The Stolen Election: Why So Many Still Sense Trump Won

Last year’s U.S. presidential election has been analysed backwards and forwards. But with so many layers to the story, it can be difficult to summarise all that took place — beginning with the now-discredited claims that Trump cheated in 2016, through to Covid-19 and the states’ last-minute legal changes for mail-in ballots, to the summer riots, to the spectacular claims of voter fraud that lingered long after the event.

For so many Americans, the suspicion has not gone away: many still feel that Trump was illegitimately robbed of victory in 2020. That suspicion is dismissed by critics — but dismissing it so easily is only made possible by ignoring the many details of the saga.

This week, a Twitter thread appeared providing a very succinct and profound summary of that saga. It was authored by Darryl Cooper (with Twitter handle @MartyrMade), a historian and podcast host. The posts in his thread have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes, and Fox News host Tucker Carlson has since drawn attention to the thread on his nightly news program.

The 35-post thread has been reproduced below in full. Links to relevant news articles and videos are supplied so that the reader can fill in any gaps in their knowledge of these events. Key to Cooper’s summary is that the claims of voter fraud are a secondary issue: what Trump supporters feel most strongly about is the abject deceit of America’s corporate media and other powerful institutions they had been raised to believe were patriotic and trustworthy.

Cooper’s lucid explanation is made more impressive by the fact that each individual post was bound by Twitter’s 280-character limit. If you are still trying to make sense of the mess that was the 2020 election, read on:

I think I’ve had discussions w/enough Boomer-tier Trump supporters who believe the 2020 election was fraudulent to extract a general theory about their perspective. It is also the perspective of most of the people at the Capitol on 1/6, and probably even Trump himself.

Most believe some or all of the theories involving midnight ballots, voting machines, etc, but what you find when you talk to them is that, while they’ll defend those positions w/info they got from Hannity or Breitbart or whatever, they’re not particularly attached to them.

Here are the facts — actual, confirmed facts — that shape their perspective: 1) The FBI/etc spied on the 2016 Trump campaign using evidence manufactured by the Clinton campaign. We now know that all involved knew it was fake from Day 1 (see: Brennan’s July 2016 memo, etc).

These are Tea Party people. The types who give their kids a pocket Constitution for their birthday and have Founding Fathers memes in their bios. The intel community spying on a presidential campaign using fake evidence (incl forged documents) is a big deal to them.

Everyone involved lied about their involvement as long as they could. We only learned the DNC paid for the manufactured evidence because of a court order. Comey denied on TV knowing the DNC paid for it, when we have emails from a year earlier proving that he knew.

This was true with everyone, from CIA Dir Brennan & Adam Schiff — who were on TV saying they’d seen clear evidence of collusion w/Russia, while admitting under oath behind closed doors that they hadn’t — all the way down the line. In the end we learned that it was ALL fake.

At first, many Trump ppl were worried there must be some collusion, because every media & intel agency wouldn’t make it up out of nothing. When it was clear that they had made it up, people expected a reckoning, and shed many illusions about their gov’t when it didn’t happen.

We know as fact: a) The Steele dossier was the sole evidence used to justify spying on the Trump campaign, b) The FBI knew the Steele dossier was a DNC op, c) Steele’s source told the FBI the info was unserious, d) they did not inform the court of any of this and kept spying.

Trump supporters know the collusion case front and back. They went from worrying the collusion must be real, to suspecting it might be fake, to realizing it was a scam, then watched as every institution — agencies, the press, Congress, academia — gaslit them for another year.

Worse, collusion was used to scare people away from working in the administration. They knew their entire lives would be investigated. Many quit because they were being bankrupted by legal fees. The DoJ, press, & gov’t destroyed lives and actively subverted an elected admin.

This is where people whose political identity was largely defined by a naive belief in what they learned in Civics class began to see the outline of a Regime that crossed all institutional boundaries. Because it had stepped out of the shadows to unite against an interloper.

GOP propaganda still has many of them thinking in terms of partisan binaries, but A LOT of Trump supporters see that the Regime is not partisan. They all know that the same institutions would have taken opposite sides if it was a Tulsi Gabbard vs Jeb Bush election.

