After appearing to acquit themselves rationally after a controversial White Home assembly with President Donald Trump on Friday, Michigan’s lawmakers had been photographed celebrating maskless and downing expensive Dom Perignon champagne within the Trump Worldwide Resort.
Voters erupted, and “Dom Perignon” was shortly trending on Twitter. The bottles go for $500 to $950 every on the resort, and if it was a deal with from Trump, they had been possible on an expense account paid for by taxpayers — state, or federal.
Michigan, in the meantime, suffered by means of 10,000 new instances of COVID-19 Friday — and 53 deaths.
Photographs of Michigan Home Speaker Lee Chatfield, state Rep. Jim Lilly and different Republicans surfaced on social media, the place the lads had been lashed for his or her extravagant indulgence and extraordinary callous indifference as their constituents battle with well being and monetary hardships.
Chatfield and Republican Senate Majority Mike Shirkey had been summoned to Washington by Trump who, observers suspected, talked to them about utilizing their energy to sway the state’s electoral votes his means, no matter Michigan’s vote backing Joe Biden.
The 2 legislators issued a joint assertion after the assembly that they noticed no issues with Michigan’s election and supposed to proceed with the “normal,” legal process anticipated to substantiate Biden as president-elect.
However then Dom-gate broke, which triggered worries about what was actually happening between the president and the lawmakers. Trump additionally mysteriously tweeted on Saturday that the Michigan legislators’ assertion “was true however that wasn’t the way in which it was reported within the media.”
Voters’ fears about attainable persevering with plots had been heightened Saturday when the Republican Nationwide Committee and Michigan Republican Get together Chairwoman Laura Cox requested the state’s Board of State Canvassers in a letter to delay certification of the state’s election results for two weeks. That may “enable for a full audit and investigation” into alleged voting “anomalies and irregularities,” the letter acknowledged.
Neither Chatfield nor Shirkey have but responded to the uproar, and couldn’t instantly be reached by HuffPost to remark. Shirkey refused to reply reporters’ questions when he landed again in Michigan Saturday. He sang a hymm, ignoring queries about who paid for his journey.
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