Disconnect: While Trump Is Banned for Questioning Election, Obama Claims GOP Is ‘Rigging the Game’

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Remember the charismatic, young African-American senator from Illinois who electrified crowds with his rhetoric, who called for a new kind of politics that would heal the United States? Unfortunately, the audacity of hope quickly devolved into the audacity of bitter partisanship and division following his historic victory.

The Honorable Barack Hussein Obama, the 44th President of the United States, spoke at an event sponsored by The Economic Club of Chicago on Friday where he sharply condemned the new voting reform laws passed recently in Georgia and Florida and currently under consideration in the state of Texas and elsewhere.

Republicans are “rigging the game,” Obama declared. “That’s the kind of dangerous behavior that we’re going to have to push back on.” (Time stamp: 31:42)

Addressing what he called the Jan. 6 “insurrection,” he said, “And you had one of the major American political parties not only fail to condemn some of that behavior, but embrace a patently false narrative about the election being stolen that is being still perpetuated and now that same major political party being willing to initiate legislative – you know – actions across the country – you know – where they’re saying we’re going to let partisan legislatures decide whether or not to certify an election, uh, and institute voter suppression measures directly targeted at cities in those states, so there’s a different set of rules for how votes are counted in Atlanta versus how they’re counted in the rest of Georgia.” (Time stamp: 30:30)

“I think the corporate community has a responsibility to at least call folks out on that. Because that transcends policy. …  Do the basic rules by which we all have agreed to keep this diverse, multiracial democracy functioning.” (Time stamp: 31:50)

“Are we going to stick to those rules or are we going to start rigging the game in a way that breaks it?,” he asked rhetorically? “And that’s not going to be good for business, not to mention not good for our soul.” (32:10)

 

 

Memo to Obama: What was “not good for our soul” was watching the chaos that ensued last November after Democrats changed the rules. Unprecedented numbers of absentee ballots overwhelmed the system resulting in major chain of custody issues in all of the swing states, providing a gaping opportunity for both voter and electoral fraud.

Regarding the Republicans’ failure to condemn the “behavior” on Jan. 6, my recollection is a bit different. To an almost nauseating degree, every Republication politician and pundit prefaced virtually every comment uttered about the Capitol riot with strong condemnation. It was as if they were required to issue a disclaimer before any discussion could begin.

The former president is gaslighting when he says that asking voters to show an ID is “rigging the game.” He and every other Democrat are well aware that if only legal votes had been counted, former President Donald Trump would have been reelected.

During an interview last week with New York City WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said, “The only reason you don’t want people to have a photo ID is that people can cheat. That’s the only rational answer as to why certain people want no photo ID requirements.”

In a Friday interview with The War Room’s Steve Bannon, Paxton claimed that, had his office not blocked several Texas counties from mailing out absentee ballots to every registered voter as they had planned, Biden would have won Texas in November.

“… [C]ertainly critical to my state and that’s why we fought off these twelve lawsuits. We had them in Houston, we had them in San Antonio, we had them in Austin, we had them in the counties where you’d have the most liberal judges,” Paxton told Bannon.

“And it was a concerted effort, nationally, with lots of money going into it, and just knowing that we had twelve lawsuits that we had to win, and if we lost one of them, like if we lost Harris County (home to Houston). Trump won by 620,000 votes in Texas. Harris County mail-in ballots that they wanted to send out were 2.5 million, those were all illegal and we were able to stop every one of them.”

“Had we not done that,” Paxton explained, “we would have been in the very same situation—we would’ve been on Election Day, I was watching on election night and I knew, when I saw what was happening in these other states, that that would’ve been Texas. We would’ve been in the same boat. We would’ve been one of those battleground states that they were counting votes in Harris County for three days and Donald Trump would’ve lost the election.”

 

 

There were too many “irregularities” in each of the swing states to count. Everyone knows that. Why else would the Democrats have fought tooth and nail to stop the forensic audit currently underway in Maricopa County, Arizona?

Now that what I call “audit fever” is starting to catch on in other swing states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, liberal heads are exploding.

The bigger issue is the epic double standard between Democrats and Republicans. Based on the allegations made in over 1,000 sworn affidavits from poll watchers in all of the swing states, Trump questions the results of November election and so do the majority of Republicans. He is ridiculed by the press and has been banned from social media platforms.

Obama claims that by asking voters to show an ID in order to cast their vote, Republicans are trying to rig the next election. An adoring press agrees with him.

Voters around the world are asked to provide identification. I posted about voting requirements in other parts of the world on Friday here.

Identification is required for everything we do in today’s world. Why should our most sacred right as U.S. citizens be treated differently?

I know, because then Democrats can’t cheat. And if they can’t cheat, they won’t win.

Additionally, contrary to the left’s narrative, the legitimacy of the November 2020 election is not settled. In the same way that Democrats and the media worked feverishly to take the lab leak theory off the table in the early days of the pandemic, they’re trying to kill “The Big Lie” theory. It just may turn out to be “The Big Truth,” as I wrote about last week.

