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Republican congressman claims Trump’s base is turning against him, calls fundraising from election a scam

A Republican member of Congress excoriated President Donald Trump’s fundraising in hopes of overturning the results of the election, and claimed that he’s heard from many in the Republican base that they’re turning against the president.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois spoke to Dana Bash on CNN on Tuesday and said that some Republican politicians are privately distancing themselves from the president.

“I think they’re starting to, I’ll tell you the base is starting to turn,” Kinzinger claimed.

“I get texts every day, granted people that are mad at me that are my friends probably aren’t going to text me,” he explained, “but, a lot of people that I thought would be upset with me calling this out, that are texting saying, ‘you know what you’re right, it’s time, and nobody else is saying it,’ you know if the president says the election is stolen and nobody rebuts him, you’re generally gonna believe him.”

“I do think it’s starting to turn,” Kinzinger concluded.

Kinzinger went on to say that the president would be a “player” in the Republican party after he leaves office, but that he wouldn’t be as influential for as long as many believe.

He also said in the interview that the president’s efforts to overturn the results of the election were undermining Democracy, and called his fundraising efforts to that end a scam.

“People that work hard for their money, hardworking taxpayers are giving their money to this because they’re convinced because the president’s telling them this, that they can win, and they can’t,” said Kinzinger.

“And the scam in congress with January 6th, all these members of Congress that are posting crazy things so they can get a ton of followers and retweets and raise money,” he added.

“I think we have to call it out finally because if we don’t people are just gonna believe it,” Kinzinger concluded.

Allies and supporters of the president who believe a massive voter fraud scheme stole the 2020 election from him plan a rally on January 6, the day of the Electoral College Certification Process in Congress.

Kinzinger is a U.S. Air Force veteran and lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard.

Here’s the video of Kinzinger’s comments:

GOP lawmaker: Trump’s fundraising is ‘a scam, it’s a big grift’

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Levin: On January 6, we learn whether our Constitution will hold

January 6 is the day we learn whether our Constitution will hold and whether congressional Republicans care.

The 2020 presidential election was, in several targeted battleground states, an unconstitutional electoral exercise. Even putting aside evidence of significant fraud, virtually none of which received a hearing by our courts, events leading up to and including the November national election constituted a radical and grave departure from the federal electoral system adopted by the framers of the Constitution and the state ratification conventions. Now, let’s be clear: None of this matters to the Democrat Party, since it and its surrogates perpetrated these unconstitutional acts, as I shall soon explain. Nor does it matter to the media, which is utterly illiterate on the subject and unequivocally supports the supposed outcome in any event. But it should be of great moment and concern to the people of this country and especially to congressional Republicans in both Houses, for if the latter do not at least confront and challenge this lawlessness on January 6, when Congress meets to count the electors, it will be the GOP’s undoing and, simultaneously, the undoing of our presidential electoral system. Ultimately, it will be the people of the United States who love our republic who will be the losers.

Win, lose, or draw, on January 6, the Republicans must not act as if “the people have spoken” and be cowered into passivity or worse, such as joining the Democrat Party and media hecklers, by insisting that they are part of a lawless party seeking to “reverse the results of the election.” Too many Republicans have already buckled, including the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, Sen. John Thune, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger. No doubt others who are unreliable and cowardly when facing the organized mob will follow. But let us not be judged by those who have intentionally and strategically manipulated our politics and the law to undermine our constitutional order. It is they who must be condemned.

Specifically, Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the federal Constitution could not be more explicit. It states, in pertinent part: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress …” This language was purposeful. During the Constitutional Convention, there were various proposals suggested for electing a president. Should the president be directly elected by the people? That proposal was rejected out of concern that such a purely democratic process could be hijacked by a temporary majority. Should the president be chosen in the first instance from within the national legislature? That proposal was also rejected on grounds of separation of powers. Should the judiciary play a role in the selection of the president? That idea was dispensed with as being the most objectionable, as judges were to be the least political of all public officials. The framers deliberatively and with much thought created the Electoral College process, in which the people and their elected legislatures — both state and national — would play important roles. But the electoral process rested first and foremost on the state legislatures directing how the electors would be chosen. The reason: While rejecting the direct election of a president, the framers concluded that the state legislatures were closest to the people in their respective states and would be the best representatives of their interests. At no time did the framers even raise the possibility that governors, attorneys general, secretaries of state, election boards, administrators, etc., would play any significant role in the electoral process. Indeed, certain of those offices did not even exist. Moreover, as I said, the courts were rejected out of hand. Thus, such an important power was to be exercised exclusively by the state legislatures.

