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Did A Shadowy Anti-Trump ‘Cabal’ Help Sway 2020 Election Outcome?

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Democrats and their allies in the media and on the extreme left have repeatedly taken Republicans to task for insisting that the 2020 presidential election was tainted by fraud and collusion. But Time magazine has now spilled the beans: There was a well-hidden, behind-the-scenes effort against former President Donald Trump.

Time’s online publication dubbed its big story “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” clearly intending to applaud those who interfered in our national election for their good work.

Instead, it’s a shocking indictment of the cynicism and manipulation that the Democrats and their friends brought to bear on the 2020 presidential race.

Time’s reporting shows that the post-election, at least in one major respect, was not on the up-and-up. Reporter Molly Ball notes that even as the election ended and Trump legitimately raised questions about statistically improbable results in many key cities, many of those who had once supported him suddenly insisted that he cave and concede defeat.

As Trump would say on Dec. 2: “It was all very, very strange. Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”

Time’s Ball wrote: “In a way, Trump was right” about what she called a “shadow effort”:

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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day …

(It became) a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.

That’s right, a “conspiracy” and “shadow effort” to “influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.” In other words, a secret campaign to shut up Trump and his 74 million supporters and deny them their right to question the outcome of a hotly contested election. In the poisoned atmosphere that has ensued, anyone daring to voice concerns about the election’s possible fraud has been threatened or severely punished.

It’s a virtual institutional war against any and all Trump supporters.

As American Thinker founder Thomas Lifson noted last month before the Times’ revelations: “After four years of Democrats claiming Trump’s election was illegitimate based on a phony charge of Russian collusion, suddenly, questioning a presidential election is taboo.”

Lifson was onto something there. Dozens of conservatives have been deplatformed by social media for exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech in saying they thought the 2020 election was fraudulent and calling for a recount or audit of the results.

Americans spent four years during Trump’s term undergoing repeated investigations of the former president for alleged “collusion” with the Russians during the 2016 election – something that has been shown to be false. Yet, the source of this lie, Hillary Clinton, now runs free and has the chutzpah to call those senators who vote to acquit Trump his “co-conspirators.”

Some, such as renowned constitutional scholar John Eastman and Rep. Elise Stefanik, have lost jobs or advisory positions due to their pro-Trump comments. Meanwhile, 39 GOP House members have been threatened with censure or removal from the chamber for voting to overturn the election results, despite the 2020 election’s very clear irregularities.

Ball’s claims that the effort was merely intended to make sure the election was “free and fair, credible and uncorrupted” are laughable.

The move was intended purely to grease Joe Biden’s way into the White House, even as Trump and other Republicans voiced legitimate misgivings over voting irregularities. Those behind it, including the once-respectable Chamber of Commerce, bear responsibility for trampling on our rights to a fair election.

Without an investigation or audit, we’ll never know for sure if the 2020 election was valid or not. But then, that was the point of all this, wasn’t it?

As we’ve seen, Biden’s own commitment to democracy is highly suspect. His 38 executive orders through Feb. 11, the most ever for a president’s first days in office, is a display of autocratic power not seen since the eras of Woodrow Wilson and FDR — our nation’s two most autocratic presidents.

By contrast, today Trump is undergoing a kangaroo-court, faux-impeachment in the Senate for “incitement” that is plainly unconstitutional and intended to do damage to him personally and financially. The verdict doesn’t matter; the point is to sully Trump’s reputation and neuter him as a political threat.

The message is one of fear: Don’t disagree with us, or you’ll be deplatformed from social media or, worse, lose your job or an influential position. The Chamber of Commerce, unions and the “cabal” of others who took part in this effort politicized themselves, in effect serving as arms of the Democratic Party. Next time someone calls election fraud a “myth,” remind them of this.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • That article should read: “and destroyed honest American elections from this point on”. To suggest that they “saved” anything is a complete travesty. The cheating, the manipulating, and all to take away the rights of the majority of voters. Unfortunately they were successful and we are now being, more or less, run by China through their puppet Joe Biden.

    • The Time article was complete cognitive dissonance.

