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NEW YORK- Washington, D.C. is currently in the middle of a show trial of former President Donald Trump for his allegedly encouraging people to storm the Capitol and commit an “insurrection.”
Yet nothing in Trump’s words or actions leading up to the January 6 US Capitol siege show anything of the sort. “Peacefully and patriotically march to the Capitol and let your voices be heard,” is what Trump told his supporters.
Contrast that with what happened this past week, when a deranged maniac came within inches of stabbing Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), who is running for New York governor, at a campaign event.
In this case, Zeldin’s opponent, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) actually sent out locations where Zeldin would be appearing, encouraging her supporters to “RSVP” where “far-right extremists” will be gathering.
Given the current temperature of the nation and where rhetoric in particular from the far left has served to inflame the more radical elements of their party (see crisis pregnancy center attacks), Hochul’s comment was a clear dog whistle to those radical elements designed to, in this case, disrupt Zeldin campaign events.
However what Hochul’s comments did was send a signal to one of her clearly unhinged supporters to take it to the next level. But for the grace of God, Zeldin was uninjured.
Democrats encouraging their supporters to commit violence is nothing new. Over the past several years in particular, we have time and again seen Democrats try to stoke their supporters to “confront” those with whom they disagree.
Democrats such as Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and many others have used language much as Hochul did to fire up their base and encourage them to confront their opponents.
Waters for example told a crowd that if they saw Trump administration officials in public, at “restaurants” and at “gas stations” to “push back on them.”
All of this rhetoric has had dangerous consequences, the most prominent being a shooting by a Bernie Sanders supporter at a baseball practice for members of Congress, where Rep. Steve Scalise (D-LA) was seriously wounded by a shooter, with three others wounded.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, Sen. Rand Paul and his wife were attacked by a mob of Antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters while leaving an event for then-President Trump at the White House. Radio talk show and Fox News host Dan Bongino and his wife were similarly accosted.
It isn’t just high-profile individuals who have been attacked by unhinged lunatics, with a number of incidents involving Trump supporters and America First patriots being assaulted for, as J.D. Rucker in Liberty Daily writes, something as simple as wearing a red hat.
According to Breitbart, here is what happened in the case of Zeldin:
While Zeldin spoke at a campaign event in Fairport, New York, a man reportedly rushed the stage with a weapon in an apparent attempt to stab him [Zeldin] on Thursday. Fortunately, Zeldin grabbed the attacker’s wrist long enough for other event attendees to step in and subdue the attacker.
However, as people like GOP strategist and New York GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy pointed out, Hochul’s campaign sent out a press release just hours before the failed attack on Zeldin that blasted out the time and location of several of Zeldin campaign’s upcoming stops.
Hochul claimed that Zeldin and his team would spread “dangerous lies, misinformation, and his far-right agenda at these campaign events.”
“’Big Lie’ Lee and his entourage of extremists kick of the statewide ‘MAGA Republican’ Bus Tour, which will make stops across the state peddling dangerous lies, misinformation, and his far-right agenda,” Hochul’s release read.
The New York governor also claimed that Zeldin “will be joined by top anti-abortion advocates, NRA enthusiasts, and a cast of extremist groups.”
Hochul urged her supporters to “RSVP to hear about Zeldin’s ‘Election Integrity Task Force,’ and his recent election fraud scandal in which his campaign photocopied over 11,000 duplicate petition signatures.”
Given the temperature of the nation, especially after the recent Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade which unleashed a torrent of far-left violence, Hochul’s comments were not only inflammatory but appeared designed to incite.
Of course the chances of hearing any criticism of Hochul from Democratic Party state-run media is slim and none. Leading Democrats? Crickets. For them, violence is only bad when you have a handful out of tens of thousands of Trump supporters commit it on January 6, 2021.
Violent outrage is excused when it is done in the name of “social justice,” no matter the cost in property or lives lost. Violent thugs from Black Lives Matter and Antifa literally get away with murder, as does a Capitol police officer who shot an unarmed woman in the neck on January 6. Violence is only acceptable when it is their violence.
As Rucker notes, many on the left are committing true acts of violence, including the attacks on Zeldin and Scalise, along with the threatened assassination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Yet the left accuses the right of being “extremists.” Yet, there has not been one documented active incident where anyone on the left was threatened by the “alt right.”
