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“I am not sad that a f–king fascist died tonight,” a woman shouts into a megaphone at a BLM-Antifa gathering after a man was shot dead nearby.
“He was a f–king Nazi. Our community held its own and took out the trash.”
Videos posted by independent journalists Andy Ngo and Ian Miles Cheong show an American flag being burned in celebration as the crowd revels in the news.
Online video appears to show the murder. You can hear a man’s voice: “We got a couple right here.” And then two shots ring out.
The victim, identified as Aaron Danielson, reportedly was wearing the cap of conservative-libertarian group Patriot Prayer, whose caravan of pickup trucks festooned with flags drove through the city that day.
But because he was a supporter of President Trump, the victim did not deserve to live, according to BLM-Antifa.
Such callous disregard for certain human lives is a hallmark of the violent protests that have been sanctioned in Democrat-run cities by weak mayors such as Portland’s Ted Wheeler.
Wheeler doesn’t seem to understand that the more he appeases the mob, the more they demand. These are not peaceful protests. They are organized anti-police riots, marked by arson and property destruction. Yet Wheeler never says a word of criticism for the thugs. He only tries to find ways of satisfying their absurd demands.
After presiding over three months of riots, Wheeler called a press conference Sunday, at which he touted his 19-point program to emasculate the police.
Instead of expressing condolences to the family of the dead man, vowing that the perpetrators would be brought to justice or saying he would finally accept a standing offer of help from President Trump, Wheeler chose to make a political campaign speech attacking Trump: “Now you want me to stop the violence that you helped create. What America needs is for you to be stopped.”
Wheeler must have received the panicked memo from Biden campaign HQ after polls in swing states started moving toward the president over law-and-order fears in Middle America.
The Republican convention last week successfully pinned the riots in Democrat-run cities on Joe Biden and his supporters.
When Vice President Mike Pence spoke out in defense of police and warned “you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” Fox News pollster Lee Carter said independents loved the message, and he scored it a B.
How the Democrats didn’t see the backlash coming illustrates just what a bubble they are in.
Now, after mentioning not one word about violence in their cities at the Democratic convention, they acknowledge it by trying to blame Trump.
Biden issued a statement Sunday, saying “we must not become a country that accepts the killing of fellow Americans who do not agree with you.”
He should direct that comment at the BLM-Antifa ghouls celebrating the Portland murder victim’s death.
“What does President Trump think will happen when he continues to insist on fanning the flames of hate and division in our society and using the politics of fear to whip up his supporters,” said Biden.
But it is not Trump who has been inciting violent riots and disempowering police, it is Democrats.
As polls in June showed Biden was picking up the support of young people amid anti-police protests, Sen. Kamala Harris, whom he later selected as his running mate, was gleeful when she told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert that protesters “are not going to stop before Election Day … and they should not.”
Now that the tide has turned, Biden has been vigorously slamming the rioting.
“I condemn this violence unequivocally,” he said Sunday.
But he is too frightened to condemn the people committing it — the BLM-Antifa thugs who are the militant wing of the Bernie Bros he inherited and whose votes he needs to win in November.
Instead of going along with their nihilistic attitude to law and order, why doesn’t he tell his party to stop rushing to judgment against the police every time a black man is shot?
For instance, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha police last weekend and may be paralyzed. After a week of rioting that culminated in the deaths of two protesters at the hands of a 17-year-old vigilante they were trying to attack, more facts have emerged.
Blake was armed with a knife, according to the Kenosha Professional Police Association, resisted arrest, and had placed one officer in a headlock. The police had been called by a woman who said he had violated a restraining order related to an earlier sexual assault at the home of his alleged victim.
Your moral compass is awry if this person is a hero.
The courts will determine if the police used excessive force, but we have seen police shot before when an offender is allowed to reach inside his car for a weapon. Once you resist arrest and start fighting police, you are entering uncharted territory.
The unspoken demand of anti-police protests this summer is that cops not arrest anyone who resists. That will be the end of policing.
Democrats must be honest about what their pandering to BLM and Antifa means. The ultimate endpoint of demonizing cops and valorizing violent offenders who resist arrest is there is no law and order.
It's Obvious from Biden's statements it's perfectly clear he doesn't know what is actually going on in Democrat Cities, BLM or Antifa!
