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A Truly Fraudulent Presidency

Earlier in Joe Biden’s presidency, we wondered if his wife Jill was running the White House, and in effect the country. It’s still not out of the question, but it’s beginning to look more like Chief of Staff Ron Klain, unelected and not confirmed by the Senate, is the real president. This should make all Americans uncomfortable.

Klain, who was the vice president’s chief of staff when Biden held that office, has been called “the man executing Biden’s mission” (which seems to be carrying out the Cloward-Piven model that advocates manufacturing a political and economic crisis so that politicians can accrue more power in order to fix it, and use that power to kill off capitalism). He’s also been called Biden’s “co-pilot and fixer.” 

Yes, those descriptions could be used to define the chief of staff for any president of any party. There are times, however, and this appears to be one of them, when a chief of staff wields too much authority.

Klain is no statesman. He’s a confirmed “political animal.” Anyone who thinks that’s a benign label that could be applied to any Washington operative, consider that the Democrats are doing their best to transform America from a civil society into a political society, where government intervention into private affairs is the rule rather than the rare and unwanted exception.

While the Washington press corps and much of the U.S. media are playing the role of Biden’s publicists, the London Times reports, in what has to be an accidental indictment of the White House arrangement, that Klain is “the driving force behind the actual president,” an “operator who knows the business of government inside out.” The reporter who wrote the story, one Sarah Baxter, wants readers to meet “President Klain,” who also happens to be Biden’s “brain.”

Klain, she writes, is “powerful, confident … trusted to exercise power and take decisions, he keeps his boss informed while lifting the burden of office from him.” Making life easier on Biden is necessary because the president is “pacing himself” on the job so he can run again in 2024 – as an 81-year-old.

Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has met with Biden since he’s become president and from what he’s seen, he believes “his staff is driving him hard left.” Of course, staff members have always influenced the elected officials they work for. In a sense, staff is policy. But what we’re seeing today, outside of the Wilson administration, might be unprecedented in U.S. history. (Though there’s no question that Barack Obama was firmly in the Svengalian grip of adviser Valerie Jarrett.)

In a number of ways, Biden is not the man voters were told they were electing. Not only has he likely abdicated to Klain, he has divided the country far more than united it. He’s not the adult back in charge, as the Donald Trump haters said he would be, nor is he the centrist the party and media promised.

“In short, Biden is pushing more change than some of his voters want. The change they wanted was to get rid of Trump, not elect a new FDR,” says Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York.

Obvious to all is that Biden is cognitively challenged, not the “sharp” alternative to the mad-tweeting Donald Trump. Biden needs a whisperer, someone to guide him through his foggy moments. He’s ended up though with someone who has taken him by the hand away from the middle and down the road to progressive disaster. Whether it’s Klain, First Lady Jill, or someone still unnamed is irrelevant.

The point is the Biden presidency, if not his election, too, is a fraud, an exercise in stagecraft. Someone has his or her hand in his back and is projecting their voice so it will sound like his.

— Written by the I&I Editorial Board

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  • When I voted in the last election, I was on an electronic terminal in a sanctioned voting center in Zanesville, Ohio. I made my selections, eventually coming to the screen for my selection of POTUS. There were seven names, two columns of “blocks,” for six of the people, and one block at the bottom left. In other words, a column of four, and next to it, a column of three. One had to “bullet” the selection (I believe it was a touch-screen). Hillary Clinton was at the top-left, Trump was at the bottom left. I tapped Trump’s name and went to a “Confirm” screen, which read “Please confirm your vote for Hillary Clinton,” along with a “Back” button. Horrified, I tapped “Back,” expecting to receive a confirmation screen that I had voted for Hillary. I did go back to the full seven. I again tapped “Trump,” and received the same “Confirm” screen for Hillary. I tapped “Back” again and a third try was, again, indicated as a vote for Hillary, and to confirm. I went to one of three people managing the site and explained the problem; she had me make my selection again, and this time the resulting screen asked me to confirm my vote for “Donald Trump.” She told me to confirm, which I tapped, with my comment to her, “I can only hope my vote registered according to my wishes.” I’ve never heard anyone report a similar experience – but I wouldn’t even begin to know where to take my concerns. I can imagine voters who were vacillating in their decision deciding “fate” was intervening, and confirming a vote other than what they were initially making. I’ll never believe Biden won a square election. Never. As a retired IT exec (who rose through the ranks of coding, engineering, security – all aspects) I know how easy it would be to corrupt these systems and switch votes at any stage.