Please spare us your drama, Obama.

 

A previous version of this article was published by The Western Journal.

Memo to Democrats: Most European Governments Require Voter ID and Ban Absentee Voting

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The pandemic provided Democrats with the perfect excuse to loosen voting laws and to expand mail-in voting across the U.S. They were so delighted with the result, they’ve been on a crusade to make these dangerous measures permanent ever since.

The left claims the voting reform laws recently passed in Georgia and Florida to curb the abuses that many of us believe led to widespread fraud in the November 2020 election, as racist.

President Joe Biden has referred to Georgia’s requirement of voter ID for absentee ballots as an “atrocity.” He called the law “Jim Crow in the 21st Century” and “a blatant attack on the Constitution,” according to the BBC.

RealClearInvestigations‘ John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. His organization recently put together a database of worldwide voting rules which quite clearly shows that U.S. voting requirements are among the most lenient. He summarized his findings in an article entitled, “America the Outlier: Voter Photo IDs Are the Rule in Europe and Elsewhere.”

Contrary to what the Democrats would have us believe, most countries require voters to show identification before casting a ballot. Lott found that “election integrity measures [voter ID requirements] are widely accepted globally, and have often been adopted by countries after they’ve experienced fraud under looser voting regimes.”

Furthermore, Lott learned that, in some countries, a driver’s license is deemed to be an insufficient form of ID. “The Czech Republic and Russia require passports or military-issued IDs and others use national identity cards. Others go even further: Colombia and Mexico each require a biometric ID to cast a ballot.”

“Of 47 nations surveyed in Europe — a place where, on other matters, American progressives often look to with envy — all but one country requires a government-issued photo voter ID to vote.” Lott notes that “The exception is the U.K., and even there, voter IDs are mandatory in Northern Ireland for all elections and in parts of England for local elections. Moreover, [UK Prime Minister] Boris Johnson’s government recently introduced legislation to have the rest of the country follow suit.”

In fact, Lott cites a recent comment from the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, Kirsten Oswald, that sounds remarkably familiar to the attacks lobbed at Republicans in the U.S.

Oswald claimed that “Boris Johnson’s Trump-like plans to disenfranchise thousands of voters across Scotland and the UK are an act of blatant Tory voter suppression – and must be stopped.” She opined, “There is a very real danger that many lower income, ethnic minority and younger people will be prevented from voting to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. These laws are designed to suppress votes among groups that traditionally vote against the Tories. It’s a disgrace.”

And, like many progressives in the U.S., she would like to open up voting to 16 and 17-year-olds, “refugees and foreign nationals with leave to remain.”

The rest of the world views the practice of mail-in voting even more harshly than the U.S. Lott discovered that “74 percent of European countries entirely ban absentee voting for citizens who reside domestically. Another 6% limit it to those hospitalized or in the military, and they require third-party verification and a photo voter ID. Another 15% require a photo ID for absentee voting.”

Although voter IDs are not required in Japan, Lott explains the Japanese government “provides each voter with tickets that bear unique bar codes. If the voter loses the ticket or accidentally brings the ticket for another family member, polling staff verifies the voter’s name and address using a computer with access to the city’s database.” In that case, the voter would be required to show “government-issued photo identification.”

As I see it, having to present a ticket with a unique bar code is a variation on a voter ID requirement. It’s simply a different way to ensure that one citizen gets one vote.

New Zealand also provides its citizens with a unique code.

According to Lott, “Australia has by far the loosest rules. …  a photo ID is required to register to vote” only.

I would be willing to bet that before too long, after witnessing the problems created in the U.S. by lax voter ID requirements, the Australians tighten up their rules.

Most developed countries, Lott says, did not enact emergency voting measures because of the pandemic. Poland was an exception. They allowed universal mail-in ballots. “Poland’s rushed plan played out so poorly it dissuaded other countries from following suit.”

The Democrats’ argument that asking a voter to show ID is racist, as I see it, is itself racist, and I’m surprised that minorities don’t criticize them for it. It implies that minority voters are too dumb and too incapable to obtain an ID. How racist is that?

Asking a voter to prove that they are who they say they are is essential for election integrity. Those who oppose voter ID laws do so only because it opens up the opportunity for voter fraud. I am convinced that the unprecedented expansion of mail-in voting and the loss of accountability that followed, cost former President Donald Trump the presidency.

Democrats often point to the super progressive governments of European countries as something the U.S. should emulate. With the exception of the U.K. which is in the process of passing voter ID legislation, all European governments require voters to show IDs at the ballot box. There’s a reason for that – Europe values secure elections.

Next time a liberal begins criticizing voter ID requirements, show them Lott’s article.

