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Anyone surprised by the Democrats' no-holds-barred attempt to steal the Presidential election in broad daylight did not read Michael Anton’s pre-election article “The Coming Coup?”

We commented on this at length when it first appeared in AMERICAN MIND. Anton, a lecturer at Hillsdale College, is back now to say the coup is going according to plan.

In the earlier returns, Trump was defying the polls and outperforming his 2016 results in Florida, Texas, Iowa, Ohio and South Carolina. He was doing great in other key states as well, on his way to taking it. But then, ballot-counting STOPPED in the battleground states and things started to change. Trump not only stopped climbing, he started to go in reverse.

We’ve talked about how this is done --- about why the count has to be halted before fake ballots are counted --- but Anton describes it in detail in his segment “How It’s Done.” He points out that this is what they did to defeat Scott Walker in Wisconsin in 2018, Tom Foley in Connecticut in 2010, and Norm Coleman in Minnesota in 2008, in his Senate race against Al Franken.

This method, on a smaller scale, has a storied history within the Democrat Party. It has even dramatically CHANGED the course of history, as in 1960 when Sen. John F. Kennedy suddenly “won” Illinois after a last-minute influx of ballots from Cook County. Democrats waited until the downstate precincts (Republican) came in, and then they knew how many ballots from upstate precincts (Democrat) they'd need to win. They made up the difference so Kennedy would win by 8,000 votes, giving him Illinois’ 27 electoral votes.

How do we know this really happened? Kennedy later told a friend, journalist Ben Bradlee, that Mayor Daley had called him when the election was in doubt, saying, “With a little bit of luck and the help of a few close friends, you’re going to carry Illinois.” Sure enough...

And it sure seems to be happening again, because the results don’t make sense. As Anton says, “It’s hard to believe that an eight-point win in Ohio would be coupled with losses throughout the rest of the upper Midwest, or that historically deep-purple Florida would go strongly for Trump while Georgia and North Carolina would not.”

The problem we have now is that those in charge of running their state elections are also in charge of investigating them. Check out the viciously anti-Trump tweets from the person who oversees Pennsylvania elections.

And if Biden ends up controlling the DOJ, these abuses will never be touched at the federal level. The media are already saying that this is just Trump refusing to accept the election results. (I’ll pause while you fall to the floor, laughing helplessly.) Twitter is already “warning” against those who call this what it is or dare to question the result, while those who dismiss it as “conspiracy theory” will tweet to their hearts' content. And Hillary STILL maintains the lie that she "was the candidate that they basically stole an election from."

The challenges posed by the current scenario are immense. As for what needs to happen and what Trump should do, Anton offers these suggestions from REVOLVER NEWS.

1. Challenge every single ballot, if necessary. (I would add that a Georgia judge has already dismissed one of Giuliani’s lawsuits, so if it's time to go to the Supreme Court, so be it.)

2. Hold rallies in contested states. Every day! Express yourself, make a lot of noise, but be peaceful.

3. Urge GOP officials in close states to expose what’s going on, and in the event of a fake count, refuse to seat Biden electors. REVOLVER: “If there is clear evidence of electoral fraud in any of these states, then Republicans in the legislature have a moral duty to try to seat the correct slate of electors. There is clear precedent for this.” (It’s from 2000, Bush v. Gore.)

4. Mount an awareness campaign about the election being stolen and the need to ACT NOW. Anton would like to see the President on Tucker Carlson’s show explaining –- in a dignified way befitting his office –- what is happening. (He did do a press conference Thursday evening.) He and his best spokespeople need to be everywhere. Go around Big Tech, who will try to block you at every turn.

Here are more good suggestions from Andrew Busch, also in AMERICAN MIND.

I'd be remiss if I didn’t include their editors’ statement about the current situation, which they also foresaw.

The left, with all their blah-blah about “our democracy,” don’t care one bit about democracy, except as a means to an end (which, paradoxically, requires the end of democracy). As I’ve said, who needs Russia to interfere with our elections when we have these people to do it? If they're successful in getting Biden into the White House after so much blatant cheating, they will have succeeded in destroying our system, because we’ll no longer have any faith in it at all. America has no democratic foundation left if elections are going to be won this way.

The most frustrating thing right now is hearing election officials (and other partisans) say they don't see "any evidence" of election fraud. In a faraway place and time, they'd be the ones going on about how beautiful the emperor's new clothes are.