As Bongino says, the left is always accusing the right of doing exactly what they are doing.
As for the man who attacked Zeldin, a sitting United States Congressman, he was released without bail just hours after the incident. Two tiers of justice in America? You decide.
Ignoring violence from their side is nothing new for the left. Below is a piece we published a while back on the subject:
WASHINGTON DC –Riots and looting have been a regular occurrence after the death of George Floyd in major metropolitan areas that are run by democrat leaders. Instead of speaking out against the violence and crime sprees, democratic leaders refused to even bring up the topic and the Democratic National Convention.
The numbers are in for Joe Biden's Thursday night DNC speech… https://t.co/nHkIH5xYyd
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 22, 2020
The Democrat Nominee for President, Joe Biden, gave his acceptance speech during the DNC this week.
All the while neglecting (or forgotten to be fair) to mention any of the riots that have been occurring since May.
Biden was not the only democrat leader who failed to bring up or address the ongoing violence.
Each of the four nights of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) was dominated by gloomy messages of racial division, victimhood, and disdain for President Trump, despite the party’s official theme of “Uniting America.” https://t.co/Z43pGcK4vy
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 21, 2020
The Democrat Mayor of DC, Muriel Baston, lead off her speech by saying:
“Our nation is facing a lot right now and over the next four nights we are going to cover it all. But tonight we are going to talk about three specific crises we face the pandemic, an economic downturn, and an ongoing systemic racial injustice.
“But we’re not just going to focus on what’s wrong; we’re going to talk about how to make it right.
“When peaceful protestors were tear-gassed across from the White House our next speaker stood up, stood strong, and turned that place into the Black Lives Matter plaza in their honor.”
Of course there are many issues with her opening remarks, but, for the moment, let us just focus on the one glaring lie that she said:
“When peaceful protestors were tear-gassed across from the White House.”
In an interview with CBS in June, Attorney General William Barr was asked a question regarding the so-called peaceful protests that Baston spoke about in her opening remarks. Barr said:
“There were three warnings given. But let’s get back to why we took that action. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, OK, there were violent riots in- at Lafayette Park where the park police were under constant attack at the- behind their bike rack fences. On Sunday, things reached a crescendo.
“The officers were pummeled with bricks. Crowbars were used to pry up the pavers at the park and they were hurled at police. There were fires set in not only St. John’s Church, but a historic building at Lafayette was burned down.”
Now that this lie is settled, we can focus on other falsehoods presented by the democratic leaders in their speeches. For instance, the lie in which the democrats claim President Trump spoke about white supremacists at the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 as being “very fine people.”
What was really said by President Trump was this while speaking with reporters, courtesy of Breitbart News:
“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, ad you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides…You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E Lee to another name.”
President Trump than made his stance clear:
“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally – but you had may people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists, okay?
Now, in the other group also, you had some fine people, but you also had troublemakers [Antifa] and you see them come with the black outfits and with the helmets and with the baseball bats – you had a lot of bad people in the other group too.”
Now that that is settled, we can look at what else the democrats also spewed. Democratic leaders spoke against President Trump’s sending of additional federal police to protect federal buildings in Portland.
They claimed, falsely, that the unrest occurring in Portland was directly a result of the federal authorities being there. However, this could not have been the case as riots were occurring both well before the increased federal present, and after.
Although democrats refusing to take responsibility for any missteps they make is not something new, it is amazing that a major issue facing our nation was not even brought up or addressed.
Democrats: Mail-in voting is safe. Democrat-run NJ: We’re gonna need to redo this election because of these guys.
TRENTON, NJ –Democratic New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, recently announced that every person in the State of New Jersey will receive a mail-in ballot.
This move was done because he felt that the primary election, which was run by the same model, “was a success.”
If the governor meant that the primary election done through mail-in balloting was ripe with fraud and illegal actions was a success, he would be right.
The superior court Judge, Ernest M. Caposela orders New Local Election Ordered in Patterson , N.J. After Mail-In Voter Fraud Charges
Nearly 20 percent of the mail-in ballots in a municipal election in Paterson were thrown out because of irregularities.https://t.co/sXSUcEefVw
— James Worley © (@JamesWorley) August 21, 2020
LET reported in June the incident which led up to State Superior Court Judge Ernest Caposela to shoot down the election results of the primary election in Paterson, New Jersey.