Audit Fever! Pennsylvania Sends Delegation to Tour the Maricopa County, AZ Audit Site

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Reporting from the floor of the Maricopa County, Arizona forensic audit on Tuesday, OANN’s Christina Bobb told viewers a delegation from Pennsylvania had arrived on Tuesday and for a tour of the audit on Wednesday.

“They’ve expressed interest in the Arizona audit and possibly replicating this in Pennsylvania. … They are getting a behind the scene tour tomorrow. … They’re going to get to hear from the auditors exactly what is happening,” Bobb said.

“Of course, there’s been a lot of criticism of this audit. So, they have concerns that they want to see addressed, namely, is voter integrity maintained? Is the secret ballot maintained? Is there any way the audit could be disparaging to any demographic?”

“So, this is going to be an opportunity for them to get out exactly what’s happening in Arizona. If they like what they see, take it back to Pennsylvania.”

“I’ve heard a lot of rumblings,” she said. “We’ve heard from the senators that they are getting accolades from around the country and many other states are reaching out to them congratulating them on the work that they’re doing and thanking them for continuing the fight and staying in the fight. And I think that they realize the Senate was honest and real when they said, hey, we welcome any states to come look at this.”

This is good news indeed.

 

There were many allegations of election fraud in Pennsylvania. For starters, there were 202,377 more ballots cast than voters who voted statewide, and 170,830 more ballots cast than voters who voted in the presidential race.

Source: Pennsylvania State Rep. Russ Diamond’s website.

 

An organization called Audit the Vote PA, whose statistics I could not verify, presented some alarming irregularities including:

1,823,148 mail-in ballots were sent out and 2,589,242 were sent back

21,000 confirmed dead voters

Over 300,000 voter registrations removed from the SURE system after November 3

Canvassing effort in Montgomery County found 78,000 phantom votes

Over 10,000 people voted by mail whose ID doesn’t exist in the SURE system

Over 29,000 Duplicate Registrations

7,857 Registrations whose DOB changed in 2020

55,823 voters backfilled into the SURE system

15,000 mail-in ballots sent out of state

These are the same types of irregularities that have been reported in other swing states.

On November 25, 2020, a hearing was held before the Pennsylvania State Senate and President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to hear the stories of election observers who had allegedly witnessed fraud over the course of their service. It’s 3.5 hours long. I actually watched the whole video at the time and found it riveting.

If you have time to listen to only one testimony, listen to Gregory Stentstrom whose testimony begins at 46:45 in the video below.

Justin Kweder: attorney, Philadelphia (testimony starts at 31:20)

Kim Peterson: Philadelphia (testimony starts at 38:15)

Leah Hoopes: Delaware County (testimony starts at 40:50)

Gregory Stentstrom: data scientist, retired Naval officer, security expert, Delaware County (testimony starts at 46:45)  ***

Texas House Democrats’ Walkout Exposes The Entire Party as Frauds

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In contrast to the Democrats’ complete lock on power in Washington, D.C., Texas Republicans control the governorship, the state Senate and the state House. That’s why passing the Election Integrity and Bail Reform bills over the weekend was expected to be a layup.

Traumatized by the GOP’s plan to end “necessities” such as 24-hour voting and drive-up voting centers, Texas Democrats were adamantly opposed to this legislation. They are well aware that the emergency measures put in place because of the pandemic handed Biden the presidency. They were never intended to be made permanent although Democrats hoped they would.

But, of course, they portray this bill as the Republicans’ attempt to suppress the minority vote because we are all racists.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Texas Senate debated the bill through the night on Saturday, finally passing it early Sunday morning. At that point, the state House took up debate. The House was required to vote on the measure by midnight (on Sunday) when the legislative session would end.

About an hour before the deadline, House Democrats walked off the floor, thus denying the Republican-controlled chamber a quorum and killing the bill – for the time being.

Following this stunt, state Rep. Chris Turner, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters, “Democrats used the last tool available to us. We denied them a quorum and we killed that bill.”

The Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan clearly saw the situation differently. He said, “Texans shouldn’t have to pay the consequences of these members’ actions—or in this case, inaction—especially at a time when a majority of Texans have exhibited clear and express support for making our elections stronger and more secure.”

Needless to say, Democrats throughout the country applauded the Texas House Democrats’ effort to block the Republicans’ “assault” on voting rights.

Gov. Greg Abbott was “deeply disappointed” over this move and threatened to veto Article 10 to cut off funding for the legislature in the tweet below.

Abbott also plans to hold a special session of the legislature to take up the Election Integrity and Bail Reform bills which will most likely be passed.

Okay, so the Texas Democrats have learned that it’s not much fun to be in the minority. They flexed their muscles and used a loophole to temporarily halt legislation they disagreed with, a move that was met with praise from across the nation. They stood up for their convictions.