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden arrives at the Allegheny County Airport, en route to speak at a campaign event in Pittsburgh, Pa., Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Biden is forcefully condemning the violence at recent protests while also blaming President Donald Trump for fomenting the divide that’s sparking it. He’s dismissing his presidential opponent as incapable of tackling the violence himself.
“He doesn’t want to shed light, he wants to generate heat, and he’s stoking violence in our cities,” Biden said during remarks in Pittsburgh Monday. “He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.”
Biden went on to denounce rioting, looting and arson at recent protests.
“It’s lawlessness, plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted,” he said.
The speech marks a new phase of the campaign as Biden steps up his travel after largely remaining near his home in Wilmington, Delaware, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And after centering his candidacy on Trump’s mishandling of the pandemic, Biden is making a broader push to argue that Americans won’t be safe if Trump wins reelection. That’s an effort to blunt Trump’s “law and order” message, which the president is emphasizing as some protests against racial injustice have become violent.
A sense has taken hold in the Trump campaign that the more the national discourse is about anything other than the virus, the better it is for the president.
Trump tweeted on Monday: “The Radical Left Mayors & Governors of Cities where this crazy violence is taking place have lost control of their ‘Movement.’ It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but the Anarchists & Agitators got carried away and don’t listen anymore - even forced Slow Joe out of basement!”
In Pittsburgh, Biden said of Trump, “He may believe mouthing the words law and order makes him strong, but his failure to call on his own supporters to stop acting as an armed militia in this country shows you how weak he is,.”
Biden is seeking to cast recent protests as the Trump administration’s problem. However, Trump and Republicans are highlighting violence at protests as examples of what the country would look like under a Biden administration.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, the National Guard was deployed to quell demonstrations in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, that have resulted in some looting, vandalism and the shooting deaths of two protesters.
And this weekend, one of Trump’s supporters was shot at a demonstration in Portland, Oregon, prompting multiple tweets from Trump himself, including one late Sunday erroneously accusing Biden of failing to criticize the “agitators” at the protests.
On Sunday, Biden strongly denounced violent acts on any side.
“I condemn violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right. And I challenge Donald Trump to do the same,” he said in a statement.
“We are facing multiple crises — crises that, under Donald Trump, keep multiplying. COVID. Economic devastation. Unwarranted police violence. Emboldened white nationalists. A reckoning on race,” Biden was saying in Pittsburgh. “Declining faith in a bright American future. The common thread? An incumbent president who makes things worse, not better.”
Portland has seen nearly 100 consecutive nights of Black Lives Matter protests,and many have ended with vandalism to federal and city property.
Trump and other speakers at last week’s Republican National Convention frequently highlighted incidents of violence at protests that were sparked by the police killing of George Floyd last May, predicting that if Biden is elected in November such incidents will become the norm.
However, Biden accuses Trump of viewing the violence as a “political benefit.”
“He’s rooting for more violence, not less. And it’s clear about that,”Biden said last week.
For months, Trump was desperately trying to distract from the pandemic and, at times, seemed to receive slight positive bumps in support when touting the possible economic recovery, campaign officials said. But other attempts to change the narrative with cultural wedge issues fell flat, including a defense of Confederate monuments in the wake of calls for racial justice and polling suggested that Trump was far out of step with the Black Lives Matter movement, which enjoyed wide public support.
The Trump team has leaned hard on the push for law and order, even after it backfired when the president cleared Lafayette Square of peaceful protesters in early June. They now feel more confident of the case, having spent weeks, and their convention, hammering home one of their closing arguments: that Biden is a tool of the radical left and is powerless to stop the fringe forces.
How About Standing Up for the Residents of Your Community!
C. Douglas Golden
Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler hasn't been able to get the riot situation in his city under control in the three months since the death of George Floyd sparked protests across the nation.
In most cities, those protests have died down or been kept under control, usually because of some combination of effective city management and diminishing interest. Portland hasn't particularly seen the latter and it definitely hasn't seen the former.
Not that there isn't plenty of blame to go around in the Oregonian metropolis, but the fish rots from the head; Wheeler is the head and the rot's been happening for a a while.
Portland has been the site of far-left protests for years, including one involving an intersection being blocked by demonstrators who surrounded a car and did $3,000 worth of damage.
This was in 2018, before that kind of destruction was considered A Thing, mind you; Wheeler said he supported the police's decision not to intervene. During that time, the city also saw clashes between far-left and far-right groups which, again, no one in Portland officialdom could seem to get a handle on.
