The two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers in Michigan's Wayne County appeared on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" to address the county ballot discrepancies and what they called a public bullying campaign that came after a brief deadlock to certify the vote.
Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann said the unwillingly found themselves in the national spotlight after they refused to certify ballots in the Detroit area. They both signed affidavits claiming to have seen about 71% of Detroit's 134 Absent Counting Boards "were left unbalanced and unexplained."
But its what happened after the deadlock that blew the news of the stalemate out of the water. Palmer and Hartmann accused Democrats of calling them racists, saying the refused to accepts ballots from mainly Black communities in an alleged attempt to suppress the vote. Both members have denied the accusations.
A video showing Ned Staebler, chief executive of TechTown and poll challenger, criticizing Palmer and Hartmann. When the video went viral the situation quickly gained media attention.
"The Trump stain, the stain of racism, that you -- William Hartmann and Monica Palmer -- have covered yourself in, is going to follow you throughout history,” Staebler declared.
He insisted that two Republicans would "forever be know in southeastern Michigan as two racists who did something so unprecedented that they disenfranchised hundreds of Black voters in the city of Detroit."
During their interview Palmer told host Laura Ingraham that Staebler's verbal assault did not stop with the Zoom video. She claimed that Staebler would also "repeatedly dox" her by putting her home phone number, home address, and email address on social media and "encouraged people to stop by" her house to demonstrate their anger.
Palmer told Ingraham that despite all the backlash she remained confident that she and Hartmann were doing the right thing and she has the support of her family to back her up.