The Philadelphia City Commissioner has revealed his office has been receiving death threats for continuing to count the remaining election votes.
City Commissioner Al Schmidt’s office is in charge of counting Philadelphia’s votes and, as a result of President Donald Trump’s accusations of voter fraud, they have received multiple threats from people calling for the votes to stop being counted.
“[We have received] calls to our offices, reminding us that this is what the Second Amendment is for, people like us,” Mr Schmidt told 60 Minutes.
The Second Amendment relates to the right of US citizens to keep and bear arms, with journalist Bill Whitaker describing the calls as a “not so veiled death threat”.
Republican Philadelphia City Commissioner Al Schmidt says his office, which runs the vote count, has received death threats.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 9, 2020”From the inside looking out, it all feels very deranged. At the end of the day, we are counting eligible votes cast by voters.The controversy surrounding it is something I dont understand,” Mr Schmidt said.
“Its people making accusations that we wouldnt count those votes or people are adding fraudulent votes or just, coming up with, just, all sorts of crazy stuff.”
The City Commissioner went on to say that counting the votes cast by eligible voters is not corruption or cheating, it is democracy.