There's no disputing that it's an unmitigated nightmare, but the 2020 election is also the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to hilariously absurd attempts by the GOP to paint itself as victims.
A GOP canvasser in Wayne County, Michigan—the county where Detroit is located—claims she has been threatened by violent members of "Antifa" from the ritzy town of Grosse Pointe, a lakeside Detroit suburb with a median income of more than $108,000.
The idea was so absurd that "#GrossePointeAntifa" began trending—with hilarious results—practically the moment reporter Kayla Ruble tweeted about it this morning.
Ruble has been covering the ongoing drama at the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, the group charged with certifying the county's election results.
Since Wayne County is home to Detroit, one of the most majority-Black cities in the country, its results were instrumental in winning the state for Joe Biden.
So, GOP operatives have been doing all they can to nullify, or at least delay, the county's results. Most notable were two GOP members of the Board of Canvassers, William Hartmann and Monica Palmer, who refused to certify the results, then reversed course and certified them and now want to rescind the certification or something like that.
It is, in short, a mess. And amidst the manufactured controversy, Palmer claimed she received violent threats from members of "Grosse Pointe Antifa."
Grosse Pointe is probably best known as the setting of the classic 1997 John Cusack/Minnie Driver comedy Grosse Pointe Blank. But it's also well known for being one of the toniest—fashionable among wealthy—suburbs in the United States.
It's the kind of neighborhood with a yacht club, polo team and streets lined with palatial mansions built by automotive industry barons like the Fords and the Dodges. Not exactly a locus of anarchist sentiment.
People on Twitter could not stop laughing about this absurd claim of Palmer's, and the joke tweets rolled in like a tidal wave.
A surveillance image of the Grosse Pointe Antifa leadership has just been discovered! https://t.co/cRyNVuf2hy— Wile E. Coyote (@Wile E. Coyote)1605793819.0
@RubleKB SHOCKING images revealed from last week's Grosse Pointe Antifa meeting. https://t.co/b6zIH39TwJ— Mike Zazaian 👹 (@Mike Zazaian 👹)1605794492.0
Surveillance caught the Grosse Pointe Antifa plotting their next move. #BREAKING #Grossepointeantifa #Michigan https://t.co/fp2qHouaT6— Randy Beck (@Randy Beck)1605801443.0
Grosse Pointe Antifa tailgate party https://t.co/6BzDwfYyo4— Branflakes (@Branflakes)1605813084.0
Who taking pics of the Grosse Pointe Antifa meetings!? 😤 https://t.co/fiSFOGdQee— THICC (@THICC)1605801476.0
Grosse Pointe Antifa on the line for you, ma’am. https://t.co/mGc0TCN8YY— Jeffrey We Voted Out That Gameshow Clown Wright (@Jeffrey We Voted Out That Gameshow Clown Wright)1605793674.0
Grosse Pointe Antifa gather at local HQ for strategic anarchy & cheese and wine evening. https://t.co/8OlBh3NJOz— Gretchen R. Hammond (@Gretchen R. Hammond)1605796612.0
Well, the wine and cheese selection at the Grosse Pointe Antifa meetings was generally much nicer than what I remem… https://t.co/YFusVvyyDW— Reverend Warnock and Ossoff for Senate! (@Reverend Warnock and Ossoff for Senate!)1605797529.0
CONFIRMED: real photo of Grosse Pointe antifa making Molotov cocktails https://t.co/FKom2qxn9T— Detroit Will Breathe (@Detroit Will Breathe)1605801287.0
Grosse Pointe Antifa doesn't march, we Segway for justice. https://t.co/8DWhMdcrH6— relaxolotl to the maxolotl (@relaxolotl to the maxolotl)1605819222.0
Grosse Pointe Antifa clash with Grosse Pointe Proud Boys during contentious rally and match play tournament. https://t.co/XjEGQHEH7I— Gretchen R. Hammond (@Gretchen R. Hammond)1605799201.0
POV, you pissed off Grosse Pointe Antifa https://t.co/PlekZUqatv— Rent-a-Jwall (Footballs Back) (@Rent-a-Jwall (Footballs Back))1605800674.0
BREAKING: Images released from secret June 26, 2020 Grosse Pointe Antifa meeting. Sources say Harrison Township, Sa… https://t.co/Gd1ziQurPV— Nick Miko (@Nick Miko)1605816324.0
I'm still laughing "Grosse Pointe Antifa" dear lord I don't think I'll actually stop laughing about this. This is p… https://t.co/FJ6gTLsudp— Julia Rose O'Hara (@Julia Rose O'Hara)1605793971.0
I woke up to "Grosse Pointe antifa" and the whatever you say about 2020 the joke material is gold— Catherine Shaffer (@Catherine Shaffer)1605791750.0
The very moment the surveillance team heard Grosse Pointe Antifa : https://t.co/awrmV4oqUA— Mrs D says Common Sense tells you...🌊🌐🍃 (@Mrs D says Common Sense tells you...🌊🌐🍃)1605796714.0
Just be careful if you find yourself walking down Grosse Pointe's main drag.
You never know when an anarchist protest might erupt in front of the Talbot's or Ann Taylor or even *gasp* Brooks Brothers!