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Armed Trumpers in MAGA Gear Threatened Michigan's Top Election Official at Her Home

Armed Trumpers in MAGA Gear Threatened Michigan's Top Election Official at Her Home

Dozens of armed protesters in MAGA gear chanted “Stop the Steal!” outside Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s home on Saturday night — an escalation to the torrent of threats she and other state election officials have received since the election early last month. They targeted me in my role as Michigan’s Chief Election Officer,” Benson wrote in a statement on Sunday. But the scene that unfolded outside Benson’s home on Saturday was nothing new by the standards of 2020 — especially in Michigan. The feared violence on election day never materialized, but the deep divisions in the state made it ripe for misinformation and conspiracies about the outcome of the election to take hold. And week later, over 10,000 pro-Trump protesters flooded the streets of Washington, D.C., some of whom clashed violently with counterprotesters.

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