No arrests were made at the Saturday protest, but it was not a spontaneous outpouring of right-wing grievances. Genevieve Peters, an attendee who streamed the event on Facebook, posted that the group was affiliated with “Stop The Steal MI.” That group claims to share its “HQ” with the Macomb County Republican Party, which shared Peters’ video of the demonstration outside Benson’s home on its official Facebook page.
The protest was the latest escalation targeting elections officials in swing states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden. In Georgia, officials report receiving threats of violence, despite the state’s Republican leadership reexamining the election results and repeatedly certifying Biden’s win. Even prior to the presidential election, multiple prominent Michigan Democrats faced threats, including an alleged kidnapping plot directed at the state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer.
The ongoing saga in Michigan suggests that even when official Republicans show signs of, however belatedly, coming to terms with Biden’s victory, the activists they’ve unleashed may not be ready to hang it up.