Not since the days of the Civil War, some 170 years ago, have we seen such hatred, such blatant disregard for the rule of law as we’ve been witness to in the days before and since the 2020 General Election. Although instances of massive vote fraud were found across the country, it appears as if Democrats concentrated their efforts in the states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In the days since the election, thousands of decent, patriotic Americans have stepped forward to sign sworn affidavits, testifying under penalty of perjury, to instances of Democratic vote fraud that they had personally witnessed in the polling places and the canvassing rooms on Election Day, and beyond.
Trump supporters were infuriated. After proudly casting their votes for a “plain-spoken,” no-nonsense businessman who promised to reverse the social and economic downtrends that threatened our economy, our military superiority, our cultural norms, our very existence, tens of millions of the Trump faithful were told that reports of massive vote fraud were just a “myth.” Democrats and their media propagandists insisted, “Nothing to see here, folks… just sit down and SHUT UP!” But Republicans who cherish their right to vote knew better; they knew that their votes had been thoughtlessly invalidated by the criminal acts of Democrat politicians.
What followed was a deluge of lawsuits in federal and state courts, challenging the election results in state after state. Although it is not known precisely how many lawsuits were filed, at least eighty lawsuits were filed in just the six target states… most of which were rejected on procedural grounds without being evaluated on merit. However, lawsuits filed in the U.S. Supreme Court concerning Arizona and Michigan election results are scheduled for conference by the full court on February 26. The full court will conference on cases filed in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin on Friday, February 19.
Trump supporters who had openly and honestly performed their civic duty were left to ponder: where do the Democrats find such people? Where do they find people who would so willingly participate in the defrauding of more than 70 million of their countrymen? How could it be that a man who had attracted more than 70 million votes and who had attracted massive crowds, day-in, day-out, in venues all across the country… how could such a man be defeated by an opponent who was not only physically and intellectually impaired, who was morally and ethically challenged, who hid out in the basement of his Delaware home for nearly the entire campaign season, and who had selected as his running mate a woman who could not meet the “natural born” standard required by the U.S. Constitution? Republicans asked what We the People could do to seek restitution, to regain that precious franchise that had been stolen from them.
In every city, town, and hamlet across America, Republicans mourned the loss of one of their most prized possessions. And when the members of the Electoral College met on December 14 to cast their votes for a president and vice president, the Biden-Harris electors failed to meet the solemn obligation that the U.S. Constitution demands of them. As such, the only remaining opportunity the People had to seek justice was the January 6 joint session of Congress when the members would meet to count the electoral ballots and to certify the election of a president and vice president. Trump supporters knew that if enough members of Congress could be convinced to object to the tainted electoral count in their home states, justice was still within reach.
For example, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where Vice President Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by just 81,660 votes, illegal and unconstitutional tinkering with state election laws by Democratic state officials was sufficient to have all 20 of the state’s electoral votes invalidated. So, is it any wonder that, when the Trump campaign announced a rally to be held at The Ellipse, in Washington, on Wednesday, January 6th, the day on which the Congress was scheduled to count the electoral ballots and to certify the results, tens of thousands of American patriots, frustrated and enraged beyond words, made immediate plans to travel to Washington to do whatever they could to reverse the stolen election of 2020? In his remarks to his supporters, the president said:
“We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated… lawfully slated. I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard…”
He could not have known that, even as he uttered those words, an unruly mob on Capitol Hill had already forced its way past police barricades and into the halls of the Capitol itself. Nor could he have predicted that, in the days that followed, congressional Democrats would use his non-violent words at The Ellipse as the basis for an article of impeachment.
The impeachment article proclaimed that, during his speech to supporters at The Ellipse, Trump “willfully made statements that, in context, encouraged – and foreseeably resulted in – lawless action at the Capitol, such as: ‘if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a county anymore,’ and ‘Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.’”
In a January 13 vote by the full House of Representatives, just seven days before Joe Biden was sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, Donald Trump became the first U.S. president in history to be impeached twice.
In the weeks and months following the November 3 election, the American people were forced to listen to endless protestations by Democrats, the mainstream media, and even a substantial number of their fellow conservatives and Republicans, asserting that charges of massive vote fraud were untrue, and that Joe Biden was the duly elected president of the United States. Knowing that to be untrue, all they could feel was a blinding rage.
Throughout the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, as Democrats attempted to lay blame for the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, the massive vote fraud that allowed Democrats to claim victory was the unspoken “elephant in the living room.” In fact, it was a political development far more significant than the proverbial “elephant in the living room.” History will record the theft of the U.S. presidency in 2020 as an Earth-shattering event equal in significance to a massive meteorite crashing into the Earth. Yet, through all the sound and fury of Donald Trump’s second impeachment, Democrats treated the theft of the 2020 General Election as if it never happened… as if the fraudulent election returns and the attack on the U.S. Capitol were totally unrelated events.
They were not. They were, in fact, directly related as cause and effect. The theft of the 2020 General Election was the greatest political crime in recorded history. Republican leaders should have known that Democrats would attempt to steal the election and they took minimal steps to prevent it. If politically astute Republicans knew that the 2020 General Election would be marred by fraud, violence, and intimidation, why did party leaders not know?
The February 15, 2021 edition of Time Magazine contains a 26-page exposé, titled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” explaining in great detail how Democrats stole the election. The authors were filled with such hubris that, instead of claiming success in “rigging” the election, as Trump feared, they simply claimed success in “fortifying” it.
The ball is now in the Republican court and the leaders of the party have a lot of work to do. For example, like 70 million of my countrymen… and before I will ever again be able to speak a civil word to a Democrat… I need to know to what extent the election was stolen.
For example, is it true that, in Arizona, where Joe Biden’s victory margin was 10,457 votes, election officials allowed 36,473 non-citizens to cast ballots?
Is it true that, in Georgia, where Biden’s victory margin was just 11,799 votes, some 66,247 seventeen-year-old teens were allowed to vote?
In Michigan, where Biden’s victory margin was 154,818 votes, did election officials tally 174,384 votes cast by voters who lacked legally-required registration numbers?
In Pennsylvania, where the Biden victory margin was 81,660 votes and the number of people who voted outnumbered the total number of registered voters by 170,830, who were those “ghost” voters, and who did they vote for?
In Wisconsin, where the Biden victory margin was 20,682 votes, who were the 216,000 voters who claimed status as “indefinitely confined,” thereby escaping the need to appear at the polls to provide voter identification before casting their ballot?
If Democrats are serious about passing H.R. 1, codifying all of the illegal tactics they used in the 2020 election, including the use of massive unrequested mail-in ballots, one wonders if Republicans will be up to the task of defeating it.
Until all of the above questions can be answered to my satisfaction, I will insist that Joe and Jill Biden are merely “squatters” occupying the White House. I will assume that the Oval Office is currently unoccupied, and I will be prepared to join with 70 million other Trump supporters to do whatever is necessary to reverse the wrongs that have been done to our party and to our great nation… literally, to “Make America Great Again.”
Paul R. Hollrah is a native of Missouri, a retired government relations executive, and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College. He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.