“The elections are rigged,” says presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Stop whining,” retorts Barack Obama to Donald Trump — because elections are fair and trustworthy.
I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history, any presidential candidate trying to discredit the elections and the election process before votes have even taken place. It’s unprecedented. It happens to be based on no facts… There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past …
But nearly 16 years after the Bush-Gore election fiasco, things are still not right in election land. Republican James O’Keefe releases a series of videos from inside Democratic groups indicating voter fraud, while independent Greg Palast releases a feature film focusing on Republican election fraud.
REPUBLICAN JAMES O’KEEFE INVESTIGATES VOTER FRAUD
Republican James O’Keefe at Project Veritas says there is massive “voter” fraud. After a year-long hidden camera investigation, he releases a stream of videos as evidence. The videos receive slight mainstream coverage, but here is how The Washington Post describes the immediate fallout:
Scott Foval and Robert Creamer, two little-known but influential Democratic political operatives, have left their jobs after video investigations by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action found them entertaining dark notions about how to win elections.
Foval was laid off on Monday by Americans United for Change, where he had been national field director; Creamer announced Tuesday night that he was “stepping back” from the work he was doing for the unified Democratic campaign for Hillary Clinton.
The Project Veritas video records statements on hidden camera by the operatives.
With these types of statements by the operatives, a formal investigation may be warranted. As is typical of Project Veritas videos, any investigation should include review of unedited videos. In the past, James O’Keefe has been known to doctor videos in misleading ways.
INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST GREG PALAST RELEASES ELECTION FRAUD MOVIE
Veteran independent journalist Greg Palast releases a new movie, “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” From the official website:
Greg Palast busted Jeb Bush for stealing the 2000 election by purging Black voters from Florida’s electoral rolls. Now Palast is back to take a deep dive into the Republicans’ dark operation, Crosscheck, designed to steal a million votes by November.
Crosscheck is controlled by a Trump henchman, Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State who claims his computer program has identified 7.2 million people in 29 states who may have voted twice in the same election–a felony crime. The catch? Most of these “suspects” are minorities—in other words, mainly Democratic voters. Yet the lists and the evidence remain “confidential”.
While one video series uncovers Democratic wishes or possibly a scheme to commit voter fraud, the other uncovers a Republican scheme to block legitimate voters from participating in the election.
VOTE RESTRICTION LAWS
Finally, at the same time, restrictions are instituted in Republican controlled swing states [PDF] around the nation including Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and more. One state after another restricts voting rights or opportunities and rights groups file lawsuits. Many of these restrictions have been overturned at the appeals level. With an evenly split 4-4 Supreme Court, appeals courts are having the last word.
Establishment Democrats and Republicans do not seem concerned about these schemes. They would like Americans to believe that the election system was fixed after the 2000 election fiasco. It was fixed all right.