With this election, current Paterson Councilman Michael Jackson and Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez are alleged to have committing voting fraud.
The criminal investigation into the matter started when the United States Postal Inspection Service noted that hundreds of mail-in ballots were in the same mailbox.
This was odd because if people mailed their ballots normally, a large amount of them would not typically end up in the same location at the same time.
Authorities began an investigation which ultimately led them to four different people being involved.
Jackson, Mendez, Shahin Khalique, and Abu Razyen were alleged to have participated in a scheme which they conducted ballot harvesting which is illegal under New Jersey law.
Some people believe that the group collected these ballots, or in some cases, stole them out of mailboxes, and ensured they got the votes they wanted. All four were arrested in the scheme.
For Councilman-Elect Mendez, he was charged with second-degree election fraud as well as five other criminal violations.
The main allegation is that Mendez had custody of voter applications that he knew or should have known were “false, fictitious, or fraudulent, in that he knew the person for whom the application was procured was not eligible to vote in the election district identified on the application.”
After the fraud was discovered, election officials threw out 800 ballots that were deemed to be tainted over this scheme. Although all involved maintain their innocence, an injunction was secured which prevented Mendez from being sworn into office.
This contested election was eventually brought to Caposela’s courtroom to be heard. On August 19th, he ruled that the election was invalid due to the alleged fraud. Caposela has ruled that the new election will be held in November.
Despite this ruling and evidence of fraud, Murphy still believes that mail-in voting is the best option for the state.
President Donald Trump and most republican leaders are against mail-in voting because of the fraud that could occur as a result. This case certainly serves as an example of how the republican leaders are correct.
However, Murphy feels differently and actually views this as an example of how fraud was detected and stopped. He said:
“Some guys tried to screw with the system, they got caught. They’ve been indicted. And you’re innocent until proven guilty, but if they’re convicted, they’ll pay a big price for that.”
What Murphy fails to acknowledge as the key phrase he gave in his response to this fraud, “they got caught.”
In other words, had they been smarter in their scheme, like not putting hundreds of ballots in one mailbox, they may have gotten away with the crime. Makes one wonder how many examples are out there of voter fraud in which the criminals were never caught.
Murphy assures the public that election officials are prepared for the general election in November. He then said:
“He [President Trump] feels very passionately. We believe the facts, particularly based on the primary we successfully had – the second highest turnout ever -that we’ve got the actual track record.”
Again, Murphy’s definition of success must be drastically different from most peoples, after all, having part of an election thrown out over fraud is far from a success.
Then of course you have Lansing, Michigan.
For months, Democrat leaders have been making the push toward voting by mail and ballot harvesting.
LET has reported several times in the last couple months on problems with it all throughout the country which certainly shows that both mail in voting and ballot harvesting are ripe with potential fraud and issues.
In a recent report out of Michigan, there seem to be at least more concerns regarding voting by mail.
Dems: Mail in voting is safe!
— 🇺🇸 Trick 🇬🇧🇮🇪 (@Trickael1) August 16, 2020
Recently, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office released information regarding the rejection of several thousand absentee ballots. Out of the 10,600 absentee ballots that were rejected on August 4th, 6,400 were refused because they had arrived after election day.
2,225 ballots were also not counted because there were no signatures present on the envelope. Another 1,111 were discounted because the voter had moved after their vote was cast. And, amazingly, 846 were refused because the voter was deceased.
Benson’s office claims the 846 deceased voters had died after their vote was cast. They were able to stop the votes from coming through because they get monthly updates from the Social Security Administration. Thus, stating that there was no mail fraud on the deceased votes and their system worked.
The Detroit News reports that the number of mail in votes by deceased people has decreased, so far, from the November 2016 election. According to them, 1,782 votes were received by election officials from people who had died after their vote had been cast.
Problems with the design and timelines of mail in voting in the state of Michigan is not new.
United States Postal Service General Counsel Thomas Marshall informed Benson previously that the delivery timelines provided posed a “significant risk” to ballots being sent to close to election day. As noted previously, votes that are received after election day are null and void.
