Wisconsin election observers in Milwaukee were given wristbands bearing the poop emoji Tuesday during the fifth day of watching the recount requested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to ‘hollow out government agencies’ Trump’s remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban ‘inflicts concrete harms,’ study says | China objects to US admiral’s Taiwan visit MORE‘s campaign.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mary Spicuzza posted a photo of the wristband on Twitter Tuesday, along with videos of workers counting ballots throughout the day.
Today’s recount wristband in Milwaukee. pic.twitter.com/CY2mJg41BJ
– Mary Spicuzza (@MSpicuzzaMJS) November 24, 2020
According to Spicuzza, wristbands are given to observers each day, and had previously featured markings including the letters “VIP” in gold or purple lettering.
Conservative radio talk show host Vicki McKenna tweeted that a volunteer was not happy about being forced to wear the poop emoji bracelet.
“Staff, attorneys and volunteers all wearing them. Do these people NOT take elections seriously?” McKenna asked.
The Journal Sentinel reported that neither the Wisconsin Elections Commission nor Milwaukee County officials overseeing the recount were involved in the decision to use the poop emoji wristbands.
Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson told reporters that he didn’t understand the controversy surrounding the wristband Tuesday.
“I always thought it was chocolate ice cream, personally,” he said. “Wisconsin Center is our vendor. They handle the logistics. They are probably just pulling what they have in stock, because this is the first opportunity they’ve had to be open in quite some time due to this pandemic. So again, it’s a non-issue. Everybody got one.”
“I think this shows that some people are