Biden Pushes Facebook and Twitter To Remove Trump Criticisms of Mail-In Voting

220px-Biden_2013We have been discussing the erosion of free speech on social media and the Internet. This includes calls from leading Democratic leaders for years to implement private censorship of political speech, a view supported by academics who have declared that “China was right” about censorship.  The latest attack on free speech comes from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign which has asked Facebook and Twitter to remove posts by Republican President Donald Trump aimed at discrediting mail-in voting. While Trump’s statements have been widely criticized as without foundation, they constitute political speech.  Biden however wants these companies to help censor such statements from his opponent and many are supporting the effort.

Once again, we come to this dispute as a free speech matter. Ironically, the Biden campaign is citing that fact that Trump’s views have been widely discredited in calling for censorship. However, that is precisely the reason we do not need censorship.  The solution to alleged bad speech is more speech, not the forced silence that the Biden campaign wants to impose through social media companies.

Trump has been tweeting that mail-in voting raises the danger of fraud, a view shared by many in the country.  It is also a view roundly rejected by many.  It is one of the core issues in this presidential campaign.

Biden however does not want those views to be read by others.  Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon declared “Our campaign has sent letters to Twitter and Facebook demanding that this disinformation, which seeks to undermine faith in our electoral process, gets taken down immediately.”

To their credit, Facebook and Twitter declined.

However, the chilling aspect to this controversy is how Biden now advocates such private censorship and wants to enlist these companies to silence his opponent — rather than engage his views in the public forum.

Censorship and speech regulation have become a regular component to Democratic messaging and demands.  There was a time when the Democratic Party was a fierce advocate for free speech values.  It seems that many are falling out of love with free speech, including many who now view it as a danger.

For years, we have discussed the unrelenting attacks on free speech in Europe with the expansion of hate speech laws and the general criminalization of speech, including international speech crimes. Some in the United States would like to follow down that dangerous path (and universities are reinforcing the view of the need to regulate speech). The implications of such anti-speech policies are evident in Germany where a survey, conducted by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach(and published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) found that only 18 percent of Germans feel free to express their views in public. It is the most vivid example of how Europeans are learning to live without free speech.

This movement has now made it to our shores as vividly demonstrated by the presumptive Democratic nominee publicly demanding that his opponent’s views be censored.  This is precisely the risk that many of us warned about.  Such speech regulation creates an insatiable appetite for more and more censorship, as shown in countries like France, England, and Germany.  The lack of any media push back on Biden’s demand shows how resistance to such anti-free speech views is becoming more mainstream in the United States.

156 thoughts on “Biden Pushes Facebook and Twitter To Remove Trump Criticisms of Mail-In Voting”

  1. If Joe Biden in November is elected to become the 46th President of the United States, whale oil beef hooked.

  2. They started that fascist crap in Oregon and expanded it by sending out ballots to those who had not return a ballot in some years.Guess which party’s returns jumped sky high and which ones have no poll watching nor which party never checks addresses for validity.?

  3. Trump’s Reason For Casting Doubts On Mail-In Ballots:

    BIDEN LEADS BY 12 POINTS IN MOST RECENT FOX NEWS POLL

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continues to lead President Donald Trump in the race for the White House, as majorities say racism, unemployment, and coronavirus pose a major threat to the stability of the country, according to the latest Fox News Poll.

    Biden supporters are far more likely to say fear that Trump might win is behind their vote choice (63 percent) than to say it is enthusiasm for Biden (31 percent). The opposite is true among those backing Trump, as almost twice as many of his supporters say enthusiasm is the motivation (62 percent) rather than fear Biden could win (33 percent).

    Fear is a big factor when it comes to turnout, and that could help Biden. In 2016, more of those backing Trump (61 percent) than Hillary Clinton (54 percent) said fear motivated them.

    “Negative emotions like fear, anxiety, and anger, can be powerful motivators for political participation,” says Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson. “The lack of enthusiasm for Biden, however, does create an opening for Trump to define him as out of touch and not up to the task.”
    In the head-to-head matchup, the poll finds Biden leads Trump by a 50-38 percent margin. That 12-point advantage is statistically significant, and up from Biden’s 8-point lead last month (48-40 percent).

    For over a year, the portion backing Trump against Biden has stayed between 37-42 percent. Biden’s support has ranged from 42-52 percent.

