Gov. Gretchen Whitmer slammed President Donald Trump’s bogus election rhetoric as “un-American” after his supporters stormed into the TCF Center in Detroit on Wednesday and demanded the city stop counting the votes.
Whitmer said Trump’s false claims of election fraud in Michigan and a handful of other states threaten to deepen the divide in the country.
“There is no question that efforts to undermine the integrity of and the competence of the election will have ramifications long past when the final numbers are in,” Whitmer said on CNN on Thursday. “I think it’s something that is anti-American.”
As Detroit election workers were counting ballots at the TCF Center on Wednesday, Trump supporters chanting “stop the vote” marched into the building, pounding on glass windows.
WATCH: Trump supporters got into Detroit’s TCF Center through a back entrance and streamed into the building. Protesters tell @gablova that they believe something wrong is happening and the ballot counting must be stopped #Election2020 https://t.co/xDtoh1Fb7T pic.twitter.com/NfgeiCLhfd— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) November 5, 2020
Police escorted the Trump supporters outside the center, where they stood for several hours as the sky darkened, with some singing and evoking god.
Outside the TCF Center in Detroit, where a protester is yelling something about god and Gov. Whitmer. pic.twitter.com/O9aNK6DVm2— Motor City Muckraker (@MCmuckraker) November 4, 2020
“We don’t just stop (the count) because it’s convenient or because one person has an agenda,” Whitmer said. “The most important thing in an American election is that we decide our differences at the polls and we have a peaceful transfer of power, and it is the will of the people that decide the outcome of our elections, not a candidate, not a political party and not protests.”
Counter-protesters also gathered outside the building, chanting, "Count every vote."
With 99% of the votes counted Wednesday evening, Biden was declared the winner of Michigan, where he led 50.6% to 47.9%.
Whitmer said Biden called her Wednesday and spoke about the need to unify the country.
“He is focused on how do we heal this nation, how do we bring people together, how do we build bridges and start the common ground that has been so severely lacking these last few years,” Whitmer said.
She added, “We need a leader who can bring us together.”
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