by Gavin Wax
Imagine if, following the disputed 2016 presidential election, the recently sworn-in President Donald Trump had sicced his Justice Department, hand-in-hand with allies in Congress and state governments throughout the country, after his Democratic political opponents who maintained that his election was the work of Russian interference.
Although the claim that Trump was a Russian asset was laughably false, and the subsequent investigation into those spurious claims damaged the federal government’s credibility in immense and perhaps irreparable ways domestically and internationally, applying criminal penalties to the promulgation of that theory would have been wrong, anti-American, and contrary to the First Amendment. In keeping with his stalwart defense of American values, President Trump made no directive to the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against these Democrats.
Similarly, his Republican predecessor allowed Democrats to freely “challenge an election”: Democrats had previously contested the 2000 election by claiming that George W. Bush was “selected, not elected” as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore. A smaller minority contested Bush’s reelection in 2004, alleging irregularities in Ohio and elsewhere.
Reasonable concerns deserve a good-faith examination, not prosecution and persecution. But that is not what the sitting regime has offered when examining the 2020 election and its aftermath. Joe Biden’s goal (and that of his underlings) is to harass and silence politicians, journalists, dissidents, and political donors. Unfortunately, these tactics are working.
Biden has been persecuting political opponents his entire time in office, and he has made me one of his latest targets.
Right now, the January 6 Commission is persecuting and punishing individuals who signed on to an alternate slate of delegates the month after the election. This was when millions of Americans still disputed the election and many questions about the integrity of the results remained unresolved. The January 6 Commission has failed to unearth any serious conspiracy or significant wrongdoing during its witch-hunt, so they are looking for someone to blame.
The people who signed the alternate slate and fought for voter integrity performed their civic duty considering all of the abnormalities, irregularities, and outright criminal behavior that occurred during the election. This move may have been controversial and a shot-in-the-dark attempt to overturn the election, but, if it was not tactically sound, it was morally and ethically sound considering the incredible amount of fraud that occurred.
Despite the media’s insistence that the 2020 election was anything but corrupt, the voting systems in every jurisdiction of the United States are designed to render them incapable of being thoroughly reviewed by any independent third party. The system cannot be audited and requires putting blind faith in “experts” who build and run these systems.
Time and continuing analysis of circumstantial evidence have proven initial concerns and suspicions on the election results to be correct. An upcoming documentary, “2000 Mules,” produced by Dinesh D’Souza and Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote, presents concrete evidence of a coordinated nationwide campaign whereby ballot harvesters were paid to deliver ballots without any identification to drop-boxes funded by billionaires who run corporations staffed with left-wing ideologues. Mail-in ballot rules were ignored and disregarded under the pretense of COVID-19, which opened the 2020 election to an enormous amount of potential fraud.
The concerns about the integrity of the 2020 election were never investigated and certainly never settled. The only response from the powers-that-be seems to be canceling, de-platforming, persecuting, and prosecuting loyal Americans who seek answers to inconvenient questions. Prosecuting and jailing dissenters isn’t just un-American; it’s also terribly unpersuasive.
Other incidents across the country—a judge ruling Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson broke the law by flooding unsolicited mail-in ballots to households before the election; suspicious ballots being counted after the floor was cleared of poll watchers unlawfully in Georgia; poll challengers denied the right to inspect ballots in Pennsylvania; election officials in Arizona refusing to comply with subpoenas demanding the investigation of vote-counting machines; the illegal use of privately funded drop boxes in Wisconsin—point to the existence of a sophisticated fraud blueprint affected by elite actors on Election Day. In fact, Time magazine even bragged about the election conspiracy against Trump, calling it election “fortification” in a piece of spin that would make Edward Bernays blush.
The Orwellian aftermath of the election shows the gargantuan magnitude of a criminal operation that, sadly, achieved its intended aim. Whistleblower testimony in the form of sworn affidavits was suppressed. Those who did speak out were demonized and threatened. Courts were too cowardly to try controversial cases, knowing they would suffer the full burden of the establishment if they considered the evidence.
Even now, stories that should be national news—such as the indictment of a Michigan elections supervisor for felony ballot tampering—are wholly buried in news cycles, even among ostensibly right-wing outlets.
The same lying media and their leftist ideologue elites who brought you the Russia collusion hoax and the Ukraine phone call hoax, who have been wrong about everything for at least two generations, now want to demonize the majority of independents and Republican voters as potential terrorists because they believe for good reason that there was systemic voter fraud in the 2020 election. Reasonable concerns and documented witnesses deserve a good-faith investigation and examination, not politically motivated prosecution and persecution. What we have experienced since 2020 is perhaps the most diabolical cover-up in American political history.
While the “Trump Won” movement undoubtedly has been overzealous and—in its patriotic exuberance—perhaps has run with information that has been less than credible at times, history will nevertheless remember them fondly. They were the individuals brave enough to stand up against the odds, defy the ubiquitous information warfare propaganda, and withstand ostracism from friends and family for refusing to let the truth be memory-holed.
Even though the 2020 presidential election was taken from the people, the stars are aligning for American patriots to avenge what happened in the midterm elections this year and then again in 2024.
Democrats are growing desperate because they ruined the Trump economy in less than a year. Biden’s approval ratings are nearing all-time historic lows. The experts now admit that COVID-19 lockdown policies saved no one while destroying the economy and causing fundamental social damage, including skyrocketing teen suicide. COVID-19 case totals spiked to new record highs under Biden. Inflation is spiraling out of control. Terrorists are partying it up in Afghanistan. Democrats are pushing prosecutions of their political opponents to deflect from their many failures. They feel their control slipping away. The coming election cycles are shaping up to vindicate the die-hards who refused to be gaslighted under the most daunting of circumstances.
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Gavin Wax is the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club, Chairman of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus, an Ambassador for Turning Point USA, and an Associate Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.