It is now just slightly more than a month until the inauguration and it seems wildly unlikely that a New York real estate magnate will be taking the oath of office. Sorry, Trump supporters. With the Supreme Court declining to hear Texas’s lawsuit against Pennsylvania et al. — because of lack of standing, not lack of merit — there really are no more hurdles between Lunch Bucket Joe and the White House. It’s a done deal.
Unfortunately for the aging Biden, he will begin his term with a cloud of illegitimacy hanging over his hair-plugged head. He will of course blame Republican “misinformation” for his lack of legitimacy, but it will persist nonetheless.
This is nothing new. Every president in the twenty-first century has had his legitimacy questioned — Bush because of Florida, Obama because of the birth certificate, and Trump because of “Russian collusion.” The humdrum routine of it all is no consolation. Americans should have reasonable assurance that the president, regardless of whether they voted for him, actually earned the privilege of holding the office.
According to a Rasmussen poll conducted in mid-November, nearly half of all Americans (47%) believe that it’s “very likely” or “likely” that the Democrats stole votes or destroyed Trump ballots. The percentage of Republicans who believe this is an unsurprising 61% but the number of Democrats who agree is an astounding 30%! That’s right, three out of ten Democrats polled believe that Trump got robbed.
My opinion on the matter is nuanced. Of course there was cheating — as there always is in every election around the world. There was probably more cheating this year because the stakes were so high and because COVID, the Democrats’ excuse for everything they can’t otherwise justify, allowed for the bending and even the breaking of laws designed to ensure election electoral integrity.
What happened when transparency was tossed out the window is anyone’s guess, but apparently the burden of proof is on Republicans to prove that the least secure and most opaque election in memory was less than pristine. Like a cheesy mafia movie, the Democrat-Media Complex’s only retort is “You can’t prove nothin’!”
But was there enough cheating to tilt the election in key states? I’m not sure and I don’t care either. If even a fraction of the shenanigans that have been alleged are true, they need to be rigorously prosecuted. No one would argue, for example, that minority voter intimidation is really no big deal if the candidate on whose behalf the intimidators acted would have won anyway. Election crimes are serious regardless of the outcome. But alas, for some people the principle doesn’t matter; it’s all political.
The reaction of the media, big tech, and the Democrats — all different heads of the same hydra — has been predictable. Rather than doing their due diligence to investigate these claims they have pooh-poohed them.
Reporters who claim to have looked into the matter have done so in the same way that they “investigated” Obama administration scandals — by deferring to government officials, often the people who should themselves be on the hot seat, and accepting their often contradictory answers at face value. These obligatory news items are intended from the onset to put the issue to rest, not determine the truth. I could write them before the New York Times does because they’re all the same.
If the downplaying of news harmful to Democrats is starting to feel familiar it’s because we’re witnessing a media tactic employed with shocking regularity in recent years. When there are accusations of Republican malfeasance, reporters investigate, investigate, investigate. I’m not necessarily opposed to this. But when the shoe is on the other foot, reporters suppress, suppress, suppress. Then, in order to get others to stop discussing it, they stigmatize, stigmatize, stigmatize. Finally, big tech jumps in to ban people from their platforms. And if all of that doesn’t work, a howling Twitter mob gets people fired from their jobs.
All of this is done to stem the flow of “misinformation” — which always seems to be harmful to the Democrats. Sheer coincidence, I’m sure.
A word of advice to the Democrat-Media Complex — knock it off, it’s backfiring. Though your apparent intention is to silence murmurings about Biden’s illegitimacy, you are in fact amplifying them. Americans will trust that the election was reasonably fair only after their questions are answered.
I’m actually persuadable. Perhaps Biden really did win Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin; they were certainly reliably blue states prior to 2016. But the great efforts that the Democrat-Media Complex has taken to shut people up about obvious irregularities does not breed confidence. Nor should it.
Take for example, the New York Times’s recent headline “The Times Called Officials in Every State: No Evidence of Voter Fraud.” None, huh? From sea to shining sea, not one ballot was out of place? Well, no “widespread” voter fraud, they hedge.
The aforementioned Times’s article amounted to calling secretaries of state — whose job it is to ensure orderly and clean elections — and asking them if they performed their jobs competently. Amazingly, fifty out of fifty said yes!
One of those secretaries of state must have been Michigan’s Jocelyn Benson, a partisan Democrat crook who used to sit on the abominable Southern Poverty Law Center’s board of directors. Her name was scrubbed from the their site when the organization became embroiled in accusations of racism.
Just one day after the election, Benson sniffed at an election-related lawsuit as “frivolous.” Did she really look into the matter? Or was she merely reacting reflexively? Her defensiveness was clearly intended to shield both herself and Biden’s lead from scrutiny.
Two days after the election, with Biden in the lead but the election still up in the air, Benson wrote this horrifying tweet: “Reposting this with an important reminder: efforts to sow seeds of doubt about the integrity of our elections will increase in volume & frequency in the days ahead. Continue to seek out facts, data, & trusted sources.”
Wait, what? The woman whose job it is to thoroughly investigate election irregularities was preemptively dismissing reports of hijinks — and encouraging others to do the same. If you hear that everything wasn’t completely above board in for example, Detroit, don’t believe it! Before all ballots could even be counted, before reports of cheating could be investigated or even aired, Benson was declaring the election to be in order. This was prejudice in the most literal sense of the word.
Her tweet would have been bad enough if it weren’t for the fact that Detroit had been the scene, four years earlier, of shocking irregularities that cannot be explained by mere human error. When Green Party candidate Jill Stein asked for a recount in Michigan, officials discovered that the election in Wayne County (metro Detroit) had been a complete mess. Sixty percent of Detroit precincts couldn’t be recounted because of vote imbalances (too few or too many), broken seals on ballot boxes, or both. There were more votes than voters in 37% of Detroit precincts! About half as many precincts had too few votes, which suggests that someone removed ballots for the “wrong” guy. This wreaks of election tampering.
“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said the chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
You might think that Secretary Benson, just four years after her state had been embarrassed by documented instances of election fraud in Detroit, would take a “wait and see” attitude toward allegations of a repeat performance. But you would be wrong. She was completely unwilling to entertain the notion that the corrupt political machine in Detroit — home of Kwame Kilpatrick and John Conyers — might have cheated.
The 2020 election in Detroit was arguably just as much of a dumpster fire. Republican canvassers whose job it was to certify the integrity of the election succumbed to intimidation tactics and certified an election that they did not believe was clean. When a Michigan Senate committee solicited witness testimony under oath, they learned of an environment “hostile” to Republican poll watchers, ballots arriving in the middle of the night, and ballot counters filling in bubbles. When several poll watchers called a state hotline to report irregularities, they say that they received no response from election officials or were kept on hold. Inquiring minds want to know why the hotline was jammed; but to ask that question is to answer it.
Jocelyn Benson’s actions do no inspire confidence. The media’s dismissive reporting only compounds the problem. Rather than answering questions they have done everything they can to stifle them — summarily, preemptively, and with obvious partisan intent. Joe Biden will be yet another president with an asterisk next to his name and it is the Democrat-Media Complex’s fault.