Donald Trump on Monday night tantalized his supporters with the promise of a ‘bombshell’ election fraud case to come in Michigan, likening Joe Biden to a thief who has raided a jewelry store and vowing: ‘the diamonds must be returned’.
The former president did not specify exactly what he was referring to in his opaque statement.
However, a court in rural, northern Michigan is currently considering whether to hear a case about the election, in which the plaintiffs are demanding another audit of the votes.
The district, Antrim County – home to 23,300 people north of Traverse City – was in fact won by Trump. The latest hearing in the court case was on Monday.
The case in Antrim County is among the few yet to be adjudicated.
‘The major Michigan Election Fraud case has just filed a bombshell pleading claiming votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden,’ said Trump.
Trump, seen at Mar-a-Lago, has said that the Michigan decision will be a ‘bombshell’
Antrim County, in northern Michigan, was won by Trump and the vote upheld after a hand tally
‘The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States.
‘All Republicans must UNIFY and not let this happen.
‘If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned.
‘The Fake News media refuses to cover the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. They have lost all credibility, but ultimately, they will have no choice!’
Trump’s statement suggested votes were switched from him to Biden, but in Antrim County the opposite occurred.
On the night of the election, the local officials called the vote for Biden, but then switched it to Trump owing to what they said was human error.
A hand tally of the votes, demanded as part of a series of investigations into election integrity, served to only increase Trump’s margin.
Election workers in Detroit, Michigan, process the ballots on November 4
In December Antrim County affirmed the outcome, with a net gain of 12 votes for Trump.
A total of 15,949 votes were cast, of which Trump won 9,748 while Biden won 5,960, according to the certified results.
However, Antrim County became a focus of attention for the nation – despite it supporting Trump.
A suit has been filed before Judge Kevin Elsenheimer, who on Monday heard arguments about whether to consider another audit, as requested by plaintiff Bill Bailey.
Bailey and his lawyer, Matthew DePerno, want to subpoena the townships of the county to look at the ‘layers and layers of fraud’.
‘There’s so many layers and layers as to how this fraud occurred, what happened in Antrim County,’ said DePerno, in Monday’s Zoom hearing, according to 9and10news.com.
‘And we now can definitively show the court how the fraud occurred.’
Peter Wendling, an attorney for the local government, said that the investigation Bailey sought was unnecessary.
‘It still will not make a difference as far as changing the outcome of the election. Or the fact that there was a recount done properly and that this election has been certified,’ he said on Monday, during the hearing.
‘I see no basis for this discovery. It’s overly burdensome, it’s unnecessary.’
The case has been seized upon by Mike Lindell, the MyPillow founder and staunch Trump supporter, who is being sued for defamation for claiming that Dominion Voting Systems rigged the election in favor of Trump.
MyPillow founder Mike Lindell has enthusiastically embraced allegations of election fraud
He pointed to the Antrim County case as an immensely significant part of his argument.
‘I’ll have really big news once this day is completed,’ Lindell told former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on his War Room podcast.
‘It’s a game changer.’
Yet Antrim County has a paper ballot record for every vote cast on a Dominion machine.
Judge Elsenheimer provided a glimmer of hope to Lindell and Trump by allowing there to be testimony from people on an ‘expert witness’ list provided by Bailey, to rebut a report published by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office affirming that human error, not Dominion Voting Systems machine software, led to early tabulation errors in Antrim County.
Among those on the ‘expert witness’ list is Cyber Ninjas, a Florida-based firm hired by the Republican-led Senate in Arizona to conduct an audit in Maricopa County.
The audit in Arizona is continuing: they are checking the ballots for traces of bamboo, on their unfounded suspicion that votes were shipped into the region from Asia.
Elsenheimer said on Monday that he will decide next week whether to dismiss Bailey’s case.