Compare this to the behavior of the Democrats’ push to end the filibuster in the U.S. Senate where they hold the majority. Although they used the filibuster to their advantage on hundreds of occasions and argued against its elimination when they were in the minority, now they claim that it’s racist and authoritarian to require 60 Senate votes instead of 51 to pass sweeping, radical, game changing laws.

For the Democrats, it’s never about standards. The rules don’t matter. Winning matters. And they will do whatever it takes to win. They’ve won – for now – and they will try to prevent the pendulum from swinging back as pendulums inevitably do.

In their desperation to hold onto power, their lack of principles are on full display. Whether they’re in the minority or the majority, the script never changes.

There are no principles left in the Democratic Party.

Crazytime: 950 Military Ballots in Georgia Audit Sample – 100 Percent Went to Biden

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Steve Bannon spoke to John Fredericks, host of radio show “Outside the Beltway,” on Monday about the audit of 147,000 mail-in ballots cast in the state of Georgia during the November 2020 election.

Out of an analysis batch of 950 military ballots, Fredericks told Bannon, “Joe Biden got 950 votes, Trump zero. That’s 100 percent. That is virtually impossible.”

Fredericks said he’d had Georgia state Sen. Burt Jones as a guest on his show earlier and that Jones and a second state senator are now calling for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved and work side by side with the forensic audit team.

Auditors are trying to determine if any of the ballots cast are counterfeit, he explained.

He noted that “six affidavits of veteran election officials are alleging that up to 30,000 of these 147,000 ballots are fake. Somebody printed them up on a machine and ran them through the vote counting machines.”

First, he tells Bannon, “they’re on different paper.”

Second, “they’re not folded.” These ballots are presumed to have come through the mail or from a dropbox making it inconceivable they haven’t been folded.

Third, “You’ve got the same exact bubble mark on the ballot – the same one for upwards of 30,000 ballots.”

Stunningly, “97 percent of them voting for Joe Biden, 97 percent voting for John Ossoff.”

Fourth, “the affidavits say that the bubble marks are not made by an ink pen or pencil, that they’re made by a machine. These are the things that they’re going to look at.”

Bannon laughs and Fredericks adds, “Not only that, but they were in sequential order. That means that every ballot that came in, in the mail is somehow in exact sequential order?”

Pivoting back to his earlier interview with Sen. Jones, Frederick said, “If Judge Amero [the judge who approved the audit to move forward] makes a declaratory judgement that counterfeit ballots were there, that some of them were counted twice, that’s the other possibility here, he’s going to demand that Gov. [Brian] Kemp call a special session and they’re going to start decertifying elections.”

In addition to the presidential race, these ballot anomalies may have affected down ballot races as well.

Fredericks pointed out that Sen. David Perdue, a Republican, may have won in the first ballot. (Perdue was required to win by a minimum of 2 percent in November in order to avoid the January 5 Georgia run-off. His margin of victory over his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, wound up to be only 1.8 percent. Current Sen. Jon Ossoff prevailed in January by 1.2 percent, flipping the seat.)

Close House races and state House and Senate races were likely affected as well.

These are some pretty shocking revelations. Perhaps what is most astounding is, assuming this is all proven, that the fraudsters weren’t more careful. Absentee ballots in sequential order? Different paper? One hundred percent of the sample military ballots and 97 percent of the others going to Joe Biden?

It’s possible that they’d underestimated Trump’s strength and had to work very fast to make up the deficit.

At any rate, there were additional irregularities that took place on election night that were never satisfactorily explained.

Early on Election Night, it was reported that a pipe had burst at the State Farm Arena and that it would be necessary to stop counting the votes temporarily. It turned out that a urinal had overflowed early in the morning on Election Day.

We all remember the rather remarkable videos of election workers pulling several cases of ballots out from under a table with a tablecloth after the election supervisor had dismissed most of the workers on Election Night.

If ever there was a smoking gun, that video was one. No rational explanation was ever given for that episode. The news cycle simply moved on and it was forgotten.

Fran Watson. Where have we heard that name before?

Watson spoke to then-President Donald Trump on December 23 and briefed the deputy secretary of state, Jordan Fuchs, afterward.

Fuchs later misrepresented the phone call in a conversation with a Washington Post reporter who printed a story about the lies. It went viral.

When the Wall Street Journal published an audio recording of the call which revealed the actual words that had been said, The Post was forced to issue a rare and embarrassing correction.

For nearly three months, knowing that the original Washington Post story misquoted the President, Fran Watson and Jordan Fuchs remained silent. House Democrats even used the words Trump had not uttered in that phone call as evidence in his second impeachment trial.

The Trump legal team challenged thousands of votes they believed were fraudulent. Below is a list published by The Federalist.

