Groans, gnashing of teeth and near foaming at the mouth erupted among US media pundits last week as a new horror loomed over the country – the dastardly “election denier”. Elite expert Joe Scarborough thundered against this new “threat to American democracy”: “Election deniers, insurgents, crackpots, freaks…the most extreme slate of candidates in American history.” His MSNBC co-anchor and wife Mika Brzezinski spat, “Pushing lies, pushing conspiracy theories, hurting people, just loving hurting people. It’s repulsive.
The cause of this on-air blackout was the Arizona GOP primary, in which Trump’s candidates swept the field, promising electoral integrity, strict borders and other American policies. on board. At the top of the ticket was rising star and former TV presenter Kari Lake, gubernatorial candidate, who had a memorable education 60 minutes Australian journalist Liam Bartlett in an interview recently. She hasn’t taken a step back in the face of media antagonism over AZ’s election fraud allegations, and just at the right time, the state-run primaries were so clearly filled that the boss of the Pinal County Elections resigned the day after the election. Lake carried the 15 counties of what temporarily became “Karizona”.
It’s an article of faith in the United States that a rotting cellar dweller won the 2020 election, and that all sane people know that Trump’s vehement allegations of voter fraud are the “big lie.” Yet polls consistently show that about 50% of Americans think the election was questionable, and nearly four in five Republicans. Since Trump’s loss, a slew of reports and evidence have emerged showing what really happened in the swing states, and movies such as 2000 slippers and Rigged spread the word – although most Australians haven’t heard it.
Where we go wrong is in assuming that Americans hold their institutions the same way we hold ours; Americans are, in fact, much more jaundiced. A 2022 Gallup poll reported historically low levels of overall trust in American institutions and record trust in the media, with just 16% saying they have a lot of trust in newspapers and 11% in television news. Hoaxes such as Trump’s Russian collusion, with Steele’s ridiculous dossier, the drinking bleach and Charlottesville hoaxes, the mislabeling of Hunter Biden’s laptop as Russian disinformation, the cancellation of culture and many others have fueled this disillusionment.
In this environment, the AZ poll became a key test of strength for the electoral integrity push, as AZ was the tip of the spear in vote auditing, performing the county’s groundbreaking forensic election audit. Maricopa County in 2021. His work led Attorney AZ-General Mark Brnovich to conclude, in an interim report, that “the 2020 election in Maricopa County revealed serious vulnerabilities that must be addressed and raise questions about the 2020 election in Arizona”. Alas, Brnovich then failed to act and lost his race to a dastardly penny. And audit strongman Mark Finchem, who wants paper ballots, voting and counting on Election Day, has become the new GOP nominee for the election oversight role, secretary of state. The GOP primaries continue, but Trump has won enough races to brag about his influence, with the media reluctantly agreeing.
With the old media actively trying to whitewash the US election, it was downright embarrassing for the Justice Department’s US Attorney’s Office in eastern Pennsylvania to recently release the details of former Democratic Congressman Michael Myers. pleading guilty to electoral fraud, namely:
conspiracy to deprive voters of their civil rights, corruption, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, and conspiracy to vote illegally in a federal election to orchestrate schemes to fraudulently stuff the ballot boxes of specific Democratic candidates in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and the 2018 elections in Pennsylvania.
The detail is fascinating. For sums ranging from $300 to $5,000 per survey, Myers could get votes added to voting machines and arrange for fake certification. Phone hook-ups would take place the same day with an election boss reporting “legitimate vote” tallies to Myers and then fixing the votes as agreed. Moreover, the election boss would later adjust the number of voters based on the electoral rolls, to avoid detection.
Veteran strategist and former Clinton adviser Dick Morris predicts Trump will win in 2024 despite such election shenanigans, citing next potentially high-profile Supreme Court case Moore v. harpist, on a doctrine that only state legislatures can determine electoral processes. Currently, state courts, governors, election commissioners, and officials can alter election processes, including in the 2020 election, with the proliferation of drop boxes, mail-in ballot measures, changes to signature verification, etc. The relevant constitutional clause says:
The times, places, and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof; but Congress may at any time, by law, make or modify such regulations.
Morris thinks this SCOTUS will make a decision that binds the hands of state actors, other than the legislature, to change state election procedures. Tellingly, three conservative justices endorsed this doctrine in a previous 2020 case.
The Democrats are not letting their opponents do the whole race. The Biden administration has ordered all 600 federal agencies “to expand opportunities for citizens to register to vote…and participate in the electoral process.” In other words, federal agencies will be used as a voting machine. Some Democrats are convinced the GOP has tied itself to “extreme” candidates. In Michigan, former Trump official John Gibbs was elected in place of a serving GOP congressman with the help of Democratic-funded ads.
Nevertheless, the bogeyman occupies an important place. The J6 Committee fumes nightly about its wickedness, inadvertently keeping Trump the most relevant figure in American politics and making election rigging a nightly conversation. Trump’s grip on the GOP cannot be denied; and can still catapult him to the presidency.