After the 2016 election, the Democrat Party, its various surrogate groups, and eventually the Biden campaign unleashed hundreds of lawsuits and an unrelenting lobbying campaign in key states that had previously been won by President Trump, taking unconstitutional measures intended to stop President Trump from winning these states in the 2020 election, thereby literally undoing this critical constitutional provision. What had been carefully crafted at the Constitutional Convention and clearly spelled out in the Constitution was the main obstacle to defeating President Trump and winning virtually all future presidential elections. The problem for the Democrats was that in several of these battleground states, the Republicans controlled the legislatures, while the Democrats controlled state executive offices. The Constitution was not on their side. Therefore, they used the two branches of government that were to have no role in directing the appointment of electors to eviscerate the role of the Republican legislatures.

In Pennsylvania, considered the battleground of the battleground states, the Democrat governor, attorney general, and secretary of state made and enforced multiple changes to the state’s voting procedures, all of which were intended to assist the Democrats and Biden. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, whose seven justices are elected, has a 5-2 Democrat majority. (In 2018, there was a big push by the Democrat Party to fill three of the seats with Democrats, and it succeeded.) Just months before the general election, that court rewrote the state election laws to eliminate signature requirements or signature matching, eliminate postal markings that were intended to ensure votes were timely, and extended the counting of mail-in ballots to Friday at 5:00 p.m. (state law had a hard date and time — election day on Tuesday, which ended at 8:00 p.m. ET), thereby fundamentally altering Pennsylvania’s election laws and nullifying the federal constitutional role of the Republican legislature.

In Michigan, among other things, the Democrat secretary of state unilaterally changed the state’s election laws with respect to absentee ballot applications and signature verification. Indeed, she sent unsolicited absentee ballot applications by mail prior to the primary and general elections. State law required would-be voters to request such ballots. She intentionally circumvented the Republican state legislature and violated the federal Constitution by issuing over 7 million unsolicited ballots. Furthermore, a court of claims judge, appointed by a Democrat, ordered clerks to accept ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 and received within 14 days of the election, the deadline for results to be certified. The ballots would be counted as provisional ballots. The state legislature had no role in these changes.

In Wisconsin, the Elections Commission and local Democrat officials in the state’s largest cities, including Milwaukee and Madison, changed the state’s election laws. Among other things, they placed hundreds of unmanned drop boxes in strategic locations in direct violation of state law. Not surprisingly, the locations were intended to be most convenient to Democrat voters. In addition, they told would-be voters how to avoid security measures like signature verification and photo ID requirements. These bureaucrats and local officials bypassed the Republican legislature in altering state election procedures.

In Georgia, the secretary of state is a Republican. Regardless, as explained in the Texas lawsuit brought against Georgia and the three other states mentioned above, “on March 6, 2020, in Democratic Party of Georgia v. Raffensperger, Georgia’s Secretary of State entered a Compromise Settlement Agreement and Release with the Democratic Party of Georgia to materially change the statutory requirements for reviewing signatures on absentee ballot envelopes to confirm the voter’s identity by making it far more difficult to challenge defective signatures beyond the 22 express mandatory procedures set forth at GA. CODE § 21-2-386(a)(1)(B). 71. Among other things, before a ballot could be rejected, the Settlement required a registrar who found a defective signature to now seek a review by two other registrars, and only if a majority of the registrars agreed that the signature was defective could the ballot be rejected but not before all three registrars’ names were written on the ballot envelope along with the reason for the rejection. These cumbersome procedures are in direct conflict with Georgia’s statutory requirements, as is the Settlement’s requirement that notice be provided by telephone (i.e., not in writing) if a telephone number is available. Finally, the Settlement purports to require State election officials to consider issuing guidance and training materials drafted by an expert retained by the Democratic Party of Georgia.” Georgia’s Republican legislature had no role in these electoral changes resulting from consent decree.

Consequently, in each of these four battleground states — and there were others — whether through executive fiats or litigation, key, if not core, aspects of state election laws were fundamentally altered in contravention of the explicit power granted to the state legislatures and, therefore, in violation of the federal Constitution and the process set forth for directing the selection of electors. And this is before we even get to the issue of voter fraud. That said, in many instances, ballots that would have been rejected or, if counted, evidence of fraud, were now said to be legal — not by state legislatures but by those who unilaterally changed the election laws.

