"Who are you gonna believe, me or your own eyes?”
This line from the Marx Brothers movie DUCK SOUP seems appropriate right now, as the mind reels after a day of statements and sworn testimony Tuesday in multiple states, a parade of poll watchers and postal drivers detailing outrageous allegations of ballot manipulation: alteration, duplication, invalidation, segregation and even illegal transportation.
And the media's denial of what we can all see --- that's an abomination.
The reports involve hundreds of thousands of ballots in key states. These witnesses weren’t all Republicans and Trump supporters, either. Some were just people who smelled something fishy and thought they should speak up. Many of the claims came to light through the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, an independent investigation of voting and voter registration in several key battleground states.
In one report that seemed like something out of a movie (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: Help Biden Win!), a U.S. Postal Service subcontractor said he’d been tasked with driving a trailer loaded with somewhere between 144,000 and 288,000 completed mail-in ballots (!) from Bethpage, New York, to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and that when he finished the run at the USPS depot in Lancaster, the truck “disappeared.” Yep, that’s what the man said.
Perhaps this trailer wasn’t taken by people trying to ditch a truckload of ballots. No, it might’ve been beamed up by space aliens who are studying our supposedly democratic system of voting.
Another subcontractor said he was told the USPS in Wisconsin was gathering over 100,000 late-arriving ballots on the morning of November 4 to backdate them so they’d still count. Yes, that’s hearsay, but he was told this separately by two different postal workers, who might want to consider testifying.
Multiple speakers said there was “widespread malfeasance” by Post Office employees. Besides backdating late ballots, they also ordered that Trump mail be sorted out and placed in the “Undeliverable Bulk Business Mail” bin while emphasizing that mail supporting Biden be delivered on time.
Others described violations of protocol involving Dominion voting machines. (Dominion vendors strike me as having been much too involved in our voting process.) A computer expert said that what they did rendered audits impossible “without direct forensic access to the machines.”
The Amistad group said “whistleblowers found that election officials in mostly Democratic areas manipulated ballots and campaign mail, potentially influencing the outcome. [They] detail the failure of election officials in blue jurisdictions to maintain ballot chain of custody, allowing for the potential infusion of fraudulent ballots.”
Tuesday seemed surreal, as stories such as these were pouring out at the same time the vote in key states was being certified for Biden.
And then Tuesday afternoon, the AP reported that Attorney General Barr had said that “to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”
Rudy Giuliani, speaking for the Trump team, released a statement claiming there was “ample evidence of illegal voting in at least six states, which they have not examined. We have many witnesses swearing under oath they saw crimes being committed in connection with voter fraud. As far as we know, not a single one has been interviewed by the DOJ. The Justice Department also hasn’t audited any voting machines or used their subpoena powers to determine the truth.
But the dependable Catherine Herridge tweeted this: “From a DOJ spokesperson: ‘Some media outlets have incorrectly reported that the Department has concluded its investigation of election fraud and announced an affirmative finding of no fraud in the election. This is not what the Associated Press nor what the Attorney General stated. The Department will continue to receive and vigorously pursue all specific and credible allegations of fraud as expeditiously as possible.’”
By the way, in related news, AG Barr also said that as of October 19, U.S. Attorney John Durham has been appointed SPECIAL COUNSEL in the investigation surrounding the origins of the “Russia” probe. Durham’s work had been slowed by the pandemic and by (yes) additional information he uncovered. This appointment was made specifically to safeguard the probe in case Joe Biden became President. Unlike a U.S. attorney, who can be fired by the President at will and who in that case surely would be, a special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons that include “misconduct, dereliction of duty, conflict of interest and other violations of Justice Department policy,” which must be documented in writing. Thank you, Mr. Attorney General.
If you’d like more details, RedState.com has plenty about the rules that apply to a special counsel. Very informative if you have the time.
Anyway, with Barr’s seemingly dismissive remark and the constant “gaslighting” from mainstream media and social media, it’s easy to start doubting your own eyes and intuition about what went on. You might feel just like the wife in this scene.
Her husband must work for CNN.
The Trump legal team presses on, filing suit on Tuesday in Wisconsin, claiming that officials there included 221,323 illegal votes in the recount and asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to order Democrat Gov. Tony Evers to rescind certification until any illegal votes can be removed from the count. “...We know with absolute certainty illegal ballots have unduly influenced the state’s election results,” they said. Details here.
A poll observer told the Michigan state senate that in Detroit, the military ballots she saw looked like “Xerox copies” of the same ballot, all for Biden. That was just one of many concerns there. By now it’s clear that this election was an unholy mess.
And the beat goes on. If you’re into statistical analysis, this piece by Michael Horowitz has more about the outrageous numbers Biden would have had to get to win in Pennsylvania by the margin he did with mail-in ballots.
Here’s more detail on Pennsylvania, with some magnificent commentary by Paul Kengor at the SPECTATOR. Just one particularly suspicious batch of ballots could have flipped the state to Biden.
As for Horowitz, he hasn't made an accusation of fraud at this point. “These are not conclusions or closing arguments,” he says, “but these observations definitely warrant further investigation for one simple reason: The entire premise of having an election with one-third of the ballots cast through mail was built upon an illegal political decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which unilaterally overrode state laws, violating the federal Constitution, which vests state legislatures with the power over election procedures. It also violated the state constitution.”
Horowitz’ next words are so appropriate, I’ll let him sum up: “The suggestion that we should somehow move on from this is a greater threat to democracy than anything in our history. Republicans who think they can just walk away from this without controversy will learn the hard way in the years to come about their inability to win against this novel way of electioneering.”
In other words, believe your own eyes.