Fulton County commissioner moves to 'rescind' Trump's 2016 win

Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. made the motion during a meeting to discuss an audit of an election staffing agency.

Updated: January 19, 2022 - 8:32pm

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Fulton County Commissioner Marvin Arrington Jr. was cut off at a board meeting Wednesday when he angrily made a motion to rescind the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Georgia's Fulton County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday to discuss an audit of election staffing agency Happy Faces Personnel Group, Inc. The board then debated whether to extend an existing contract with Happy Faces.

"I just wonder where were all these people when Richard Barron and Happy Faces were used for the election of Donald Trump," Arrington said.

Barron served as Fulton County Registration and Elections Director from 2013 until he stepped down at the end of 2021. The Fulton County Election Board voted to fire Barron in February 2021, but the decision was overruled by the Board of Commissioners. Barron has faced criticism for years over problems with elections.

"It seems like the outcome is the reason these people were here. They don’t like the outcome," Arrington said, referencing the numerous people who spoke during public comment against extending the Happy Faces contract.

"Richard Barron and Happy Faces. Richard Barron and Happy Faces. Richard Barron and Happy Faces were in place when Donald Trump was elected. They were in place when Donald Trump was elected, so now you want to replace them," Arrington angrily repeated himself as Chairman Robb Pitts tried to cut him off.

"I make a motion that we rescind the 2016 election of Donald Trump because of Happy Faces and Richard Barron," Arrington continued. "I walked out in protest of the big lie. I walked out in protest of the big lie. I do not believe in the big lie, and I’m not going to support it in any way. I’m not gonna give it any oxygen."

Fulton County 2020 election results have been under close scrutiny and have been audited. Secretary of State Brad Raffesnburger's office said earlier this month that the 2020 election in Fulton County "suffered from widespread mismanagement and irregularities," as reported by Just the News.

Arrington Jr. is the son of Judge Marvin Arrington Sr., who has been involved in Atlanta politics since the 1960s. Arrington Jr. was arrested and charged with battery in Sept. 2016 after he was accused of hurting his wife, WSBTV reports.