It’s hard to describe to people on the left (who are used to thinking of gov’t as a conspiracy… Watergate, COINTELPRO, WMD, etc) how shocking & disillusioning this was for people who encourage their sons to enlist in the Army, and hate ppl who don’t stand for the Anthem.

They could have managed the shock if it only involved the government. But the behavior of the corporate press is really what radicalized them. They hate journalists more than they hate any politician or gov’t official, because they feel most betrayed by them.

The idea that the press is driven by ratings/sensationalism became untenable. If that were true, they’d be all over the Epstein story. The corporate press is the propaganda arm of the Regime they now see in outline. Nothing anyone says will ever make them unsee that, period.

This is profoundly disorienting. Many of them don’t know for certain whether ballots were faked in November 2020, but they know for absolute certain that the press, the FBI, etc would lie to them if there was. They have every reason to believe that, and it’s probably true.

They watched the press behave like animals for four years. Tens of millions of people will always see Kavanaugh as a gang rapist, based on nothing, because of CNN. And CNN seems proud of that. They led a lynch mob against a high school kid. They cheered on a summer of riots.

They always claimed the media had liberal bias, fine, whatever. They still thought the press would admit truth if they were cornered. Now they don’t. It’s a different thing to watch them invent stories whole cloth in order to destroy regular lives and spark mass violence.

Time Mag told us that during the 2020 riots, there were weekly conference calls involving, among others, leaders of the protests, the local officials who refused to stop them, and media people who framed them for political effect. In Ukraine we call that a color revolution.

Throughout the summer, Democrat governors took advantage of COVID to change voting procedures. It wasn’t just the mail-ins (they lowered signature matching standards, etc). After the collusion scam, the fake impeachment, Trump ppl expected shenanigans by now.

Re: “fake impeachment“, we now know that Trump’s request for Ukraine to cooperate w/the DOJ regarding Biden’s $ activities in Ukraine was in support of an active investigation being pursued by the FBI and Ukraine AG at the time, and so a completely legitimate request.

Then you get the Hunter laptop scandal. Big Tech ran a full-on censorship campaign against a major newspaper to protect a political candidate. Period. Everyone knows it, all of the Tech companies now admit it was a “mistake” — but, ya know, the election’s over, so who cares?

Goes w/o saying, but: If the NY Times had Don Jr’s laptop, full of pics of him smoking crack and engaging in group sex, lots of lurid family drama, emails describing direct corruption and backed up by the CEO of the company they were using, the NYT wouldn’t have been banned.

Think back: Stories about Trump being [expletive] on by Russian prostitutes and blackmailed by Putin were promoted as fact, and the only evidence was a document paid for by his opposition and disavowed by its source. The NY Post was banned for reporting on true information.

The reaction of Trump ppl to all this was not, “no fair!” That’s how they felt about Romney’s “binders of women” in 2012. This is different. Now they see, correctly, that every institution is captured by ppl who will use any means to exclude them from the political process.

And yet they showed up in record numbers to vote. He got 13m more votes than in 2016, 10m more than Clinton got! As election night dragged on, they allowed themselves some hope. But when the four critical swing states (and only those states) went dark at midnight, they knew.

Over the ensuing weeks, they got shuffled around by grifters and media scam artists selling them conspiracy theories. They latched onto one, then another increasingly absurd theory as they tried to put a concrete name on something very real.

Media & Tech did everything to make things worse. Everything about the election was strange – the changes to procedure, unprecedented mail-in voting, the delays, etc – but rather than admit that and make everything transparent, they banned discussion of it (even in DMs!).

Everyone knows that, just as Don Jr’s laptop would’ve been the story of the century, if everything about the election dispute was the same, except the parties were reversed, suspicions about the outcome would’ve been Taken Very Seriously. See 2016 for proof.

Even the courts’ refusal of the case gets nowhere w/them, because of how the opposition embraced mass political violence. They’ll say, w/good reason: What judge will stick his neck out for Trump knowing he’ll be destroyed in the media as a violent mob burns down his house?