    “Trump needs to expand beyond traditional Republican groups and cut Biden’s support among independents,” says Shaw. “The best news in the poll for the Trump campaign is a significant percentage of independents saying they haven’t decided or are considering a third-party option.”
    Independents prefer Biden over Trump by 39-17 percent, but another 43 percent are undecided or supporting someone else.

    Edited from: “Fox News Poll: Biden Widens Lead Over Trump”

    Fox News, 6/18/20
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    TRUMP KNOWS HE’S GOING DOWN.

    The surging virus stats don’t bode well for Trump. It’s as if this pandemic is deliberately contradicting him.

    When Red states like Texas are forced to acknowledge Covid 19, rightwing media will have to take it seriously. If Houston and Dallas are scared that becomes an issue Republicans can’t hide.

    By November Trump could face a backlash like no other. Which explains the urgency to undermine mail-in votes.

  4. Karen S — Washington state has mail-in only voting. The Secretary of State, a Republican, has looked and found nil instances of fraud.

    1. For ——– sake, Benson, think about what you just said. Take a good look at Washington. Communist dictatorial corruption is the state anthem – not a bit of it is constitutional. Any form of voting is moot in the People’s Republic of Washington. It was conquered long ago. They vote in China, Russia, Cuba and North Korea too, right? They vote by mail – you vote for their candidate or they mail you a death warrant. You can’t see the forest for the trees.

    2. David Benson is the God Emperor of Making Stuff Up and owes me forty-five citations (one from the OED, one from the town ordinances and two from the Old Testament), an equation and the source of a quotation, and his mental health professional certificate after eighty-one weeks, and needs to cite all his work from now on. and is suffering from cementia you might pass this on to your Sec. of State. https://wbckfm.com/a-michigan-city-clerk-has-been-charged-with-altering-ballots/

      1. Why does this same reply show up all the time? What do you have against David Benson. I’ve no dog in the fight, just wondered why you subject him (and everyone else trying to have an actual convo) to this.

        1. DV – some 89 weeks ago I asked Benson for a cite for something he proclaimed about. His response was basically along the lines of his didn’t need to give no stinkin’ cites. So, I have started keeping tab of what he owes me and how long it has been. I actually have not counted the 8 weeks I was having problems with WordPress and had difficulties getting on, so he is at 81 weeks and climbing, DV, if he does something good, I do not use the mantra, I respond as I would with anyone else.

          1. Paul C Schulte, got it. Thanks for the clarification. I do hope that you understand that in my case, sometimes I’m giving my opinion that doesn’t have a citation (except maybe node number blah blah in the left side of my brain). Just sayin’… 🙂

            1. DV – the problem is that Benson makes stuff up and he cannot back it up. Now, I have a bad habit of not citing my work either, but I have gotten better since I have been ragging on Benson. 😉

  5. If Facebook is not a public square, or just a platform like a telephone company, then we need to remove it’s 230 protection. And then we need a real digital public square. Uncensored. If it’s legal to say in the public square, then it’s permitted on such a platform.

    Should a digital public square be private, or government? Is it like a public park, or can private industry create a public space for everyone, without censorship or meddling in voting behavior? Could a government be trusted to run it efficiently, without also trying to meddle in voting behavior?

    Frankly, private industry makes a more user friendly, efficient, market driven product. The problem is that they control the ability for people to talk, listen in on the conversations, and wield this power for their own purposes.

    It should be concerning that Silicon Valley pretends to be just an unbiased forum for people to talk amongst themselves, yet they have been proven to engage in behavior intended to sway voting behavior. That’s false advertising. It goes beyond simply marketing political ideas to prospective voters. They now control the information that is available to those voters.

    Control information, and you control the conclusions people draw.

    This is an existential problem of the 21st century.

    1. Karen, your 230 protection makes no sense. Want to explain how a company setting standards, which they must have and all do, should result in their being subject to law suits on 3rd party content? That does not logically follow.

      When you’re done with that, are you then in favor of the Fairness Doctrine being re-instituted for our airwaves which, unlike internet band with, are deemed public and limited? I believe Republicans opposed the Fairness Doctrine and the internet being regulated as a public asset.

  6. Trump does not oppose mail in voting because it raises the danger of fraud. He opposed mail in voting because it raises the danger of people voting, particularly in places where Republican Secretaries of State have made it very hard for people – particularly African-American Democrats – to vote.