  • 2,560 felons
  • 66,247 underage registrants
  • 2,423 people who were not on the state’s voter rolls
  • 4,926 voters who had registered in another state after they registered in Georgia, making them ineligible
  • 395 people who cast votes in another state for the same election
  • 15,700 voters who had filed national change of address forms without re-registering
  • 40,279 people who had moved counties without re-registering
  • 1,043 people who claimed the physical impossibility of a P.O. Box as their address
  • 98 people who registered after the deadline, and, among others
  • 10,315 people who were deceased on election day (8,718 of whom had been registered as dead before their votes were accepted)

Although anti-Trumpers inside the Georgia Secretary of State’s office have repeatedly tried to end speculation surrounding events that occurred at the Fulton County State Farm Arena ballot-counting center on Election Night, they’ve never completely succeeded.

I bet no one is more surprised about this latest turn of events than the secretary of state himself, Brad Raffensperger. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

 

Maricopa County Audit Team Recovers Deleted Files on Dominion Machines

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Upon examination of the Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the November election, the Maricopa County audit team discovered last week that “a directory full of election databases from the 2020 election cycle” had been deleted days before county election officials were scheduled to hand over the election equipment for forensic review. They posted the following tweet to break the news saying that this was “spoliation of evidence.”

(I posted on this story here.)

The screenshot below shows that all of the data had been “modified” on April 12.

However, in a Tuesday hearing before the Arizona state Senate, Ben Cotton, the founder of CyFir, one of the companies hired by the Senate to conduct the forensic audit, announced his team had been able to recover the missing files.

“A Master File Table, very simply put, is a record of all of the directories in the files that are contained in that partition … and a pointer to where that data resides on the hard drive. In the course of performing that MFT discovery, I discovered an MFT that clearly indicated that the database directory was deleted from that server,” Cotton said. “However, all of this may be a moot point because subsequently, I’ve been able to recover all of those deleted files and I have access to that data.”

This is excellent news.

 

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been tireless in their efforts to first prevent the forensic audit and failing that, to stop the audit.

After the news broke last week that the files had been deleted, Karen Fann, the president of the Arizona state Senate wrote a letter to the MCBOS, whom she had called to answer questions before the Senate on Tuesday.

Upon receipt of Fann’s letter, the Supervisors held an emergency meeting to coordinate strategy. They decided upon writing a 14-page letter to Fann in which they categorically deny they deleted the files and that they find those charges to be insulting. Their letter, dated May 17, however, was not sent to Fann on Monday, but to the press, proving it to be the publicity stunt that it was.

They also announced their refusal to attend the Senate meeting on Tuesday.

The dutiful press has sprung into action to help the Supervisors implement their plan. Local media outlet KTAR News immediately published a story entitled, “Arizona auditors confirm no Maricopa County election databases were deleted.”

Obviously, the KTAR headline is false. The auditors confirmed that the files had been deleted and then recovered.

This is purely conjecture on my part, but I’d be willing to bet that the MCBOS is operating on the advice of the Democratic Party which has been working to derail this audit for months. The Biden DOJ has recently involved itself in the push to stop the audit.

As I see it, Democrats are well aware that the auditors will find evidence of fraud, and resigned to that inevitability, they are going to accuse the Republican-controlled Senate and their audit team of fraud. MCBOS are currently setting up the foundation of this simple but highly effective defensive technique.

(Note: Although the MCBOS have a Republican majority, they are working in tandem with the state’s Democratic Party to derail this audit.)

Democrats have relied on this tried and tested method for years.

  1. Deny all wrongdoing.
  2. Accuse your opponent of doing what you have done.

MCBOS hope to create so much doubt and confusion that in the end, there will be no consequences. Fraud is extremely difficult to prove and even if it is proven, finding the culprit may be impossible. (Unless, of course, the auditors come up with some definitive, indisputable proof.)

Although many have used this simple strategy, its origins are not precisely known. It’s been attributed to Hitler’s minister of propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, and to the late community organizer Saul Alinsky, Karl Marx is quoted as saying, “Accuse Your Enemy Of What You Are Doing, As You Are Doing It To Create Confusion.” Some even believe the source may have been Machiavelli. The truth is it’s probably been used forever in one form or another and it remains relevant because it works.

The audit has been put on hold for the week because the facility where it’s being conducted was needed for graduation ceremonies. The work will start up again next Monday.

According to Audit Director Ken Bennett, approximately 25 percent of the ballots have been reviewed so far. Last week, the Arizona Senate was reported to have extended their lease of the venue through the end of June. Insiders have remained quiet about what auditors have uncovered so far.

But the collective Democratic tantrum over this audit speaks volumes.

Another MSNBC Lunatic Criticizes Sen. Tim Scott, Yet No One Will Answer the ONLY Question That Matters

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The host of MSNBC’s “Cross Connection,” Tiffany Cross, became the latest liberal lunatic to express her outrage over Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Wednesday night. Scott, as the world already knows, had the temerity to say that America is not a racist nation.

(Note: Please scroll down for a video and a transcription of Cross’ remarks.)

