Detroit’s Covered Windows: Pervasive Leftist Lies about 2020 Election Fraud

  • Detroit election officials covered up the windows in the TCF Center on election night 2020
  • The only reason to cover the windows was to prevent the counting of votes to be hidden from view of Republicans
  • Left-wing zealots continue to deny this happened, despite photographic and eyewitness statements otherwise

OUR RATING: #FakeNews. This is what you’d expect on CNN playing to an empty airport.

Indicted Outlet: Phil Schneider | Twitter | Link | Archive | 11/4/23

UPDATE: In response to this story, two videos were given to us by an eyewitness, further debunking and disproving Phil Schneider’s claims. You can view them here.

Typically TGP FactCheck does not fact-check random leftists on Twitter.

But when people hold themselves out as independent fact-checkers of a sort, when they bring themselves into a number of conversations making fake and false statements and accusations, they promote and amplify a set of lies that they ought to know better than to repeat.

Here is what Twitter’s Phil Schneider said about election night 2020 in Detroit at the TCF Center:

So here is what he writes:

“Today is the three-year anniversary of one of the most enduring 2020 election myths– that elections officials in Wayne County (Detroit) Michigan covered up windows to keep Republican election challengers from observing ballot counting. It was a lie.”

This statement by Schneider is a complete and utter lie.

The truth is that the windows were covered up to prevent Republicans from observing the counting of ballots.

It’s disproven by the people who were there, and it’s disproven by the recorded audio of the Detroit election officials prior to the event, it’s disproven by the eyewitness statements of the people who were at the TCF Center, and it’s disproven by the facts that have come out about the incident.

Phil Schneider is a liar.

Major Violations:

  • Ignoring Primary Sources
  • Lying
  • Misrepresentation
  • Fact Suppression
  • Government Genuflect

Republicans in Michigan were concerned about new rules in 2020 that threatened to prevent election observers and poll challengers from doing their job. A lawsuit filed by political candidate Steve Carra, who shortly afterwards became a state representative, filed suit against Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to force her to rescind rules that would prevent poll challengers from watching vote counts. Democrat Benson wanted them to be 9 feet away, while other election officials could mingle standing right next to one another. Benson and Democrats wanted to exclude only poll challengers from watching the vote, and fought hard in court to prevent Republicans from observing the vote. [5][6]

Michigan litigant, and later State Representative, Steve Carra

For reference, at least in Michigan, poll challenging is typically a Republican exercise and not a Democrat one.

According to the courts who ruled for Republican Carra and against Democrat Benson, Republican poll challengers in 2020 were supposed to be able to observe the vote counting process even if it violated COVID standards.

Prior to election night 2020, Shane Trejo, a reporter at Big League Politics broke a major story in Michigan. Trejo had a whistleblower who came forward and had recordings of the trainings for election workers in Wayne County. Trejo styled this series of stories as “#DetroitLeaks” The account was suspended on Twitter. [1]

In the recordings, one can hear Detroit election officials specifically talk about keeping Republican election observers from being close enough to observe what’s happening. The elections officials specifically said to keep them so far away that “they would need binoculars.”

They laughed as they explained they were going to abuse social distancing rules in order to prevent Republicans from observing vote counts. [4]

The authenticity of the recordings were inadvertently verified by Michigan’s far-left Attorney General Dana Nessel when she threatened to prosecute Trejo for reporting the recordings. [7]

The #DetroitLeaks whistleblower, Adam DeAngeli, eventually came forward and spoke with the Gateway Pundit about what he saw. [8]

Much of the #DetroitLeaks investigation was purged from the internet after threats from prosecutors. Reporter Trejo told TGP FactCheck that after it was banned on Twitter, and after Nessel started making threats from her position as Michigan’s Attorney General, many outlets deleted their stories and reporting on the topic. Even Big League Politics succumbed to the pressure and removed several stories. The story was “scrubbed from most major platforms” according to Trejo. The remaining evidence survives almost solely on BitChute according to Trejo. [9]

Reporter Trejo would end up being one of the key witnesses to Detroit’s voter fraud in 2020. [2][3]

Shane Trejo, reporter for Big League Politics

So before election night, there was already a plan in place by Democrats to prevent Republican poll challengers from observing the vote count, and there was litigation that came down on the side of letting Republicans observe the process normally.

So what happened on election night 2020 at the TCF Center according to eyewitnesses?

