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Michigan voter fraud hearing derails as Rudy Giuliani can’t control loony “witness” / Queerty

Michigan voter fraud hearing derails as Rudy Giuliani can’t control

Melissa Carone. Twitter Screenshot.

The denial that is the Trump Administration’s response to their election loss last month continues. As more and more states move to certify their election results, Michigan continued to hold hearings regarding allegations of voter fraud. Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani also visibly struggled to control one witness.

The House Oversight Committee in the Michigan state legislature attempted to question Melissa Carone, a sometime contractor for Dominion Voting Systems. Rather than answer the questions of state officials, Carone attacked them individually, delivered sarcastic answers and even struggled to explain her job duties with Dominion Voting.

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Carone’s star-making moment–her response that caused her to become a viral celebrity–came on Tuesday, as Rep. Steve Johnson, a Republican, tried to pose a question to her.

“We’re not seeing the poll book off by 30,000 votes,” Johnson noted.

“What’d you guys do, take it and do something crazy to it?” Carone yelled back, incredulous.

“I’m just saying the numbers are not off by 30,000 votes,” Johnson replied.

“I’d say that poll book is off by over 100,000 [votes],” Carone snapped, citing no evidence to support her claim.

The exchange continued, as Carone alleged that the state saw “120 percent” in the election, despite her having no evidence to support the claim. At that point, Guiliani audibly “shushed” Carone, who ignored his prompt. When Johnson noted again that poll book numbers were not off by 30,000 votes, Carone interrupted him, asking “What’d you guys do, take it and do something crazy to it?” She also claimed that the state’s poll books contained “zero registered voters.”

Carone went on to claim that she saw poll workers running ballots through machines “thousands of times,” though did not explain how that was possible. Throughout her testimony, Carone’s body seemed oddly loose and wiggly. The Daily Beast also notes that Carone slurred her words, implying that she may have been drunk during the hearing.

It’s important to note that Carone was not under oath during the hearing. She further accused Democrats of conspiring to ruin her life, caused her to lose her job, forced her to move and to delete all her social media accounts. Reporters, however, discovered that her social media accounts are still active.

She had previously attempted to block certification of the election in Wayne County, Michigan last month by submitting a signed affidavit to the courts alleging she’d witnessed voter fraud, and that Dominion Voting Systems had somehow electronically rigged ballots to vote for Joe Biden. A judge in the state found her allegations “simply not credible.”

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Party Monster

Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a rewatch.

The Monstrous: Party Monster

Not to be confused with the mediocre narrative feature of the same name, Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato‘s chilling 1998 documentary traces the rise and fall of New York nightlife icon Michael Alig. In the 1980s, Alig relocated from rural Indiana to New York City where he emerged as a party promoter and unofficial leader of the so-called Club Kids, a group of largely LGBTQ nightlife personalities which included James St. James, DJ Keoki, RuPaul and Amanda Lepore. The Club Kids earned attention for their outrageous dress and ridiculous drug use.

Go figure, then, that this story ends in tragedy. Party Monster documents Alig and the Club Kids’ emergence as media stars and party promoters, as well as Alig’s excessive drug use. That life of excess and substance abuse eventually led Alig to murder his friend and drug dealer Angel Melendez in March 1996. The film recounts the disturbing lead up to the crime, and the even more horrific aftermath in which Alig flaunted his own role in the killing.

Like all of Bailey & Barbato’s work, Party Monster celebrates the LGBTQ and party elements of Alig’s story, as well as includes in-depth interviews with Alig, St. James, Keoki and the family of Melendez. It also plunges to unforeseen depths, laying bare the culture of New York’s underground. By far Bailey & Barbato’s darkest work–and one of their best–Party Monster is a must-see chapter in queer history, and one we pray never gets repeated.

Streams on World of Wonder Presents Plus.