It turns out that Donald Trump was right about election rigging and voter fraud being a thing. If Trump was right about just one other thing on the day he first floated that theory, he will have ascended to broken clock accuracy… if only for that particular day.
The minor twist is that it turns out that the fraud he’s been banging on about originated from his supporters and staff, as opposed to the Clinton campaign.
The publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, Susan Demas, broke the news Wednesday:
Brandon Hall of the Michigan Trump campaign was just convicted of 10 of 10 counts of election fraud. https://t.co/KUJV4qNAiv
— Susan J. Demas 🏔 (@sjdemas) November 30, 2016
Brandon Michael Hall was on trial for forging petition signatures in aid of a Republican judicial candidate in 2012, and has now been convicted on 10 out of 10 counts of felony election fraud. Hall could find himself facing five years in prison. The jury returned the verdict in less than an hour.
Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan, told the Grand Haven Tribune:
“Donald Trump has made claim after claim calling the integrity of the election into question, but his Michigan campaign had no problem hiring a staff member facing election law charges.”
Michigan, which was won by Obama both times, was initially deemed too close to call and took more than two weeks to be called in Trump’s favor.
Green Party darling Jill Stein officially filed for a recount in Michigan on the same day Brandon Michael Hall’s guilty verdict was handed down. Stein also filed for recounts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania last week, citing experts who claim there may have been anomalies between ballot counts in counties that tallied them by hand versus those counted electronically.
The Trump administration hasn’t yet addressed Hall’s conviction or any of the fallout.