Republicans were systemically precluded from being election workers. Witnesses said that Wayne County officials even gave the Republican applicants a separate application process that went nowhere. Virtually none of the Republican applicants were hired, whereas every Democrat election worker spot was filled.

Contrary to the court ruling, Republicans were systemically prevented from observing the vote count process at the TCF Center.

If Republican poll watchers or election workers left the immediate area of the TCF Center, they were not allowed re-entry. This was done for the excuse of the facility being ‘at capacity’ due to COVID rules. Trejo confirms this detail noting that, “By the time I left on election night and came back, they had already banned people from getting into the building altogether unless you were an approved-journalist. They didn’t let any Republicans back in once they left.”

If one talked to any of the Republicans who were present, they all confirm the details of the situation and confirm that the motive was to prevent Republicans from being able to witness the ongoing voter count, contrary to state law.

The left-wing excuses and sophistry to try and create alternative motives for this action all fall flat.

Some of the more common left-wing lies about this incident include:

  • The Republicans were threatening violence.
  • The Republicans were about to “storm” the building. This is the kind of idiocy that Buzzfeed promoted. [14]
  • The Republicans were ‘violating the privacy’ of election workers.

These lies are promoted because it’s too simple to admit the obvious: the ongoing voter fraud was being removed from view.

There were no violent threats because there were scores of police present. There was no attempt to ‘storm’ the building, as the protesters were already in the building. There was no privacy to invade, because all the election workers were named on sign-in sheets, being paid by tax dollars, and short-term public servants. They had no right to avoid being photographed in public performing a public duty. All of the left-wing media’s narrative frames are ridiculous.

All the media reporting also notably relies on the government genuflect: meaning that even though there are known eyewitnesses, the media relies solely on the word of self-interested government officials.

It also shows that the left-wing media refuses to use primary sources. Ignoring primary sources is a hallmark of left-wing disinformation campaigns like this: they just refuse to examine the best, easiest, evidence that might challenge their preferred narratives. This is also a form of fact suppression.

Shane Trejo was at the TCF Center on election night 2020 and told TGP FactCheck: “They have since claimed that they were ‘protecting the privacy’ of the Detroit election workers, which was complete nonsense, and that they were ‘protecting Democracy’ by their actions, but they were engaged in a clear as day cover-up. They were covering-up the counting of illegal ballots brought in late, whom eyewitnesses said were suspicious in many ways such as not being folded and all having the same suspicious markings.

Trejo continued, “If they were truly protecting privacy, why didn’t they ban the media from taking pictures? The media was inside the room taking pictures, so the excuse that they needed to protect privacy is just a lie. The problem is that there’s no reason to block the windows except to cover up what they were doing. No one wants to admit the obvious: they were literally covering-up ongoing voter fraud.”

“Their excuses have made no sense,” Trejo adds. This is what shows that Schneider is lying: the excuses are nonsense.

Meshawn Maddock, another witness present at the covering of windows by pizza boxes, confirms all the same details.

Meshawn Maddock is visible in many of the photographs from the incident by the mainstream media.

Meshawn Maddock tells TGP FactCheck: “Republicans were standing at the windows begging to be let in, and they were completely ignored. These were people who were on the list to be poll challengers and poll workers, and they were simply being denied. The way Wayne County was operating they were only going after the Republicans. I guess in their minds only Republicans got COVID? Anyway, they put up poster board and then used pizza boxes when they ran out of posterboard. I don’t know what else to say other than to say why else would you poster up the windows. They didn’t say anything as they were doing it, it’s clear that they just made up an excuse later to justify it.”

Even the left-wing Detroit Free Press said that chaos erupted because Republicans were disallowed re-entry because the building was “at capacity.” [11][15] They were told this by the government, and apply zero skepticism to the claim. This is a form of fact suppression and government genuflect since the witnesses all relate that Democrat operatives were being let out and back in again without any trouble.

Here is the story from Nov. 4, 2020:

A chaotic scene erupted outside the vote tally room at TCF Center in Detroit on Wednesday as election officials informed dozens of challengers that they could not reenter the room due to it being at capacity. 

People gathered outside the ballot-counting area pounded on the doors and windows, shouting, “Let us in” and “Stop the count” as only about a half-dozen tables continued to count ballots on the day after Election Day.

Police had to push back the crowds as they argued to be allowed in the vote-counting area. Republican counters shouted that they were unfairly being kept out, but Democratic challengers countered that it was not true because they were also being kept outside.

Witnesses say that no Democrats were excluded from re-entry, and that only Republicans were barred. When the windows were later covered-up, only Republicans were being prevented from seeing what was going on.

