Time Magazine Article Celebrates ‘Conspiracy’ to Fix 2020 Election
They call it "fortifying" the election.
What’s the difference between an election being fixed and an election being “fortified”? Who’s telling the tale, that’s all.
Donald Trump was defeated in the November election by a “conspiracy” of elites. Namely – and these are not my words:
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.
I didn’t write that. Liberal journalist Molly Ball did, in a remarkable — if frightening — Time magazine celebration of the massive forces that joined together to push Trump out of the White House.
The article is titled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign to Save the 2020 Election.” It is a must-read.
But let me summarize: A group of powerful elites conspired to defeat Donald Trump because Donald Trump was saying powerful elites were conspiring to defeat him.
A Concerted Effort to Corrupt the Election
Time lays out in detail the efforts our elites undertook, spinning it all as a plan to “save democracy” from Trump. (Good luck finding any factual evidence in that article of Trump’s threatening democracy. Best they’ve got is him talking smack about “institutions” that were, in fact, working against his administration in ways legal and illegal.)
The plan’s “Architect,” according to Ball, was Mike Podhorzer, a former senior advisor to the president of the AFL-CIO labor union federation.
In Ball’s words, “Sometime in the fall of 2019, Mike Podhorzer became convinced the election was headed for disaster — and determined to protect it.”
Let’s stop right there. Ball spins the “disaster” as Trump’s claim that the only way he’d lose would be if the election were stolen. Thus heroes of democracy had to step in to “protect” the election from whatever Trump was going to do to fraudulently secure his election.
Trump Was Poised for a Landslide
Except that Ball ignores a painful reality: In the fall of 2019 the election was headed for disaster … for Democrats. Donald Trump was a practical shoo-in for a huge re-election. The economy was thundering, our enemies were weakening, salaries were rising, employment and opportunity, particularly for lower income and people of color was skyrocketing, strong new trade deals were being signed, the border was being secured, drug costs were going down, troops were coming home, Middle East peace deals were being signed. The list of administration wins was growing by the day.
Meanwhile, the Democratic primary race lay in shambles. The bumbling battalion of candidates kept promising free goodies to illegal immigrants, and tripping over themselves to prove who could sound the most radical. The leading candidate? Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist who the DNC knew would lead to election disaster. The Chosen One, Kamala Harris, was proving to be a dreadful, thoroughly unlikable candidate. The “moderate” candidate, Joe Biden, could not last a single appearance or debate without some terrible gaffe, whopper or unhinged response, or having his thoughts completely derail.
The party was desperate for a savior who could beat Trump. Remember the talk of Oprah, then Michelle Obama? Even Michael Bloomberg was a flavor for a month. Nothing was working.
The Dems were in deep trouble. So sure, Podhorzer, Democrats, Media, Big Tech, Never Trumper Republicans, and cheap labor/open border types like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were right. They were looking disaster straight down the gullet. Disaster for them, that is: A Trump second term.
So they got to work. They teamed. They plotted. They conspired. “Conspiracy” is Time magazine’s word. Not mine.
Doing All the Dirty Work
Their effort was all encompassing, as Ball writes:
Their work touched every aspect of the election.
They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.
They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time.
They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.
They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction.
After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.
This is a Confession
Understand what you just read. It is a confession … and a confirmation of what Trump and his allies have been saying.
Let’s break it down, shall we?
“They got states to change voting systems and laws …”
This includes engineering end-runs around state legislatures to create new election laws and procedures, ignoring state and U.S. constitutions to do it. It was all designed to loosen voter verification. To make ballot harvesting easier. To allow fraudulent and improper votes into the tally.
This includes signing off on “voting systems” that were notoriously easy to hack and manipulate. (Take Georgia, where just days before the election, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported: “In high-stakes election, Georgia voting system open to cyberattack.”)
“… And helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private financing.”
Dinesh D’Souza went to prison for giving a friend $20,000 for her campaign. Mark Zuckerberg dropped $350 million on progressive activists to jury-rig the vote gathering and tallying predominantly in heavily Democratic areas.
You want to see an example of what this led to? On Friday, Gateway Pundit released surveillance video from Detroit’s TCF Center, one of the mega-centers set up to tally votes. Watch a van registered to the city of Detroit pull up at 3:23 am and unload tens of thousands of ballots. An hour later, it returns to unload even more ballots. No ballots arriving after 8 pm were supposed to be counted. Michigan, of course, is where Biden had one of his overnight massive vote spikes.
The story was released on Friday. Twitter permanently suspended Gateway Pundit on Sunday. The conspiracy rolls on.
