The White House is not stolen, but bought with Zuckerberg’s money: Goodwin
Almost a year has passed since the 2020 election, but there has been no clear and satisfying answer to the central mystery: how a lackluster and declining Joe Biden managed to get over 81 million votes and win the presidency?
After all, Biden spent most of the pandemic campaign in his Delaware basement, and his appearances were marked by sparse crowds and signs that he had lost more than one step. Yet he overthrew five states lost by Hillary Clinton in 2016, including Georgia and Arizona, and racked up 306 electoral votes against 232 for Donald Trump.
Trump offers his own response, of course, repeatedly declaring that the election has been stolen. His efforts to get then-vice president Mike Pence to block certification of results and the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill made his arguments out of reach for most Americans.
Many courts have dismissed claims by Trump’s lawyers regarding the manipulation of voting machines, the emergence of bags of secret ballots and other types of alleged fraud.
But dismissing Trump’s claims is one thing, solving the conundrum of Biden’s triumph is another. For lack of any other explanation, two-thirds of Republicans still believe “the election was rigged and stolen from Trump,” while only 18% believe “Joe Biden won fair and square,” according to a recent Yahoo News poll / YouGov. He revealed that 28% of independent voters agree Biden’s victory is illegitimate.
Such broad suspicions are corrosive, making the discoveries of a new book all the more important.
In “Rigged”, author Mollie Hemingway sets out what constitutes a fascinating alternative to the “stolen” accusation. She makes a strong case that the $ 419 million Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ostensibly spent to get the vote out was in fact used by Democratic activists to infiltrate local election operations and take over the tasks that the officials were supposed to perform.
Hemingway, editor of The Federalist and Fox commentator, shows how two Zuckerberg nonprofits used their unprecedented deep pockets to line up leftist groups in key cities who in turn hired election officials, collected postal ballots and attended to those with errors.
In Green Bay, Wisconsin, the Democratic mayor has outsourced election planning and management to these activists. Hemingway quotes an email from the mayor’s chief of staff saying, “I’m taking all my bearings” from one of the Zuckerberg groups.
The city clerk, theoretically in charge of the election, was reportedly unhappy with the changes, took leave shortly before polling day and quickly resigned.
As Hemingway says in excerpts published by The Post, “It was a genius plan. And because no one ever imagined that a coordinated operation could complete the privatization of the electoral system, no law has been drafted to combat it. ”
Texas researcher William Doyle analyzed the numbers showing how nonprofits focused on the areas Biden won, often spending three or four times as much money per voter than they spent in the districts won by Trump.
“The 2020 election was not stolen,” Doyle concluded. “He was probably bought by one of the richest and most powerful men in the world, who poured his money through legal loopholes.”
It also follows the Zuckerberg groups’ promotion of universal postal voting, the push for unlocked and unattended drop boxes, and extended deadlines.
The pandemic has played a major role in many ways, with health fears leading most states to relax guarantees. But in the swing states, left-wing groups outraged by Trump’s anger against Clinton in 2016 began plotting early for 2020 and may have grafted on pandemic fears to go even further.
In Pennsylvania, activists had made a final spin around the dormant Republican legislature by suing to remove protections and getting a consent decree signed by a Democratic governor. The Supreme Court of a strongly democratic state has approved it.
In Georgia, a Republican governor signed a consent decree on signatures pushed by Democratic activist Stacey Abrams.
The United States Supreme Court has made noise about the Constitution’s delegation of power over state elections to legislatures, but never made a major ruling.
In addition to how Zuckerberg’s Facebook suppressed the Post’s Hunter Biden report, Hemingway’s book deserves a lot of attention, especially from Trump and the GOP.
While her findings do not mean that there was no voter fraud, she does offer a more substantial and documented explanation than the “stolen” argument, which remains a political dead end outside of Trump’s Republican base.
Party leaders who hope to resume Congress midway through next year would do well to understand the details of how Democrats won Biden’s victories in the swing states.
In some ways, the breakthrough is reminiscent of the great leaps in the use of technology from Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. In both cases, the intense collection of granular data, combined with armies of young people using it, has won by eliminating targeted voters. .
As Hemingway notes, the 2020 effort also broke new ground by replacing civil servants for electoral posts with activists, which made the use of data more efficient. One measure is that the 159 million votes cast represent nearly 67% of the eligible population, making it the highest turnout percentage in 120 years, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.
While Trump had no difficulty raising funds, his campaigns did not feature solid ground games. Both of his races were built around his personality and rallies, which drew huge crowds. He won over 74 million votes last year, an increase of 10 million from his 2016 tally, and he looks a lot like a 2024 candidate.
But Biden’s victory exposed the limits of his approach, and now we have a good idea of how Dems did it.
Tellingly, Republicans are furious at what Hemingway has discovered and promise investigations and legislation.
Everything is fine, but the chances of them making it before the mid-term are almost nil. For example, the GOP-led legislature in Wisconsin passed a bill prohibiting private funding of state operations, but the Democratic governor vetoed it.
Thus, until further notice, Zuck’s Bucks remain the coin of the political realm.
Adams stands with parents
Eric Adams has once again proven that he won’t be Mayor Putz’s second coming.
A Democrat likely to be elected next month, Adams broke with outgoing President Bill de Blasio on Friday when he said he would not give up on gifted and talented programs.
When asked on CNN if he would eliminate them, as Blasio’s request, Adams replied, “No, I wouldn’t, I would expand the opportunities for accelerated learning.”
It’s music to the tens of thousands of parents babysitting their children in public schools because of these programs. This is also the correct answer because children with above average abilities deserve special attention, just like children below average or with disabilities.
The federal government is silent on Hunter
Reader Mary Don asks poignant questions about the Hunter Biden investigation, writing, “What reason did the FBI give for his subpoena for the laptop?” What justification can she claim for the silence now, after the laptop content has been validated? ”