“There was no reason to cover up the windows. I was there. I saw them doing it. I was looking out of the last window when they covered it up. It was to stop our view,” said Maddock.

“We weren’t disruptive or threatening anyone. They could have kicked us out of the building if we were being disruptive. They could have had the police come over if there was a problem. There were plenty of police around. But they didn’t because their only goal was to cover up the big steal.”

Maddock quickly listed off seven other individuals who were around her who could verify the same information: only Republicans were being excluded, and the pizza box cover-up had no purpose other than to obscure their view.

“It’s amazing to me that there’s any dispute about this. Of course they covered up the windows to cover up what they were doing. It was the literal and figurative definition of a cover-up,” said Maddock.

Even left-wing journalists who were present said that the purpose was to “to obstruct [the] view” of the protesting Republicans. [13]

Maddock continued, “There weren’t any Democrats that were outside the arena. The Democrats could easily come and go. Republicans got put into seats at a table and if they left the area for any reason, even to just use the bathroom, they were denied re-entry. Only the Republicans were treated this way. They had Democrats and outside left-wing organizations on site who could roam freely. There were obvious Antifa, school union, UAW, among other left-wing groups roaming around.”

“Wayne County actually credentialed entire organizations, we didn’t figure this out until 2022 — that groups claiming to be a non-partisan group could register. We were outnumbrered 10-1 by hard-left Democrats. When our people would get up, they’d never let them back in. Our people got ground down and pushed out by endless harassment. Our people inside started realizing that people weren’t being let in and were being forced out. So our people stayed and wouldn’t leave. There was a lot of physical intimidation underway by the left inside the TCF Center: they only wanted us to leave. None of this was captured on video because you weren’t allowed to have a phone out and the media inside were all mainstream sources. The pics from the inside were all from the media. Inside the room, there was a row of tables for media, but they weren’t out walking around,” said Maddock.

Several TCF witnesses corroborate Maddock’s statements. One was Elizabeth Forlini, who was ejected after she saw suspicious ballots and challenged ballots. [10][12]

Another witness was Bob Cushman, who related to the Gateway Pundit that he was ejected from the TCF Center illegally because he observed too much voter fraud. [16] Articia Bomer related the same information to the Gateway Pundit: there was an active campaign of harassment. [17] Kristina Karamo told the Gateway Pundit that the intimidation against Republicans was so bad, “they were like a pack of wild dogs.” [18]

TGP FactCheck even spoke with another individual who was there, who asked to remain anonymous because of the threat of retaliation and lawsuits by far-left Attorney General Nessel and others, who confirmed all the key details. The individual said, “I was there and the Detroit officials did everything to stifle us. I swore out an affidavit to this effect as did many others. All of this is easy to find. And I mean, of course they were trying to obstruct our view.”

The witness continued, “They used COVID to stifle us from monitoring the election. It’s quite obvious why: they were trying to rig the election. I was there from early in the morning to late all night, literally all day. We were a group of Republican volunteers. There wasn’t a single Democrat out there, despite what the media says. Everyone who worked on Michigan Trump Victory [the 2020 Trump campaign] had it as part of our contract to monitor the election.”

“There was no violence by Republicans, no threats by Republicans, and we were upset that they were illegally kicking out Republicans. They gave us no other option, so we got loud.”

No witness related that they saw any violence by pro-Trump people against the left-wing officials. Besides, police were present everywhere at the TCF Center. So the fake claims about Republicans planning to ‘storm’ the building or other suggestions of violence, are just nonsense statements.

So in this instance, 1) the far-left Secretary of State was litigating in court to try and prevent Republicans from observing the vote count process, 2) Wayne County election officials were caught bragging about denying Republicans the ability to view the vote count process, 3) scores of eyewitnesses relate that Republicans were systemically blocked from viewing ballot tabulations, 4) every witness whose view was blocked says that they were being blocked.

But someone Phil Schneider just blithely calls this a ‘lie.’

The left has no answer for key voter fraud claims, so they content themselves at knocking down their own cherry-picked straw men. They often ‘debunk’ claims by focusing on claims not being made, or other irrelevant claims.

But at least as it relates to the cover-up of Detroit’s election processes during the 2020 election, the evidence is clear.

Detroit covered up the windows to prevent Republican poll challengers and election workers from observing the voting process.

Phil Schneider is wrong and a liar.

OUR RATING: #FakeNews. This is what you’d expect on CNN playing to an empty airport.

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