“They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits …”
Translation: Lawsuits that pushed for voter ID or for state voter registration rolls to be cleared of dead people, people who’d moved out of state, or otherwise ineligible voters. In other words, they blocked lawsuits that would protect the sacred American principle of one legal voter, one legal vote.
“… And recruited armies of poll workers …”
Translation: We paid democratic loyalists to man the forts. Remember the supposedly non-partisan “election workers” who cheered whenever a GOP observer got tossed from the tally center? Remember the boards going up to block Republican observers from watching?
“… And got millions to vote by mail for the first time.”
Even those who were dead, or otherwise ineligible. See Wisconsin, where nearly 300,000 voted while “indefinitely confined.” Democratic officials told voters in Democratic heavy areas to use COVID to claim that status, which allows voting without ID. See the states flooded with “universal” ballots sent to those dirty registration lists, and ballots that were rejected at only one-thirtieth the rate they had been in earlier elections.
“They … pressured social media companies to take a harder line …”
Translation: They got their friends in Big Tech to censor stories that violated their narrative. The prime example is the New York Post’s revelations about Hunter Biden’s laptop. And hence the fact that candidate Joe Biden had blatantly lied about his direct role in the Biden Family Businesses, including their deals with Communist China. Remember how John Brennan, James Clapper and other Deep State anti-Trump brokers dropped a letter saying the story was Russian disinformation?
A survey showed that 4.6% of Biden voters would not have voted for him had they known the revelations in the NY Post stories. That alone virtually eliminates his margin of “victory.”
Besides that, what “disinformation” could they be talking about? Trump saying that Big Tech was working to suppress conservative voices?
All told, these conspirators decided what the American voter could and could not hear. Can you get more fascist? Any more undemocratic?
“They … helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks …”
Meanwhile, why would the vote count unfold over days or weeks? The swing states where they didn’t fiddle with election laws and flood the states with dubious ballots had no problem getting their counts done election night … as has been done throughout most of our history. Trump won those easily.
Chaos was the inevitable and desired result of the conspiracy. Trump warned it would happen. So what do you do? You create a narrative that no matter what, Biden was going to win. Nancy Pelosi said it, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General said it. The narrative was created before a single vote had been counted that Donald Trump would lose and that you should ignore any claims otherwise. No matter how massive his election night lead, no matter what irregularities screamed fraud, no matter what honest American citizens said they saw.
Again, what’s the “conspiracy theory” Trump was talking about? The exact conspiracy that Time magazine lays out!
“… They monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.”
Translation: Blocking by all means necessary any effort to seriously investigate the election irregularities. This includes further information suppression, de-platforming, witness intimidation, threatening legislators, threatening lawyers, pressuring CEOs to pressure Trump to concede and make questioning the results a firing offense. (Now it’s called “sedition.”) And don’t forget Biden’s “greatest voter fraud team ever assembled.”
They Destroyed Democracy in Order to Save it
Read the full Time article. Feel the conspirators’ sanctimonious pride at manipulating the machinery of the 2020 election, suppressing relevant information, and grabbing the decision from the hands of the American voter.
Spot the hypocrisy at the center of their story: They say that their effort began because of Trump’s claim the only way he would lose is if the election were stolen. They then declared the only way Trump could win is if he stole it.
Notice how little mention they make of Joe Biden. He wasn’t needed. He could stay in the basement.
The Fix Was In
In autumn 2019, when the election looked hopeless for Democrats, forces aligned against Trump decided they were going to pull out all the stops and conspire together to defeat him at all costs.
COVID came along and made the election fix even easier. And in a move that can only be called Orwellian, they call it “fortifying” the election.
The amazing thing? Despite their massive, year-long multi-thronged assault, it still took trucks pulling up in the middle of the night to dump hundreds of thousands of ballots into the Zuckerberg-funded and staffed election tabulation centers to defeat Trump. On Election Day, the American people showed up and blew past their projections.
You want to know why some 80% of Americans feel the nation is going in the wrong direction? The unshakable sense of something being off, odd … wrong? That Biden doesn’t belong in the White House?
The Time magazine confession proves the American people are not crazy.
The conspirators’ admit — boast, in fact — that they gamed the election and stopped Trump from showing otherwise.
These elite did not “save” democracy. They savaged it. The American people felt it. Now, thanks to Time magazine, the American people know it.
Al Perrotta is the Managing Editor of The Stream and co-author, with John Zmirak, of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Immigration. You can follow him at @StreamingAl on Twitter and Parler, if his Twitter account is restored and Parler is allowed to again exist. You can also follow him @StreamingAl on Gab and MeWe.