    The truth is that the Republican Party is a dwindling minority in this country and if everyone votes (and partisan gerrymandering does not interfere) they lose in most places. That is why Republicans always, routinely want to make it harder for people to vote, and Democrats want to make it easier.

    1. “He opposed mail in voting because it raises the danger of people voting, particularly in places where Republican Secretaries of State have made it very hard for people – particularly African-American Democrats – to vote.”

      Based on…? ESP? Wishful thinking? What you hope he believes?

      It is true that voting by mail makes it very easy to cheat. There have been so many cases of bunches of ballots being found. People can collect ballots from elder care homes, fill them out themselves, and mail them in.

      There are circumstances where vote by mail is an essential option. It’s just also very difficult to prevent fraud.

      I am curious about this persistent Democrat belief that African Americans are the only group unable to get the ID required to drive, work, have a bank account, and otherwise be a fully functioning member of society in the US. While the Democrats require ID in order to attend their conventions and caucuses, it somehow becomes racist to verify someone’s identity to vote.

      They don’t worry about Latinos or Asians getting ID.

      The bigotry of their low expectations of the African American community are cringe worthy and insulting.

      https://youtu.be/3JGmKHrWKMQ

      1. My exact thoughts. So tired of this BS. AG Holder let Black Panthers suppress votes and yet we keep hearing about Republicans (a minority party) suppressing votes. And to think that anyone in 2020 can’t get any sort of ID is insulting.

      2. Photo ID’s unequally impact poorer voters. That’s a fact, and the reason why the GOP is always pushing them – also a fact.

          1. “Abstract
            The proliferation of increasingly strict voter identification laws around the country has raised
            concerns about voter suppression. Although there are many reasons to suspect that these laws could
            harm groups like racial minorities and the poor, existing studies have generally failed to
            demonstrate a link between voter ID laws and voter turnout among these groups. We question these
            null effects. We argue that because most of the studies occurred before states enacted strict
            identification requirements, they uncover few effects. By using validated voting data from the
            Cooperative Congressional Election Study for several recent elections, we are able to offer a more
            definitive test. The analysis shows that strict identification laws have a differentially negative
            impact on the turnout of racial and ethnic minorities in primaries and general elections. We also find
            that voter ID laws skew democracy toward those on the political right….”

            https://pages.ucsd.edu/~zhajnal/page5/documents/VoterIDLawsandtheSuppressionofMinorityVotes.pdf

            “…Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai told a gathering of Republicans that their voter identification law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.

            …After the election, former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer told The Palm Beach Post that the explicit goal of the state’s voter-ID law was Democratic suppression.“The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told the Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only … ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’” he said. Indeed, the Florida Republican Party imposed a host of policies, from longer ballots to fewer precincts in minority areas, meant to discourage voting. And it worked. According to one study, as many as 49,000 people were discouraged from voting in November 2012 as a result of long lines and other obstacles.”

            https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-admit-voter-id-laws-are-aimed-at-democratic-voters

            “…The Wisconsin statute was part of a wave of voter ID laws enacted in the last six years, mostly by Republican-controlled legislatures whose leaders claimed that cheating at the ballot box is a routine occurrence.

            Yet academic studies and election-law experts broadly agree that voter fraud is not a widespread problem in American elections. Rather, they say, it is a widespread political tactic used either to create doubt about an election’s validity or to keep one’s opponents — in most cases, Democratic voters — from casting ballots….

            In April of this year, Representative Glenn Grothman, Republican of Wisconsin, predicted in a television interview that the state’s photo ID law would weaken the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the state in November’s election.

            It was not the first time he cited voter ID requirements’ impact on Democrats; in 2012, speaking about the law’s effect on President Obama’s re-election race, Mr. Grothman said voter ID requirements hurt Democrats because Democratic voters cheat more often — a premise that remains unproven. One of the few verified instances of recent voter fraud at a Wisconsin polling place — the only kind of fraud that a photo ID might prevent — padded a Republican governor’s tally…

            …Also in Wisconsin, Todd Allbaugh, 46, a staff aide to a Republican state legislator, attributed his decision to quit his job in 2015 and leave the party to what he witnessed at a Republican caucus meeting. He wrote on Facebook:

            I was in the closed Senate Republican Caucus when the final round of multiple Voter ID bills were being discussed. A handful of the GOP Senators were giddy about the ramifications and literally singled out the prospects of suppressing minority and college voters. Think about that for a minute. Elected officials planning and happy to help deny a fellow American’s constitutional right to vote in order to increase their own chances to hang onto power.

