At Saturday’s now infamous Trump campaign press conference at the Four Seasons Total Landscaping in northeast Philadelphia, Rudy Giuliani called three witnesses who he said could prove voter fraud in the presidential election.
The first witness was a convicted sex offender who was a consistently failed candidate in New Jersey for several years, as Politico first reported.
“It’s shameful. It’s a democracy,” said Daryl Brooks, who said he served as a GOP poll observer, at the press conference outside the landscaping company after tightening Giuliani’s hand. “They didn’t allow us to see anything. Was it corrupt or not? But give us the opportunity, as poll observers, to see all the documents – all the ballots. “
Brooks served three years and eight months in prison in 1998 after being convicted of multiple charges of fad, sexual assault and endangering the well-being of a minor for allegedly exposing himself to two girls aged 7 and 11. According to NJ .com, Brooks has maintained his innocence, claiming that he was created by Trenton Police and other elected officials because of his work as a city activist.
The arrest came three years after police said Brooks was reported for masturbating in public after he was seen naked from the waist down on a city street near a mini police station while holding a bottle of cognac, according to The Philadelphia Tribune.
Brooks, 52, has run for political office several times unsuccessfully, previously describing himself as a libertarian and a Tea Party activist. Brooks attempted to run for Congress and the US Senate twice – a campaign in which his slogan was “Campaign of the Poor.”
In his 2004 congressional run in New Jersey’s 12th District, Brooks won half of 1% of the vote in his race against three-term Democratic Representative Rush Holt and Republican Bill Spadea. Brooks, who ran as a Green Party candidate, is said to have finished last of four candidates.
In 2008, then Senate hopeful Brooks was jailed after failing to pay more than $ 70,000 in child support to three women, according to NJ.com. In response, Brooks vowed to go on a hunger strike to protest the United States’ treatment of previously incarcerated residents.
“The hunger strike will bring attention to this critical issue and hopefully spark action and lead to justice,” Brooks said, according to a legal defense fund that appears to be set up for him, and which also alleges the Trenton native was abused by the New Jersey Parole Board.
Photos posted on the Blogspot legal defense fund appear to show Brooks in photo ops with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, philosopher Cornel West, and Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor and presidential candidate. Brooks also appears to have an audiobook, Why me?, in which he talks about his life and time in prison.
Brooks again challenged Menendez in 2012 and finished last in a field of 11 candidates as the Reform Party candidate. He received 2,066 statewide votes, or 0.06, and lost to Menendez by 1,985,614.
At Saturday’s press conference, Brooks did not mention his political past, saying he moved to Philadelphia two years ago and decided to come out to “support our president.”
“The election was stolen as soon as Trump was elected president; they were plotting, the plan was in the mix, ”Brooks said, adding that while at the polls he was forced to stand at least 6 meters away and couldn’t ensure the votes were legal.
“I started looking at it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘There’s the eternal candidate from New Jersey claiming to live in Philadelphia and Giuliani claiming him to be a poll watcher and a resident of Philadelphia.” Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora told Politico. James Gee, chief of staff to Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, also told the outlet that he recognized Brooks.
“Yeah, I know Daryl. It’s so fitting that he’s here, ”Gee said.
Brooks did not immediately respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
In an interview with Politico on Monday, Brooks admitted he was unsure whether Trump’s lawyer was aware of his criminal past – which he still denies, claiming the alleged victims were children of drug traffickers. from the neighborhood he had called in his community – but stressed that he had not. I don’t think it was relevant.
“I’m not sure, but all he asked – he was asking for the truth. I told him the truth and the others told him the truth, ”Brooks said, revealing that he also worked for a third party group supporting the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
Speaking of that conviction, Brooks added, “I went to jail for three and a half years. That’s what they said I did. I was 25 years old. I was an activist always doing the right thing. They lied to me. The cops set me up.
The New Jersey politician’s failed allegations mirrored those of Trump’s personal lawyer Giuliani, who held the press conference as major news networks called for the 2020 election of President-elect Joe Biden. Giuliani, along with former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi and Trump campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski, illegal unsubstantiated ballots were cast for the deceased in Philadelphia.
“Will Smith’s dad has voted here twice since his death,” Giuliani said. “I don’t know who he voted for because the vote is secret. In Philadelphia, they keep the vote of the dead secret. ”
The complaint was one of several complaints filed against Pennsylvania’s voting practices – including a complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party – whose 20 electoral votes won the White House for Biden after days of ballot counting postal vote.
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