It’s a fact, according to Time Magazine, that mass riots were planned in cities across the country if Trump won. Sure, they were “protests”, but they were planned by the same people as during the summer, and everyone knows what it would have meant. Judges have families, too.

Forget the ballot conspiracies. It’s a fact that governors used COVID to unconstitutionally alter election procedures (the Constitution states that only legislatures can do so) to help Biden to make up for a massive enthusiasm gap by gaming the mail-in ballot system.

They knew it was unconstitutional, it’s right there in plain English. But they knew the cases wouldn’t see court until after the election. And what judge will toss millions of ballots because a governor broke the rules? The threat of mass riots wasn’t implied, it was direct.

a) The entrenched bureaucracy & security state subverted Trump from Day 1, b) The press is part of the operation, c) Election rules were changed, d) Big Tech censors opposition, e) Political violence is legitimized & encouraged, f) Trump is banned from social media.

They were led down some rabbit holes, but they are absolutely right that their gov’t is monopolized by a Regime that believes they are beneath representation, and will observe no limits to keep them getting it. Trump fans should be happy he lost; it might’ve kept him alive.

[Photo by History in HD on Unsplash]

By |2021-07-12T14:08:51+10:00July 12th, 2021|Fairness & Justice, Leadership, World|2 Comments

About the Author:

Kurt Mahlburg is Canberra Declaration's Features Editor. He also works as a primary school teacher and a freelance writer. He blogs at Cross + Culture and is a regular contributor at the Spectator Australia, MercatorNet, Caldron Pool and The Good Sauce, among other online publications.

Kurt has published a book, Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West?, with rigorous analysis of the modern malaise in Western society.

He has a particular interest in speaking the truths of Jesus into the public square in a way that makes sense to a secular culture and that gives Christians courage to do the same.

Kurt has also studied architecture, has lived for two years on a remote island in Indonesia, is fluent in several Indonesian languages, and among his other interests are philosophy, history, surf, the outdoors, and travel.

2 Comments

  1. Mart July 13, 2021 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Kurt, you really need to step back and look at reality. Trump’s “election fraud” suits were all thrown out of courts across the US with over 50 judicial defeats in courts presided over by Republican and Trump-appointed justices – including the Supreme Court.

    “Legal efforts by Trump and his allies filed in states he lost have been stunningly unsuccessful… more than 50 losses in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/dec/11/supreme-court-rejects-trump-backed-texas-lawsuit-aiming-to-overturn-election-results

    And now you have Trump’s lawyers who after being sued for defamation are now saying in their defence that they’re not guilty because no-one should have taken their claims of fraud seriously because they were so ludicrous.

    Trump lawyer Sidney Powell’s sudden about face and admission that all of her accusations of a “Kraken – a fraud so vast and many-tentacled that it would resemble the mythical sea monster” were actually completely made-up nonsense after all show how deceitful and malicious Trump and his supporters actually are.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/sidney-powell-does-an-about-face-on-her-stop-the-steal-claims/2021/03/23/148b6900-8c00-11eb-a730-1b4ed9656258_story.html

    What more could possibly happen for you to realise Trump’s accusations are all fake news and a fraud themselves?

  2. Mart July 13, 2021 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Kurt, I think you need to step back and look at reality. Trump’s “election fraud” suits were all thrown out of courts across the US with over 50 judicial defeats in courts presided over by Republican and Trump-appointed justices – including the Supreme Court.

    “Legal efforts by Trump and his allies filed in states he lost have been stunningly unsuccessful… more than 50 losses in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level.”

    And now you have Trump’s lawyers who after being sued for defamation are now saying in their defence that they’re not guilty because no-one should have taken their claims of fraud seriously because they were so ludicrous.

    Trump lawyer Sidney Powell’s sudden about face and admission that all of her accusations of a “Kraken – a fraud so vast and many-tentacled that it would resemble the mythical sea monster” were actually completely made-up nonsense after all show how deceitful and malicious Trump and his supporters actually are.

    What more could possibly happen for you to realise Trump’s accusations are all fake news and a fraud themselves?

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