A whistleblower came forward Saturday to confirm reports alleging that poll watchers in Philadelphia weren’t able to get close enough to actually see the ballots being counted after Election Day, Breitbart reported.
Daryl Brooks is a Republican poll watcher who recently went public about what he says he and his colleagues experienced in Pennsylvania.
Speaking alongside President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Brooks said Saturday that Republicans “just want a fair election,” but that the situation in Philadelphia was “not fair at all.”
“It was not fair,” he said, according to Breitbart. “You could allow us to look at the ballots, some ballots, but nothing. We were kept away from everything.”
“We didn’t see anything”
According to Breitbart, Brooks claimed in his talk that not only were he and his fellow poll watchers not allowed to oversee the counting, but they were also harassed by their Democratic counterparts.
“So when I go to the poll, there was basically, they put us at 20 feet away, and they said, ‘No cameras, no phones,’ we cannot take pictures,” Brooks explained at the Saturday presser.
“I was even harassed by some of the Democratic Party poll watchers,” he alleged. “And that is also recorded. And then next thing you know, it was six feet away and they still would not allow us to see anything that was happening.”
Brooks said from his position, he couldn’t confirm one way or the other that the ballots being counted were legitimate.
“We saw people working on the ballots but we didn’t know any names, we didn’t see anything,” he recalled, as Breitbart reported. “We don’t know if people voted twice or three times. We didn’t know if dead people were voting. But we were there and we were watching and it’s such a shame.”
Ballots still in question?
President Trump and his legal team are currently pursuing lawsuits in a number of battleground states, including Pennsylvania, over alleged voting irregularities. At Saturday’s presser, Giuliani said it all could turn into a “massive nationwide lawsuit,” ABC News reported.
“We were deprived of the right to inspect if a single one of those ballots is legitimate,” Giuliani claimed in Philadelphia, according to ABC. “That is unheard of, it’s illegal, it’s unconstitutional, and we will be bringing an action challenging that.”
Giuliani also told the crowd that President Trump will not yet concede the election, alleging that at least 600,000 ballots are still in question in Pennsylvania, as Breitbart reported separately. Later that night, however, Democrat Joe Biden claimed victory in a speech in Delaware, according to The New York Times.