    • Something like that happened in Colorado in 2006. In response to hysteria whipped up against Diebold (which supposedly had been known to donate money to Republican causes), the Denver City Council replaced the voting machine software with sofware from a company in Venezuela.

      The entire automated sytem crashed within minutes after the polls opened. After a 2 hour wait, I was shown to a voting booth with curtains closed and the lights out. The election volunteer held the curtain aside and instructed me to cast my vote. I worked through the list and moved the levers for each candidate on the dead machine. When I was finished, I called out the volunteer and asked how I was supposed to record the vote; he said to flip the main lever. I flipped the lever. Nothing happened, the curtains didn’t open and the lights didn’t go out — they’d never come on.

      I was assured my vote had been tallied. The Democrats swept that election, winning the Governor’s race and the State legislature, both of which they’ve held ever since. Years later I read something that rang a bell: That obscure software company in Venezuela was owned by George Soros.

      • This is false.

        Soros doesn’t own a voting systems company. No Venezuelan voting system company exists. No American government unit uses foreign voting machines. Digital voting machines don’t have levers attached to curtains.

        Why are you spreading disinformation?

  • What really keeps me up at night is the fact that almost half of this country is OK with China Joe and his secret handlers ruining this great country.

    • Biden is an obvious puppet for the left.

      I’m still not sure on who is pulling the strings as puppet master.

      Its also obvious when he moves his own lips to speak…the puppet master covers for his mistakes.

      We the people need a leader of our great country that has no strings attached!

    • What makes me sick to my stomach is the fact that we let this happen, and no one can answer the question of how to stop it. Is there even going to be another election or are we all going the way Venezuela went and the other countries that fell to socialized communism?

  • So what we have here is apparently the saga of Klain and Disabled…

  • I&I promises under “About Us”: “Unlike other pundits and media celebrities, we do the hard work of reporting and researching stories before we offer our uncompromising viewpoints on them.”

    I expected to see something solid, something fresh, and something relying on the “hard work of reporting.” Other than an obvious name — Biden’s chief of staff — I saw nothing that is not the broadly held opinion of me and almost all conservatives along with reference to a few actual reporters. I came to this editorial based on a strong recommendation from PowerLine. It was a waste of time.

    I can certainly see that I&I is solidly on the same side as me. I hope they really can dig deeper and give us more than the non-reporter, media talkers.

  • After he selected Kamala Harris as his running mate, anyone who believed that Mr. Biden was going to govern from the center-left, would have been deluding themselves.

    Add to that, his performance in the Democratic debates, should have removed all doubt. In particular, his comments on illegal immigration.

  • “the Biden presidency, if not his election, too, is a fraud”

    The election was, in no uncertain terms, a fraud. China Joe was “installed”, not elected.

  • what is your plan when you find out the next election will be fixed too? Nothing i bet. Nothing at all. We have become a nation of cowards, just like Germany before wwii.

  • It’s OBAMA! Wise up!
    B-a-r-a-c-k H-u-s-s-e-I-n O-b-a-m-a
    3rd term Marxist
    Biden’s a mere Alinsky stooge
    A Cloward-Piven puppet
    The usual gang of haters and commies

  • Any person with an ounce of intelligence knows that Joe Biden has been a corrupt fraud his entire political career. The democRats knew he was a corrupt fraud and that is why they picked him to be installed as president after the massive election fraud of 2020. The democRats wanted a puppet they could control that would offer zero pushback and they got it. The problem is that the Chinese communists own biden and the democRat party and are dictating to the stolen government what they are allowed to do and not do. Any pushback on china from democRats is met with “shut up, pay your debt, and do as your told” from the CCP….and the democRats will always shut up pay and do as they are told as they fear what the the CCP will do to them if they do not.

  • Nice censorship you have here comrades. The 1st amendment suffers yet another blow. You must be afraid of the truth

  • What “should make all Americans uncomfortable” is the constant assertion by conservatives and Republicans that the President runs the country.

    The American people run the country. The President runs the Executive branch of the federal government. Please stop conceding victory to the statists with every passing assertion that the President ‘runs the country.’

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