That was when things were going relatively well for America as a country. Now that things are a bit more problematic, Portland's Democratic mayor clearly has little control over what's happening in his city.
President Donald Trump has offered to send in federal law enforcement to help quell the situation. He's also used the city as an object lesson, saying in his Republican National Convention acceptance speech that the left wants to "make every city look like Democrat-run Portland, Oregon.”
Now, there are actually solid arguments against sending federal personnel into Portland. Kurt Schlichter -- a staunch conservative if there ever was one, and a former Army colonel to boot -- has a good Twitter thread about the numerous ways this could go wrong. The rules of engagement would be difficult to define, he says, plus housing and feeding whoever got sent to Portland would be a logistical nightmare -- particularly with local contractors who might be unwilling to work with the federal forces.
None of these are bad points.
You may not be surprised that, when Wheeler sent Trump a letter declining the federal government's help, he used none of them.
He did brag about his decision, though, by posting the letter to Twitter for all to see.
"Yet again, you said you offered to aid Portland by sending in federal law enforcement to our city," Wheeler wrote in the Friday letter. "On behalf of the City of Portland: No thanks.
"We don’t need your politics of division and demagoguery. Portlanders are onto you. We have already seen your reckless disregard for human life in your bumbling response to the COVID pandemic. And we know you’ve reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection," the letter continued.
At this point, this is just invective. We quickly get into lying:
"There is no place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city," Wheeler wrote.
"There is no room here for racist violence or those who wish to bring their ideology of hate into our community. Those who commit criminal acts will be apprehended and prosecuted under the law."
It's not just that the Portland Police Bureau hasn't done much about this in recent weeks -- it hasn't done much about this in recent years. Again, there's plenty of "place for looting, arson, or vandalism in our city." City officials have allowed it to happen with minimal resistance.
When he talks about "racist violence or those who wish to bring their ideology of hate into our community," he's talking about the far-right groups his city hasn't been able to control for years, along with the far-left groups they've clashed with.
And yes, you read those words correctly: "Those who commit criminal acts will be apprehended and prosecuted under the law." If this were a court of law and you were President Trump, you could call for summary judgment at this point and win.
Furthermore, Wheeler said that when federal forces were sent to to guard the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, "you made the situation far worse."
It's unclear whether that's the case, because the only reason they were there was that state and local law enforcement were making only the most desultory efforts to defend it.
If the federal personnel weren't necessary to protect the courthouse, all that Portland police needed to do was their jobs. This would make federal presence seem like a ridiculous stunt, which is what Wheeler claims it was.
Yet almost every media report from the site proved how necessary the federal presence was, no matter how bad it may have looked.
Oh, and then this tell-off: "In Portland, we are focused on coming together as a community to solve the serious challenges we face due to systemic racism, a global pandemic and an economic recession," he said in closing.
"Stay away, please."
Sure. Do your job, please.
In the midst of another round of riots, Wheeler really wants to try the no-thanks-we've-got-this defense. He claims to believe the president has "reached the conclusion that images of violence or vandalism are your only ticket to reelection."
It's unclear whether or not federal forces in Portland are the answer -- but if Mayor Wheeler believes this is the only way President Trump gets another term, this is basically an in-kind donation. He's abandoned his residents to spike the ball on Trump.
Wheeler probably doesn't believe most of this letter. He either inexplicably thinks everything is fine or knows accepting federal help is admitting defeat.
He doesn't care about the logistical challenges. He doesn't care about enforcing the law; his protestations to the contrary are belied by his city's actions.
In short, he's deluded, desperate or both. He's abandoned his residents and is bragging about it on Twitter for anti-Trump points.
Progressives change lexicon on how we talk about things, such as sex and race Illustration on the war of words by Alexander Hunter
Language is extremely powerful, and can convey meaning far beyond basic usage.
One of the most effective ways that Marxists advance their agenda is to change how we talk about things. When clever rewordings replace the truth, it’s easier to fool people.
For example, The Washington Post this past week said a transgender plaintiff “was designated female at birth, but identifies as male.”
In the blink of an eye, a biological fact — that someone was born a girl — is brushed aside and replaced with a term that implies that male or female sex is assigned, not a natural phenomenon.
In fact, the idea that your sex is “assigned at birth” is an increasingly common description. It validates the Gnostic-based insanity that one’s sex has nothing to do with physiology, just what goes on in people’s heads. By this reasoning, birth records can be altered to distort reality, which is a way to lie officially. And to force others to do so as well.
