Detroit rally calls for Trump to concede, Board of State Canvassers to certify Michigan votes.

Anthony Cardamone | Ken Coleman photo

During a small but spirited rally on Saturday in Detroit at the Joe Louis fist, Anthony Cardamone said it’s time for President Donald Trump to give up election lawsuits, concede to Joe Biden, and “get out!”

“[Trump] needs to concede now, so we can undo the damage that he’s done,” Cardamone of Clinton Twp. said.  

The rally was part of a coordinated effort by RefuseFascism.org to demonstrate in cities throughout the country. Efforts were scheduled on Saturday in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Honolulu, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. 

President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, won Michigan over Trump, a Republican, by about 150,000 votes, according to unofficial returns. Biden is to be awarded the state’s 16 electoral votes under Michigan’s winner-take-all system. However, Trump’s campaign has charged that election fraud occurred in Michigan and other states. The campaign has filed multiple lawsuits in Michigan that have been either dismissed or withdrawn. 

“Massive voter fraud will be shown!,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. Twitter tagged the post with a disclaimer “This claim about election fraud is disputed.” 

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers, which is split evenly between two Democrats and two Republicans, is scheduled to meet on Monday and is supposed to certify statewide results, which have been certified by all 83 state counties.

The state Legislature, according to the law, doesn’t have a role in the post-election process, like certifying election results or appointing electors. Some Democrats remain concerned about interventions, although Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, can veto laws passed by the Legislature.

“Our votes must count,” said Wyonia Croff-McGee of Detroit who attended Saturday’s rally. “Our votes here in Michigan must count. I’m expecting the State Board of Canvassers to certify it.” 

 

Ken Coleman
Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.