'My family no longer feels safe': Wisconsin school board member resigns amid anger over his vote for mask mandates
A member of the Beaver Dam Unified School Board has resigned over what he says are safety threats to his family after he voted in favor of school mask mandates.
Madison.com reports that Tony Klatt, who has served on the school board for the last two years, is stepping down because he does not want to put his family members at risk from anti-mask activists who are angry with his vote.
"My family no longer feels safe," he explained on his Facebook page. "When there is talk of protesting my house and someone later pulls in front and takes a picture of my address while my daughter is home alone, she does not feel safe. When a car sits running in front of my house late at night on a non-thoroughfare, my family does not feel safe."
Nonetheless, Klatt said that he does not regret his decision to vote in favor of mask mandates for schools, which he said was the best decision based on the science of slowing the spread of COVID-19.
"The decision to put our kids in masks is not a popularity contest, it's based on facts at hand," he said.
Nonetheless, Klatt concluded that "it isn't in my family's best interest for me to try to appease a vocal group that continue to try to intimidate, harass, insult, and throw civility to the side."
The lawyer who wrote a 6-point memo on how Mike Pence could overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election defended his actions against charges of insurrection during a Tuesday appearance on Steve Bannon's podcast.
The scheme was reported by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa in their new book Peril. Attorney John Eastman wrote how Pence could simply ignore the outcome of the election in seven states to eventually arrive at the outcome of Trump remaining in office despite the fact Joe Biden decisively won the 2020 election.
"Look, look, if the premise is Biden clearly won and we were looking for a way to avoid inaugurating President Biden,' then all of the scurrilous attacks that are being heaped my way and [Trump's] way would be deserved," he admitted.
Eastman then denied the reality of the situation.
"But, of course that wasn't the premise," he said, even though Biden had clearly won and his election was certified even in states with Republican governors such as Georgia and Arizona.
"The premise — and it sets out at the beginning of the full memo — is that there was illegal conduct in every one of these states sufficient enough to have effected the outcome of the election. And under that premise, was there anything that could be done to avoid certifying an illegally elected — illegally certified president," Eastman argued.
"To ignore that premise on the way to making a false claim of insurrection is quite frankly dishonest," said the man who had pushed conspiracy theories about illegal conduct in the election only seconds earlier.
MAGA Conspiracy theorist claims 'several' pro-Trump Colorado election clerks broke into voting machines: report
According to the Colorado Times Recorder, a prominent election conspiracy theorist who has been featured with allies of former President Donald Trump alleges that "several" election clerks in Colorado infiltrated voting machines "under the radar" to try to confirm the former president's Big Lie about the election being stolen.
Joe Oltmann made this claim in an email with Sidney Powell, the pro-Trump "kraken" lawyer known for filing a number of failed lawsuits to try to overturn elections in several states.
"Might be a good idea to connect," wrote Oltmann. "We have some interesting information on Eric Coomer. You also need to be aware of what we are doing in Colorado in gaining access to the Dominion systems under the radar. We have several county clerks cooperating. Need to settle down the chaos so you can get a grasp on all of the information."
Coomer is an election worker with Dominion Voting Systems who became a target for far-right conspiracy theorists. Oltmann has claimed, without evidence, that he infiltrated an "antifa" conference call in which Coomer was said to promise that Trump would not be able to win — which prompted a wave of threats and abuse against him.
Dominion itself is currently suing Powell for defamation for her claims the company's software flipped votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
This news comes after reports that Tina Peters, a pro-Trump election clerk from Mesa County, Colorado with a history of bungled tabulations, is under investigation for allegedly facilitating a leak of sensitive voter information. She has counter-alleged that the Colorado Secretary of State illegally destroyed records.
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