After NBC News Report, Facebook Takes Down Page of Group That Called for Trump Supporters to Show Up at Detroit Vote Counting Center

NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny reported late Wednesday night that following her report for NBC News with Ben Collins, Facebook had taken down the page of the group that called for Trump supporters to show up at the Detroit, Michigan vote counting center earlier Wednesday.

Trump supporters peacefully demonstrating at Detroit vote counting center, screen image via Salwan Georges/Twitter

The Detroit vote counting center was the scene of alleged irregularities and intimidation by Democrats running the count. Republican poll watchers were routinely thrown out and windows covered up to block observers. No violence was reported to have occurred among the boisterous Trump supporters gathered outside.

Zadrozny’s reporting was recently critiqued on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Channel show for doxxing Trump supporters.

Zadrozny posted a statement by Facebook that read, “We removed the Page and the group sharing the post based on the potential risk for offline harm and will stay in contact with local authorities who are supporting the situation in Detroit.”

“Update: Facebook removed the group and a connected page that organized chaos at the Detroit vote counting room, citing potential risk for offline harm.”

Excerpt from earlier NBC report by Zadrozny and Collins:

Hours before pro-Trump protesters banged on windows outside Detroit’s TCF Center, urging officials to “stop the count,” a Facebook group previously devoted to protesting Covid-19 restrictions told users to “be a presence” at the ballot counting facility.

Stand Up Michigan to Unlock Michigan, a Lansing-based private Facebook group of 79,000 members “who are passionate about advancing freedom,” organized an event with calls to action that garnered nearly 2,000 interactions, such as likes and comments, according to the group’s private Facebook page viewed by NBC News.

…While it’s unclear if the event drove people to the convention center, the situation highlights how groups of right-leaning citizens who had previously organized around the coronavirus pandemic are being tapped to protest the election.

Posts urged users who were outside the ballot facility to “just be a presence” and “pray, take photos, take videos.” Inside the facility, according to NBC News correspondent Steve Patterson, election workers were “quietly, diligently counting” ballots.

Videos from Wednesday show a peaceful, boisterous crowd and Democrat shenanigans:

As can be seen at the end of this video, the rowdiest it got was when a few women briefly slapped the windows on the doors barely loud enough to be heard.

“An attorney for the city of Detroit, Lawrence Garcia, tells me he ordered some of the windows be covered because some of the workers nearest the windows felt concerned with people outside potentially filming them or ballots. Not all the windows were blocked.”

Video by Trisha Nesbitt, wife of Michigan Senate President Pro Tempore Aric Nesbitt:

Trisha also reported Democrats were searching for and throwing out Republican observers, and threatening to toss out others who challenged ballots, “Detroit election workers threaten to remove GOP volunteers if we raise any challenges to ballots…GOP poll challengers are outnumbered by dems at least 3 to 1 at Cobo. Election workers walking around searching for GOP volunteers to remove. Workers cheer when GOP folks removed.”

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