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November 9, 2023

The 2020 Election: Still Rigged

A new report reveals the lengths to which the Democrats and their allies went to censor conservatives prior to the 2020 presidential election.

No wonder they want us to move on. We haven’t yet uncovered the totality of the crime.

If the Democrats taught us anything since 2020, it’s that there’s more than one way to steal an election. One way is to simply stuff phony ballots into unmonitored collection boxes — a practice conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza investigated in his film “2000 Mules,” a practice the Democrats recently employed with remarkable brazenness in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Other methods are more subtle, though — such as claiming that special circumstances require a circumvention of the Constitution’s Article I, Section 4, Clause 1 process for changing a state’s election laws, thereby making it easier to vote by mail, and thereby making it easier to cheat. This usurpation of state-legislative authority is precisely what happened in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — all states won by Donald Trump in 2016, and all states that flipped to Joe Biden in 2020. There goes your presidential election.

Another method is to control the flow of information so as to deny the voting public a complete picture of the candidates and the issues. And this is where the Democrats really excelled. As we’ve noted numerous times, the collusion between the FBI and Big Tech to censor the bombshell Hunter Biden laptop story in the crucial days just prior to the 2020 election was a decisive piece of election-rigging interference.

What we’re just now learning, though, is the extent to which the Democrats and their deep-state apparatus censored conservative voices during the 2020 campaign season. As we noted yesterday, a 103-page interim report submitted by the House Judiciary Committee revealed that the Department of Homeland Security helped create a “disinformation” group at Stanford University prior to the 2020 election. The group, laughably dubbed the Election Integrity Partnership (EIP), colluded with DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Big Tech companies to suppress and censor online speech.

As Congressman Jim Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, noted earlier this week on Fox News: “The censorship industrial complex was bigger than we thought. It wasn’t just Big Government working with Big Tech to limit your tweets and posts on Facebook. It was Big Government, Big University, and Big Tech all working together to limit speech, and it was disproportionately targeting conservatives.”

Which entities were guilty of censorship? The usual suspects: Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube. That’s some pretty massive outreach, no? As for who was censored or otherwise suppressed, the report, titled “The Weaponization of ‘Disinformation’ Pseudo-Experts and Bureaucrats: How the Federal Government Partnered with Universities to Censor Americans’ Political Speech,” listed some two dozen prominent conservative voices, including Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, Mollie Hemingway, Harmeet Dhillon, Charlie Kirk, Candace Owens, Jack Posobiec, Tom Fitton, James O'Keefe, Sean Davis, Dave Rubin, and Paul Sperry. It also included at least three current members of Congress: North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, and Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. As for news outlets, the conservative news site Newsmax was censored, as were the conservative satirists at The Babylon Bee.

Oh, and they censored Donald Trump, a sitting U.S. president who happened to be running for reelection.

The report contains correspondences between members of the EIP and CISA, which show how “the federal government and universities pressured social media companies to censor true information, jokes, and political opinions.” The report described the EIP as a “consortium of ‘disinformation’ academics led by Stanford University’s Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) that worked directly with the Department of Homeland Security and the Global Engagement Center, a multi-agency entity housed within the State Department, to monitor and censor Americans’ online speech in advance of the 2020 presidential election.”

What this latest bombshell report demonstrates is the degree to which Washington has been involved in censoring and controlling Americans’ online speech. That’s not a questionable legal call; it’s a blatant violation of their First Amendment rights.

It’s also electoral theft. Plain and simple.

As our Nate Jackson wrote back in July in the wake of a damning court decision against government collusion and censorship, “Today’s Democrats are no longer liberals; they’re authoritarian leftists who cheer on censorship of ideas they don’t like, and their virtual army of ‘fact-checkers’ and social media moderators happily do their bidding.”

Indeed they are. And they have plenty of help. As the report notes in its epilogue: “It is no surprise that Stanford University attempted to refuse to turn over documents responsive to the Committee’s subpoena: they reveal that the EIP was not a non-partisan ‘school project’ comprised of students and researchers interested in combatting misinformation online. Instead, from start to finish, the EIP operation worked directly with the federal government and disproportionally targeted conservative-oriented speech.”

The investigation isn’t done yet. As the report concludes, “To better inform legislative efforts to end government censorship and protect Americans’ rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, the Committee and Select Subcommittee will continue to investigate the extent of CISA’s and other Executive Branch agencies’ interactions with social media platforms and third parties, including those used to facilitate censorship by proxy.”

Here, it’s worth remembering the one word that describes the Left’s incessant urge to silence its opposition: fear. After all, they wouldn’t need to censor us if they weren’t afraid of losing the arguments.

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