wayne County except for Detroit—a statement which drew ire for its racism, especially considering the greater number of irregularities in nearby Livonia—a 90 percent white suburb.
With the board deadlocked, the decision was headed to the state board and presented the possibility that Michigan's Republican legislature would choose the state's electors.
Trump celebrated the apparent victory in a string of jovial tweets.
Trump falsely claimed that there were more votes cast than there were people in Wayne County. In reality, Wayne County saw around 867 thousand votes cast out of over a million registered voters.
Minutes after Trump's Twitter celebration, the Board reconsidered and voted unanimously to certify the results while also demanding a state audit of Wayne County's votes.
People ridiculed Trump for celebrating without knowing the latest development—including Secretary Benson.
Trump eventually heard the news, and once again lied that there were more votes cast than people in Wayne County.
The mockery only continued from there.
Biden won the state of Michigan by nearly 150 thousand votes.