On her Saturday morning show, she insinuated that Sen. Scott was so intimidated by white people, he would say whatever they wanted him to say. “When you speak uncomfortable truths, like Nikole Hannah Jones (the creator of the 1619 project), the party that Scott claims is not racist gets big mad and tries to silence you.”

She said that it wasn’t worth arguing with an individual “Harriet Tubman would have left behind.”

“Perhaps this was merely Senator Scott’s audition to be Sam Jackson’s understudy in the film Django,” she told her audience.

Although she had clearly put some time into what she likely hoped sounded like an impromptu monolog, she needn’t have bothered. It was a mere repeat of all of the tired liberal talking points about voter ID.

I have one big burning question to ask every Democrat who disapproves of asking a voter to prove that they are who they say they are.

HOW is it racist?

Affordability is not an option because most, if not all, states provide free photo IDs for any resident who requires one. So, what is the reason?

Do they believe that blacks and other minorities aren’t smart and/or competent enough to figure out how to obtain an ID?

Because by constantly repeating that this requirement will suppress the votes of people of color, that’s essentially what you’re saying.

The position that requiring an ID in order to cast an absentee ballot is too onerous or too complicated for blacks and other minority groups to navigate is itself racist.

Am I wrong? Then please explain why I’m wrong.

The real reason is that an ID requirement makes it more difficult to commit voter fraud. Each eligible voter receives one vote. Ineligible voters receive zero votes.

The provision of a state issued number on a ballot limits that voter to one vote, rather than two or more votes.

So, do us all a favor Tiff and sit down, huh? Because you’re just another lying liberal hack who’s bummed out that Democrats won’t get away with the same chicanery they got away with in 2020.

 

Transcription of Cross’s Remarks

The Root’s Michael Harriot: Can anyone name a political social or economic institution in America where widespread disparities and discrimination does not exist? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross: Such a great question from my friend, The Root’s Michael Harriot. And I actually have an answer: The hollow institution that resides inside Republican Senator Tim Scott’s head. No racism there. And apparently no sense either.

This week, the sole Black Republican in the Senate sounded a stone fool when he said this: “Hear me clearly, America is not a racist country.”

Okay let’s be clear. Tim Scott does not represent any constituency other than the small number of sleepy slow-witted sufferers of Stockholm Syndrome who get elevated to prominence for repeating a false narrative about this country that makes conservative white people feel comfortable.

Because when you speak uncomfortable truths, like Nikole Hannah Jones, the party that Scott claims is not racist gets big mad and tries to silence you. Just this week, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to stop teaching the 1619 Project in schools because it would “reorient the view of American history.”

Lucky for McConnell, he has his own tap dancer to try and reorient the view of America for him.

There were so many contradictions in the senator’s speech that it was clear not even Scott believed the words he was speaking. I could go into great detail refuting each of his asinine points, but he did that for me.

And moreover, a lesson I’ve learned: Don’t argue with people Harriet Tubman would have left behind.

And sure, Tim Scott has spoken out about his encounters with law enforcement and he co-sponsored the anti-lynching bill in the Senate, but there are two sides to every token.

So thirsty for white approval, this dude actually stood on the national stage to defend the voter suppression law in Georgia even though, as of last month, 361 bills were being introduced in 47 states to keep people who look like him out of the ballot box.

The ability to shame the ancestors and appease the oppressors all in one speech, that’s extreme. Though not quite like the domestic violent extremism that the Department of Homeland security is investigating within its own ranks, mind you. But please senator, say more about how unracist the country is while you trot out that tired line about going from cotton to Congress to clown.

Perhaps this was merely Senator Scott’s audition to be Sam Jackson’s understudy in the film Django, because as a descendant of the enslaved, and damn near a daily survivor of institutional racism, I can assure you the question “Is America a racist country?” is one that has been asked and answered many times over.

Yet we still love America, not for what it was, but for what it could be.

On this one, you’re not only in the wrong side of the aisle, Senator Scott, but you’re embarrassingly on the wrong side of history as well.

Democrats’ Obsession With Halting Arizona Senate GOP’s Forensic Audit Begs the Question, ‘Why?’

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Democrats have tried to move heaven and earth to stop the Arizona Senate Republicans’ forensic audit of ballots cast in Maricopa County, where over 60 percent of the state’s voters reside. President Joe Biden won the state by just over 10,000 votes in November. The Senate GOP has tried to conduct this intensive audit since that time and each attempt was blocked by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

(Note: Here is a link for additional background to this story.)

Finally, after much legal wrangling, the Senate was allowed to go forward. The Democrats then flew in the big guns, including Washington attorney Marc Elias, who was responsible for commissioning the Steele dossier on behalf of Hillary Clinton in 2016.

With every resource at their disposal, Elias and his minions have worked for at least a month to crush this effort. Still, the GOP has prevailed.

