By Stump Connolly

 

            If Donald Trump is so anxious to get to court, all he has to do is step out of the White House on January 21, and there will be a line of process servers waiting for him.

            The first will come from E. Jean Carroll, the Elle magazine advice columnist who says Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in the mid-90s. When she recounted the incident in her 2019 book “What Do We Need Men For?” the President took to Twitter to deny it. “She’s not my type,” he scoffed.

            Carroll has a defamation suit moving forward in a New York court based on the tweet. Attorney Gen. William Barr tried to get it transferred to federal court (to take advantage of Presidential immunity) but a federal judge kicked it back. Now that Trump is out of office, she can move forward with her request for a sample of Trump’s DNA to match a semen stain on the dress she was wearing. Sound familiar?

            Next up may be Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant, who claims Trump assaulted her in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  On Twitter, Trump denied the incident ever happened. She too has an active case against him for defamation.

            And what about the other 24 women who claim Trump sexually assaulted them on airplanes, in bars, in pageant dressing rooms and hotels going back to the late 70’s? A lot those potential lawsuits have exceeded their legal expiration date, but the lurid details in the women’s accounts make it clear that when Trump told Billy Bush on the Access Hollywood bus “You grab them by the pussy,” he wasn’t kidding.

            Then there are the contractors he stiffed building of the Trump International Hotel in Washington. According to USA Today, Trump and the Trump organization were involved in 3,500 lawsuits for non-payment of bills or wages over the three decades leading up to his presidency. So all you carpenters, painters, dishwashers, bartenders, lawyers and other contractors that Trump stiffed while he was in office, get in line.

 

Taxes

 

           And don’t forget the New York Attorney General ­­­­and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and their investigation into Trump’s taxes. They won’t have to stand in line. They already have investigations underway. The Supreme Court ruled in July that Trump can’t use executive privilege to avoid handing over his tax returns. Vance, in turn, will be using them for a grand jury inquiry to determine whether Trump doctored his financial reporting to cover up hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels.

            Should his taxes become public, they will likely become a part of another suit his niece Mary Trump has filed against him. It charges that he connived to cheat her out of her fair share of the estate passed on by his father, Fred Trump.

            And while we have his taxes on the table, why don’t we have the IRS make him cough up the $72 million he owes from the disputed audit. That was the excuse he used to not release his returns in 2016, so let’s get that pesky little dodge out of the way before he runs again in 2024.

 

The Big Kahuna of Lies

 

            Then let’s go after the Big Kahuna of Trump falsehoods, the one he tweeted out Thursday charging that Dominion Voting Systems deleted 2.7 million Trump votes and switched 435,000 votes from Trump to Biden, thus stealing the election from him.

            In a desperate attempt to salvage a win from a loss, Trump has been casting around for any excuse to explain why Joe Biden, of all people, beat him. Dominion Voting Systems was the perfect bogeyman.

            Dominion was founded in 2001 by two Canadians who saw the handwriting on the wall after the “hanging chad” debacle in Florida. Voting officials all over America were demanding more high-tech options. Dominion pushed to be a leader in the field, snapping up touchscreens, scanners and counting software from Diebold and ES&S, and developing its own. Today, it is the second largest supplier of voting software in America, operating in 28 states, serving 1600 jurisdictions, and handling 70 million votes a year.

            It has aspirations to be first, as it is in Canada, and spread its systems globally to democracies around the world. So no one had more to lose when Trump tweeted out that Dominion software was the secret weapon in a conspiracy to steal his election. Its honesty was on the line, its reputation, its everything – and billions of dollars in lost revenues.

            Why would the President maliciously tweet out that Dominion software cost him 3 million votes? Where did Trump get this hare-brained idea?

 

The Michigan Glitch

 

            As it turned out on Election Day, in the mitten fingers of Michigan, in tiny Antrim County (pop. 23,580), there was a glitch in the system.

            The voting had gone well, but the poll workers were surprised when they tallied them all up that Joe Biden won by 3,000 votes in a county that normally goes Republican. They called in their tech guy – everybody has a tech guy – and he discovered two versions of the Dominion software had been loaded into the machines. The problem was fixed. The tally was re-run and, sure enough, Trump won the county by 2,000 votes.

            Meanwhile in Georgia, which bought $107 million of Dominion election gear last year, some of the poll workers were struggling with the new Dominion software. In Gwinnett County, a suburb outside Atlanta, the votes were getting counted correctly, but the machines wouldn’t transmit the tallies to the state’s central database. That problem too was rectified, and the proper votes totals sent in.

            But by then, it was too late.

 

Giuliani, On the Case

 

            The Trump legal beagles were on the case. Rudy Giuliani, head of Trump’s legal team, already had hundreds of lawyers out looking for vote fraud. His people were nosing around other Michigan counties that used Dominion machines, peering through paper-covered windows at the vote counting center in Detroit, and looking for missing Trump votes in Rochester Hills.

            In his post-election press conference Thursday – the one where he said Big Media, Big Money and Big Tech were stealing the election from him – Trump said they found all kinds of voting irregularities in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina. “Additionally,” he followed up in a tweet, “we hereby claim the State of Michigan if, in fact, there was a large number of secretly dumped ballots as has widely been reported.”

            On Friday, RNC chair Ronna McDaniel held her own press conference in Michigan to support him. She said Republicans had found thousand of missing Trump votes in Antrim and identified 47 other Michigan counties that used Dominion software. She wanted all of them recounted by hand. On Sean Hannity’s show that night, Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said he wanted a manual recount in every county, anywhere, that used the Dominion machines.

            “If 30 states have used a software that there’s already proved to be a glitch of 6,000 votes in,” he said, “lawyers for the campaign should, in every one of those jurisdictions, demand a fix and a manual recount.”

