You’ve probably heard of the report that White House adviser Peter Navarro has put together into allegations of voting irregularities that he claims cost President Trump his reelection. It’s now out and you can read the entire report here.
I’m directing you to the unedited original because the mainstream media are dismissing it as an irresponsible compilation of unfounded conspiracy theories. Maybe it is. But I don’t know about you, but when someone goes to that much effort to convince me not to look at something, I want to see it for myself.
I think we’ve all noticed how much effort the media and social media are putting into vilifying anyone who expresses skepticism of the idea that Joe Biden was a more popular Presidential candidate than Trump, Obama or anyone else who’s ever run, when in two previous tries, he never got beyond the Iowa Caucuses, where he came in fifth. Also, how adamant they are to silence even any discussion of the topic. Again, when I’m told to pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, I just naturally want to take a gander at him. If for no other reason, to make sure he’s wearing a mask.
And so, every “journalist” and “news” outlet feels it a necessity in the very first sentence to brand anyone who has questions about election integrity as a “trafficker in debunked conspiracy theories.” Folks, allow me to remind you that you spent the first two years of Trump’s term breathlessly peddling the “Russian Collusion” fairy tale 24/7, and it was only after a two-year, $30 million investigation found zero evidence that you finally moved on to other unfounded accusations. I hate to break it to you but I could describe every one of YOU as “traffickers in debunked conspiracy theories.”
Despite all the name-calling about “right-wing conspiracy mongers,” the left has nobody to blame for eroding trust in our elections but themselves. They spent years telling us that Russia stole the 2016 election and that Trump’s presidency was “illegitimate” (a direct quote from Hillary Clinton.) They fight like feral cats to block any efforts to strengthen voting integrity, depicting even the showing of an ID (something you have to do to get into government buildings, cash a check or buy a beer) as “voter suppression.” And they’ve poured hundreds of millions of dollars into loosening election laws, spreading concepts like ballot harvesting, ballot collection boxes and mass mail-in ballots that are like Miracle-Gro for vote fraud. And then they wonder why Americans don’t trust the vote tallies?
I have said since Election Day that while I was a strong Trump supporter, what I really want at this point is the truth. If Biden’s election truly was legitimate, and all the sworn affidavits and statistical oddities really are just groundless rumors, then I want to know that. As bad as I believe a President Biden (or more accurately, the power-mad people around him) would be, it would be worse yet for millions of Americans to lose their faith in the integrity of our electoral process. Our shared trust in fair and honest elections is what makes the peaceful transfer of power in a nation of very diverse people possible.
In the long run, it would be better for America to suffer a bad President whose election we believe was fair than to have any President whom many Americans believe took office through fraud. That might deal a fatal blow to the very foundation of this great experiment in democracy.
You may dismiss everything that Peter Navarro writes in his report, and that’s your right. But let me quote just one sentence that has nothing to do with whether the fraud claims ultimately prove to be true or not:
“Absent a thorough investigation prior to Inauguration Day, a cloud and a stain will hang over what will be perceived by many Americans as an illegitimate Biden administration.”
I said almost those exact same words a couple of days after the election when I suggested that Joe Biden call off all the left’s legal, political and media forces and join with Trump to conduct a full, transparent, bipartisan audit of the vote. He should've listened. I, and I’m sure millions of other Americans, would actually be relieved to be reassured that the election, even if our side lost, was fair and honest. If it was, then they should be eager to prove their critics wrong so we can all move on. But the cloud of suspicion will never blow away as long as Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) keep insisting that there’s nothing behind the curtain while furiously attacking anyone who tries to peek back there.