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The Big Lie of ‘Fake Trump Electors’

The headline in the New York Times was this:

Justice Dept. Is Reviewing Role of Fake Trump Electors, Top Official Says

Lisa O. Monaco, the deputy attorney general, told CNN that she could not “say anything more on ongoing investigations.”

The story said this:

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating the fake slates of electors that falsely declared Donald J. Trump the victor of the 2020 election in seven swing states that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had in fact won, a top agency official said on Tuesday.

“Our prosecutors are looking at those, and I can’t say anything more on ongoing investigations,” Lisa O. Monaco, the deputy attorney general, said in an interview with CNN.

The false certificates appear to have been part of an effort by Mr. Trump’s allies to reverse his defeat in the presidential election. Even as election officials in the seven contested states sent official lists of electors who had voted for Mr. Biden to the Electoral College, the fake slates claimed Mr. Trump was the winner in an apparent bid to subvert the election outcome.

Lawmakers, state officials and the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot have asked the Justice Department to look into the role played by those fake electors and the documents they submitted to the National Archives on Dec. 14, 2020.


Notice the casual use of a lie in this story? There were (and still are!) plenty of Americans who believe the election results in those seven states were manipulated or, to use plain English, stolen.

Under those circumstances it was entirely possible that the Biden electors were fake — allowed to cast votes that overrode the popular vote in the states involved.

Once again, I will point to my home state of Pennsylvania. As I regularly write, Pennsylvania has a considerable record of voter fraud and, yes, stealing elections.

In fact, as I note, in 1994 a federal judge did in fact overturn the results of a State Senate election, saying there had been a “massive scheme” by Philadelphia Democrats to steal the election. He overturned the election, threw the quickly seated Democrat out, and awarded the election to the Republican.

Which is to say, the suspicions about the results of the 2020 election were justified, both in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

In Texas, there was this headline in the Texas Tribune:

In new lawsuit, Texas contests election results in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania

The story includes this:

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing four battleground states — Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — whose election results handed the White House to President-elect Joe Biden.

In the suit, he claims that pandemic-era changes to election procedures in those states violated federal law and asks the U.S. Supreme Court to block the states from voting in the Electoral College.

The lawsuit was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. But what if it had not been? What if, in fact, just like that Pennsylvania State Senate election, the Court ruled in favor of Texas and it was determined that in fact the election results must be overturned?

In that case the Trump campaign had to have electors in place — and it would have been the Biden electors who would have been determined to be “fake.”

Had that been the case, would the Department of Justice opened an investigation into fake Biden electors? Of course not.

Meanwhile, the January 6 Committee has issued subpoenas for former Arizona Republican State Chair Dr. Kelli Ward and her husband, Michael. Why? Because, reports Politico, they “both signed documents falsely claiming to be among their state’s presidential electors in 2020.”

Got that? The Arizona results were under challenge. As with Pennsylvania, there was a serious belief that Joe Biden in fact did not win the Arizona election — and the sensible thing was to have a slate of Trump electors ready to go.

There is nothing of a criminal nature here.

But a left-wing activist group called American Oversight — which presents itself falsely as a neutral organization when in fact, it appears, it is run by Democratic activists — is out there pushing the false story that there is some sort of scandal with Trump supporters signing fake electoral certificates. Says the group:

These forged documents are a critical piece of the coordinated, multi-state effort to cast doubt on the 2020 election and subvert the will of American voters.

And over there at CNN, but of course, there was this headline:

Trump allies’ fake Electoral College certificates offer fresh insights about plot to overturn Biden’s victory

Um … no. What the Trump campaign was about was getting an honest count of the vote in the states in question. As I have noted earlier, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled last week that, “as reported here by the Philadelphia Inquirer, ‘the state constitution requires voters to cast ballots in person unless they meet specific requirements.’ ”

And that was not done. Which raises the obvious question: how many of these illegal votes in Pennsylvania were counted? The absolute best and safest way to proceed was to organize the Trump electors and have their certificates all in order.

In the case of Pennsylvania, I know many of the electors who stood up for truth and election integrity. All of them good, honorable Americans who were unafraid to put themselves out there in the face of an absolute lie that what they were doing was somehow illegal. There was absolutely nothing secretive or illegal about what was done.

What’s really going on here is that this is the same-old, same-old routine of the left-wing media and left-wing bureaucrats spreading a false story — aka a lie — to try and smear both Donald Trump and the individuals who bravely stood up for the principle of honest elections to sign their names on those electoral certificates.



Jeffrey Lord
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Jeffrey Lord, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is a former aide to Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. An author and former CNN commentator, he writes from Pennsylvania at His new book, Swamp Wars: Donald Trump and The New American Populism vs. The Old Order, is now out from Bombardier Books.
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