Michigan Republican Threatens to Adjourn Election Hearing As Trump Supporters Chant 'Do Your Job' Outside

Republican Michigan state Senator Ed McBroom threatened to adjourn an election hearing on Tuesday as supporters of President Donald Trump chanted "do your job" outside.

A slew of GOP poll challengers, officials and Trump allies discussed alleged 2020 voting irregularities at the Senate Oversight Committee hearing. Their allegations mirrored unverified claims made by the president's campaign in its attempt to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's election win.

At one point, McBroom, chairman of the committee, plead for someone to control the crowd of pro-Trump protesters gathered outside the window, loudly yelling and chanting. "If there is somebody here who has some credibility with the crowd and has the opportunity to share with them that they're disorderly and disrupting what we're trying to accomplish, I'd appreciate it if you would take the time to do that," the Republican said. "Otherwise, I'll be forced to adjourn the meeting."

“Do your job!” Trump supporters are outside the windows chanting to the members of the Senate committee inside the hearing #Lansing #Michigan #MichiganHearing #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/HZ9oGngAh1

— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) December 1, 2020

Former state Senator Patrick Colbeck was seen encouraging the crowd to tone down the volume shortly after.

"We'll continue," McBroom said. "We're not stopping the meeting at this point. We're just suggesting that somebody suggest to the audience outside that they're disrupting the meeting in here and we'll cease if they can't control themselves."

Independent reporter Brendan Gutenschwager shared a video to Twitter that showed the crowd chanting "do your job!" outside the window as lawmakers discussed matters during the hearing.

Biden was declared the election winner in Michigan by a margin of approximately 154,000 votes. With the state's 16 Electoral votes, the former vice president has secured 306 Electoral College votes in total, surpassing the 270 needed to win the presidency. But Trump, with 232 Electoral College votes, has refused to succeed.

Over the past month, his campaign has claimed that widespread voter fraud caused his loss and filed nearly three dozen lawsuits in swing states in an attempt to reverse his defeat. The contents and claims in the suits have been narrower than Trump's public claims of widespread voter fraud, and so far, largely unsuccessful in court.

Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani announced last week that some state lawmakers, including Michigan, would hold hearings on election matters as he casted doubt on the integrity of the voting process. McBroom, however, has insisted that today's hearing has no links to Trump's campaign and was planned before Giuliani's remarks.

The hearing today focused on scrutiny surrounding how the TCF Center in Detroit counted ballots and the spread of disinformation that followed. Colbeck, who served as a GOP poll challenger at the location, repeatedly claimed that there was evidence of voter fraud, but did not provide substantial evidence during the hearing.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

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People gather at the Michigan State Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally in support of US President Donald Trump on November 14, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan. Jeff Kowalsky/Getty