Finally, I’ll leave you with some stirring words from Newt Gingrich, as spoken to Sean Hannity on Thursday night (and please share this):

“I’ve been active in this since 1958; that’s 62 years. I’m the angriest I have been in that entire six decades. You have a group of corrupt people who have absolute contempt for the American people, who believe that we’re so spineless, so cowardly, so unwilling to stand up for ourselves that they can steal the presidency, and we’ll wring our hands, bring in a few lawyers, and do nothing.

"My hope is that President Trump will lead the millions of Americans who understand exactly what’s going on: [that] the Philadelphia machine is corrupt, that the Atlanta machine is corrupt, the machine in Detroit is corrupt, and they’re trying to steal the presidency, and we should not allow them to do that.

"First of all, we should lock up the people who are breaking the law. You stop someone from being an observer –- you just broke federal law. You hide and put up paper so nobody can see what you’re doing –- you just broke federal law. You bring in ballots that aren’t real –- you just broke federal law.

"I am sick and tired of corrupt left-wing Democrats who believe that we are too timid and too easy to imtimidate, and therefore they’ll just go out and steal it...You are watching an effort to steal the presidency of the United States, and this is not about Donald Trump. This is about the American people, [who] have the right, in an honest election, with honest, legitimate ballots, to pick their leader. Or are we now just sheep, to be dominated by the high-tech businesses, the news media, and the various political machines?...This is a crisis in the American system, comparable to Washington on Christmas Eve or...Lincoln at Gettysburg. This is a genuine, deep crisis of our survival.”

Gingrich said that in any precinct in which Republicans were not able to observe, the votes should be taken back –- “strip those votes out, do not count them, because they’re by definition corrupt.”

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UPDATES: THE FIGHT CONTINUES

Late Thursday, the Nevada GOP sent a criminal referral to Attorney General Bill Barr regarding at least 3,062 instances of voter fraud, and they expect that number to "grow substantially." Thousands of people appear to have violated the law by casting their ballots after they no longer lived in Nevada. I call this criminal referral "a good start."

In Philadelphia, the Trump campaign obtained a court order to allow people, as the law allows, to watch the counting process. But they continue to DEFY THAT ORDER. A Philly prosecutor has reportedly threatened the President with jail if he shows up there. Another Pennsylvania prosecutor threatened to arrest the person who was hired to put video cameras above the ballot drop boxes, even though these are required by law.

As former Kansas Attorney General Phillip Kline told Laura Ingraham on Thursday, "We deserve transparent elections. You have admitted violations of the law involving tens of thousands of ballots by election officials. We CAN'T let an election stand where we have obvious and admitted violations of the law."

No matter what the polls were telling us, we knew all along there'd be no Biden landslide –- far from it. The pollsters failed spectacularly to predict the voting behavior of our broken country, as we showed ourselves to be unresolvably split along ideological lines. And now that it’s obvious what's really happening --- all in line with the Democrats’ stated plan of “never” conceding and “counting every ballot” (whether or not it corresponds to an actual voter) --- Trump’s lawyers are fighting for the REAL votes to count, as opposed to the...well, the other ones.

I reported Wednesday that the Trump campaign is filing suit in Michigan to make them stop counting ballots until Republicans are allowed to see the process, which has been hidden from them.

According to the DAILY CALLER, Trump’s attorneys have also filed suit in Georgia, where the outcome remains up in the air and the support, as measured by the ballots, is virtually split down the middle.

Nevada is also still pending; as of Wednesday evening, there was only a difference of about 8,000 between Biden and Trump. The counting continues, and at noon Eastern Time Thursday, another “batch” of who-knows-how-many ballots is supposed to have been counted. It’s impossible to imagine that Nevadans WANT to elect a candidate who is more than ready to shut down their state, considering its huge dependence on tourism and entertainment. The first shutdown wrecked them, and President Trump understands what another one would mean.

Tucker Carlson spoke with Adam Laxalt, former attorney general of Nevada and state co-chair of the Trump campaign. As of late Wednesday, the ballot count showed Trump and Biden essentially tied in Nevada with 49 percent each. Laxalt said, “There is no question that Donald Trump would’ve won Nevada last night [Tuesday] convincingly if we did not move to mail-in ballots.”

He said Democrats in Nevada have “stacked the deck” (haha) against Trump. They changed the rules within 90 days of the count, and GOP poll watchers aren’t allowed to watch the all-important process of signature matching or flag any of the nearly 400,000 mail-in ballots being counted. When Republicans challenged this, saying they had a right to see the process, a judge sided with the Democrats.

