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Douglas Andrews / Nov. 20, 2020

Wanted: Evidence of Massive Fraud

The Trump legal team charges that there was a high-level scheme to steal the election, and they say they have the evidence.

The massive fraud of the 2016 presidential election was the Democrats’ Russian-collusion fabrication, which was meant to undermine the Trump administration’s mandate. The massive fraud of the 2020 election is the Democrats’ bulk-mail balloting scheme. But the question today, more than two weeks after the presidential election, is the same as it was on Wednesday, November 4: Where’s the proof that fraud changed the outcome of the election?

That’s what Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and the rest of President Donald Trump’s legal team have been frantically trying to pull together, and they held a press conference yesterday to outline their evidence so far. It’s fair to say that their performance was panned by many, even those sympathetic to President Trump.

Tucker Carlson, for example, made clear on his Fox News show last night that Powell has repeatedly refused his invitations to share her evidence of software flipping votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. And Carlson, for the record, is anything but a member of the Trump-deranged mainstream media.

As for that mainstream media, did they air this singularly newsworthy event? No. Do they offer a link to a replay of the event, for those who weren’t able to watch it live? No. Did they provide brief, snarky, cherry-picked, categorically dismissive assessments of the 90-minute presser? Yes. And this is what’s become of Big Media in America.

Prior to the presser, political analyst Mollie Hemingway was asked about the controversy surrounding the election and the mess we as a nation now find ourselves in. “COVID was the excuse given this year for rampant changes to how we vote,” she said. “We have known for a very long time that mail-in balloting is ripe for fraud. There’s a reason why France banned it in 1975, why the New York Times said it was ripe for fraud in 2012, why Jerry Nadler [D-NY] said that it was ripe for fraud, why earlier this year we had elections where 20% of mail-in ballots were thrown out for failing to pass scrutiny, why people were indicted in New Jersey for mail-in ballot fraud.”

Here, we’d also mention that the Democrats knew all this. One of them, in fact, once put it bluntly: “Absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud.” That’s the conclusion of the bipartisan 2005 report of the Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State James Baker III.

Liberal Supreme Court Justice David Souter also warned about mail-in voting. And yet here we are, with an utterly lackluster presidential candidate having bragged just a few days before the election that his team had put together “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” He then went out to “win” 10 million more votes than electric young Barack Obama won in 2008.

How’d he do that? And what happened to this bipartisan agreement that mail-in ballots present massive opportunities for fraud in ways that in-person voting does not?

Well, Donald Trump happened. And a Trump-deranged media happened. And COVID-19 happened. And leftists did what leftists do.

“It is completely reasonable,” Hemingway continued, “that people look at all these changes and say, ‘This is not something I have confidence in.’ And so what’s important about right now it’s not just that you have integrity with this election, but that moving forward, never again do we have a situation where we have rampant mail-in balloting and no scrutiny for those mail-in ballots. No signature checks, no witness requirements, kicking people out of counting when it matters.”

Of course, none of that helps us right the wrongs we’re seeing today. And that’s what yesterday’s presser was all about. If you missed it, you can watch it here. (Skip ahead to the 16-minute mark; everything prior to that is dead time.)

If you’re a thoughtful, open-minded observer, you can’t help but be shaken by Giuliani’s presentation — both by the seriousness of the allegations he and Powell made and by their (as yet) minimal disclosure of evidence to back it up.

Giuliani, for example, claimed that many voting precincts had over-votes — that is, more people voting than are eligible to vote — of 100%, 200%, even 300%. What’s the explanation for this? He claims nearly 700,000 ballots were counted in Pennsylvania without Republican vote-counting observers there to inspect them. Apparently, these observers were kept corralled at a distance, both in Philly and in multiple Democrat-controlled cities. Is it true? And if so, why was that allowed to happen? He says 15,000 provisional ballots were cast in Pittsburgh by voters who were told that they’d already voted. Did that many people simply forget that they’d voted by mail, or were their votes stolen?

Giuliani slammed the media for continuing to report that his team has provided “no evidence.” So he produced an affidavit from Jessy Jacob, a Detroit poll worker who has sworn under oath that she was “instructed not to invalidate any ballots and not to look for any deficiencies in the ballots.” He said activities like this were widespread in Philadelphia and Milwaukee and Atlanta, and that his team has hundreds more affidavits like this. But he only has permission to share a few of them publicly. As he wryly explained, “Our witnesses don’t want to be exposed to the tender mercies of a vicious press.”

Democrats have for years continued to argue that Russians threw the 2016 election to Trump. It is and always was a ridiculous claim. But they claim that mail-in balloting is safe and secure and reliable, and that its critics are delusional. Why, then, does the rest of the civilized world have much more stringent mail-in balloting standards than the United States? “If concern about vote fraud with mail-in ballots is delusional,” says researcher John Lott, “it is a delusion shared by most of the world.”

These charges were among the strongest made by Giuliani. “Give us an opportunity to prove it in court,” he said, “and we will.”

Other claims, though, especially some of the ones made by Powell, are woefully lacking in proof — such as her claim that U.S. voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems used software made in Venezuela at the direction of now-deceased socialist dictator Hugo Chavez. Where’s the proof of this? And why make such an allegation to the American people (and the world) without presenting the evidence to back it up? She said that unnamed individuals across political parties “set and run an algorithm that probably ran all over the country to take a certain percentage of votes from President Trump and flip them to President Biden.” This is a profoundly serious charge. As Carlson put it, “What Powell was describing would amount to the single greatest crime in American history. Millions of votes stolen in a day, democracy destroyed, the end of our centuries-old system of self-government. Not a small thing.” But, again, where’s the proof?

As Trump-supporting Republican Senator Joni Ernst (who doesn’t yet acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect) put it, “To insinuate that Republican and Democratic candidates paid to throw off this election is absolutely outrageous. I’ve worn our nation’s uniform to protect the values and freedoms that our nation espouses, and to have that accusation just offhandedly thrown out there just to confuse our voters across the United States — I think that is absolutely wrong.”

Powell closed the press conference with these words: “I want the American public to know right now that we will not be intimidated. American Patriots are fed up with the corruption from the local level to the highest level of our government, and we are going to take this country back. We are not going to be intimidated. We are not going to back down. We are going to clean this mess up now. President Trump won by a landslide. We are going to prove it, and we are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom.”

Nearly 74 million Americans voted for Donald Trump and are eager to hear what Sidney Powell has to say. Those fraud and corruption charges may be right. But we need to see the evidence — and the clock is ticking.

Today, we’re a deeply divided nation. We’re reaping the electoral uncertainty that we’ve sown, and we have the Democrats — and their fraud-friendly mail-in ballot scheme — to thank for it.

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