When the audit began last Thursday, Democrats immediately raised a new legal challenge. They asked for a judge to stop the audit.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury, a Republican, agreed to order a weekend halt if the Democrats would agree to post a $1 million bond to cover any additional costs incurred by the GOP in stopping the audit. When the Democrats refused, the audit continued.

A court hearing was scheduled for Monday morning at 11 am.

Over the weekend, it was learned that one of Judge Coury’s former externs, a young attorney named Chris Viskovic, worked for one of the firms that was conducting the audit. That led to Judge Coury’s decision to recuse himself from this case on Sunday evening.

Additionally, on Sunday, Dr. Kelli Ward, the Chair of the State Republican Party in Arizona, provided an update on the audit in the video below.

Ward reported that “in a performance worthy of P.T. Barnum, the Democrats marched into court and told the judge that they were concerned about election integrity and the security of the ballot.”

The Democrats alleged that “hate groups” were being recruited for the audit, she said.

Ward also announced the GOP had filed a petition against the Democrats and that a ruling from the State Supreme Court was expected this week.

The GOP maintains that “the courts do not have the authority to infringe upon the Senate’s ability to manage the audit as it sees fit and that any civil action by the Democrats to stop the audit through continued court action crosses the line of separation of powers afforded by the United States Constitution.”

Ward added, “Let’s not be fooled in thinking that the Democrats will give up.”

Ward appeared on Newsmax’ Rob Schmitt Tonight on Saturday night to discuss the state of the audit. In the clip below, she tells Schmitt: “Well, Democrats also called election integrity, voter suppression. So we all know we cannot trust what the Democrats say. They are hypocrits and they are liars. We want to get to the bottom of what happened in 2020. We know that there were abnormalities. We know that there were mistakes, and we’re looking to make sure that there was not outright fraud.”

President Trump weighed in on Arizona’s audit. In a statement released by his Save America political action committee on Friday, he said, “So many people would like to thank the brave and patriotic Republican State Senators from Arizona for the incredible job they are doing in exposing the large scale Voter Fraud which took place in the 2020 Presidential Election.”

“Why are the Democrats so desperate to stop this Election Fraud from being revealed?,” he asked. “That answer is obvious! The Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, has been shockingly of zero help to the State Senate. He wants to ‘pretend’ the election was free and fair.”

“Honest elections are America’s Heart and Soul. We must never allow this to happen to our Great Country again. Thank you State Senators and others in Arizona for commencing this full forensic audit. I predict the results will be startling!”

Stay tuned!

Over the Top: 100 Corporate Leaders Join Zoom Call to Build Strategy to Fight ‘Restrictive Voter Laws’

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I guess we knew it was never really about thirsty voters in hours-long lines. But it is pretty stunning that over 100 corporate leaders joined a Zoom call on Saturday to “brainstorm” on how they can penalize states for requiring voter ID.

All right Captains of Industry, enlighten us. First, did you finally settle upon an acceptable reason why asking voters to show identification before casting their ballot is racist? Because it’s important that you’re all on the same page. And did you decide on what form this punishment will take?

CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe reported on this astonishing phone call today on “CBS This Morning.”

Before turning it over to O’Keefe, the show’s host said, “In a first of it’s kind gathering, more than a hundred leaders from some of the most powerful companies met virtually on Saturday to talk about efforts by Republicans nationwide to overhaul voting laws. All this comes after a bill passed in Georgia led to allegations of racism and threats of retaliation against companies that oppose it.”

“Threats of retaliation against companies that oppose it?” Did that come out of nowhere? Oh, he must mean the decision by many Republicans to boycott Major League Baseball after its commissioner pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta over the law. And the big three airlines, who came out like dominos last week to denounce the Georgia State Legislature for passing the bill.

Anyway, O’Keefe told viewers: “The high-powered Zoom meeting signals a larger move among U.S. companies to oppose voter suppression and signals they won’t fear reprisals by politicians or others when speaking out. It’s something we haven’t seen of this magnitude to date. Attendees included top bosses from WalMart, United Airlines, LinkedIn and AMC Theatres, with some CEOs even chiming in from Augusta, Georgia, the site of the Master’s Golf tournament. The head of our parent company, Viacom CBS, also attended. …”

“The nonpartisan Brennan Center, which tracks proposals across the country today, found lawmakers in 24 states are moving at least 55 bills through state legislatures that would restrict voting access.”

“Keep in mind, many of these bills are based on the lie that the presidential election was stolen. The executives discussed several ways to respond to these restrictive bills including cutting donations to politicians who support them and holding off on investments in those states.” O’Keefe said.

“The meeting came together extraordinarily fast,” he noted. “Organizers tell us they invited 120 CEOs with about 50 hours notice and 90 of them opted to attend. The next test of the voting rights debate will be in Texas where legislators are going to be considering two proposals that observers might ultimately go farther than the new Georgia law.”

This Zoom call signals a new and more dangerous phase in the Democrats war on America. The left is actively organizing against Republicans to throttle us into submission.

