Ely Theater counters riot hearings with pro-Trump film – Duluth News Tribune

ELY — As testimony of President Donald Trump’s pressure to overturn the 2020 election is considered in federal congressional hearings, a theater in northeast Minnesota will show a widely debunked film about the vote and the 2020 presidential election.

Ely’s Historic State Theater will host two performances of “2000 Mules” on Saturday morning, which purport to uncover rampant voter fraud that influenced the election. According to a flyer promoting the event, Attorney General nominee Doug Wardlow, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office nominee Chad Walsh and current Ely Mayor Roger Skraba are scheduled to address the audience at the screenings .

“I think Joe Biden won the election. I don’t doubt that,” Skraba told the News Tribune. “The reason I want to get behind these 2000 mules is because they challenge our electoral integrity. It has to be discussed. It’s not perfect.”

Skraba is running to represent District 3A in the Minnesota House.

Wardlow and Walsh did not respond to attempts to reach them, and the nonprofit that operates the eponymous theater also did not respond to News Tribune inquiries.

Tickets are $12, higher than the usual $5 admission price at the theater. Skraba said the showings would not be used as a fundraiser for his campaign. It is unclear who benefits from the demonstrations.

Wardlow is seeking the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Attorney General Keith Ellison. Wardlow has made voter fraud a pillar of his campaign, aligning himself with My Pillow magnate Mike Lindell, whose high-profile stunts have repeatedly attempted to discredit Biden’s election.

Wardlow said on his website that if elected, he would set up an Election Crimes Law Enforcement Unit to prosecute fraud. Both Wardlow and Skraba have expressed disdain that the state’s absentee ballot was not required to include witness signatures during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic election, but neither appears to offer tangible evidence of voter fraud within the state.

Indeed, Skraba praised Ely’s own electoral history, saying recounts had historically reproduced results that matched election night vote counts almost exactly.

“We’ve had recounts in Ely for the past 10 years… there hasn’t been any change,” Skraba said. “If the system is used correctly, it works fantastically.”

One of the few Iron Range mayors to support former President Donald Trump in 2020, Skraba began his career in public office as a Democrat.

He said he saw only parts of the Jan. 6 hearings and questioned the composition of the insurgents. When it was explained that the Jan. 6 insurgents were proven to be composed of far-right militias such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers along with Trump supporters, Skraba falsely countered by saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved in the conspiracy.

Biden won the 2020 presidential election by 7 million votes and more than 70 voters.

National coverage of the film 2000 Mules often refers to its claims as speculative and without evidence. Some claims in the film were also debunked during the bipartisan congressional investigation. In particular, Trump’s former US Attorney General Bill Barr discredited the claims made in the film.

The congressional hearings have provided compelling testimony and evidence of a planned insurgency. So far, figures in the Trump administration, members of the U.S. Capitol Police, federal and state Republicans, election officials and poll workers have testified, with several reaffirming the integrity of the 2020 election.

“I don’t want information to be suppressed,” Skraba said of the film. “I see it as freedom of expression.”

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