      We colluded to completely suppress and distort the political process so we could ensure the political election process would be executed in our favor.

      Do progressive laugh at themselves when they write this garbage?

  • Articles from Sept 1, 2020 called the shots

    “The Red Mirage” theory provides the justification for Democrat mischief post Election Day

    The Red Mirage theory, that Trump will have a significant lead on Election Night, but will lose when mail-in ballots are counted, is the excuse for Democrats to spend weeks trying to count ballots in Democrat areas that arrive late or that don’t comply with the rules, and to disqualify valid ballots in Republican areas.
    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/09/the-red-mirage-theory-provides-the-justification-for-democrat-mischief-post-election-day/

    Bloomberg group warns of apparent Trump landslide
    https://www.axios.com/bloomberg-group-trump-election-night-scenarios-a554e8f5-9702-437e-ae75-d2be478d42bb.html

  • Reporters won’t report on it even though it could be the most explosive story in American history, Commentators—even the smartest and most trusted conservative pundits— won’t comment on it or, worse, call its supporters liars, even though it could lead to a Pulitzer prize and a multi-million-dollar book contract. Politicians won’t talk about it even though their constituents are desperate for leadership. Millions upon millions of Americans seethe with anger over it and yearn for someone they trust to investigate it, explain it, and somehow make things right again. The unspeakable topic: the strong possibility that the 2020 presidential election was stolen through fraud.

    What’s made the topic so radioactive? One reason: any mention of it is drowned out by a loud chorus of denials and accusations by those who want to make it disappear without a trace. Democrats did not steal the election! Trump and his supporters—all election deniers—are liars! By inflaming his supporters with election-fraud lies, Trump caused the riots! Denial of these “facts” is misinformation that must be uprooted!

    Cynics suspect that people in power use these charges to intimidate anyone with pubic influence who denies them by threatening to ruin their careers and/or make their lives miserable unless they deny any possibility of fraud.

    As this is going on, a major point is being overshadowed: Except for a few people high up in politics, no one knows for sure exactly what happened on election night. Yet this hasn’t stopped public figures from issuing statements based on the assumption that the election was not stolen based on—what? Superficial knowledge? Their instincts or emotions? What the Democrats and anti-Trumpers say? Or because they were intimidated.

    Let’s hope that someone or some organization with the resources to do a thorough job will undertake the mission of finding out the truth of the election. It could find there was no fraud. Everybody would then have to accept the legitimacy of Biden’s presidency. Or it could uncover the worst political scandal ever and trigger an appropriate correction and massive reform.

    With half the nation thinking the election was most probably stolen and nothing will ever be done about it, the country is on the verge of revolt. Eventually, some strong leader will step forth and turn the massive discontent into a powerful political force. Let us hope that he or she is wise and good.

    • I must disagree. Anyone who has followed the reports of Mary Fanning and her associates knows exactly what went on and how it was done. She has the ironclad evidence uncovered by her cyber experts. I’ve seen what it is and it is irrefutable evidence of the actual data transfers that implemented the falsification of the election results. This evidence is the target of the most massive propaganda and suppression campaign in the history of the “free world”. This campaign is cementing the permanence of the coup that occurred on Nov. 3.

  • Republicans think they are going to roll into power in 2022 and 2024. Think again. Seventy four Million voters understand their votes were disenfranchised in 2020. They won’t vote again unless these election fraud allegations are investigated to the full AND people are prosecuted for the ongoing coup since 2016.

    Think I am kidding? Ask yourself at what point is a violent uprising to save the republic justified? The answer is not “never.”

  • Anyone who was alive in the USA and mentally aware of the political scene during the years 2015 through January 20, 2021 knows that the Democrats/Progressives along with a cabal of RINOS, knows full well that many within these political groups HATED Donald Trump (for many reasons) and conspired among themselves to undertake whatever anti-Trump actions they could to defeat his presidency. Those who deny this FACT are fooling only themselves.

    • Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, four people involved in the discussions told Reuters.
      The early stage discussions include former elected Republicans, former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, ex-Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists, the people involved say.
      More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Friday to discuss the breakaway group, which would run on a platform of ‘principled conservatism,’ including adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law – ideas those involved say have been trashed by Trump.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9248011/Dozens-former-Republican-officials-talks-form-anti-Trump-party.html

  • Media talkers, democrat leaders and editorial boards literally called Trump “a danger to the US”. They unconstitutionally loosened election laws in the name of protecting democracy, and in order to fully ‘protect democracy’ they had to remove the danger. Protecting democracy to them meant removing Trump, so that’s what they did, they ‘saved’ us.

  • Dennis Prager already asked the relevant question which answers itself. Given all that the people who were opposed to Trump’s reelection admit and demonstrated that they were willing to do which includes all-embracing censorship, riots, deadly manipulation of the covid response to tank the economy and terrify voters and enable mass mailing and mass receipt of ballots with no chain of custody, and a strategy embracing secession if these didn’t work, is there any reason to believe that the same people blinked at either direct manipulation of counting machinery, ballot box stuffing and vote stealing? The answer is no. Of course they stole the election.

    They want us to know that they did it and that we can do nothing about it.

    We are living in a naked oligarchy mocking the forms of a representative constitutional republic.

  • There was nothing shadowy about it- the theft was in your face and blatant. No one will every trust an election in the US again.

    Nor any of the crooked politicians involved on either side.

    • “No one will every trust an election in the US again.”

      Sad to say if this is really true, but I agree.

      Our American government is expressly set up to avoid this result. Unfortunately, we allowed our politicians to corrupt the system precisely because We The People disengaged and allowed it to happen.

      The implication is we will end up fighting the American Revolution all over again. That holy hell will also bring us to the mercy of the Communist Chinese.

  • Newton’s 3rd law of motion states that action and reaction are always equal but opposite in direction. It’s time for conservatives to embrace Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion and exert financial pressure on union services and products and blue businesses. Conservatives must cease to spend money on their own demise.

  • Can any thinking American really believe that the 2020 election did not have some very suspicious “occurrences”….? from the Ghost Campaign that Biden ran, too the Media withholding information on the Biden family, to the Covid coverup of allowing unchecked ,unverified mail in voting , to halting the vote count on election night when Trump was clearly leading and on a path to re-election.? Why the second Impeachment ? A feckless attempt by the left to “disallow” Trump from running/infuencing American voters again knowing they probably/hopefully won’t have said Covid Cover in 2024.

  • More PROOF that the 2020 election was stolen by the DNC, and an OLIGARCHY of the rick and powerful including a lot of the corrupt Republican Establishment that hated Trump because he stood against their corruption, for working Americans, and they couldn’t bribe him into playing their game.
    The game is rigged, and the 2020 election was rigged and stolen. The panic that went on election night as they realized all their millions of fraud votes hadn’t been enough and that Trump was still going to win until they shut down vote counting and manufacture more fraud. They morons even allowed themselves to get caught on video in Atlanta where we can see how their middle of the night fraud was conducted in Atlanta, Maricopa CO, PA, MI, WI.
    Any expert in election analysis knows for a fact the election was stolen, and the massive campaign, propaganda, and repression of anyone providing evidence of the massive election FRAUD is more proof. We saw the election being stolen folks, and they need a massive campaign of propaganda, intimidation, fear, and Repression to shut folks up, and get them to doubt what we all saw taking place with our own eyes. They’ve never explained how Atlanta could tell on the networks they were shutting down vote counting at 10:30 PM because of a water main break, but duh…..now we know there was no water main break. They shut down voting to get rid of all the GOP elections monitors/observers and then behind locked doors pull out and started counting the fraud vote. It happened in Atlanta folks and you can see it with your own eyes, and while they didn’t get caught on video in PA, WI, AZ, MI there were thousands of witnesses that tell us almost exactly the same thing happened.
    It is what it is folks, but the election was stolen. Biden will NEVER be legitimate no matter how much CNN screams he is or how many threats come from the Democrat party.
    Keep in mind illegitimate tyrants always work asap to destroy their political opponents. That’s why we have the overnight UNCONSTITUTIONAL Democrat impeachment/LYINCHING of President Trump after he’s left office. It ludicrous and will fail, but its what tyrants do when they’ve seized power. What’s frightening is what they do next. Repression has already spun up to levels we’ve never seen before in the USA, and what will they do when their lynching of Trump fails? Putin likes POISON. Anybody that thinks the folks that stole the election won’t do that clearly thinks Epstein really committed suicide.