            In Pennsylvania, the state Republican Party chairman, Robert Gleason, told an interviewer that the state’s voter ID law “had helped a bit” in lowering President Obama’s margin of victory over the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the state in 2012.

            In that same election, the Republican leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Mike Turzai, predicted during the campaign that the voter ID law would “allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done.”

            And also that year, Scott Tranter, a Republican political consultant for Mr. Romney and others, called voter ID laws — and generating long lines at polling places — part of his party’s tool kit.

            Don Yelton, a North Carolina Republican Party county precinct chairman, told an interviewer for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 2013 that the state’s voter ID law would “kick the Democrats in the butt.” Mr. Yelton later resigned; the party disavowed his statements.

            In Florida, both the state’s former Republican Party chairman, Jim Greer, and its former Republican governor, Charlie Crist, told The Palm Beach Post in 2012 that the state’s voter ID law was devised to suppress Democratic votes. Mr. Greer told The Post: “The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates. It’s done for one reason and one reason only,” he said. Consultants told him “we’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,” he said.

            He added, “They never came in to see me and tell me we had a fraud issue. It’s all a marketing ploy.”..

            Richard L. Hasen, an election law expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said in an email on Thursday that spreading claims of voter fraud for political gain has a pernicious impact.

            “It is a shameful falsehood, given the extremely low rates of voter fraud in the U.S., especially the kind of fraud targeted by Republican voter ID laws,” he wrote. “It undermines faith in the fairness of the electoral process, which is the bedrock of all functioning democracies.”

            Yet it is now approaching conventional wisdom: In a new poll, nearly half of Americans said they believe voter fraud happens somewhat or very often in elections.”

            nytimes.com/2016/09/17/us/some-republicans-acknowledge-leveraging-voter-id-laws-for-political-gain.html

            1. When asked for proof Anon posts this at the beginning:

              “Although there are many reasons to suspect that these laws could
              harm groups like racial minorities and the poor, existing studies have ****generally failed to
              demonstrate ***** a link between voter ID laws and voter turnout among these groups. ”

              The rest of that segment is opinion. This tells us that Anon’s critical thinking skills are very low. His own study tells him there is no proof.

            2. Just popped into my inbox.
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              Widespread Fraud In New Jersey Special Election Proves Again That Mail-In Ballots Are Ripe For Abuse

              Paulina Enck
              Widespread Fraud In New Jersey Special Election Proves Again That Mail-In Ballots Are Ripe For Abuse
              Mail-in ballots are proving to be increasingly susceptible to voter fraud, as was shown in Paterson, New Jersey. In the special election for city council, 19 percent of ballots were discovered to be fraudulent, forcing the board of elections to disqualify more than 3,190 of the 16,747 votes.

              The May 12 special local election came under suspicion when the Postal Inspection Service found hundreds of ballots in one mailbox. This discovery triggered an investigation by the attorney general’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, which unearthed much more intentional interference. Ballots were stolen (completed and empty) and filled out fraudulently, or were otherwise altered.

              New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has charged four men with criminal conduct involving mail-in ballots: Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, Councilman Shahin Khalique, and Abu Razyen.

              Khalique and Mendez both won their races by incredibly close margins. Mendez ousted incumbent William McKoy with a mere 245-vote lead. Khalique’s race was decided by a difference of only eight votes, though a recount placed him exactly equal with his challenger.

              Jackson, Mendez, and Khalique have all been charged with the following: fraud in casting mail-in vote in the third degree, unauthorized possession of ballots in the third degree, tampering with public records in the third degree, and falsifying or tampering with records in the fourth degree. Mendez also faces charges of second-degree election fraud and third-degree false registration or transfer. Rayzen is charged with fraud in casting mail-in vote and unauthorized possession of ballots, both in the third degree.

              The frustration with fraud is leading some to call for the total invalidation of the election. A local NAACP leader, Rev. Kenneth Clayton, argues the city should have an entirely new election due to the rampant alleged fraud.

              continued at https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/26/widespread-fraud-in-new-jersey-special-election-proves-again-that-mail-in-ballots-are-ripe-for-abuse/

          1. Olly, sure I would. Why not, since we’re printing money left and right and fund everything else. Especially since I’d like an ID that is TSA-compliant for getting on airplanes, since my state is stuck in the last century apparently.

