On February 4th, Time published its report, looking into the massive endeavor Joe Biden’s victory in the Presidential election was, and the enormous effort it took.
From many people, and US institutions, and big business.
It was so significant, that it needed to be sung about as soon as the elections passed.
The report is titled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.”
There was no violence immediately in the days after the election, Trump didn’t concede the victory, but the outcome was decided long ago.
“A second odd thing happened amid Trump’s attempts to reverse the result: corporate America turned on him. Hundreds of major business leaders, many of whom had backed Trump’s candidacy and supported his policies, called on him to concede. To the President, something felt amiss. “It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”
As Time describes it, Trump was right.
There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs.
The neo-liberal activists, and the corporate globalist “titans” had formed an “informal alliance”.
“The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.”
Of course, this wasn’t to “win the election” but that it would be “free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.”
That is why any mention of election fraud, despite evidence is instantly banned on social media, because it is unquestionable.
“For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President.”
This “coalition” had its effort work in every direction.
They forced states to change their voting systems, and change their election laws. They also “helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.” Lobbyism in the United States is legal, which is a form of bribe. Now, this was another form of bribe.
Former US President Donald Trump is presented as an autocratic kingpin, leader of a criminal organization, dead set on undermining democracy in all its forms.
“For Trump and his allies were running their own campaign to spoil the election. The President spent months insisting that mail ballots were a Democratic plot and the election would be “rigged.” His henchmen at the state level sought to block their use, while his lawyers brought dozens of spurious suits to make it more difficult to vote–an intensification of the GOP’s legacy of suppressive tactics.”
The neo-liberal “democracy campaigners” watched with alarm.
“Every week, we felt like we were in a struggle to try to pull off this election without the country going through a real dangerous moment of unraveling,” says former GOP Representative Zach Wamp, a Trump supporter who helped coordinate a bipartisan election-protection council. “We can look back and say this thing went pretty well, but it was not at all clear in September and October that that was going to be the case.”
This effort needs spreading, since I guaranteed “fair elections” it also guaranteed that the “suitable candidate” won.
“That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–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. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it. And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures,” the author, Molly Ball wrote.
It all started sometime in the fall of 2019, when Mike Podhorzer became convinced the election was headed for disaster–and determined to protect it.
He needed to guarantee that the suitable candidate achieved victory. Trump was very popular with many of the working-class and the blue collar, office workers. As such, he was very charismatic for them, that needed to change.
“It was only after months of research that he introduced his concerns in his newsletter in October 2019. The usual tools of data, analytics and polling would not be sufficient in a situation where the President himself was trying to disrupt the election, he wrote. “Most of our planning takes us through Election Day,” he noted. “But, we are not prepared for the two most likely outcomes”–Trump losing and refusing to concede, and Trump winning the Electoral College (despite losing the popular vote) by corrupting the voting process in key states. “We desperately need to systematically ‘red-team’ this election so that we can anticipate and plan for the worst we know will be coming our way.”
It turned out Podhorzer wasn’t the only one thinking in these terms. He began to hear from others eager to join forces.
“The Fight Back Table, a coalition of “resistance” organizations, had begun scenario-planning around the potential for a contested election, gathering liberal activists at the local and national level into what they called the Democracy Defense Coalition. Voting-rights and civil rights organizations were raising alarms. A group of former elected officials was researching emergency powers they feared Trump might exploit. Protect Democracy was assembling a bipartisan election-crisis task force.”
“It turned out that once you said it out loud, people agreed,” Podhorzer says, “and it started building momentum.”
And then, the conspiracy began taking form in 2020, on March 3rd. Podhorzer drafted a secret memo titled “Threats to the 2020 Election.”
“Trump has made it clear that this will not be a fair election, and that he will reject anything but his own re-election as ‘fake’ and rigged,” he wrote. “On Nov. 3, should the media report otherwise, he will use the right-wing information system to establish his narrative and incite his supporters to protest.” The memo laid out four categories of challenges: attacks on voters, attacks on election administration, attacks on Trump’s political opponents and “efforts to reverse the results of the election.”
Then COVID-19 happened, it made a lot of things complicated and weird.
