On February 4, 2021, Time Magazine published an article by Molly Ball titled The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election. The article is a window into a conspiracy to rig the election. The article is full of spin, but that spin requires a starting point, and that starting point is the revelation of a conspiracy to rig the election to ensure a win for Joe Biden.
The most fascinating thing about the article is that the writer calls those who say that there was a vast conspiracy to rig the election are engaging in baseless conspiracy theorizing. But the author admits in the article itself that there was just such a conspiracy. Her position is that the objective of the conspiracy to ensure a Biden victory was to “save the 2020 election.” Indeed, Ball explains that “[t]his is the inside story of the conspiracy to save the 2020 election.”
“Save the 2020 election” is Orwellian newspeak. You can only save something that already exists. To save an election suggests that the election was already won and needed to be saved from loss. The article is full of these kinds of cryptic newspeak statements that all point to an expectation of victory by Joe Biden, which was threatened by Donald Trump. How could those involved in the Biden victory have an expectation of victory prior to voting, such that their mission was to save that victory? People who run campaigns do not typically talk in that manner. They talk in terms of “winning” the election, not “saving” the election. We know now why they needed to save the election of Joe Biden. They had China and other countries all lined up to electronically rig the outcome using compromised Dominion and other voting machines.
Ball admits in her article that the conspiracy to unseat Donald Trump was orchestrated by “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.” Wow! That is a virtual confession by Time Magazine, a mainstay of the liberal media, to everything that conservatives have alleged, but that liberals have been claiming is a wild conspiracy theory.
Now get this amazing statement by Ball. She states that this “cabal of powerful people” conspired to save the election but “[t]hey were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.” You only fortify something that is already established. What does it mean to “fortify” an election? It means that they were setting up a defense to protect a preordained outcome. That preordained outcome set up ahead of time using rigged voting machines was threatened by Trump.
Their plan was to rig the 2020 election, just as they planned on rigging the election in 2016. The problem was that in 2016 their rigging was insufficient and Trump won by such a landslide that it broke their algorithms for rigging the election. Hillary Clinton was a pathetic candidate who could not win an election to dog catcher. Everyone saw her as a criminal shill for a powerful cabal. They had a similar problem with Joe Biden in the 2020 election. They wanted to “fortify” the rigging of the election for 2020 against what happened in 2016.
Ball starts her story of the conspiracy with: “Sometime in the fall of 2019, Mike Podhorzer became convinced the election was headed for disaster–and determined to protect it.” You really have to love the newspeak here. Podhorzer, who was a senior adviser to the president of the AFL-CIO, was going to “protect” the election of Joe Biden. How exactly does one “protect” the election of a person. A person who is running for office must “win” an election; he does not “protect” an election. A thing that must be protected is something that already exists. You cannot “protect” something that does not yet exist. What Ball is revealing here is that Joe Biden’s election was preordained and that preordained outcome must be “protected.”
Indeed, Ball reveals that “the President himself was trying to disrupt the election.” How exactly was President Trump, the incumbent President, disrupting the election? The conspirators were worried that Trump would win the election, as he did in 2016, because he was too popular and their computer algorithms could not survive an election audit without some fraudulent paper ballots to augment them. That is right, Trump was a threat because he was going to get more votes. Getting more votes was seen as disrupting the preordained election of Joe Biden. That preordained election of Biden must be “protected.” They had to supplement their computer gambit with fraudulent ballots.
Ball reported on the strategy of Podhorzer: “The chief difference between the U.S. and countries that lost their grip on democracy, he concluded, was that America’s decentralized election system couldn’t be rigged in one fell swoop.”
Podhozer clearly intended that rigging comment to point to Trump. But it seems to be projection. Podhorzer is accusing his opponent of doing the very thing that he is doing.
They viewed Trump as a threat to the 2020 election of Joe Biden. There can only be a threat to an existing thing. Thus, they had planned for Joe Biden to win and viewed Trump as a threat to that. Indeed, one of their concerns was “Trump losing and refusing to concede.” The only reason Trump would refuse to concede is if there was apparent vote-rigging. Which it turns out happened. They knew that Trump was aware of their vote-rigging and it concerned them.
On March 3, Podhorzer drafted a three-page confidential 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.
They knew that their rigging of the election would be detected and they planned for Trump to call them out on it. Ball reveals the cooperation between powerful media, government groups, and violent street thugs to steal the election. Indeed, Ball admits that the violent BLM street thugs, whom she calls “racial justice” leaders, were a key part of the alliance against Trump.