            The foregoing assume that the federal government would ensure the security of this ID info in perpetuity. After seeing how OPM let China get into the files of numerous federal employees, including many who had already retired or left federal service, I’ve little faith that our government could protect the voter-ID database. Same reason I’m against the voting records or process being on the federal level.

            1. Why not, since we’re printing money left and right and fund everything else.

              That was my thought as well. What new objections will they concoct once their voter ID disenfranchisement ploy is gutted?

  7. Election Postponement – Not Vote By Survey Monkey

    President Trump must postpone the November election due to COVID-19, understanding that a fair and equitable election is impossible and that all other economic and social activities have been modified and/or suspended for reasons of the pandemic. To conduct a legitimate election, voters must appear and have their identity confirmed at a polling place. Democrats have already cancelled their convention. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are promoting “vote-by-mail” knowing that they will be afforded an historic opportunity to manipulate and defraud the vulnerable voting system. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs), in order to seize unfair advantages, absurdly propose that America surrender its self-governance to Survey Monkey. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) employed our South Korean “allies,” K-pop, to enlist and encourage Tik Tok users to crash President Trump’s Tulsa rally. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) “harvested” ballots to conquer Orange County, CA and other districts. Lincoln won 1860 with 38.9% and 1864 with brute military force. Joe Kennedy erased a Nixon victory and bought the presidency for JFK through Mob purchases in Chicago. Is it conceivable that the communists will not maximally corrupt and manipulate “vote-by-mail” to obtain a November victory? Of course they will. To communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs), the ends justify the means. No ethic, regulation, law, promise, duty or point of honor will ever prevent them from attempting to steal power. The essence of the Republic must be preserved at all costs, as Lincoln would say. President Trump must postpone the election due to COVID-19 until such time as the pandemic is in sufficient and quantifiable decline.

  8. Our campaign has sent letters to Twitter and Facebook demanding that this disinformation, which seeks to undermine faith in our electoral process, gets taken down immediately.

    This is classic projection. Mail-in voting and absentee ballots are the weak spot in our electoral process. Ballot harvesting has proven to be ripe for fraud and it’s not just benefiting one party over the other. There is no good faith argument to be made that would permit voting practices that would disenfranchise eligible voters. If this government can dish out money like candy, surely they can spend money to make sure all citizens that are eligible to vote have the documentation to prove it and that each vote cast is provable to have been made by that individual.
    https://thefederalist.com/2018/12/14/ballot-harvesting-became-new-way-steal-election/

  9. Mail-In Ballots Were A Big Hit In Iowa This Month. But Republicans Don’t Like It!

    Iowa set a new record for primary election turnout this month after secretary of state Paul Pate sent applications for mail-in ballots to all registered voters. More than 520,000 ballots were cast, according to Pate’s office, beating the previous record of 450,000 set in 1994.

    Now, Republicans in the state senate are trying to prevent him from doing the same in the general election this November.

    The Iowa Senate State Government Committee advanced a 30-page bill on a party-line vote late last week that would prohibit Pate, also a Republican, from proactively sending applications for mail-in-ballots to all registered voters. Anyone who wanted a mail-in ballot would need to submit a written request on their own and show proof of valid voter identification.

    The bill would prohibit the secretary from taking emergency election action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The secretary can make changes in cases of extreme weather or during wartime, it says, but not during a health crisis. It also prevents Pate from making any changes to the early or absentee voting process, even in an emergency.

    In addition, the bill would require election offices to send reminder notices to any voter who misses one general election and would require his or her status to be updated to “inactive” before the notices are sent. Current law says that notices should sent after four years of no voting, with no change in status unless the post office returns the notice as undeliverable.

    Edited from: “After Record Primary Turnout, Iowa Senate Republicans Try To Limit Vote-By-Mail In Presidential Election”

    Fortune, 6/9/20

  10. By executive order, President Trump must postpone the November election due to the insurmountable obstacles created by COVID-19.

    A fair and open election is impossible under the extant pandemic conditions.

    Democrats have cancelled their convention.

    The election must not be conducted until such time as the pandemic is in sufficient and quantifiable decline.

    Democrats promote mail-in voting only and precisely because it is corruptible.

  11. DATA ON MAIL-IN VOTING FRAUD

    Vote fraud in the United States is exceedingly rare, with mailed ballots and otherwise. Over the past 20 years, about 250 million votes have been cast by a mail ballot nationally. The Heritage Foundation maintains an online database of election fraud cases in the United States and reports that there have been just over 1,200 cases of vote fraud of all forms, resulting in 1,100 criminal convictions, over the past 20 years. Of these, 204 involved the fraudulent use of absentee ballots; 143 resulted in criminal convictions.

