Stop the Steal group protested at the home of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and claims Macomb GOP links

A group that visited the home of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Saturday night is one of many self-proclaimed “grassroots” groups working to reverse President Donald Trump’s electoral loss. But this one lists a local Republican Party office as its own seat.

Benson was about to watch How the Grinch stole Christmas with her young child when a crowd of around 20 marched to her home with megaphones and Trump flags. The group was there to falsely accuse Benson of rigging the election against Trump. Benson, who is the Chief Electoral Officer of Michigan, claimed in a statement that some of the people who visited him that night were armed.

No arrests were made during Saturday’s protest, but it was not a spontaneous wave of grievances from the right. Genevieve Peters, a participant who webcast the event on Facebook, said the group was affiliated with “Stop The Steal MI”. This group claims to share its “HQ” with the Macomb County Republican Party, which shared Peters’ video of the protest outside Benson’s home on its official Facebook page.

The protest was the latest escalation targeting election officials in states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden. Officials in Georgia report receiving threats of violence, despite the state’s Republican leadership re-examining election results and repeatedly certifying Biden’s victory. Even before the presidential election, several prominent Michigan Democrats faced threats, including an alleged kidnapping plot directed against state governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The ongoing Michigan saga suggests that even when official Republicans show signs, however late, of accepting Biden’s victory, the activists they unleashed may not be ready to hang up.

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