Regardless, the time to work has come, and their work was cut out for them:
- Making the election system easy to manipulate, and making it “fair” enough so that the right candidate couldn’t lose: The first task was overhauling America’s balky election infrastructure–in the middle of a pandemic. For the thousands of local, mostly nonpartisan officials who administer elections, the most urgent need was money. They needed protective equipment like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. They needed to pay for postcards letting people know they could vote absentee–or, in some states, to mail ballots to every voter. They needed additional staff and scanners to process ballots.
- Fighting disinformation, by heavy censorship, while only promoting those who are in support of the neo-liberal agenda: Bad actors spreading false information is nothing new. For decades, campaigns have grappled with everything from anonymous calls claiming the election has been rescheduled to fliers spreading nasty smears about candidates’ families. But Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories, the viral force of social media and the involvement of foreign meddlers made disinformation a broader, deeper threat to the 2020 vote.
- Spreading information that “the future is now” and everything has now changed: Beyond battling bad information, there was a need to explain a rapidly changing election process. It was crucial for voters to understand that despite what Trump was saying, mail-in votes weren’t susceptible to fraud and that it would be normal if some states weren’t finished counting votes on election night.
The Voting Rights Lab and IntoAction created state-specific memes and graphics, spread by email, text, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, urging that every vote be counted. Together, they were viewed more than 1 billion times.
Protect Democracy’s election task force issued reports and held media briefings with high-profile experts across the political spectrum, resulting in widespread coverage of potential election issues and fact-checking of Trump’s false claims. The organization’s tracking polls found the message was being heard: the percentage of the public that didn’t expect to know the winner on election night gradually rose until by late October, it was over 70%. A majority also believed that a prolonged count wasn’t a sign of problems.
“We knew exactly what Trump was going to do: he was going to try to use the fact that Democrats voted by mail and Republicans voted in person to make it look like he was ahead, claim victory, say the mail-in votes were fraudulent and try to get them thrown out,” says Protect Democracy’s Bassin. Setting public expectations ahead of time helped undercut those lies.
- Taking advantage of the BLM protests, politicizing them for electoral gain: The racial-justice uprising sparked by George Floyd’s killing in May was not primarily a political movement. The organizers who helped lead it wanted to harness its momentum for the election without allowing it to be co-opted by politicians. Many of those organizers were part of Podhorzer’s network, from the activists in battleground states who partnered with the Democracy Defense Coalition to organizations with leading roles in the Movement for Black Lives.
- Finally, it turned out that the US Chamber of Commerce decided to operate against the sitting president, in order to guarantee that he doesn’t get re-elected: About a week before Election Day, Podhorzer received an unexpected message: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wanted to talk. The AFL-CIO and the Chamber have a long history of antagonism. Though neither organization is explicitly partisan, the influential business lobby has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican campaigns, just as the nation’s unions funnel hundreds of millions to Democrats. On one side is labor, on the other management, locked in an eternal struggle for power and resources.
Election day came, everybody was still worried, and the election was just barely won, despite the massive efforts, and it is still quite questionable.
In Podhorzer’s presentations, winning the vote was only the first step to winning the election.
Then came “winning the count”. Then “winning the certification”. Then “winning the Electoral College”. And, finally, “winning the transition.”
Trump was expected to fight it, since it was quite dubious, and it seemed (quite rightly so) that there was a massive conspiracy and everything was a setup.
Then, power transition happened, before that the Capitol storming, and then “democracy was saved.”
“The members of the alliance to protect the election have gone their separate ways. The Democracy Defense Coalition has been disbanded, though the Fight Back Table lives on. Protect Democracy and the good-government advocates have turned their attention to pressing reforms in Congress. Left-wing activists are pressuring the newly empowered Democrats to remember the voters who put them there, while civil rights groups are on guard against further attacks on voting. Business leaders denounced the Jan. 6 attack, and some say they will no longer donate to lawmakers who refused to certify Biden’s victory. Podhorzer and his allies are still holding their Zoom strategy sessions, gauging voters’ views and developing new messages. And Trump is in Florida, facing his second impeachment, deprived of the Twitter and Facebook accounts he used to push the nation to its breaking point.”
The neo-liberal globalist order is secure. The Democrats are in power, throughout the US and in every possible arena, including Senate and Congress. As such that is what true “Democracy” is – Democratic leadership and the heavy censorship that it appears to bring with it.
“Democracy won in the end. The will of the people prevailed. But it’s crazy, in retrospect, that this is what it took to put on an election in the United States of America.”
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