So the GOP would just have to “trust” but not “verify,” he said. Never mind that an unknown number of these ballots would, of course, be from dead people, long-gone former residents, etc. “It’s just astounding,” he said, “that when you watch the news commentary...they keep acting like these systems are foolproof and there’s no way that any improper voter could get through, and it’s just simply not true.”

Moving on to Michigan, last night NEWSMAX called Michigan for Biden, with 50 percent to Trump’s 48 percent. But they reported the story we had earlier Wednesday, about the Trump campaign filing suit to be able to see the same process Mr. Laxalt of Nevada was talking about. According to Matt Sealy, a spokesman for the Michigan Conservative Coalition who himself was supposed to be able to watch the counting, “Right now, we’re watching a bizarre scene unfold down in Wayne County...where all the votes are being counted that were absentee and mail-in. They’re supposed to be able to have challengers wherever the counting takes place, and an observer, and on Wednesday, “basically, we were never able to have a full group of Republicans in the room. They locked the doors, they chained the doors...police presence was high, and every time we tried to challenge a ballot...we were told we were ‘obstructing the count’ and to ‘get out of the way.’”

"They are just doing everything they can to finish the count so that they can seal those boxes, and then we would have to go into recount mode.” At that point, he said, “you can never prove fraud.” A recount is just that, a COUNT, not any kind of verification.

NEWSMAX even had video of a Detroit counting location putting cardboard in the windows to keep onlookers from seeing inside. The Republicans locked out chanted “Stop the vote!”

"There’s a lot going on that we need explanations for,” Sealy said. Of course, as we reported yesterday, Rudy Giuliani was on his way to Michigan to assess the situation there, and he has filed a lawsuit to stop the counting. According to Sealy, though, as of Wednesday night the counting in Michigan was continuing, with Republicans still stuck outside.

Question: Say, why would they lock Republicans out and block the windows if they weren't trying to manipulate the mail-in ballot count? What other possible reason could they have?

And in a breaking story out of Michigan, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas was contacted by a whistleblower in the Barlow branch of the Traverse City Post Office who claims that his boss told postal workers on the day after the election to collect any ballots they found in outgoing mail, collection boxes or wherever, separate them, stamp them with the previous day’s postmark and put them through (that’s allowing voting after the election is over.) O’Keefe says he’s been contacted by a special agent of the USPS Inspector General about a possible investigation. It had better be more than “possible.”

As for Pennsylvania, Jeffrey Lord on NEWSMAX cited past stories from “distinguished news outlets in Philadelphia” such as the local ABC affiliate about people “voting in the grave,” with the names of people “who had been dead for 10 and 15 years but had managed mysteriously to vote in the last 5 elections,” and also a security lapse at a building that stored voting machines, with some equipment disappearing. Last but not least, a Philadelphia election judge was indicted for trying to steal elections using voting machines. We’ve heard (and told) all the jokes for years about dead Democrats voting and stealing elections, but this corruption has finally gone SO FAR that it’s no joke now.

On Wednesday, an additional 23,277 ballots were “found” in Philadelphia, all for –- you guessed it –- Joe Biden! Every last one. They weren’t even bothering to make it look good.

Giuliani says these ballots “could be from Mars.” (Insert your own Uranus joke here.) Watch him here at Wednesday’s press conference in Philly.

I’ll hold Arizona for now, as that situation is still developing --- just don’t believe what you hear and remember that it’s still very much in play. Only 93 percent of precincts had reported as of Wednesday evening, with a gap of less than 100,000 between the two candidates. Many Arizonans believe there’s been fraud there, too, and that will certainly be an issue.

As for Wisconsin, Wednesday evening Biden was ahead 50 percent to Trump’s 49, a difference of about 20,000 ballots, with about 99 percent of precincts reporting. Giuliani is calling for a recount, and also, according to NEWSMAX, filing “a slew of lawsuits” in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Kim Strassel of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL did the math for Wisconsin’s ballot count and found that it just doesn’t work with the number of registered voters. THE RIGHT SCOOP has passed along her explanation, which boils down to this: Wisconsin claims an 89 percent turnout. To get to that, Wisconsin would’ve had to have 900,000 same-day registrations! Yes, same-day registration is legal in Wisconsin, but what is the likelihood of that many? “I think it’s absolutely reasonable to ask what the heck’s going on with this,” she says.