  • From the Time article, “More than 150 liberal groups, from the Women’s March to the Sierra Club to Color of Change, from Democrats.com to the Democratic Socialists of America, joined the “Protect the Results” coalition. The group’s now defunct website had a map listing 400 planned postelection demonstrations, to be activated via text message as soon as Nov. 4. To stop the coup they feared, the left was ready to flood the streets.”

    Absolutely chilling! Leftist groups were prepared to burn-loot-maim had they not attained their desired result.

  • Under the 10th Amendment, all powers not granted to the Federal Government are reserved to the States and to the People. That includes the power to convene a Trial, to enforce laws against fraud and criminal conspiracy, and to take any action necessary to preserve the Nation and the laws thereof. The form that such action can take is not limited except by those provisions that are specifically enumerated in the Constitution. There is no Constitutional provision that can keep the States from convening a Trial and engaging the full body of the People to act as judges in such a trial.

    Indeed, where the powers of the State have been usurped by a criminal cabal, it is only by such a Trial of the States and of the People that the situation can be remedied. Only in such a Trial could, if the People were to so judge, a fraudulent and illegitimate administration be removed through peaceful means.

    Should fraud sufficient to affect the outcome of the 2020 election be proven in the Trial, the results of the 2020 Presidential election would be declared void, and all Executive Orders, Legislations and appointments made by an illegitimate administration from Inauguration Day up to the conclusion of the Trial would be rendered null and void. It has been a cornerstone of law for centuries that thieves must not be allowed to profit from their theft, nor those who commit fraud be permitted to keep that which they fraudulently obtained.

    We have the infrastructure in place through the Internet, the media, and even emergency networks such that the evidence and arguments presented in the Trial would be available to everyone who cared to observe. We also have ecommerce and other secure mechanisms in place to easily ensure that only legal voters could cast votes in judgment. It would be easy to ensure the integrity of the judgment process.

    Without such a Trial, people will have little or no faith in the legitimacy of the Government that claims the right to rule over them. Without that faith a government cannot govern with consent. It can only rule by force.

    It would only take one State to start the process.

  • For four years the MSM whipped leftists into Trump hating frenzy as their Deep State operatives took full advantage of the situation to catapult us toward communism. Now we have a government “of, by, and for”…the government. Thanks, Democrats.

  • The American is over. We are now a totalitarian copy of Venezuela. What are you going to do about it? Just gripe?

  • Democrats should choose a standard of evidence and stick to it. When discussing vote fraud, Democrats insist evidence has to not only be admissible, it has to have been accepted in a court of law. However, when discussing impeachement, Democrats insist federal rules of evidence don’t apply, that the “everybody knows” standard is sufficient.

    Everybody knows that there was massive vote fraud in 2020. Anybody who is even vaguely familiar with federal rules of evidence knows none of the evidence Democrats presented in the 2nd impeachement trial, or in the 1st, was admissible.

    So Democrats have a choice. Either there is evidence of massive vote fraud, or no evidence of Trump inciting insurrection. Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways.

  • Seeing the DevilsRats following the CCP IN putting the blame on others as they want WHO to investigate the USA as it’s started here not Wuhan. Devilrats want the crooked vote to be blamed on Trump. What a line of bs as if Trump did it he would of won hand# down. Socialists deem they fooled the dog outta Devilrats and many soft headed others so hell why not try it again over this.

  • Sever the nation, the United States has lost. We no longer elect our officials, a group of”Elites” appoint them. This was proof that fair elections no longer exist. If you want America to believe Biden is a real president, audit the election.

  • Really?

    Using The Gateway Pundit as your proof of irregularities?

    I’m dissapointed I wasted 5 minutes on your joke site.

  • Did A Shadowy Anti-Trump ‘Cabal’ Help Sway 2020 Election Outcome? ….I don’t even have to read the article, I know that is what happened.

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