The United States Supreme Court had an opportunity before the election, and in this general election cycle, to make clear to the states that they must comply with the plain language of Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution. Indeed, when a federal district judge in Michigan altered that state’s election laws, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned his order. Justice Gorsuch pointed out that the state legislature writes election laws. However, when a case was brought to the Court involving the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s interference in state election laws, the U.S. Supreme Court was paralyzed. Chief Justice Roberts attempted to distinguish between federal and state courts, which is irrelevant; in another instance, Justice Alito ordered the Pennsylvania secretary of state, not once but twice, to segregate certain mail-in ballots, but nothing came of it. A court divided against itself cannot stand, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln. Its failure to enforce the Constitution (and by that I don’t mean make law or intervene in legitimate state election decisions) has contributed mightily to our current plight.

Despite what has been reported and repeated, the president is not actually or officially chosen on Election Day. The president is not chosen upon the certification of electors by the states. The process ends in Congress. And on Jan. 6, Congress — following both the Constitution and its own procedural law — makes the final decision on who is to be president and vice president of the United States. Of course, in every election in my lifetime, up to now, while there have been some controversies, the process has proceeded without much attention. But this time is different, as it must be. The Democrat Party, its surrogates, and eventually the Biden campaign instituted an unprecedented legal and lobbying campaign, mostly under the radar, as it was not well covered by the usual media outlets, to undermine our Constitution, the Republican state legislatures, and the Trump re-election campaign, in favor of Biden. In other words, the Constitution’s electoral process for choosing electors and ultimately the president and vice president was systematically and strategically attacked. It is now left to Congress, or at least the Republicans in Congress, to confront this. The Democrat Party has done severe damage to the nation’s electoral system, to the point where the state legislatures are now in the position of having the least input on the manner in which elections are held and federal electors are chosen — the complete opposite of what the Constitution compels and the framers unequivocally intended. And the legislatures in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia have, in a variety of ways, objected to what’s occurred, underscoring the seriousness of the problem.

If this outcome is allowed to stand without a fight on Jan. 6, it is difficult to see how this can be fixed. The Democrats will view this as a sure sign that they are free to do more and even worse. It will become extremely difficult for Republicans to win nationwide elections (something the ten or so GOP senators who wish to run for president should keep in mind). It will also become increasingly difficult to win a Republican majority in the Senate. And the 2020 constitutional violations will be used as a baseline for even more unconstitutional manipulations of the electoral system. The Democrat Party’s goal is to turn the nation’s electoral system into the one-party rule that exists in virtually all blue states, especially California with its supermajorities.

As I said earlier, win, lose, or draw, the congressional Republicans must act. It is the Democrats and their media who seek to undo election results by undoing the election system. Look at what they did in 2016 (need I remind everyone of the relentless assault against candidate and then President Trump?) and now 2020. And they have every intention, as they have boldly proclaimed, to further undermine our constitutional system should they win the Senate majority in a few days — by eliminating the filibuster and any ability to slow their radical legislative agenda; packing the Supreme Court with left-wing ideologues; and packing the Senate with four more Democrats from Puerto Rico and D.C. And that’s just for starters. This is the same party that did not care that it had no hope of removing President Trump in the Senate, but impeached him anyway — on the most specious of grounds. They are playing for keeps and destroying our constitutional system, for which they have little regard. I am well aware that it takes a majority of both Houses to send the election of the president to the House of Representatives, where each delegation gets one vote, an extremely difficult hurdle.

Nonetheless, it is not asking too much for the Republicans to uphold the United States Constitution — which they all took an oath to do — and to fight to preserve and protect the plain words set forth in Article II. They must make the case to and on behalf of the American people. And they must make it clear to the Democrats that we, the people, who believe in this Republic, will not roll over! Now, let’s see how many statesmen there are among Republican members of Congress.

Mark Levin is the host of LevinTV on BlazeTV.

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?Electoral College officially confirms Joe Biden’s victory despite GOP picking ‘alternate’ electors to challenge the results

The Electoral College convened to officially confirm the victory of former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, but the Republican Party sent its own electors in several states to challenge the results.

With 270 votes needed to win the presidential contest, Biden received 306 electoral votes while Trump received 232 electoral votes.

The official count of the electoral ballots will be conducted on Jan. 6 in a joint session in Congress.

While the official count of the Electoral College will likely end any legal challenge by the Trump campaign, Republicans are attempting to keep their chances alive by picking “alternate” electors from contested state and sending their ballots to Congress.

Joe Biden speaks

In a speech Monday evening, Biden made his case against those who questioned the outcome of the election or claimed that it was illegitimate because of voter fraud.

