So The Election Was Rigged, But Not Stolen
March 1st, 2021 | TC
You have very likely heard about the controversial Time article written by Nancy Pelosi's biographer, Molly Ball, that was published in February. In it, Ball goes into great detail about how the 2020 presidential election was “fortified” against Donald Trump by a cabal of CEOs and activist groups across the country in a righteous attempt to protect democracy from the dictatorial desires of the Manhattan billionaire. She not only confirms the unholy alliance between left-wing activists and corporate kings, she outright acknowledges that Donald Trump was right about the election being rigged against him. All of it, she assures, was to protect the sacred institution of democracy.
Ball starts by telling us how a corporate-leftist cabal was able to successfully coordinate a shadow campaign to defeat Donald Trump:
In a way, Trump was right.
There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the US Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.
The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors.
In her opening paragraphs, Ball mentions “nonpartisan conservative actors” as players inside the shadow campaign, which can only mean the Lincoln Project and its questionable members.
The Lincoln Project, whose co-founder was recently accused of luring and harassing young boys online, spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours railing against Donald Trump in an attempt to replace him with Joe Biden. The self-professed conservatives in the Lincoln Project have taken money from Democrat donors from across the board in their efforts to defeat the former president, while simultaneously ignoring their co-founder's sexual harassment allegations for months prior to the allegations finally making headlines.
As well, Ball names social media and big tech giants as players in the shadow campaign against Trump:
They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction.
Involved in the effort to help Americans “understand” how the votes would be counted and how the days would unfold was a Democrat-affiliated group called Hawkfish. The group's CEO, Josh Mendelsohn, called what would happen on election night a “red mirage”.
(article continues after ads)
"We are sounding an alarm and saying that this is a very real possibility, that the data is going to show on election night, an incredible victory for Donald Trump," Mendelsohn told Axios On HBO, just two months before the election. "When every legitimate vote is tallied and we get to that final day, which will be some day after election day, it will in fact show that what happened on election night was exactly that, a mirage.”
Mendelsohn's red mirage theory quickly became well publicized and repeated on CNN, MSNBC and every major corporate media venue for the weeks leading up to the election. On election night, the Hawkfish scenario unfolded exactly how Mendelsohn had predicted. Trump and his supporters went to bed believing that Trump had won, only to wake up the next morning to find that Biden had pulled ahead in key swing states. One week later, Biden was declared the winner by the Associated Press and other news organizations that had certified themselves as authoritative.
The shadow campaign had succeeded.
Half way through her article, Ball states:
They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.
There is, however, more to this story that Ball fails to mention in her widely shared and viral article, which many on the right consider to be an admission of guilt. Specifically, Ball leaves out the foreign and unidentified donors to Biden's campaign, which are expressly explored in other articles and publications.
Dark Money And Undisclosed Donors
Voters will never know everyone who funded Joe Biden's enormous $1.5 billion campaign—one of the largest in history. $145 million of it came from outside donors and mystery organizations that may never be disclosed to the public. The very same Democrats who fought against “dark money” in every election campaign since 2008 are now rolling in it.
When Mitt Romney pulled in $113 million worth of dark money in 2012, Democrats and Obama aids cried foul. When Trump pulled in $28 million in unmarked and undisclosed funds, Democrats lost their noodles. After their 2020 victory, many of those same Democrats are keeping quiet about Biden's $145 million haul of undisclosed cash.
Bloomberg reported the following on Biden's dark money haul and how it found its way into his campaign:
For example, Priorities USA Action Fund, the super political action committee that Biden designated as his preferred vehicle for outside spending, used $26 million in funds originally donated to its nonprofit arm, called Priorities USA, to back Biden. The donors of that money do not have to be disclosed.
Guy Cecil, the chairman of Priorities USA, was unapologetic. “We weren’t going to unilaterally disarm against Trump and the right- wing forces that enabled him,” he said in a statement.
Campaign finance laws, in theory, are supposed to limit the influence big money has over politicians. But the system has gaping loopholes, which groups backing Biden and other candidates, have exploited.
Knowing this, we can see how Trump and his team were at a disadvantage in the 2020 campaign. $145 million can buy a lot of influence and support. When you don't have to disclose any of it, it becomes possible to take money from foreign players and governments—something that is explicitly illegal in American politics.
"All of it, she assures, was to protect the sacred institution of democracy."
William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Centre, raises specific concerns over activity by China, Russia and Iran.
He says that China and Iran prefer that president Donald Trump does not win re-election; while Russia is seeking to hurt former vice president Joe Biden’s electoral chances.
Mr Evanina writes that ahead of the 2020 elections, foreign states are attempting to sway voters’ preferences and perspectives, shift policies, increase discord in the country, and undermine confidence in the democratic process.
Along with psychological and social campaigns, funneling undisclosed and illegal money into a candidate's campaign can be highly effective. As for “China Joe”, there were reasons for some foreign players to help fund Trump's defeat, as stated in the same corporate news article:
He says China sees president Trump as unpredictable, and therefore prefers he does not win re-election. Beijing has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the US, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China.
In his few short months in office, Joe Biden has helped China shape America's foreign policy—just as the communist country had been intending. Some, including Republican senator, Bill Hagerty, have said Canada is now more likely to seek out China as a valued market for its oil, following Biden's cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline.
“Look at what it did to Canada,” Hagerty told Breitbart. “If Canada can't move their oil through the XL pipeline, they're going to sell it to China.”
Hagerty also noted Biden's committal to the Paris Climate Agreement, stating that China will have no obligation to meet emission targets, while the United States breaks its own back and destroys its own economy to achieve them. “We have reason to be concerned,” he said. He then pointed his finger at Biden's Ambassador to China, Linda Thomas Greenfield, who has been a strong proponent of China's “belt and road” initiative in Africa, which threatens to undermine and pillage the economies and resources of struggling nations.
Overall, Biden's foreign policy shift from Trump is favorable to China and Chinese interests. The Trump era is over and with it has gone his relentless criticisms and America's retaliatory attitude toward the dictatorship. As the years go on, Joe Biden is sure to continue fulfilling his obligations to the same Chinese players that may or may not have funded his campaign.
© 2021 Poletical