You may recall that four days after the 2020 election, on November 7th, Rudy Giuliani stood in front of a lawn-care business located across the street from a porno shop in Philadelphia and held a press conference, which had to rank as one of the most bizarre public events in the entire political history of the United States.
That was the day when Rudy unveiled a national conspiracy which was robbing America of its elected governmental leadership. And it turns out that what Rudy claimed happened to be true. Except there was only one little problem, which is that the conspiracy was not directed against Trump.
It was directed by Trump, or at least by individuals working on behalf of Trump with the intention of stealing the election from Joe.
This conspiracy took a number of different forms and involved multiple strategies. Its first overt act occurred on April 7, 2020 when Trump denounced mail-in ballots, even though he voted by mail himself. He said: "Mail ballots are a very dangerous thing for this country, because they're cheaters," and he would repeat this statement on a daily basis throughout the entire campaign.
Incidentally, April 7 happened to be the date of the Wisconsin Presidential primary, and we’ll get back to Wisconsin in a bit.
After the election, which Joe won with 306 electoral votes and 7 million popular votes (Trump received 304 electoral votes and lost the popular vote in 2016), the Trump campaign initiated more than 60 lawsuits, all of which failed, with most being rejected because they lacked any proof to substantiate the charges at all.
These challenges were submitted in 13 different state courts, as well as in federal court, with ‘swing’ states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Nevada receiving multiple suits. If Trump had successfully overturned election results in two of those four critical swing states, he still would have come up short of the electoral votes he needed to win the 2020 race.
Giuliani was involved in the planning or coordinating of many of these bogus legal claims, as well as the phony lawsuits against Dominion Voting Systems, the company which settled a defamation lawsuit against Fox News for $787 million but still has a legal action pending against Giuliani in a separate defamation case.
The most egregious effort concocted and led by Giuliani against the 2020 election results was an effort to have GOP legislators in seven states convene special sessions of their legislatures and produce false reports on electoral college results which would then be sent to Mike Pence and be substituted for the electoral college certificates which Pence would then use to give Trump an electoral college edge.
Finally, let’s not forget that Giuliani stood up in front of the crowd which assembled on January 6th and said the following: “Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail, so, let’s have trial by combat.”
The good news is that a Wisconsin judge has just scheduled a trial to begin two months before the 2024 election, which seeks $2.4 million in damages from a group of Republicans who posed as electors and send a phony electoral college report to be counted by Mike Pence on January 6th.
This electoral college fraud undermines any attempt by Giuliani, Trump, or anyone else to promote the idea that Joe and a Democrat(ic) Party cabal tried to steal the 2020 election from the GOP. Which may be the reason why Trump is saying that the 2024 election will show ‘interference’ in the voting process rather than outright ‘fraud.’
The truth is it doesn’t matter what Trump says. It didn’t really matter in 2016, or in 2020, and it won’t matter in 2024. To vote for Trump either you always vote GOP no matter heads the ticket, or you actually believe in the existence of the Deep State.
But let’s not overlook the fact that every year lots of folks drive out to the New Mexico desert, hoping to view the Martians who live at Area 51.