Gavin Grimm, who is now 21, sued the Gloucester County, Virginia, school district in 2015 to force them to allow her to use boys’ facilities. Two years later, the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court but was set aside when President Trump overturned an Obama gender-identity school mandate.
But last Wednesday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled 2-1 that the school board had violated Gavin Grimm’s 14th Amendment right against sex discrimination. The high school had offered a gender-neutral bathroom, but the plaintiff’s attorneys rejected that solution, as did the two Obama appointees who sided with Gavin Grimm. A George H.W. Bush appointee dissented.
They drew from the bizarre Bostock opinion in June written by, of all people, Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch, which expanded the definition of “sex” in the Civil Right Acts of 1964 to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Just like that, the court put every institution in America that won’t kneel to the LGBTQ gods in jeopardy of ruinous lawsuits or even governmental sanctions.
Given the court’s reasoning, how could any sex-based distinctions, predicated on real and important differences between the sexes, be maintained? Sports teams? Locker rooms? Bathrooms at any business of any size? Private schools?
The transgender movement, for all its caring rhetoric, is not really about eliciting compassion for sexually confused people — something we should embrace. It’s part of the Marxist left’s campaign to overhaul society and force people to lie.
Anyone not toeing the line, which keeps changing, is “canceled.” That means being censored, fired, shut out of promotions or jobs and de-platformed on social media.
Over the years, the left has peppered our discourse with advocacy-filled descriptions. “Choice” long ago replaced abortion, “gay” replaced homosexuality, and “hater” and “racist” became all-purpose descriptors for anyone dissenting from the left’s worldview. Erasing biology is just more of the same.
Sometimes, the ideologically-driven changes are more subtle. Journalists now capitalize racial terms, as in Black people and White people. The adjectives, which describe merely one important aspect of the human race, instead become the whole. No more thinking about people just as fellow human beings created in the image of God. Race must be first and foremost in everyone’s minds.
Herded into identity groups, we’re more easily divided and manipulated. Regardless of the impressive racial progress that America has achieved since eradicating slavery and Jim Crow, the media are utterly obsessed with race as the only aspect of humanity worth talking about.
But if America’s “systemic racism” is the main driver of the riots that have raged for the last three months, why are mobs beheading or defacing statues of Jesus and Mary and Black heroes like Frederick Douglass or Arthur Ashe, burning churches and Bibles and looting stores in Chicago’s Miracle Mile?
There’s method to this madness. Racism is an excuse to pour gasoline on a larger cause — that of taking down America as we know it and replacing it with a socialist utopia. The founders of Black Lives Matter, after all, admit to being “trained Marxists.”
As Karl Marx himself said, “Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled.” Hence, all reminders of America’s past must be erased.
During the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s (which is still with us), activists began forcing journalists and medical professionals to use the term “living with HIV” as a way to de-stigmatize the disease. You could get kicked out of a medical conference for talking about “AIDS infections” or the “AIDS disease.” They’d not hesitate to beat the drums for “living with COVID” if they thought it would advance their cause.
Language is a formidable instrument for human progress when used properly. But, all too often it can be abused, destroying souls, families or even entire societies.
The most profound and positive use of language in history was when Jesus offered Himself to everyone on Earth, saying, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life,” and when the Gospel writer John referred to Him as simply The Word.
Amid the current chaos, we need to work hard to preserve America. And, we need to pray that the Marxist-inspired madness and abuse of language will crack up, a victim of its own hostility to truth.
If anyone reading this article is doing something that they enjoy ... STOP! You are not allowed. As we sat and watched the Democrats surgically remove pieces of your Liberties, it's no wonder we are in the throes of a Revolution. Let's face it, this is what the Democrats, now Socialists have been trying to do since the McCarthy Trials. For anyone who doesn't know McCarthy He is known for alleging that numerous communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States Federal Government, Universities, Film Industry, and elsewhere.
The group originally included the German writer Bertolt Brecht, but Brecht fled the country on the day following his inquest, and the remaining 10 were voted in contempt of Congress on November 24, 1947. Convicted in federal court the following year, they were given sentences of six months to one year in prison. (While in prison, Dmytryk broke with the rest and agreed to cooperate, admitting being a communist and giving the names of 26 others.)
