KEY POINTS

  • Melissa Carone, an IT worker in Michigan's election, drew ridicule Wednesday for her testimony in front of a Michigan house panel
  • Her accusations of fraud have been public since November, but a court found them to be unsubstantiated and "not credible"
  • Trump's legal team continues to fight the election results despite dwindling support

The latest star witness for President Trump's legal team is getting attention for all the wrong reasons. Melissa Carone, an IT worker in Michigan’s election efforts who was previously branded “not credible” by a judge, drew comparisons to a "Saturday Night Live" character with her rambling, combative testimony on Wednesday.

Carone appeared during a hearing in front of Michigan’s House panel. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, brought her on to repeat claims she made in November that Michigan’s vote was allegedly compromised by counting votes for President-elect Joe Biden multiple times, biased adjudication, and smuggling thousands of fake ballots in food trucks. 

“What I believe is...when they found out Trump was ahead by 100,000 votes, they sent [my manager] over there to assist with these ballots that came in in these vans full of ballots,” Carone said. “I didn’t see any ballots being carried out of vans...but I know people who did see this occurring.”

Melissa Carone Melissa Carone, who was working for Dominion Voting Services, speaks in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee in Lansing, Michigan, on Dec. 2, 2020. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

Her numerous and wide-ranging accusations of fraud were already reviewed when she first made them in a Nov. 10 affidavit that the court quickly concluded was “simply not credible,” the Washington Post reports. 

Carone’s confrontational appearance on Wednesday, even towards Republican lawmakers trying to pin down the basis of her allegations, drew widespread ridicule. People noted that Giuliani shushed her at one point, and felt the need to clarify that he had only met her this week.

Many compared her to the beloved “Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party” character played by Cecily Strong on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," eagerly anticipating the character’s possible return following Carone's viral engagement.

As a result, Strong's name trending on Twitter Thursday morning.

Other users noted the character could also be played by "SNL" favorites Kate McKinnon or Chloe Fineman.

Carbone's testimony comes as Trump’s legal team mounts increasingly desperate and disorganized long-shot bids to overturn November’s election results, such as the now-distanced Sidney Powell’s “Kraken” legal filings riddled with typos and formatting errors.

Trump’s own agencies have found no evidence of voter fraud, including the Department of Homeland Security and Attorney General Bill Barr.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” a bolded statement from an arm of Homeland Security reads. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.”