Lunchtime Reading

This is our lunchtime reading:

Building the “Big Lie”: Inside the Creation of Trump’s Stolen Election Myth

It starts with a long anecdote, but then ProPublica gets to the thesis:

ProPublica has obtained a trove of internal emails and other documentation that, taken together, tell the inside story of a group of people who propagated a number of the most pervasive theories about how the election was stolen, especially that voting machines were to blame, and helped move them from the far-right fringe to the center of the Republican Party.
Those records, as well as interviews with key participants, show for the first time the extent to which leading advocates of the stolen-election theory touted evidence that they knew to be disproven or that had been credibly disputed or dismissed as dubious by operatives within their own camp. Some members of the coalition presented this mix of unreliable witnesses, unconfirmed rumor and suspect analyses as fact in published reports, talking points and court documents. In several cases, their assertions became the basis for Trump’s claims that the election had been rigged.
Our examination of their actions from the 2020 election to the present day reveals a pattern. Many members of the coalition would advance a theory based on evidence that was never vetted or that they’d been told was flawed; then, when the theory was debunked, they’d move on to the next alternative and then the next.
The coalition includes several figures who have attracted national attention. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who served briefly as national security adviser to Trump before pleading guilty to lying to law enforcement about his contacts with Russian officials, is the most well known. Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of who left his position after his romantic relationship with the convicted Russian agent Maria Butina became public, is the coalition’s chief financier and a frequent intermediary with the press. Powell, who represented Flynn in his attempt to reverse his guilty plea, spearheaded efforts in the courts….

I think this will be worth the effort to read in full.

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2 Responses to Lunchtime Reading

  1. helped move them from the far-right fringe to the center of the Republican Party.

    Really not all that much of a lift; I mean, you need a micrometer to measure that distance. Time to acknowledge that there is nos such thing as a ‘center’ of the Republican party; it is conterminous with the right fringe.

    Here in TTSKoA this was pushed in by the chairwoman of the state party, not some obscure back-bencher weirdo.

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  2. Richard Portman says:

    No thanks. I gave it a try. It is all the same obfuscation and lies. An impenetrable thicket of bullshit.
    I gathered my things and went home. There has to be a way through this.


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