With the exception of Dmytryk, the group was severely blacklisted by the film industry. Most were never again employed in Hollywood, but some did write scripts under pseudonyms. As “Robert Rich,” Trumbo won an Academy Award for best screenplay for The Brave One (1956). The blacklist disappeared by the early 1960s, and Trumbo and Lardner subsequently wrote screenplays under their own names. Source:https://www.britannica.com/
For those who don't know what a Communist or Socialist is, the one thing everyone should know is that both Murdered Hundreds of Millions of their Own People. If that's not enough, the New version of Evil has aborted nearly 60 Million Children in our country alone. Nice people these Socialists and Communists?
Fast Forward to Modern Times...
Anyone have any relatives still in Cuba, how about Venezuela? Let your new neighbors who have fled tyranny tell you about living with Communists and Socialists...
The Democrats' untouchable hero was Margaret Sanger who promoted Eugenics by eliminating Blacks and People of Color. A proud Democrat and Founder of Planned Parenthood. Until recently her name was displayed prominently on PP Headquarters. The majority of Abortions are committed in poor Urban Neighborhoods. MostlyBlack Neighborhoods...
Throughout American History the Democrat Party has been subjugating human beings. First through Slavery in the South, Now Slavery to the Government in Urban America.
Since Johnson's Great Society the Democrats have lied to Blacks and treated them like Political Currency. It's why Blacks are still at the bottom of nearly every socio-economic scale.
What Democrats don't reveal to these communities is that before Lyndon Johnson about 30% of Blacks were Republicans. They finally fled the party when Goldwater and the Right scared them away in the early Sixties. Since Lyndon Johnson, the Democrats have literally owned the Black vote. And the Democrats quickly put them under their yoke once more.
How can a party that doesn't believe in God, Free Speech, the Constitution, and a host of other inalienable rights convince a community they believe in them?
Simple, Democrats think that a majority of Blacks are stupid and can be easily fooled. Let's face it, this con game with human life has gone on far too long! Just imagine you don't agree, so you're not really Black.
The Black Community is finally looking in the mirror and not liking what they see. In my view stealing Life, Liberty, and a chance of Financial Success from the downtrodden is Evil, and the Democrats have been assaulting Blacks since the Antebellum South.
In this image from video, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP) Tim Constantine
Former first lady Michelle Obama and I have a lot in common. We were both born in 1964. We are both considered tall. We both have siblings that played college basketball. According to a recent edition of Mrs. Obama’s podcast, “The Michelle Obama Podcast,” we have also shared similar experiences in the city of Washington with little bits of everyday life that happen away from the cameras.
On a recent episode of her podcast, Mrs. Obama recounted a story of taking her two daughters out for ice cream with a friend after a soccer game. When their turn came to place their order another customer tried to jump in front of them. Mrs. Obama spoke up and the would-be line cutter shamefully and silently moved back.
I experienced a similar incident at the security line at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Some individuals can be slow in removing their shoes, pulling their laptop from their bag and adhering to the other safety protocols required by the TSA. I was fourth in line with another half-dozen backed up behind me as we all waited for the person in the front of the line to move along. One woman at the rear of the line ignored us all and walked to the front. She apparently didn’t believe the societal concept of waiting your turn applied to her. Like Mrs. Obama, I spoke up. The woman was angry, but went back to her correct location in line.
Two very similar incidents. We were both waiting in line. We both experienced a rude person trying to cut into our line. Mrs. Obama and I both spoke up and corrected the person. The only difference? Michelle is convinced the rude line-cutter, who was White, cut ahead of her and her daughters because the Obama family is Black. Further, she believes this ice cream line bandit represents, in Mrs. Obama’s words, “the white community.” She has no doubt this societal faux pas was racial in nature. Conversely the airport security line violator that I experienced was a Black woman. It never occurred to me that race had anything to do with it. I just thought she was impatient and rude. Ironically, the woman who attempted to jump the security line at DCA angrily told me to enjoy my “white privilege” because I asked her to wait in the same line as everyone else.
The bottom line is Michelle Obama saw a racist when someone tried to cut in line in front of her. The Black woman who tried to cut in line in front of me saw a racist when I asked her (like Mrs. Obama did) not to cut in front of everyone else.
Another similarity between the former first lady and me is we both like dogs. She complained on her same podcast that when she would take her dogs for a walk on the canal people would come up and pet her dogs, but not look her in the eye. This may be a shock to her but many humans are more comfortable with dogs than they are with strangers. If I stand outside my Washington, D.C., grocery store, not a single stranger speaks to me, but if I have my dog with me, half the people coming or going talk to my dog, scratch his head or both. The only race they are avoiding is the human race. Many people prefer canines.
