I’m not saying it was, but Donald Trump says it was rigged, and maybe, perhaps, it’s the first & only truthful thing he’s ever said.
America is particularly concerned about Fair & Democratic Elections in other countries, but when it comes to America itself, American Exceptionalism kicks in and it is assumed without question that American Elections are ALWAYS Fair & Democratic. In otherwords, America employs a Double Standard when it comes to opining on the legitimacy of elections around the world.
Greg Palast agrees with Donald Trump that the election was rigged. In fact, Palast submits a convincing case that the Fascist Right Wingers, via all manner of chicanery, suppressed the Minority Vote in crucial Swing States, thus delivering an illegitimate victory for Donald Trump.
I’m producing Greg Palast’s linked article below in its entirety since most don’t click on the links I provide. All credit goes to Greg Palast and his excellent investigative reporting. Not surprisingly, The Mainstream Media will not give Greg Palast an audience and it will not investigate his assertions further. Instead, it is engaging in American Exceptionalism Propaganda as is its National Security State wont.
Also, FYI, I consider American Elections illegitimate, and this most recent one is obviously not an exception, for more reasons than Palast does. First and foremost, the “candidates” we’re cajoled to vote for are in no way legitimate and representative of The American People. They are selected by the Plutocracy and they represent the interests of the Plutocracy on ALL issues that matter. Considering that, I have to laugh at the satirical irony of America chastising Cuba, or any country for that matter, for not holding Fair & Democratic Elections. He who casts the first stone comes to mind.
Without further adieu, here’s Palast’s article. The link is behind the title so click the title to navigate to Palast’s blog where you will find a bevy of evocative material to occupy your day, or week or month.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.
Starting in 2013 – just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act – a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOP–controlled states.
The system, called Crosscheck, is detailed in my Rolling Stone report,
“The GOP’s Stealth War on Voters,” 8/24/2016.
Crosscheck in action:
Trump victory margin in Michigan: 13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list: 449,922
Trump victory margin in Arizona: 85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list: 270,824
Trump victory margin in North Carolina: 177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list: 589,393
On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump. The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including “Caging,” “purging,” blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to “provisional” ballots that will never be counted.
Trump signaled the use of “Crosscheck” when he claimed the election is “rigged” because “people are voting many, many times.” His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised a list of 7.2 million “potential” double voters—1.1 million of which were removed from the voter rolls by Tuesday. The list is loaded overwhelmingly with voters of color and the poor.
Here’s a sample of the list:
Those accused of criminal double voting include, for example, Donald Alexander Webster Jr. of Ohio who is accused of voting a second time in Virginia as Donald EUGENE Webster SR.
Note: Watch the four-minute video summary of Crosscheck. The investigation and explanation of these methods of fixing the vote can be found in my book and film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: a Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits (2016).
No, not everyone on the list loses their vote. But this was not the only racially poisonous tactic that accounted for this purloined victory by Trump and GOP candidates.
For example, in the swing state of North Carolina, it was reported that 6,700 Black folk lost their registrations because their registrations had been challenged by a group called Voter Integrity Project (VIP). VIP sent letters to households in Black communities “do not forward.” If the voter had moved within the same building, or somehow did not get their mail (e.g. if their name was not on a mail box), they were challenged as “ghost” voters. GOP voting officials happily complied with VIP with instant cancellation of registrations.
The 6,700 identified in two counties were returned to the rolls through a lawsuit. However, there was not one mention in the press that VIP was also behind Crosscheck in North Carolina; nor that its leader, Col. Jay Delancy, whom I’ve tracked for years has previously used this vote thievery, known as “caging,” for years. Doubtless the caging game was wider and deeper than reported. And by the way, caging, as my Rolling Stone co-author, attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., tells me, is “a felony, it’s illegal, and punishable by high fines and even jail time.”
There is still much investigation to do. For example, there are millions of “provisional” ballots, “spoiled” (invalidated) ballots and ballots rejected from the approximately 30 million mailed in. Unlike reporting in Britain, US media does not report the ballots that are rejected and tossed out—because, after all, as Joe Biden says, “Our elections are the envy of the world.” Only in Kazakhstan, Joe.
While there is a great deal of work to do, much documentation still to analyze, we’ll have to pry it from partisan voting chiefs who stamp the scrub lists, Crosscheck lists and ballot records, “confidential.”
But, the evidence already in our hands makes me sadly confident in saying, Jim Crow, not the voters, elected Mr. Trump.
What about those exit polls?
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.
So how could these multi-million-dollar Ph.d-directed statisticians with decades of experience get exit polls so wrong?