    Let’s put that data in perspective.

    One hundred forty-three cases of fraud using mailed ballots over the course of 20 years comes out to seven to eight cases per year, nationally. It also means that across the 50 states, there has been an average of three cases per state over the 20-year span. That is just one case per state every six or seven years. We are talking about an occurrence that translates to about 0.00006 percent of total votes cast.

    Edited from: “Let’s Put The Vote By Mail Fraud Myth To Rest”

    The Hill, 6/28/20

    1. Seth — I figured out why you post these long, ridiculous articles. You get paid by the line. A couple of lame-brained, over-long articles from NYT or WaPo and you can sit back with your gorgeous West Hollywood friends, have a Cosmo, and wait for the check.

      1. Young – like English barristers and writers, he might be paid by the word. 😉 Soros does seem to spend a lot of time in Europe.

        1. Paul– Good idea. Makes sense to copy and paste reams of garbage and then charge by the word. Then he can sit and sip his Shirley Temple with his gorgeous West Hollywood friends, chat while they do each other’s nails.

      2. REGARDING ABOVE:

        Young is one of many gay conservatives drawn to this site. They keep harassing straight commenters with a this gay crsp.

    2. “In the second video of James O’Keefe’s new explosive series on the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign, Democratic party operatives tell us how to successfully commit voter fraud on a massive scale. Scott Foval, who has since been fired, admits that the Democrats have been rigging elections for fifty years. ”

    3. hey seth did you catch my fun anecdote from Chicago i recently heard at the top of the page? it was a new one for me but reminded me of the ones I have already related about how Pat Marcy 1st ward alderman ran the show. things were worse then, weren’t they? i mean that’s what we are lead to believe and yet Chicago sucks worse than ever with Lori Lightfoot, BigLaw’s stooge “running the show” there now

      https://mafia.wikia.org/wiki/Pat_Marcy

      Lori is so disconnected from the city she had to hire US marshalls because she doesnt trust the CPD! Amazing someone like that could “win the election” in the first place

      Makes Rahm Emmanuel look like a fantastic mayor by comparison, so far

      I heard from a “Mayer Brown and Platt” connection (or whatever they’re called now) that I wasnt supposed to make fun of her. I didn’t quite catch why I should care what Biglaw thinks.I wiped them off the bottom of my shoe a long time ago

      1. Kurtz, I’d follow Chicago news but their papers are clearly second rate compared to the NYT and WaPo. They always were. But I used to love the Sun-Times as a coffee break and mass transit paper.

  12. Trump’s Reelection Strategy Is Casting Doubt On Mail-In Ballots

    On Tuesday, Mr. Trump declared, without offering any evidence, that the 2020 election “will be, in my opinion, the most corrupt election in the history of our country, and we cannot let this happen.”

    Mail-in ballots, he said, referring to conspiracy theories, could be stolen from carriers, counterfeited or forged by either forces inside the United States or by “foreign powers who don’t want to see Trump win.”

    “There is tremendous evidence of fraud whenever you have mail-in ballots,” Mr. Trump claimed during an appearance in Arizona, a statement that has no basis in the experience of the states that give voters the option of voting by mail.

    Mr. Trump has made five dozen false claims about mail balloting since April, as officials in various states began contemplating the need for expanded use of the option amid the pandemic.

    About a third of the president’s falsehoods were general warnings about widespread fraud in mail-in voting. Another 11 were specific claims about held-up mail carriers, stolen and forged ballots and dead people voting.

    Figures released Wednesday from a New York Times/Siena College survey of battleground-state voters showed that 61 percent strongly or somewhat support allowing all voters to use mail-in ballots if necessary, while 37 percent strongly or somewhat oppose it.

    But the poll also suggested that Mr. Trump’s message was getting through to his base: 88 percent of Biden supporters in six battleground states strongly or somewhat support mail-in voting, while 72 percent of Mr. Trump’s supporters strongly or somewhat oppose it.

    Edited from: “Trump’s False Attacks On Voting By Mail Stir Broad Concern”

    The New York Times, 6/24/20

    1. REGARDING ABOVE:

      Turley is totally disengenous by framing this as a ‘free speech’ issue. The truth is that Donald Trump is promoting disinformation as his reelection strategy. Trump seeks to undermine this year’s election months in advance because he knows he stands a strong chance of losing.