 

A Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

 

           The mainstream media buried the Antrim glitch in an array of vote fraud claims the Trump camp was making. But on Ikun, a website often thought to be a gathering point for QAnon conspiracy buffs, an anonymous poster claimed it was only the tip of the iceberg of computer voting chicanery.

            Within hours, Ikun’s post was careening around the right wing of the internet (from Reddit to Parler to Twitter to Chance) like a free upgrade for Call of Duty. Bloggers from all parts of the country were posting up personal testimony to other Dominion election machine malfunctions, or rumors of them, past and present. The Trump Team set up an 800 line to collect voter fraud complaints (but had to take it down because it was getting too many crank calls.) The New York Times reported over the weekend there were more than 3,700 Facebook posts that mentioned “election,” “software” and “glitch,” and they were collectively shared more than 250,000 times.

            On Sunday morning Blabber Buzz, a mouthpiece for Gateway Pundit Joe Hoft, sent out an email alert. “Corrupted Software Which Gave Biden Michigan Win Also Used In These States.” An hour later, Breitbart followed with a story headlined “Researchers Question Reliability of Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software” It seems like at a recent DefCon convention in Las Vegas, a hacker was able to crack two older “ballot-marking devices.” And it only took eight hours.

            On Tuesday night, the Gateway Pundit published another blockbuster. BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Analysis of Election Night Data from All States Shows MILLIONS of VOTES Either Switched from President Trump or Were Lost – Using Dominion and Other Systems.  

            That story pointed to a blogger named thedonald.win who had worked out a mathematical model showing Trump had 2,737,939 votes deleted, and 451,517 switched from Trump to Biden in voting districts that used Dominion Voting Systems. Hoft said he couldn’t verify it. I looked at it. I didn’t see any math errors.  But so what? It’s just a piece of the puzzle.

            “It looks like the Democrats did everything imaginable in their attempt to steal the election,” he concluded. “The problem was that they never expected President Trump to lead a record-breaking campaign, and they got caught.”

            The online buzz caught the attention of Kayleigh McEnany, but Trump didn’t mention it on Twitter until he saw Lou Dobbs a couple nights later on Fox. “I don’t care what state you are in, this computer voting is wide open to fraud and intervention,” Dobb opined. To which Trump tweeted, “True, and wait until you see what’s coming.”

 

I Alone Has a Day of Reckoning           

 

            Trump spent the three days fending off demands he concede, getting encouraging reports from Giuliani that vote fraud was rampant, and brooding that the media wasn’t paying any attention. He had people filing lawsuits in five states, and all the media reported on were the ones getting tossed.

             Chanel Rion, the White House correspondent for the Online America News was walking around the White House Tuesday night and bumped into the President. She’s one of his favorite reporters. She’s the one he always calls on last for the last softball question.

            She told him about her story (natch!) on OAN about Dominion system software glitches, with Rudy as her guest expert, then she asked if he’d seen the latest Gateway Pundit. Hoft had numbers on how many votes the Democrats stole, and they would make him drop his drawers (not that it would take much): 2.7 million votes.

             On Wednesday, Giuliani elaborated on his expertise at a press conference where he told us about how computer voting software works at. Briefly. Then he went on to say his team was finding “irregularities” all over Pennsylvania, and he had a “whistleblower” inside Dominion who was guiding them to more.

           Finally, Trump had a simple, unifying theme to explain why he lost to Biden. The voting machines were rigged.

           I don’t have the presidential schedule for Wednesday, but Trump must have had a lot of advice swirling around in his head from friends telling him what to do. The ones he was listening to gravitated to this idea of claim he lost because the computers were rigged. Dobbs, Guiliani, Rion, McEnany, and, no doubt, his sons were on board. And now Gateway Pundit had the numbers to prove it.

            In that stew of a mind he gets into late at night, he knew what he wanted to say. He woke up Thursday morning, hit the ALL CAPS button, and tweeted.

            Thursday afternoon, Dominion shot back. “Claims about Dominion switching or deleting votes are 100% false,” it said in a detailed response. So too are allegations about software updates being done the night before an election. And Trump’s math is preposterous.

            “Claims that 2.7 million votes for President Trump were deleted — including 941,000 in Pennsylvania — are mathematically impossible. In Pennsylvania, Dominion serves 14 counties that produced 1.3 million votes with a voter turnout of 76%. Fifty-two percent of those votes went to President Trump.  Calculating that out, Dominion processed about 676,000 votes for the President in Pennsylvania. There never were 941,000 votes to ‘delete.’

 

Bankrupt Him!

 

            So Donald Trump’s presidency will end the same way it began. On the down escalator to a rabbit hole filled with the darkest, most malicious, and most ridiculous lies he’s ever told.

            If I were running Dominion Voting Systems, I’d sue him for every dime he has. Take the deed to Mar a Lago. Turn his golf courses into wind farms. Bankrupt him.

            This wasn’t the protected speech of a President. For that, he had Whitehouse.gov. This was a crazed politician using the megaphone of his bully pulpit to spread a venomous lie and poison the global market for your product. The damages to your reputation, and revenues, are incalculable.

            Plus, there’s a bonus to trying Trump in a civil courtroom. In every libel case, the fulcrum of truth is center stage, and Trump’s fate will hang in the balance. Doesn’t that sound great?  LIBEL COURT. We can make it into a game show. He can be the host.

            But, seriously, the only truth this fulcrum will be deciding is:

            Was Donald Trump lying? And how much will it cost him?

            We don’t have wrangle over whether Democrats stole the election. We don’t need a recount. We don’t need the Supreme Court. Wait until January 21.

            Let’s have a jury of his peers decide, once and for all, whether the 2020 election was free and fair.

 


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