But a city official poured a splash of cold water on these claims, explaining to CNN Business that the central measure of the dispute was taken to ensure private voter data was not made public. way does not match.
Reports from pro-Trump agencies like Fox News, Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit have made it clear that polls’ decision at the TCF Center in Detroit was to partially cover the windows with cardboard when they counted the votes inside and a group of Trump supporters gathered outside.
The reports were shared widely and found a way to reach a large audience. On Thursday, for example, an article about Breitbart shared by Trump even became the top link across all Facebook when ranked by engagement over the previous 24-hour period, according to CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned analytics company.
Reports from right-wing organizations and individuals imply that the polls concealed activity inappropriate to the public.
But Lawrence Garcia, a Detroit City attorney, said the windows were partially blocked out of fears that voter information could be wrongly disclosed to the public. Those concerns were compounded by the fact that protesters standing outside the voting booths took photos and videos.
“Some – but not all – the windows were covered,” Garcia told CNN Business, because polls who sat just inside those windows expressed concern about people outside. photography and videography and their work. ” “Only the media were allowed to take pictures inside the polling place, and those outside the center did not listen to requests to stop filming the polls and their paperwork.”
“Hundreds of challengers from both sides were inside the center counters all afternoon and evening; dozens of reporters were in the room,” Garcia said. “Everyone outside the center at all times can look in through windows away from the counters’ workspace.”
But contested over the harmless nature of what happened, the story has become the fuel for a right-wing media that seeks to instill distrust in the country’s voting system.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson showed the story on his prime time Wednesday night. Carlson invited Fox News reporter Matt Finn to discuss what happened. A banner on the screen reads “CARING ABOUT DETROIT’S ABSENTEE FOOTBALL.”
Finn correctly explained in his report that polls are concerned about disclosing private voter information. But Carlson ended the segment that makes Detroit “one of the most mismanaged places in the Western Hemisphere”, which is currently “helping elect your President.”
Late at night, the setting Finn asks Carlson not to get coverage of the story by Fox News. Anchor Shannon Bream highlighted it in her show, asking, “Why come up the window? People just want to be confident. If there’s a good explanation, I’d love to hear.”
A Fox News spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The story plays out elsewhere in the right-wing media universe as well.
Breitbart’s article, which did not include a city’s explanation of why some windows were partially obscured, has been shared tens of thousands of times, including Trump.
It said that Trump’s supporters had become “alarmed” that Trump’s lead was gone as “mailed ballots were counted in Democratic Party regions throughout history.” The story accused the polls of “trying to limit transparency and not allow outsiders to observe what’s going on inside the tallying area”, despite the fact that followers of the poll. Probes and journalists were allowed to enter the room.
Gateway Pundit’s story states that “the center of the vote count is the scene of unusual allegations and threats by the Democrats running the vote.” It stated, “Republican poll followers were routinely thrown out and windows blocked to block observers.”
A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.