President Donald Trump’s plans to contest the results of the 2020 election have already gotten off on the wrong foot after it has been revealed that the first witness of alleged vote-counting fraud in Philadelphia is a sex offender who faced jail time after he exposed himself to pre-teen girls.
Daryl Brooks, a conservative activist, told reporters on Saturday that he was watching the polls during a press conference by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that was bizarrely held at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Northeast Philadelphia.
“It’s such a shame,” Brooks lamented at the press event. “This is a democracy.”
“They did not allow us to see anything,” he further alleged. “Was it corrupt or not? But give us an opportunity as poll watchers to view all the documents — all of the ballots.”
Brooks spent time in prison during the 1990s on charges of lewdness, sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a minor after he exposed himself to 2 girls, aged 7 and 11.
An article from 2008 also said that Brooks turned himself in to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department in New Jersey for owing $70,000 in child support.
While Brooks claims to be a resident of Philadelphia, he has long been a fixture of local politics in New Jersey, Politico reported on Monday.
“I started watching it and all of a sudden I was like, ‘there’s New Jersey’s perennial candidate claiming to live in Philadelphia and Giuliani claiming him to be a poll watcher and Philadelphia resident,” Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora said.
Brooks has run for several political offices over the years, including U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, and described himself in 2011 as a Libertarian and activist for the far-right Tea Party activist, according to NJ.com.
According to Brooks’ Facebook page, he moved to Philadelphia in June 2019.
On one image posted to his newsfeed, Brooks can be seen wearing a yellow bandana that reads, “F*ck Tom Wolf,” the governor of Pennsylvania. Another reads, “F*ck Phil Murphy,” the governor of New Jersey. Both politicians are Democrats.
Brooks also has a history of selling out for a quick buck, according to James Gee, chief of staff to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ). Gee, who quickly recognized Brooks, said that the man Giuliani trotted out had also been hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.
“Yeah, I know Daryl. It’s so fitting that he would be there,” Gee said.
“People don’t pay attention to who they hire. They’re just trying to get bodies, particularly if it’s a white organizer,” added Gee, who is also Black. “And this time apparently, I guess he was on the Republican side of the watchers.”
Brooks claimed during the press event that he had lived in the City of Brotherly Love “for about two years.”
“I came out here to support our president,” he explained. “A lot of us were excited about the president winning a second term.”
Brooks also alleged that officials “would not allow us to see anything that was happening. We feel that it was not fair at all.”
The revelations come as reports continue to spill out of the White House about splits within the Trump’s inner circle about what course to take after Democratic challenger Joe Biden was declared president-elect on Saturday.
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