In a letter to Benson, Marshall said:
“This mismatch [in delivery schedule] creates a risk that ballots requested near the deadline under state law will not be returned by mail in time to be counted under your laws as we understand them.”
Marshall advised that the postal service already prioritizes sending of ballots through the mail. However, even with that priority in place, he calls on voters to mail their ballots in at least 15 days ahead of election day to ensure the ballot makes it in time.
Currently, Michigan election law allows voters to apply for a mail in ballot up to election day, leaving no time for the vote to make its way back to the election office. It also allows for ballots to be mailed to voters up to 4 days before the election. A time frame that Marshall advised is impossible to ensure.
In his letter, Marshall said:
“If a requested ballot is transmitted to the voter by mail at or near that 4-day deadline, there is a significant risk that the ballot will not reach the voter before Election Day, and accordingly that the voter will not be able to use the ballot to cast his or her vote.”
A record 75% of Americans can vote by mail in 2020.
If recent election trends hold and turnout increases, as experts predict, roughly 80 million mail ballots will flood election offices this fall, more than double the number that were returned in 2016. https://t.co/MbwnYZbUqC pic.twitter.com/I7n74bDHxy
— Peter Eiges (@PeterEiges) August 14, 2020
Benson’s office said the release of this information in hope that state leaders will work to pass legislation to help speed up the process and give her office the ability to notify voters for issues when the voter has not signed the ballot.
“The data demonstrates that thousands of people who cast otherwise valid votes were not able to participate in last week’s election solely because the Legislature failed to act ahead of the primary.
With turnout and absentee ballot numbers expected to double or even triple in November, we could be looking at tens of thousands of Michigan citizens disenfranchised if the legislature again fails to act.”
Currently, 2.4 million Michigan voters have signed up to conduct absentee ballots in the upcoming presidential election. Benson advised that her office will be sending mailers out to the remaining 4.4 million registered voters to encourage them to participate with this voting method.
In a state that was narrowly won by President Trump in 2016, every vote counts.
Supreme Court just made it easier for Rhode Island to pull off mail-in voting scheme
Rhode Island – A state requirement for mail-in voting in Rhode Island, that has been on the books for over four decades, is being flouted by way of invoking the pandemic.
This requirement specifically obliged having two witness signatures present, or a notary sign-off on a mail-in ballot before a voter sends it out in the mail.
But since people shouldn’t be congregating, the requirement is being ignored this election season.
The Supreme Court will not intervene in a legal fight over absentee ballots in Rhode Island, meaning the state's order removing a requirement that absentee ballots must be signed by two witnesses or a notary public will stand. It's a loss for the RNC. https://t.co/KDwHKOdWUh
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 13, 2020
Rhode Island state officials suspended the need to have two witness signatures or notary sign-offs for mail-in ballots, which the Supreme Court allowed to continue unabridged on August 13th.
The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Rhode Island sought the interjection from the high court, but the effort didn’t reach the conclusion those parties wanted.
The court noted that “no state official has expressed opposition,” against placing the witness signature requirement on hold for mail-in ballots in Rhode Island this year, which seems to have heavily influenced the decision in this matter.
This suspension of the 1978 requirement was first used in Rhode Island for the state’s primaries on June 2nd, a move enacted by Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo while pandemic concerns were in peak season.
An agreement that makes it easier for Rhode Island residents to vote by mail during the pandemic will remain in place after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an effort by Republicans to block it.https://t.co/Il9lzQvjSi
— NPR (@NPR) August 13, 2020
Roughly a month after the June primaries, the ACLU decided to bring a lawsuit against Rhode Island, saying that because of health concerns, this witness requirement for mail-in voting should be halted for both the September 8th primaries and the general elections in November.
This brought more fodder to the Supreme Court’s decision in not forcing Rhode Island to enforce the requirement, since it has previously transpired in June, and those tasked with enforcing the requirement aren’t against placing it on hold:
“[In] similar cases where a State defends its own law, here the state election officials support the challenged decree, and no state official has expressed opposition…The status quo is one in which the challenged requirement has not been in effect, given the rules used in Rhode Island’s last election, and many Rhode Island voters may well hold that belief.”
While members of the ACLU were thrilled with the court’s decision, members of the Rhode Island Republican Party were disappointed in how the court responded.
