Capitol police prepare for Trump-endorsed rally in Michigan Tuesday

Capitol police prepare for Trump-endorsed rally in Michigan Tuesday

The Michigan State Capitol could see higher attendance than expected at an Oct. 12 protest calling for a “forensic audit” of the 2020 election after former President Donald Trump directed supporters to the event. The rally, which takes place from noon to 3:30 p.m., was initially registered with the Capitol by a group called Election Integrity Fund and Force, which anticipated 100 attendees . But after Trump plugged the event in an Oct. 8 statement , law enforcement believes that number could climb. “Big Michigan Rally coming up on Oct. 12th, on the Capitol steps in Lansing,” Trump wrote Friday. “Anyone who cares about our Great Country should attend…” Tuesday’s rally at the Capitol is the first there in nine months promoting debunked theories that the 2020 election was rigged in President Joe Biden’s favor. The last was a Jan. 17 dud in which media and police outnumbered demonstrators, one of several sparsely attended protests at state capitol buildings nationwide inspired by the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C. Michigan State Police Lt. Darren Green, part of the body that oversees Capitol security, said the 100-attendee estimate is no longer realistic after Trump’s endorsement of the event. “I don’t know if he caught wind of it and wanted to put fuel on the fire (or) saw that something regarding the vote was already scheduled or what,” Green said. “Obviously, things on our end have changed a little bit.” Intelligence has not indicated a threat of violence ahead of the […]

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