“This legal maneuver was an effort by elected officials in one group of states to get the Supreme Court to wipe out the vote of more than 20 million Americans in other states, and to hand the presidency to a candidate that lost the Electoral College, lost the popular vote, and lost each and every one of the states whose votes they were trying to reverse,” said Biden of the lawsuit from Texas.

“It’s a position so extreme, we’ve never seen it before,” he continued. “A position that refused to respect the will of the people, refused to respect the rule of law, and refuse to honor our Constitution.”

Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated as president and vice president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2021.

Here’s more about the GOP challenge to the election:

Electoral College Votes To Make Biden Win Official | NBC Nightly News

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Steven Crowder checked the status of his ballot in Texas — and found someone could have voted under his name in Michigan

Conservative comedian and BlazeTV host Steven Crowder said that he saw bizarre anomalies when he tried to track his ballot and the ballots of his family from November’s election.

The results from the 2020 election have been questioned by President Donald Trump and his allies after highlighting some of the problems associated with the rush to vote by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowder documented the anomalies of the votes from his wife, his grandmother, and his own vote on his show on Monday.

He said that both his wife and his grandmother voted with absentee ballots, but that when he went to track their ballots, he saw that his grandmother’s ballot was not in the system, and neither was the ballot of his wife.

Crowder went through the process to show how someone might track the ballot in Michigan, and entered the information for his wife to show that there was no status on whether they had received the ballot.

Crowder then said that he discovered that he was registered in Michigan even though he had personally registered in Texas and voted there.

“Let’s bring this up from [news outlet] Forbes. Michigan’s law is that everybody that’s registered to vote, gets a ballot, they don’t have to be requested,” he explained.

“This was signed into law, everyone registered to vote gets a ballot, so someone living at that address, where I no longer live, this is an old residence, received my ballot, as to whether they voted, I do not know!” Crowder continued.

“All I know is my wife voted in Michigan. My wife voted absentee, my grandmother voted absentee, who lives in Michigan, 100% of the days of the year, and the information we have on their absentee vote is the exact same information we have on my voter registration in Michigan, which is false,” he added.

“So, best case scenario, this is a broken system where you cannot check the status on your absentee ballot,” Crowder said.

“Worst case scenario, it’s the perfect system to try and remove any transparency for obvious fraud,” he concluded.

Crowder encouraged voters, especially in Michigan, to check the status of their ballots and to call their county clerk’s office if they saw anything that might cause suspicion.

EXCLUSIVE! Did I Vote In Two Different States? | Louder With Crowder

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AG William Barr authorizes prosecutors to investigate ‘substantial allegations’ of election fraud

Attorney General William Barr authorized prosecutors on Monday to look into allegations of election fraud in a letter after the media called the election despite claims of voting irregularities in several contests.

The Associated Press reported that the memo from Barr instructed prosecutors that investigations “may be conducted if there are clear and apparently-credible allegations of irregularities that, if true, could potentially impact the outcome of a federal election in an individual State.”

However, he also cautioned against pursuing less credible claims.

“While serious allegations should be handled with great care, specious, speculative, fanciful or far-fetched claims should not be a basis for initiating federal inquiries,” Barr wrote.

Media outlets called the election on Saturday for former Vice President Joe Biden based on a projection from reported vote counts, but President Donald Trump has claimed numerous times that he won by a large margin and that Democrats are attempting to steal the election.

Some supporters of the president praised the development.

“GREAT news from the DOJ & AG William Barr,” tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). “Every legal vote should be counted. Every fraudulent vote should be removed.”

“Barr lives!” said BlazeTV host Steve Deace.

Others, like CNN legal analyst Elie Honig, saw the move as a politically motivated weaponization of the Department of Justice.

“Barr already has turned DOJ into a political weapon for Trump,” tweeted Honig.

“Now he has crossed the last line of independence, and violated DOJ’s own policy, by using the prosecutorial power to try to gin up support for Trump’s desperate, last-ditch fraud narrative,” he claimed. “He’s way off the rails now.”

While others pointed to a sentence in the statement that emphasized the DOJ had not yet confirmed any fraud that had changed the election.

“Nothing here should be taken as any indication that the Department has concluded that voting irregularities have impacted the outcome of any election,” wrote Barr.

The states have until Dec. 9 to finalize their results and resolve any disputes. On Dec. 14, the Electoral College will finalize the outcome of the election.

Here’s a news report about the development:

BREAKING: Barr announces DOJ investigation into presidential election