Protecting the election would require an effort of unprecedented scale. As 2020 progressed, it stretched to Congress, Silicon Valley and the nation’s statehouses. It drew energy from the summer’s racial-justice protests, many of whose leaders were a key part of the liberal alliance. And eventually it reached across the aisle, into the world of Trump-skeptical Republicans appalled by his attacks on democracy.
One of the key strategies was vote-by-mail, which has been demonstrated to be nothing but a scheme to rig the election with invalid votes. Ball explains:
In the end, nearly half the electorate cast ballots by mail in 2020, practically a revolution in how people vote. About a quarter voted early in person. Only a quarter of voters cast their ballots the traditional way: in person on Election Day.
Ball reveals that a key leg to their strategy was to pressure media platforms to censor news about the political corruption and bribes paid to Joe Biden through his son Hunter Biden by foreign governments. Ball euphemistically calls that information about Biden “nasty smears about candidates’ families.” Ball reveals secret meetings between the radical left and social media giants to suppress adverse news about Biden:
In November 2019, Mark Zuckerberg invited nine civil rights leaders to dinner at his home, where they warned him about the danger of the election-related falsehoods that were already spreading unchecked. “It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement,” says Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who attended the dinner and also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and others. (Gupta has been nominated for Associate Attorney General by President Biden.)
The Democrats knew their strategy would be exposed for the vote-rigging that it was and they planned on how to address it by getting in front of it before the election.
“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.
Ball further reveals that the BLM and Antifa organizers were part of Podhorzer’s network. They used the threat of more riots if Trump won the election to silence opposition to their vote-rigging efforts. They described a Trump victory as Trump stealing the election. Ball states:
The summer uprising had shown that people power could have a massive impact. Activists began preparing to reprise the demonstrations if Trump tried to steal the election. “Americans plan widespread protests if Trump interferes with election,” Reuters reported in October, one of many such stories. More than 150 liberal groups, from the Women’s March to the Sierra Club to Color of Change, from Democrats.com to the Democratic Socialists of America, joined the “Protect the Results” coalition. The group’s now defunct website had a map listing 400 planned postelection demonstrations, to be activated via text message as soon as Nov. 4. To stop the coup they feared, the left was ready to flood the streets.
That fear of riots caused business groups to preemptively roll-over and accept the preordained fraudulent Biden victory. Ball explains:
But behind the scenes, the business community was engaged in its own anxious discussions about how the election and its aftermath might unfold. The summer’s racial-justice protests had sent a signal to business owners too: the potential for economy-disrupting civil disorder. “With tensions running high, there was a lot of concern about unrest around the election, or a breakdown in our normal way we handle contentious elections,” says Neil Bradley, the Chamber’s executive vice president and chief policy officer. These worries had led the Chamber to release a pre-election statement with the Business Roundtable, a Washington-based CEOs’ group, as well as associations of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, calling for patience and confidence as votes were counted.
The media was on board with the scam. Ball explains:
While he was talking, Fox News surprised everyone by calling Arizona for Biden. The public-awareness campaign had worked: TV anchors were bending over backward to counsel caution and frame the vote count accurately.
The Arizona Presidential vote is still in dispute, with the legislature ordering an audit of the voting results in view of rampant voter fraud. As of February 2, 2021, the Maricopa County Board of Commissioners has refused to turn over voting records subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate.
The article is a model of “doublethink” and “Newspeak.” To understand what is being said in the article you need a key to the “Newspeak.”
informal alliance = conspiracy
pact = agreement of the conspirators
fortifying the election = rigging the election
implicit bargain = conspiratorial agreement
keep the peace = riots
racial justice protests = riots
democracy = socialism
Trump stealing the election = Trump victory
handshake = conspiracy
vast, cross-partisan campaign = vast conspiracy
protect the election = rig the election
extraordinary shadow effort = secret conspiracy
campaign to protect the election = conspiracy to rig the election
a loosely organized coalition of operatives = tightly organized conspirators
shadow campaigners = secret conspirators
not desperate to stop a Trump victory = desperate to stop a Trump victory
voter-suppression lawsuits = lawsuits to ensure only registered voters voted
social media hard line against disinformation = social media suppressing political conservatives
preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories = preventing exposure of the conspiracy to rig the election
false claims of victory = legitimate claim to victory
campaign to spoil the election = campaign to reveal the election fraud
henchmen = patriots
spurious suits to make it more difficult to vote = legitimate suits to prevent illegal voting
trying to steal the election Trump lost = trying to prove that Trump won
conspiracy theories = conspiracy fact
army of supporters = group of supporters
pull off this election = steal the election
the proper outcome of the election = election of Joe Biden
frame the vote count accurately = call the election for Joe Biden
Below is an excellent deconstruction of the article by Via Frie.