Mrs. Obama seems to be convinced that virtually all whites are racist. In what may be her most telling comment on her podcast she said, “What the White community doesn’t understand about being a person of color in this nation is that there are daily slights, in our workplaces where people talk over you, or people don’t even see you.”
What Mrs. Obama doesn’t understand is those same slights happen to all of us. Whether you are a man, a woman, Black, White, Asian or any other group, you aren’t exempt from rude self-centered people. It has nothing to do with your skin color or what “community” you belong to.
Forty million American Whites voted for her husband for president of the United States in 2008. It’s amazing that Michelle Obama could be part of such a historic event and still only see people by the color of their skin. What Mrs. Obama doesn’t seem to grasp is that you cannot lump everyone of the same skin color or ethnicity into one category. There is no “White community.” The Irish, the Italians, the Polish and the Germans all chose to celebrate their own heritage and traditions while slowly becoming part of the collective we know as America. They are all different, despite a similar pigment. Do racists exist among them? Sadly, yes but certainly not all of them. Not even close. Good people and bad people exist in every race and ethnicity.
By lumping all Whites into one collective category and then further assessing that group as a whole to be racist, Mrs. Obama raises the question of her own biases. Does she see people only by the color of their skin or does she judge each individual person on the content of his character? It’s sad to have such a successful woman, one who has experienced far more than most Americans will ever have the opportunity to, lump a single race into one negative category. Michelle Obama of all people should know better.
Confessions of a Voter Fraud: I was a Master at Fixing MAIL-IN Ballots
A top Democratic operative says voter fraud, especially with mail-in ballots, is no myth. And he knows this because he’s been doing it, on a grand scale, for decades.
Mail-in ballots have become the latest flashpoint in the 2020 elections. While President Trump and the GOP warn of widespread manipulation of the absentee vote that will swell with COVID polling restrictions, many Democrats and their media allies have dismissed such concerns as unfounded.
But the political insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears prosecution, said fraud is more the rule than the exception. His dirty work has taken him through the weeds of municipal and federal elections in Paterson, Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Hoboken and Hudson County and his fingerprints can be found in local legislative, mayoral and congressional races across the Garden State. Some of the biggest names and highest office holders in New Jersey have benefited from his tricks, according to campaign records The Post reviewed.
“An election that is swayed by 500 votes, 1,000 votes — it can make a difference,” the tipster said. “It could be enough to flip states.”
The whisteblower — whose identity, rap sheet and long history working as a consultant to various campaigns were confirmed by The Post — says he not only changed ballots himself over the years, but led teams of fraudsters and mentored at least 20 operatives in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania — a critical 2020 swing state.
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“There is no race in New Jersey — from City Council to United States Senate — that we haven’t worked on,” the tipster said. “I worked on a fire commissioner’s race in Burlington County. The smaller the race the easier it is to do.”
A Bernie Sanders die-hard with no horse in the presidential race, he said he felt compelled to come forward in the hope that states would act now to fix the glaring security problems present in mail-in ballots.
“This is a real thing,” he said. “And there is going to be a f–king war coming November 3rd over this stuff … If they knew how the sausage was made, they could fix it.”
Mail-in voting can be complicated — tough enough that 84,000 New Yorkers had their mailed votes thrown out in the June 23 Democratic presidential primary for incorrectly filling them out.
But for political pros, they’re a piece of cake. In New Jersey, for example, it begins with a blank mail-in ballot delivered to a registered voter in a large envelope. Inside the packet is a return envelope, a “certificate of mail in voter” which the voter must sign, and the ballot itself.
That’s when the election-rigger springs into action.
The ballot has no specific security features — like a stamp or a watermark — so the insider said he would just make his own ballots.
“I just put [the ballot] through the copy machine and it comes out the same way,” the insider said.
But the return envelopes are “more secure than the ballot. You could never recreate the envelope,” he said. So they had to be collected from real voters.
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He would have his operatives fan out, going house-to-house, convincing voters to let them mail completed ballots on their behalf as a public service. The fraudster and his minions would then take the sealed envelopes home and hold them over boiling water.
“You have to steam it to loosen the glue,” said the insider.
He then would remove the real ballot, place the counterfeit ballot inside the signed certificate, and reseal the envelope.