We are NOT going to let this election be stolen. We’re doing this by the rules. This is not over by a long shot. We cannot allow the Democrats to use the kind of shady tactics they employ in local races, as revealed recently to the NEW YORK POST by a New Jersey fixer, to steal the White House:

If Americans can't trust their presidential elections to be fair and legal, then we will no longer have the United States of America. We'll be living in the world's largest Third World nation.

At this writing, we’re no closer to an outcome on the election count than we were late last night. I think President Trump will prevail, as some of the Biden-Harris vote in states like Pennsylvania is obviously fraudulent and, hopefully, will be revealed as such. But it has been clear to me for a long time that if Trump doesn’t win re-election, it’s mainly because of the relentless negative treatment he’s received in the media.

Never mind the brilliant economic turnaround (before a highly contagious virus spread from China) that benefited all demographic groups and the stunning foreign policy successes. Never mind his handling of the logistical nightmare of providing ventilators and other supplies around the country, and the amazing fast-tracking of a vaccine. Never mind that he was honest with us and did everything he could to keep his promises. Never mind that he was transparent with a rabidly hostile press corps, making himself available to them frequently on the White House lawn and answering question after question, knowing they would always find ways to twist what he said or attribute the “wrong” motives to him.

No, all those remarkable things didn’t matter, because Donald Trump was a Russian agent, a traitor to his country who collaborated with Vladimir Putin to get himself into the White House. He was a white supremacist, a misogynist, an all-around monster who put children in cages and drummed up stories about the pure and innocent Bidens for political purposes and tried to get his family investigated without any evidence at all! His tie was too long, his face too tan, and he ate too many scoops of ice cream. We knew that whatever he did in any given situation --- one thing or its exact opposite --- he would be trashed.

This is the totally made-up Donald Trump that the media presented to America over four-plus years. They never let up. They even hired disgraced members of the intelligence community to go on the air and lie about him some more.

Even now, social media is working to “cancel” him. In breaking news this afternoon (after all votes have presumably been cast), Twitter is still censoring Donald Trump’s tweets.

In a strange twist of logic, legal expert Jonathan Turley, a Democrat who is not a fan of Trump, is acknowledging the media’s constant negative attacks on Trump but using it to argue the opposite of what I just laid out above: namely, that their constant barrage of attacks actually HELPED Trump. Say, what?

On Wednesday morning, he said on “FOX and Friends” that the unrelenting negative coverage actually did Trump some good because “a lot of voters were turned off by it.” He said that if Trump wins, this will be why.

Anti-Trumpers will be quick to cast blame in creative ways if Trump wins. Ex-ESPN host Jemele Hill, sensing the possibility of a Trump victory, has already blamed white people.

Unlike Hill, who is just a racist idiot saying stupid things, Turley is a noted legal scholar who often makes great points. But I’m not buying this one. The voters who were seriously turned off by negativity in the media were the Trump supporters, who avoided it the way Biden tries to avoid the virus. But a lot of the negativity was subtle –- a derogatory line inserted here or there in a column about entertainment, fashion, or human interest. It was like a spice, flavoring the commentary on just about everything. People in the middle, the ones who didn’t live on a steady diet of CNN and MSNBC, might not have seen much of the really hateful stuff but were constantly exposed to subtle digs at Trump. Dig, dig, dig. This was inescapable. It would be hard not conclude that he must be a bad guy.

The anti-Trump media also helped Biden immensely by minimizing or downright ignoring stories about alleged corruption, and also the ones about violence in “blue” cities and the failure of law enforcement there. Antifa arsonists are still being released without bail –- think CNN will dwell on this?

Suspects released without bail after Antifa-supporters nearly burn down occupied apartment complex

As for the most hateful and disgusting (and phony) anti-Trump coverage, Democrats and never-Trumpers ate it up with a spoon. It energized them. I believe this atmosphere of intense hate is what drove many of them to go to the polls and stand in long lines. (It also might have driven them to manufacture thousands of fake mail-in ballots, or lose real ones, in key districts.) These people weren’t voting for feeble old Joe Biden –- they were voting AGAINST TRUMP. So, no, I don’t agree with Turley’s assessment at all.

If Trump wins, it will be no thanks to the media but because he and his team were able to overcome the chaos and ballot fraud encouraged and facilitated by massive nationwide mail-in balloting. The way the vote count has been evolving in key states run by Democrats convinces me that Trump must have won the real total.