RIRP Chair Sue Cienki stated the following about the matter:
“We fear that this decision will create more, not less confusion.”
This confusion is in reference to the recent NAACP lawsuit in Alabama where the Supreme Court upheld the state’s right to enforce witness signatures on absentee ballots earlier in July.
It's happening https://t.co/BfYaHjvrGx
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) August 14, 2020
However, the difference being that in these two cases, the state of Alabama was fighting to uphold election fraud safeguards, whereas the state of Rhode Island was the one to suspend the requirement.
As for Rhode Island, September’s primary includes both houses of the General Assembly, two seats in congress, and one seat within the Senate. For the September primary, the final day to request a mail-in ballot is on August 18th. Regarding the November election, the final day to request a mail-in ballot is on October 13th.
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Recently, the mail-in voting process has come under fire as more and more evidence of mishaps keep arising.
According to The Center for Voter Information, more than half-million inaccurate applications for absentee ballots were sent by mistake to people all across Virginia. Some of the ballots were sent to dead people, the wrong relative and/or residence, and comically, to pets.
This calamity was flagged by several people receiving the improper ballots such as election monitors, members of the League of Women Voters and a retired FBI agent.
The Center for Voter Information said the absentee application mailings were sent to “eligible voters” in the state and “some of the mailers may have directed the return envelopes” for the absentee applications to the wrong election offices.
The counties that were effected included Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Franklin City, Franklin County, Richmond City, Richmond County, Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
The Center for Voter Information said in a statement:
“Approximately half a million applications sent to eligible voters in Virginia included incorrect information, and we are working diligently to address the issues. Mistakes in our programming are very rare, but we take them seriously, and our methods overall are extraordinarily effective,”
The statement continued:
“We know that voters are on high alert as the November election approaches, and we regret adding to any confusion. Please rest assured that we are working with local election officials in Virginia to re-direct the vote-by-mail applications to the proper locations, and will rectify any errors at our own expense,”
The Center uses the Smith-Edwards-Dunlap Company for their ballot printing. President and CEO, Jonathan Shapiro, responded to the mistake, saying:
“occurred because we incorrectly aligned a spreadsheet that matched the voter with their local election office.”
He went on to say the mistake:
“created confusion for voters who are trying to exercise their right to vote from home, safely and conveniently.”
The Center for Voter Information, and similar groups rely on information in the state’s official voter registration database.
According to Just the News, they asked the Virginia Department of Elections if it is working on updating the voter registration database so third party groups do not send absentee ballot applications to the wrong addresses or to deceased people.
The department spokesperson said:
“The Virginia Department of Elections does not coordinate with third parties on campaign efforts. You will have to contact the third party group directly regarding their data source,”
“Regarding our records management, the Department engages in ongoing and extensive annual and monthly list file maintenance processes.”
The centers website makes a statement about the mailings, encouraging people to submit their ballot requests directly on the website.
The statement reads:
“The Virginia Department of Elections has no affiliation with this group nor coordinates with any third party groups on campaign efforts. We are aware that voters in multiple localities that received an absentee ballot application were given pre-paid return envelopes addressed to the incorrect registrar’s office,”
“The Virginia Department of Elections encourages all voters that would like to receive an absentee ballot for the November election to apply electronically on our website www.elections.virginia.gov/voterinformation.
Any applications that arrive in the wrong locality’s office will be forwarded immediately to the correct office for processing. If you have already applied for an absentee ballot, you do not need to submit a new application.
The first day that absentee ballots will be mailed is September 18, 2020,”
Senior legal advisor for the Trump campaign, Jenna Ellis, commented on the absentee ballot application problems that occurred in Virginia, and compared it to what could happen in Nevada.
“Imagine if these applications were live ballots mailed out”
“That’s what’s going to happen in Nevada under their recently passed AB4, and what Democrats are pushing for nationally.
What will stop a ‘printing flub’ for actual ballots under a universal vote-by-mail system? President Trump warned about these dangers months ago.
The Democrats’ plan to intentionally undermine election security will cause incalculable chaos unless we have securities that our campaign lawsuits are insisting on to protect all voters.”
The media and Democrats are hellbent on crashing the voting system, blaming Trump, then declaring Democrat electoral victoryhttps://t.co/fEkpb0fZLi
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) August 8, 2020
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