“Five minutes per ballot tops,” said the insider.
The insider said he took care not to stuff the fake ballots into just a few public mailboxes, but sprinkle them around town. That way he avoided the attention that foiled a sloppy voter-fraud operation in a Paterson, NJ city council race this year, where 900 ballots were found in just three mailboxes.
“If they had spread them in all different mailboxes, nothing would have happened,” the insider said.
The tipster said sometimes postal employees are in on the scam.
“You have a postman who is a rabid anti-Trump guy and he’s working in Bedminster or some Republican stronghold … He can take those [filled-out] ballots, and knowing 95% are going to a Republican, he can just throw those in the garbage.”
In some cases, mail carriers were members of his “work crew,” and would sift ballots from the mail and hand them over to the operative.
In 2017 more than 500 mail-in ballots in New York City never arrived to the Board of Elections for races that November — leaving hundreds disenfranchised. They eventually were discovered in April 2018. “For some undetermined reason, some baskets of mail that were bound to the New York City Board of Elections were put off to the side at the Brooklyn processing facility,” city elections boss Michael Ryan said at the time of discovery.
Hitting up assisted-living facilities and “helping” the elderly fill out their absentee ballots was a gold mine of votes, the insider said.
“There are nursing homes where the nurse is actually a paid operative. And they go room by room by room to these old people who still want to feel like they’re relevant,” said the whistleblower. “[They] literally fill it out for them.”
The insider pointed to former Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann, who was sued in 2007 after a razor-thin victory for a local school board seat for allegedly tricking “incompetent … and ill” residents of nursing homes into casting ballots for him. McCann denied it, though did admit to assisting some nursing home residents with absentee ballot applications.
When all else failed, the insider would send operatives to vote live in polling stations, particularly in states like New Jersey and New York which do not require voter ID. Pennsylvania, also for the most part, does not.
The best targets were registered voters who routinely skip presidential or municipal elections — information which is publicly available.
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“You fill out these index cards with that person’s name and district and you go around the city and say, ‘You’re going to be him, you’re going to be him,” the insider said of how he dispatched his teams of dirty-tricksters.
At the polling place, the fake voter would sign in, “get on line and … vote,” the insider said. The imposters would simply recreate the signature that already appears in the voter roll as best they could. In the rare instance that a real voter had already signed in and cast a ballot, the impersonator would just chalk it up to an innocent mistake and bolt.
The tipster said New Jersey homeless shelters offered a nearly inexhaustible pool of reliable — buyable — voters.
“They get to register where they live in and they go to the polls and vote,” he said, laughing at the roughly $174 per vote Mike Bloomberg spent to win his third mayoral term. He said he could have delivered the same result at a 70-percent discount — like when Frank “Pupie” Raia, a real estate developer and Hoboken nabob, was convicted last year on federal charges for paying low-income residents 50 bucks a pop to vote how he wanted during a 2013 municipal election.
Organizationally, the tipster said his voter-fraud schemes in the Garden State and elsewhere resembled Mafia organizations, with a boss (usually the campaign manager) handing off the day-to-day managing of the mob soldiers to the underboss (him). The actual candidate was usually kept in the dark deliberately so they could maintain “plausible deniability.”
With mail-in ballots, partisans from both parties hash out and count ballots at the local board of elections — debating which ballots make the cut and which need to be thrown out because of irregularities.
The insider said any ballots offered up by him or his operation would come with a bent corner along the voter certificate — which contains the voter signature — so Democratic Board of Election counters would know the fix was in and not to object.
“It doesn’t stay bent, but you can tell it’s been bent,” the tipster said. “Until the [certificate] is approved, the ballot doesn’t matter. They don’t get to see the ballot unless they approve the [certificate.]”
“I invented bending corners,” the insider boasted, saying once the fixed ballots were mixed in with the normal ones, the bed was made. “Once a ballot is opened, it’s an anonymous ballot.”
While federal law warns of prison sentences of up to five years, busted voter frauds have seen far less punishment. While in 2018 a Texas woman was sentenced to five years, an Arizona man busted for voting twice in the mail was given just three years probation. A study by the conservative Heritage Foundation found more than 1,000 instances of documented voter fraud in the United States, almost off of which occurred over the last 20 years.
“There is nothing new about these techniques,” said Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at Heritage who manages their election law reform initiative. “Everything he’s talking about is perfectly possible.“
The city Board of Elections declined to answer Post questions on ballot security.