Given that I covered the electoral fraud at the DNC earlier this year and also predicted probable vote-rigging for Hillary in the presidential election, I would be remiss not to mention this.
There is a case very much being made that the GOP may have resorted to election rigging of its own last week to aid Donald Trump’s victory.
The best source for this at present is investigator Greg Palast, whose film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy proves significant to this election. According to Palast, some 1.1 million minority voters were prevented from voting on November 8th.
By his analysis – and Palast is an expert in vote-rigging, as he previously drew prominent coverage for his analysis of the 2000 Bush/Gore stolen election – this is the simple explanation for why the polls were so hideously off-the-mark.
Not because the MSM and the polling organisations are flawed or out of touch, but because over a million of the people who told polls they were voting for Hillary didn’t get to do so – because, according to Pallast, they were purged from the voter rolls in the key swing states (just as the GOP did for Bush in 2000). It is also claimed that the ballot-protecting software in voting machines in what proved to be the crucial state of Ohio had been switched off (after a judge had ruled this should be done for election day).
As he explains, ‘Exit polls are the standard by which the US State Department measures the honesty of foreign elections. Exit polling is, historically, deadly accurate. The bane of pre-election polling is that pollsters must adjust for the likelihood of a person voting. Exit polls solve the problem… But three times in US history, pollsters have had to publicly flagellate themselves for their “errors.” In 2000, exit polls gave Al Gore the win in Florida; in 2004, exit polls gave Kerry the win in Ohio, and now, in swing states, exit polls gave the presidency to Hillary Clinton.’
The GOP has some history in vote rigging to win presidential elections, of course.
The problem is that, given the widespread belief that the Democrats would rig the election – and given the electoral fraud in the Democratic primaries – it becomes very difficult for people to be convinced of the GOP fraud even if it was true. At worst, it would be seen as one corrupt establishment rigging the election against another corrupt establishment (who might’ve done the same thing themselves if Trump hadn’t been so far ahead with the electoral college vote).
And because Trump said in advance that the election would be rigged (for Hillary), if the Democrats or the media comes out with this against Trump’s campaign now it will largely be dismissed as ‘Establishment’ desperation and anti-Trump maneuvering.
I genuinely thought – as a lot of people did – that the election would be rigged for Hillary. But a rigged election in that respect was dependent on the electoral college vote being very tight – and when it wasn’t, Hillary’s people would’ve realised they were stuffed. But, if this vote-rigging allegation against the GOP is true, it might be that GOP conspirators anticipated that this would’ve been the strategy – and so they rigged the key swing states to deny Hillary the electoral college votes and thus the election (even though she won the popular vote – they’re still counting the popular vote and it’s all Hillary).
What this might essentially come down to, as I said, is one corrupt group rigging an election to stop the other corrupt group rigging the same election: that’s the farce of the election and the decrepit condition of American democracy, where elite interests are essentially playing out their own power struggles.
I’m not taking sides here – Hillary’s people already conducted vote rigging in the Democratic primaries. But it’s important to dispel the myth that Trump’s people and the GOP are the ‘Good Guy’ underdogs in this story who defeated ‘Crooked Hillary’ fair and square. It doesn’t look as rosy as that: and if the DNC subverted democracy earlier in the year, the GOP has subverted democracy too.
Ironically enough, Trump himself complained about the electoral college system back in 2012 after Mitt Romney lost to Obama, saying “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy.” It is generally held that the reason the electoral college system existed was to protect the interests of slave states.
Professor Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform and Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, also shares Palast’s view that electoral fraud was employed to aid Trump’s November 8th victory (see his views here).
It should be noted that this concern about election fraud by the GOP was also being expressed in the lead up to the election as well, by Miller and others, with concerns not just about voter intimidation and purging but also the machines.
There had already been reports before November 8th of Trump supporters with guns showing up at polling places and intimidating minority voters, and threats from various right-wing figures and right-wing media that they should send people down to voting stations as a show of force.
This may not be being made too big a deal of right now; but it could become more significant down the line if a Trump administration does unconstitutional things, if protests and unrest continue or escalate, and if anti-Trump elements within the Washington establishment seek some way to block or reverse the Trump situation.
It’s actually a little surprising that Democrats aren’t actually making more of this angle and activists are instead going down other, less legitimate and more desperate-looking routes, such as petitioning electoral colleges to change their vote or putting out petitions for the election result to be changed. Though, obviously, trying to get electoral colleges to change their vote could of course be strengthened by making the case for electoral fraud having occurred.
For the record, I personally don’t think it would be wise for the election result to be reversed, even if it is done fully legally or for valid reasons. If the anti-Trump unrest at the moment is this zealous, it should be borne in mind the pro-Trump unrest that would be incited if the election result is altered will probably much worse. Also, everyone should still bear in mind that Trump winning the election may have just prevented (or at least delayed) the military escalation to a world war.
That said, if things go very badly – and Trump seemingly appointing his KKK-endorsed white-supremacist campaign manager, Breitbart’s Steve Bannon, to a key role in his administration is just the start of where things could go wrong – then Trump’s political and social enemies have a possible card to play to derail a train-wreck presidency.
For that matter, it appears there would be a number of potential cards to be played in a prospective reversal of Trump’s presidency.
For one thing, there are some 75 (yes, 75; and potentially over 4,000) ‘ongoing legal battles’ against Trump that are unresolved – any one of which could be used to either impeach him at a useful moment or to bribe him into submissiveness.
Although I don’t claim to have figured out yet exactly what I think this whole mess of an election has been about, I’m beginning to suspect that what I thought back in June is still the best argument: that they’ve deliberately had Trump get into office in order to bring America to maximum crisis, but also to give the plebs the illusion of the ‘anti establishment’ victory – and that they, Trump and the Alt-Right can be blamed for the meltdown when things go south.
I mean, you have to ask why Hillary’s emails were such a front-page issue throughout the campaign, but these 75 legal battles and lawsuits against Trump never really came up – and why more isn’t being made right now about the serious accusations of electoral rigging? If there’s a case to be made that the GOP rigged the electoral vote, then they essentially rigged the election – because the fact is that Hillary has won the popular vote and it’s only those key electoral votes that have made it a Trump/Republican victory.
And concerning these lawsuits against Trump, MediaMatters.org describes the situation as being “unprecedented for a presidential candidate.”
Is all of this being held back for later? We’ll have to wait and see, I guess.
American University professor Allan Lichtman, who is said to have accurately predicted election results since 1984 and who accurately predicted Trump’s victory, has also predicted Trump will end up being impeached.
He claims that the Republicans actually let Trump run away with the election only so that they could later get him out of the way and have the evil-looking and ultra-Republican Mike Pence take over as president.
That’s a scary thought. A scarier thought than Trump. And Pence, along with others hovering in the background, may be the ultimate Dark Side in this equation, with Trump himself just a pawn pushed to the front for maximum momentum and hype.