O’Keefe made several false and/or uninformed statements.

First, the Brennan Center is one of America’s most far-left think tanks.

Next, the refusal of judges and elections officials to even hear any of the evidence doesn’t mean the election was not stolen.

I would ask what Washington, D.C. attorney Marc Elias, who commissioned the Steele dossier on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC in 2016, is currently doing in Arizona. The Arizona state Senate was poised to begin an in-depth ballot by ballot audit of the results in Maricopa County, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the votes in the state. Elias, backed by the Democratic machine is trying to prevent it from happening.

As for “holding off on investments in those states,” at a certain point, CEOs need to remember they are charged with maximizing shareholder value. Shareholders will quickly become angry, for example, by a CEO’s political decision to avoiding doing business in, say Texas, opting instead for a less business-friendly state, whose only attraction is that they don’t require voter ID, and will quickly force them out of a job.

It’s an unwise strategy for many reasons. These business leaders are forcing Americans to pick a side. Considering that voter ID laws are supported by over 70 percent of Americans, it will be an uphill battle.

People know why Democrats oppose voting reform. Because it handed victory to the pathetic, feeble politician who now occupies the White House. Even in his heyday, he never gained any traction in either of the presidential primaries he participated in. He never even made it into the top tier of candidates. In 1988, Biden was pressured to withdraw from the race after he’d been accused of plagiarizing a speech by Neil Kinnock, then-leader of the British Labour Party. It was also reported at the time that he had been accused of plagiarism while a student at the Syracuse University School of Law in the 1960s.

Few, if any, have ever regarded Biden as a strong leader. He was a gaffe-prone buffoon who had simply remained in Washington for so long that people grew used to him, comfortable with him.

His 2020 candidacy was on life support after coming in fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Fortunately for him, the Democrat machine decided that the socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, could not lead the ticket and went into high gear.

The explosion in mail-in voting afforded by the pandemic and the lax standards of verifying ballots and I believe, the outright fraud committed by Democratic elections officials, and even some Republicans, delivered the White House to Biden.

Democrats know there is no valid reason to oppose voter ID requirements. It doesn’t matter that voting in some states is the only thing that can be done without an ID today in America.

But they also know that their ostensible reason doesn’t matter. However ludicrous it is, politicians will keep repeating it, Democratic PACs, think tanks and the media will repeat it and now it appears that corporate CEOs have hopped aboard the train.

I don’t see how this fight can end well for them.

Georgia Secretary of State Referred Three Counties for Investigation Over Missing Records

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A press release issued by Secretary of State Bradley Raffensperger on Thursday said he had referred three counties, Coffee, Grady, and Taylor, for investigation because officials had failed to complete the absentee ballot transfer forms that were required by Georgia Rules and Regulations.

These three counties accounted for 0.37% of all the absentee ballots cast in the state in the November election. (0.37% of 4,935,487 total votes equal 18,261, so it’s not nothing.)

The statement says that all of the other 120 counties that used drop boxes completed and retained ballot transfer documents.

Due to the unprecedented number of absentee ballots cast in the state due to the pandemic, an emergency rule was added by the State Election Board to allow for drop boxes.

This rule required counties with drop boxes “to fill out ballot transfer forms that included the date, time, location, and number of ballots in the drop boxes whenever election officials collected ballots from the drop box.”

“Since day one, I have made securing Georgia’s election a top priority and I have not stopped working since then,” Secretary Raffensperger said in his statement. “Though the overwhelming majority of counties did what they were supposed to, this demonstrates that new steps need to be taken to fully secure our elections. Securing elections is work that is never truly finished.”

State officials, including Raffensperger, have come under fire since the recent passage of their voter reform package. This legislation is called the Election Integrity Act of 2021 and its purpose is to restore confidence and accountability in state elections.

At the center of the controversy is the requirement of a state identification number for applicants requesting absentee ballots. In order to verify their ballots, voters will be required to provide either their state identification number or the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The state offers a free ID Card to any resident who cannot afford one.

Democrats believe that requiring a voter to provide identification to procure an absentee ballots is onerous and amounts to voter suppression. Republicans argue that it’s necessary to make sure that only those who are eligible to vote receive a ballot and that they are who they say they are.

The attacks on this legislation began with President Joe Biden. Asked at his press conference last month about Georgia’s new voting reform measures, he replied, “What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work.”

The next day, Biden attacked Georgia’s new legislation again in a statement which said, “Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over.”

A fact check of these obviously false remarks performed by The Washington Post earned the President “Four Pinocchios.”

That didn’t stop Democratic opposition to the new law. In fact, the CEOs of Coca-Cola, Delta, United and American Airlines and others joined the fray. And, as was widely reported last week, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred made the decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia, which will deprive the city of an estimated $100 million of revenue.

The battle over voter ID laws won’t be ending anytime soon. I imagine that red states will keep tightening requirements while blue states loosen them.