Two Republican candidates tell Michigan poll workers to "show up armed" and "unplug machines"

Two Republicans candidates in Michigan prepped a group of prospective poll workers with some alarming, not to mention illegal, advice: "show up armed" and "unplug machines" if you're not happy with what the machines are doing.

"If you see something you don't like happening with the machines [code for disagreeing with results], and you see something going on, unplug it from the wall," Ryan Kelley, running for Michigan governor, said.

His sidekick, candidate for state senate Mike Detmer, chimed in with his own advice: "The ideal thing is to do this peaceful, that's ideal, but the American people at some point in time, if we can't change the tide [code for win fair and square], need to be prepared to lock and load," he said. "So, if you ask what we can do, show up armed."

From Fox2Detroit:

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson both responded to the comments, saying that voter intimidation and tampering with machines is illegal.

"The attorney general and I will be focused on making sure that every voter, every election worker, and our elections in general are protected," Benson said.

She said she worries misinformation, such as allegations of voter fraud that were peddled by President Donald Trump after the 2020 presidential election, has a far-reaching impact.

"It's concerning, it's dangerous, it's disappointing, but we must be vigilant" Benson said.

She also called on other leaders to reject calls for voter interference and violence.