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The rift within the Republican Party is heating up. Lines are being drawn between those willing to admit there was fraud in the 2020 election and those who would rather pretend it didn’t happen. The argument, so says the GOP Establishment, boils down to whether voters will show up at the polls in 2022 if they think fraud existed. That’s a total misreading of their voters’ intelligence. The real question ought to be: will voters show up if Republicans do nothing about the fraud we know existed?
As I tour the state of Florida speaking about election integrity, I’m being asked by some Republican leaders and supposed Trump supporters to stop calling the Republican Establishment “RINOs” and to discontinue my call for audits in my state. We are the “gold standard” of the 2020 election, I’m reminded. Trump WON our state, they emphasize. Those statements may be true. But, compared to what?
I politely reply that while Trump won Florida by approximately 372,000 votes, according to Seth Keshel’s algorithms he should have won by at least double that. Doesn’t that mean something about future elections? Apparently not.
Keshel’s charts wouldn’t mean as much to me either I suppose if I weren’t heavily involved in a canvassing effort in my own county. Every weekend for nearly five months I, and dozens of other canvassers in thirty Florida counties now, have been verifying anomalies driven by computer analysts. We’re part of a grassroots organization called Defend Florida and we’ve collected thousands of affidavits whose ratios of phantom or ghost voters are mirroring those in Keshel’s formulas. Nothing can “undo” what we’ve seen.
Yet, we are being told that it is our very efforts that will damage Republicans’ chances at the polls in 2022. If we continue our mission, we’ve been told, voters will stay home. This is so misguided and far from reality that one wonders how intelligent Republican leaders can believe it themselves. Unless something else is at play.
Recently a billboard went up in the middle of New York City’s Times Square. It reads, “TRUMP LOST. NO MORE ‘AUDITS.” The audience feels convinced that Democrats are behind the campaign. But, not so fast.
In reality, the group behind these ads is called the Republicans for Voting Rights (RVR). Currently, thirty-six such billboards exist in nine states with no fewer than ten located in my own state of Florida. RVR’s website defines its mission as forging “an initiative of the Republican Accountability Project [RAP] with the purpose of defending the accessibility, integrity, and competitiveness of American elections.”
RVR board members include such supposed Conservatives as Director Amanda Carpenter (a political commentator for CNN), Olivia Troye (previously a top aide to VP Pence), Michael Steele (former turncoat Chairman of the Republican National Committee), and Bill Kristol. Need we know more?
According to an article in the Washington Post from July 2021, their agenda “will oppose sham audits.” In other words, make future elections easier for Democrats to steal.
More telling, however, is from whence RVR and its initiative emerged. According to InfluenceWatch.com, “in January 2021, Defending Democracy Together [DDT] launched the Republican Accountability Project. Its goal was to raise $50 million through ‘undisclosed donors’ to support congressional Republicans who are critical of former President Donald Trump and ‘work to unseat’ congressional Republicans who continue to support Trump.”
InfluenceWatch reports that “[i]n October 2020, OpenSecrets released a report which found DDT to be the biggest “dark money” spender of 2020. OpenSecrets found that DDT spent $15.4 million in ‘dark money’ during the 2020 election cycle on supporting presidential candidate Joe Biden and opposing former President Donald Trump for reelection.”
Coincidentally (or not), board members Bill Kristol and Sarah Longwell also happen to be founders of DDT. Even more disturbing, DDT was funded with two grants from Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) group created and funded by left-wing mega-donor Pierre Omidyar.” All players involved have one thing in common: hatred for Donald J. Trump.
The quarter-million-dollar billboard campaign has one main objective: “to call on state lawmakers to reject frivolous audits of the 2020 election results”, according to the website for the RAP. And, it will be running in those states where there’s a discussion about an audit of the 2020 election, i.e. Georgia, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
In early 2020, the ever-vigilant Judicial Watch announced its discovery of 2.5 million ‘extra’ registrants on voting rolls in just five states. They ordered them to clean up the rolls or face a federal lawsuit. While San Diego cleaned 500,000 inactive names from voter rolls, it still has a registration rate of 117%!
A Quinnipiac poll from late May shows two-thirds of Republicans don’t believe that Biden won legitimately. That number is still holding strong. So why all the pushback?
It’s significant that the Florida Supervisor of Elections (FSE) President Wesley Wilcox, a Republican from Marion County, is warning politicians and others in the state to “tone down” the rhetoric about election fraud. His recently released memo reads that “[d]uring and after the 2020 Presidential Election, the integrity of our democracy has been challenged by misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation that sows discord and undermines trust in America’s electoral process.”
He’s not the only one. Members of the Republican Party of Florida and many of its county-wide GOP leaders are in lockstep agreement that election fraud discontent should be muffled. It’s a message being heard loud and clear.
Republican voters are becoming more frustrated by the day due to this message that a majority of us know makes no logical sense. We’ve seen the evidence with our own eyes throughout the country. Those of us canvassing locally on the ground have no doubt our voter rolls are rife with “phantom/ghost” voters.
The leadership continues to berate those of us speaking out in shameful ways to silence us. They’re taking their behavior straight out of leftist radical Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals’ tactic #5: ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. SOE President Wilcox, according to a recent article by the Tampa Bay Times, “said he’s had to counter baseless conspiracy theories.” Calling his detractors (us) conspiracy theorists shows his desperation and ignorance and will likely only steel our resolve.
When his organization, the FSE, held an annual meeting this summer out of the public’s eye that featured sponsored speakers from Dominion, ES&S, and the disgraced former DHS’ Cybersecurity CISA executive Chris Krebs (whose topic was “Misinformation, Disinformation, and Rumor Control”), what does he expect? When he and the GOP align their thinking with groups like RVR, who are self-described Trump-haters, why shouldn’t they be called “RINOs”?
Incidentally, the CISA department Krebs once led now has a website with a dedicated page to “Rumor Control”. You just can’t make this stuff up.
If Republican leaders want the respect of the American people, they’d better start listening to us with respect. I and many others were told, prior to the 2020 election, “don’t worry, Trump will win in a landslide.” Now we’re being told, “nothing to see here…DeSantis has this.”
Well, forgive me if I don’t believe the RINOs this time around. Governor DeSantis won our state by a little over 30,000 votes. That’s a bit too close for me to follow the party line blindly again. There is simply too much at stake. Firebrands like Rep. Anthony Sabatini, along with Congressional candidates like Drew Montez Clark and Darlene Swaffer are gaining popularity quickly precisely because they are asking the questions we want answered.
If the party is getting hurt by all the “RINO” name-calling rhetoric, they’ve got exactly one year to change their tune. After all, this is OUR country, too.
To get involved in canvassing efforts in your county nationwide, text the word DEFEND to 91776.
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