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A crowd gathered outside the TCF Center in Detroit as election officials told dozens of Republican vote challengers that they could not reenter the room because it was overcapacity.

Michigan Trump Victory Deputy State Director Drew Thompson shared images on Twitter of the building’s doors, which were locked from inside by police.

“Detroit election officials are currently refusing to let the public observe the counting process at the TCF center,” Thompson wrote. “They have padlocked the doors. This is a disgrace to the democratic process.”

He shared video of the crowd outside the building chanting, “Let us in” as many remained outside.

Protesters also chanted “stop the vote” following news that President Trump’s team filed a lawsuit in Michigan, claiming campaign officials have not been allowed to observe ballot counts.

“President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in a statement. “We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s press secretary, Ryan Jarvi, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying the department had not yet “been notified by the Court of Claims about this lawsuit.”

“Michigan’s elections have been conducted transparently, with access provided for both political parties and the public, and using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately,” Javi added in the statement, which Nessel shared on Twitter. “When we are served, we will review it and respond accordingly. Michigan will always continue to protect the rights of all voters to have their ballots counted.”

The Detroit Department of Elections counted roughly 162,000 absentee ballots as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, officials announced. The DOE anticipates completing the absentee ballot count by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Fox News Decision Desk has called Michigan for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden led with 49.9% of the vote compared to Trump’s 48.6%, a difference of more than 67,000 votes, according to Associated Press estimates.

Author: Lucas Manfredi

Source: Fox News: Locked-out Detroit Republican vote challengers furious over lack of access

Sean Parnell, the Republican congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th District, said Sunday that his house has been vandalized just two days before Election Day.

“My house was vandalized last night by cowards under the cover of darkness,” Parnell wrote on Twitter. “This is what is at stake in this election. We all must fight for our country and we must do it NOW. I will not cower. I will not back down. I will always fight for this nation.”

A photo shared by Parnell shows his garage door spray-painted with the message “Elections No Revolutions Yes!” as well as an image of a hammer and sickle, a symbol associated with communism.

“Regardless of political party, those that choose to run for office do so because they believe they can help the country. It is perfectly reasonable to disagree with each other and with political candidates, but the way to do that is at the voting booth,” Parnell said in a statement issued Sunday. “I believe that we are at an important point in our great nation’s history and I most assuredly stand against socialism, violence, and destruction.”

He added that he hopes the American people can “respect our system of choosing our representatives in a peaceful and dignified way and no matter who we support and oppose.”

“We do it with our vote, and not through destruction of property and violence to our fellow Americans,” he said.

Parnell, a U.S. Army veteran, is running against incumbent Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb for a seat that the Cook Political Report currently rates as “leans Democratic.”

Pennsylvania is a key state for both Republicans’ and Democrats’ path to an election victory, holding 20 electoral votes. According to the latest average of polls by RealClearPolitics, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by an average of 4 percentage points.

As of Sunday, the United States Elections Project estimates more than 2.3 million people have cast votes early in the Keystone State.

Author: Lucas Manfredi

Source: Fox News: Pennsylvania congressional candidate Sean Parnell says house was vandalized 2 days before Election Day

Facebook and Twitter are both taking action after a video shared by President Trump they say contains misinformation about the coronavirus.

“This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation,” Facebook spokesperson Liz Bourgeois told Fox News in a statement.

In the removed video, the president told Fox & Friends that schools should remain open.

“My view is that schools should be open,” Trump said. “If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely — but almost immune from this disease.”

He added that children have “much stronger immune systems” and “just don’t have a problem.”

According to Facebook, this is the first time the social media platform has taken down a post from the president regarding misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

It was not immediately clear if all posts containing the video have been removed.

The move comes as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has faced increased scrutiny to crack down on misinformation since the 2016 election, with a long list of companies that have threatened to pull advertising on the platform.

The same clip was also shared by the Trump campaign’s Twitter account – @teamtrump – and retweeted by the president himself.

A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News the tweet is “in violation of the Twitter rules on COVID-19 misinformation” and that the Trump campaign will “be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”

Trump campaign spokesperson Courtney Parella told Fox News that President Trump was “stating a fact that children are less susceptible to the coronavirus.”

“Another day, another display of Silicon Valley’s flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction,” she added. “Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth.”

Parella also claimed that the Twitter spokesperson who flagged campaign’s suspended account was Kamala Harris’ former press secretary.

A review of the latest available data by the Kasier Family Foundation found while there is already widespread community transmission in areas of the United States, there is “clearly a risk of further spread associated with reopening schools.”

“The risks of reopening need to be considered carefully in light of the recognized benefits of in-person education,” the foundation added.

The foundation noted there is “some evidence for an age gradient in infectiousness, with younger children less likely and older children more likely to transmit at levels similar to adults.”

The National Academies of Medicine reported that “compared with adults, children who contract COVID-19 are more likely to experience asymptomatic infection or mild upper respiratory symptoms”, and that over 90 percent of children testing positive will have no or mild symptoms.

Children under the age of 18 account for 7%, or more than 200,000, of reported COVID-19 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They also account for 1% of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and less than 1% of coronavirus-related deaths.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 4.8 million coronavirus cases in the United States. More than 1.5 million Americans have recovered, while more than 157,000 Americans have died.

Author: Lucas Manfredi

Source: Fox News: Facebook removes Trump post over coronavirus misinformation rules; Twitter also clamps down

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