Answer: they didn’t. The polls in Florida in 2000 were accurate. That’s because exit pollsters can only ask, “How did you vote?” What they don’t ask, and can’t, is, “Was your vote counted.”
In 2000, in Florida, GOP Secretary of State Katherine Harris officially rejected 181,173 ballots, as “spoiled” because their chads were hung and other nonsense excuses. Those ballots overwhelmingly were marked for Al Gore. The exit polls included those 181,173 people who thought they had voted – but their vote didn’t count. In other words, the exit polls accurately reflected whom the voters chose, not what Katherine Harris chose.
In 2004, a similar number of votes were invalidated (including an enormous pile of “provisional” ballots) by Ohio’s GOP Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell. Again, the polls reflected that Kerry was the choice of 51% of the voters. But the exit polls were “wrong” because they didn’t reflect the ballots invalidated by Blackwell.
Notably, two weeks after the 2004 US election, the US State Department refused the recognize the Ukraine election results because the official polls contradicted the exit polls.
And here we go again. 2016: Hillary wins among those queried as they exit the polling station—yet Trump is declared winner in GOP-controlled swings states. And, once again, the expert pollsters are forced to apologize—when they should be screaming, “Fraud! Here’s the evidence the vote was fixed!”
Now there’s a new trope to explain away the exit polls that gave Clinton the win. Supposedly, Trump voters were ashamed to say they voted for Trump. Really? ON WHAT PLANET? For Democracy Now! and Rolling Stone I was out in several swing states. In Ohio, yes, a Black voter may have been reluctant to state support for Trump. But a white voter in the exurbs of Dayton, where the Trump signs grew on lawns like weeds, and the pews of the evangelical mega churches were slathered with Trump and GOP brochures, risked getting spat on if they even whispered, “Hillary.”
This country is violently divided, but in the end, there simply aren’t enough white guys to elect Trump nor a Republican Senate. The only way they could win was to eliminate the votes of non-white guys—and they did so by tossing Black provisional ballots into the dumpster, ID laws that turn away students—the list goes on. It’s a web of complex obstacles to voting by citizens of color topped by that lying spider, Crosscheck.
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For some irony, here’s a link to The U.S. Department of State‘s website related to its opinion concerning the 2004 Ukrainian Election where Yanukovych allegedly defeated Yushchenko 49.46% to 46.61% when the Exit Polls projected a 53% to 44% victory for Yushchenko. I agree with The U.S. Department of State that there is strong evidence the 2004 Ukrainian Election was rigged, and, I believe, thanks to Greg Palast & others, there is strong evidence The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election was rigged and that it’s worthy of an independent investigation so the perpetrators may be indicted & prosecuted, and if found guilty, executed for Treason.
One final note. The Ukrainian People were not represented by the two candidates in The 2004 Ukrainian Election. One candidate, Yushchenko, represented The Western Plutocrats, and the other candidate, Yanukovych, represented The Russian Oligarchs. The Little People of Ukraine were offered Shit or Shit as their choices just as we, The American People, were offered Shit or Shit as our choices in this most recent illegitimate election.
In the quoted U.S. Department of State press release below, pay particular attention to the part I’ve bolded. Below it, I will apply the same principle, avoiding American Exceptionalism in the process, with some appropriate substitutions. Like the sage maxim says, what’s good for the goose, is good for the gander.
It is impossible to know what the real numbers were, but a large-scale (20,000 respondents), nation-wide anonymous exit poll conducted by a consortium of three highly respected research organizations (partially funded by the United States Government) projected Yushchenko the winner with 53 percent versus 44 percent for Yanukovych. Other exit polls and parallel vote counts indicated a Yushchenko victory, although by lesser amounts.
Mr. Chairman, in conclusion, let me say again that the U.S. wants to see Ukraine develop as a secure, independent, democratic, and economically prosperous country that increasingly draws closer to European and Euro-Atlantic institutions. A democratic election whose outcome reflects the will of the Ukrainian people would be an important step in this direction. This Administration is committed to helping Ukraine achieve this goal and looks forward to working closely with whoever wins in a free and fair election process.
Here’s my rendition applied to The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
My Dear & Appreciated Audience, in conclusion, let me say again that Cold N. Holefield & Catcher In The Lie blog want to see America develop as a secure, independent, democratic, and economically prosperous country. A Democratic Election whose outcome reflects the will of The American People would be an important step in this direction. This author, Cold N. Holefield and this blog, Catcher In The Lie, is/are committed to helping America achieve this goal and we look forward to working closely with whoever wins in a free and fair election process.