Some random observations on our nail-biting Election Day:

It’s important to stay positive, stay calm and keep praying for America. Despite all the pollsters’ smug predictions, and the relentless assaults by the media and social media, Trump still has a good chance to win (his unofficial electoral vote tally at this writing is 277), the Senate appears to have stayed in GOP hands, and the Democrats lost some House seats. Even if (Heaven forbid) Biden ekes out a win, Mitch McConnell can put the brakes on some of the more radical Democrat schemes, like packing the Supreme Court, doubling taxes and gutting the First and Second Amendments.

And without a packed SCOTUS, we as citizens can go to the courts to fight against overreaching government, before some of the many Trump-appointed judges who put the Constitution above their personal feelings, and all the way to the conservative majority Supreme Court. There might be no more desperately-needed progress, but at least we’d have some avenues to push back against encroaching socialism.

The predicted “blue wave” didn’t appear, even though there was record turnout. If anything, it showed how deeply divided America is, with an almost evenly-split popular vote and blue states voting overwhelmingly Democrat and red states overwhelmingly Republican. Oregon is so deep blue, voters reelected a Governor who shut down their economy and protected rioters and looters who are preying on them. It also became the first state to decriminalize possession of all drugs for personal use, including heroin, cocaine and meth. Just what they need, right? Looking at Portland, I assumed mind-altering drugs were already legal. Of course, those drugs are still illegal under federal law. We’ll see if the DEA turns a blind eye to open heroin, coke and meth use, the way they did when states legalized pot.

I’m very hopeful that John James can regain his lead to take Gary Peters’ seat in Michigan. And in a major win for pro-lifers in Alabama, Tommy Tuberville unseated pro-abortion Sen. Doug Jones.

Sadly, the Democrats held the House majority, so Nancy Pelosi will continue to provide rabid partisan obstructionism. But at the moment, it appears that Republicans have added at least six seats. A number of those winners are Republican women. Two of the sweeter victories were Nicole Malliotakis beating incumbent Rep. Max Rose in New York by nearly 58-42%, and Maria Elvira Salazar defeating Rep. Donna Shalala in Florida. In North Carolina, 25-year-old Republican Madison Cawthorn won and will take Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s title as youngest Congress member. Unfortunately, AOC, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were reelected, as expected, considering their districts. Voting for Omar may be the only good-paying job available in her district.

I’m very disappointed that Kim Klacik lost her longshot bid for the House in Baltimore to Democratic machine incumbent Kweisi Mfume. Still, she’s a great new voice in the party, and I’m sure she’ll have a bright future. I’m even more sorry for the voters who chose Mfume over her and are now going to get more of what they’ve gotten for decades.

I get that a lot of people only voted for Biden because they just have a visceral hatred for Trump, having absorbed four years of relentlessly negative press and fake news. But I scratch my head over how people can be sitting in a filthy, crime-infested, riot-torn blue city or state, surrounded by homelessness, drug needles and human feces, their kids condemned to terrible public schools, barred from going to work even if they had a job, with no electricity and the only light provided by the uncontrolled wildfires outside, and vote for more of the same, year after year. Then they donate to Democrats in other states to try to make them the same way. That’s beyond Trump Derangement Syndrome; it’s Stockholm Syndrome. How can people cling to a habit that’s so clearly destroying their lives? We need to offer them a 12-step program, like Democrat Voters Anonymous.

Good news from Louisiana: voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment declaring that “to protect human life, a right to abortion and the funding of abortion shall not be found in the Louisiana Constitution.”

Why should any state suddenly stop counting votes just because it’s late? Do you know why you’re able to read this right now? Because I worked late and woke up early while my staffers worked all night. Were there no poll workers in these states who were willing to work the night shift?

While it’s going to be hard to declare a winner, I think we can all agree on the biggest loser: the pollsters. Trump was down in the polls in every state he’s currently leading in. He won states that pollsters said Biden would win by double digits. The pollsters were changing their predictions even after the polls started closing. So what good were their predictions before that point? They’re as worthless as a milk bucket under a bull. Looking back, all the deadly serious media jabber about the polls seems like a complete waste. You could have better spent your time watching “Mr. Ed” reruns on MeTV. At least the horse knew what he was talking about.

Second biggest loser: the media. Over the past four years, they flushed away the last shards of their credibility and now stand revealed to the world as nothing but DNC sock puppets.

Social media, too, have proven that they are too big and too biased and are now a clear and present danger to America and a threat to free speech and the free flow of information. If the House refuses to do anything to stop them, then we can stop them through lawsuits and denying them our patronage. On that subject, may I recommend DuckDuckGo, the search engine that doesn’t track you, and Parler.com, the free speech version of Twitter.

Keep positive, keep praying, and stay tuned!