Election 2020: Yes, They Interfered
If sunlight is the best disinfectant, Elon Musk just dragged Twitter, the FBI, and our nation’s intelligence services into the clear light of day.
It’s taken more than two years, and it’s perhaps small consolation for the cascading disaster of the Biden presidency, but the “election deniers” have been vindicated.
The lead paragraph from the New York Post’s Friday evening story says it all: “Twitter ‘just freelanced’ its baseless decision to censor The Post’s bombshell Hunter Biden laptop scoop in the run up to the 2020 election, with top-level workers at the social media giant agreeing that controversial decision was f**ked,‘ damning insider communications released by CEO Elon Musk Friday reveal.”
Shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Musk tweeted a link to the Twitter account of independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who shed detailed light on Twitter’s surreptitious censorship operation by posting what appeared to be redacted emails between Twitter staffers. (Taibbi, who in 2017 published a book called Insane Clown President, is anything but a Trump lackey or a right-wing stooge.)
As such, the Musk revelation was a rare instance of the welcome late-Friday news dump — a tried-and-true Beltway tactic typically employed by an administration determined to high-tail it out of town without addressing a damaging news story. And this story is really damaging. The Post’s Pulitzer-worthy reporting continued:
The chaos and confusion behind closed doors at Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the October 2020 Hunter Biden exposé show that a small group of top-level execs decided to label the Post’s story as “hacked material” without any evidence — behind the back of then-CEO and founder Jack Dorsey.
It says much about the Left that its hatred for Donald Trump may now be exceeded by its hatred for Musk, whose unforgivable crime has been to use his fortune to break up the Left’s media monopoly and to champion free speech and transparency — two fundamental components of a self-governing democratic republic that leftists simply cannot abide.
While we’ve come to expect sleazy, scummy, anti-American behavior from Big Tech, it’s far more chilling to learn, with certainty, that this sort of behavior was also being employed by our nation’s law enforcement and intelligence services. As journalist Miranda Devine reports, “The FBI warned Twitter during 'weekly’ meetings before the 2020 election to expect ‘hack-and-leak operations’ by ‘state actors’ involving Hunter Biden, and ‘likely’ in October, according to a sworn declaration by Twitter’s former head of site integrity, Yoel Roth.”
Devine continues, “The extraordinary revelation for the first time lays bare how the FBI was involved in pre-bunking the story of the laptop, which had been in the bureau’s possession for almost a year.”
Remember when, just before the 2020 election, more than 50 former senior intelligence officials — including Trump-hating former CIA Director John Brennan and shifty former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — signed on to a letter warning the American people that the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop and the disclosure of his deeply incriminating emails were likely a Russian disinformation operation?
It was all a rotten lie.
And it warrants further investigation. As The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board puts it:
The partisan foray by current and former U.S. intelligence officials in the last two elections should be deeply troubling to Americans on the left and right. They have authority by dint of access to information that isn’t confirmable by the press, which takes their spin as gospel. This is a form of political corruption that needs to be exposed, and perhaps the Twitter documents will help to unlock the story.
It’s not a stretch to say that the course of history was altered on October 14, 2020, the date of the original New York Post bombshell about Hunter and Joe Biden’s influence-peddling operation.
That story broke just over two weeks before a hotly contested presidential election and was immediately suppressed by Twitter and Facebook, with Twitter going so far as to lock The Post’s account for two weeks — essentially for the remainder of the election cycle. The first paragraph alone should’ve been disqualifying: “Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.”
The result, of course, was a razor-thin victory by Joe Biden over Donald Trump — a victory decided by just 43,000 votes across three states: Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
Those who’ve been repeatedly smeared by Joe Biden, his fellow Democrats, and the mainstream media (but we repeat ourselves) are due an apology. Why? Because polling done shortly after the election showed that a whopping 17% of Biden voters would’ve changed their vote for him if only they’d known about the corruption the FBI and Facebook and Twitter worked to keep from them.
Had one in six Biden voters either switched their vote to Trump or a third-party candidate, or refrained entirely from casting a vote for president, the result would’ve been a landslide Electoral College victory for Donald Trump.
As we’ve noted numerous times, there’s more than one way to rig an election. And there are even more ways to interfere with an election, which is what the FBI and Big Tech conspired to do by suppressing the Biden influence-peddling story.
Big Tech is corrupt, even evil, and it’s the enemy of conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and honest liberals everywhere. On top of that, the FBI and our nation’s intelligence services are rotten and in dire need of deep Republican congressional oversight.
And we have free-speech champion Elon Musk to thank for making it ever more apparent.
Updated to include additional insight into the involvement of our nation’s intelligence services in this partisan scandal.
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