      1. Paul, right now the polls are looking terrible for Trump. Therefore he’s resorting to a Burn-Down-The-House strategy by trying to ruin the election in advance to bring about a constitutional crisis.

      2. Paul C Shulte, that had nothing to do with mail in ballots. It wasn’t the actual voting by mail that was the problem it was officials conniving fraud. Like the North Carolina Republican Party caught committing massive voter fraud after people put their votes in. It’s not the act of voting itself that is the problem.

  13. “Ironically, the Biden campaign is citing that fact that Trump’s views have been widely discredited”
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    Discredited by who exactly? Don Lemon? Rachel Maddow? Chris Cuomo?

    If states feel that showing up in person to vote would be dangerous, the solution is easy. Spread voting out over three days by appointment and ban exit polls.

  14. Election Postponement – Not Vote By Survey Monkey

    President Trump must postpone the November election due to COVID-19, understanding that a fair and equitable election is impossible and that all other economic and social activities have been modified and/or suspended for reasons of the pandemic. To conduct a legitimate election, voters must appear and have their identity confirmed at a polling place. Democrats have already cancelled their convention. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are promoting “vote-by-mail” knowing that they will be afforded an historic opportunity to manipulate and defraud the vulnerable voting system. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs), in order to seize unfair advantages, absurdly propose that America surrender its self-governance to Survey Monkey. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) employed our South Korean “allies,” K-pop, to enlist and encourage Tik Tok users to crash President Trump’s Tulsa rally. Communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) “harvested” ballots to conquer Orange County, CA and other districts. Lincoln won 1860 with 38.9% and 1864 with brute military force. Joe Kennedy erased a Nixon victory and bought the presidency for JFK through Mob purchases in Chicago. Is it conceivable that the communists will not maximally corrupt and manipulate “vote-by-mail” to obtain a November victory? Of course they will. To communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs), the ends justify the means. No ethic, regulation, law, promise, duty or point of honor will ever prevent them from attempting to steal power. The essence of the Republic must be preserved at all costs, as Lincoln would say. President Trump must postpone the election due to COVID-19 until such time as the pandemic is in sufficient and quantifiable decline.

    1. That’s great news. thanks. If they attack white liberals as racist, that is the perfect outcome. The intellectual white liberal should be forced to either shut up about the left’s antics, or, grow up and join the team of that probably put them through school in the first place.

      Professorial and intellectual type white liberals need to lose their naivete and think more seriously about where precisely is their “gewohrfenheit”

    1. Kill the President sounds reasonable to some on the left.
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      “Facebook Whistleblower: ‘I was seeing them interfering on a global level in elections’
      Facebook Insider: Facebook Categorizes Trump Supporters With ‘Hate Organizations, Hitler, Nazis, MAGA’
      Former Google HR Contractor, Now Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Facebook: ‘No One Has the White Man’s Back Anymore’
      Facebook Content Moderator Israel Amparan: ‘Trump Supporters Are F*cking Crazy *ss *ssh*les’
      Amparan: ‘[Trump Supporters Are] A Bunch of Sh*tty F*cking Rednecks’
      Facebook Content Moderator Kassi Cimo: “Americans Should Take Iran’s $80 Million” Bounty on President Donald Trump “If It’s Gonna Save the Country, Why Not Do It?””

      1. we should spread that clip from veritas everywhere. if you are white man and this doesnt make you mad then you have no testes.

        google is downgrading this result in search terms, not just twitter and FB but google too.

        google is very much anti-white guy, anti-Trump, anti Republican too. break google up with antitrust too, stat!

        https://twitter.com/Project_Veritas/status/1276187817631191040?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

        1. I suggest you don’t use FB – I don’t – and recommend that to others.

          It’s a free country.

            1. here’s a crazy idea for FB users. If someone is really your friend, call them once a year to stay in touch. or better yet have a face to face meeting
              skip the internet-stalking fun on the very antisocial socalled social media

        2. Kurtz, I love Project Veritas and like how they show the truth while those on the left have to squirm. I like James O’Keefe and he is a fighter. He is dedicated and smart. Everyone should be supporting Project Veritas. His clips should be on every board but the left tries to censor him. His following is very strong and hopefully will continue to expand with your help.

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