During the march, the protesters were confronted by a heckler who taunted the crowd while wearing a red mask reading, “CNN Fake News.” It might have seemed just like another counter-protester, but according to sources on the ground, and Pittsburgh City Paper photographer Jared Wickerham, that heckler appeared to be Brittany Acosta, who a day earlier, was removed from her position as a poll worker in Pittsburgh.
Brittany Acosta, who was permitted to return as a poll worker to Ascension Church after she promised to stop photographing ballots, has violated the judge’s order. Sheriffs deputies are now on the way to remove her. pic.twitter.com/IygnKEuEZh— Paula Reed Ward (@PaulaReedWard) November 4, 2020
As reported by TribLive reporter Paula Reed Ward, Acosta was first removed as a poll worker for taking photographs of people voting, was allowed to return after she promised to stop photographing ballots, then eventually removed by Allegheny County Sheriffs after she violated a judge’s order.
According to a video of the protest on Twitter, when asked if she was Brittany Acosta and booted from her position as a poll worker, the woman who appeared to be Acosta said yes, before being asked again and then said no. Photographs of the woman who appears to be Acosta match pictures of Brittany Acosta from 2011, when Acosta went to court for allegedly trying to force her way into American Idol auditions.
At one point during yesterday’s “Count Every Vote” protest, the woman who appears to be Acosta screams at a protester, “Do you want me to hit you in your face? Do you want me to fucking hit you in the face?”
CP overheard her tell the volunteer that she was a Republican.
The Pitt student union building is less than one mile from Ascension Church, the polling place, where Acosta was booted from on Election Day.