As the nation patiently waits for the few remaining states to count their mail-in ballots and declare a winner of the presidential election, some malicious citizens have taken to terrorizing election officials.
Things have gone particularly awry in Nevada, where Clark County Registrar Joe Garcia revealed in a press conference on Thursday that he and his staff are facing some very real concerns. “I can tell you that my wife and my mother are very concerned for me ... I am concerned for the safety of my staff,” he said. Garcia was referring to the protesters, some of them armed, who have gathered outside Nevada vote counting centers.
— The Recount (@therecount) November 5, 2020
Garcia held a news briefing on Wednesday as well, where he was interrupted by a man who went on a nonsensical rant about how Biden has stolen the election and the media is “covering it up.”
A heckler briefly interrupted Clark County Registrar Joe Gloria during his press conference on the election count. pic.twitter.com/j9AEnQqnb2
— KSNV News 3 Las Vegas (@News3LV) November 4, 2020
Garcia's words struck a chord with Americans watching the disruption of what should be a peaceful democratic process.
Why are these morons trying to stop vote counting when their guy is behind? Is it ... because they're morons? https://t.co/9oQeSOAXqT
— David Roberts (@drvox) November 5, 2020
I moderated an elections panel in 2017 with Joe Gloria as a panelist. He is a thoughtful and dedicated elections administration official. Watching him talk about his safety in doing his job... a chilling moment in American democracy. https://t.co/Ymor6ezRZo
— John Myers (@johnmyers) November 5, 2020
This is the poison of the Trump era: public servants who are just trying to do their jobs and count votes are now (understandably) afraid for their own personal safety. What a stunning and horrific sign of how far America has fallen in the last four years. https://t.co/VrlfDG2mws
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) November 5, 2020
This is unbelievable, despicable, and horrific. This is the anger that Trump and his bootlicker brigade have wrought: Psychotic, seething madness, armed to the teeth, seeking out the innocent. Police in Nevada: do your jobs and protect people who believe in the rule of law. https://t.co/DkWX2H6E82
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) November 5, 2020
Trump supporters threatening patriotic poll workers seeking to protect and defend the rights of all Americans is very on brand for Trump. https://t.co/XRSo1Oi46V
— Jon B. Wolfsthal (@JBWolfsthal) November 5, 2020
As of this reporting, Biden is leading in Nevada, while Trump is leading in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alaska. Biden is poised to win, with Nevada's six electoral votes giving him the edge over Trump and helping him secure the necessary 270 votes, if Fox News' questionable early call of Arizona to Biden stands. There are still approximately 190,150 ballots to be counted in Nevada, according to the state's Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) November 5, 2020
These same types of conservative dissidents appeared outside the Maricopa County Elections Department in Arizona on Wednesday night after Fox News called the state in favor of Biden. The crowd—some of which was armed—was chanting, “Fox News sucks!” and “count the votes.” Maricopa County encompasses Phoenix and is the largest county in the state, which will be key in the presidential race.
Incredible scenes outside the Maricopa County Elections Dept in Arizona pic.twitter.com/cUcboOxnYS
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 5, 2020
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