In Detroit, Trump’s Postelection Offensive Has a Familiar Feel

In Detroit, Trump’s Postelection Offensive Has a Familiar Feel

DETROIT — The idea that the Nov. 3 election in this city was so flawed and corrupt that it could simply be overruled by state officials was “outrageous,” according to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. “Very dangerous for our democracy,” said Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah.

To Dale Rich, a 72-year-old genealogist and photographer in Detroit, it was even worse than that: unsurprising.

“It’s just an extension of what’s been going on for many, many years to Blacks and Black communities,” he said. “They wouldn’t have pulled this stunt with a white community, but they’ve gotten away with so much with us for so long.”

The decentralized nature of American elections means that any efforts to overturn a national vote, as President Trump is trying to do, would come down to a handful of states, then to a few counties and cities within those states. For now, one of the states in the president’s sights is Michigan, which is apparently why he summoned a delegation of Republican lawmakers from the state to the White House on Friday.

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