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William Barr Turns on Trump

William Barr Turns on Trump

Anyone who has followed my commentaries since the 2020 election knows that I have consistently maintained my belief that election fraud did occur in the in the 2020 election.  I have constantly opposed the left-wing narrative that there was none.  It should be fully investigated.

In my experience investigating, fighting against and writing about vote stealing over the past 50 years, I have found that there is ALWAYS an element of vote fraud in virtually every election.  It has resulted in offices being stolen by flipping the popular vote – generally local offices where one-party political machines control the process in the major urban centers.

The danger to the Republic is not Trump’s claim to have won the 2020 election.  Whether he did or not does not change the fact that the Electoral College and the certification of those results have put Joe Biden in the Oval office. 

The real threat to the Republic is believing that there was no vote fraud at all – that it simply does not exist. 

Future elections can more easily be corrupt by accepting the left’s Pollyanna contention that election fraud is a political fiction.  In fact, it exists in every election to some extent.  Those who proffer the argument that there simply is no such thing as vote cheating are either hopelessly naïve or totally dishonest.

However … I have consistently stated that I was never convinced that vote fraud was sufficient to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.  So far, every court case, every recount and every audit have failed to produce sufficient HARD evidence of vote fraud that would have overturned the election.

Many of the cases, and the investigations, were presided over by Republican judges and officeholders. They had every reason to want to show that President Trump had won re-election.  And yet, they have not uncovered sufficient instances of vote fraud to overturn a single state – let alone, the Electoral College vote.

Trump – true to his personal character, has viciously attacked every Republican who would not agree that he won the election.  He turned on even the most conservative and loyal members of his administration. These were people with long histories of dedicated service to the nation and the conservative cause.

Recent reports say that former Attorney General William Barr has recently stated that none of the cases the Justice Department investigated at the request of the White house has discovered any proof of vote fraud – a least not enough to flip the election.  

Some have suggested that Barr has flipped on the issue, but not so.  He had publicly announced in December of 2020 that they found no evidence of pervasive vote fraud after checking-out the allegations brought to the Justice Department.  He told that to Trump in a contentious White House meeting. And he resigned in the last days of the Trump administration in response to the President’s continuing claims of victory.

In a more recent commentary, I suggested that Trump stop making the past election his primary talking point.  Right or wrong, it is over.  Joe Biden IS the President of the United States. And he will continue to serve in that office for the next three and a half years – God willing.  Those who believe that Biden won the popular vote and the Electoral College vote legitimately will continue to believe. Those who believe they stole the election will continue to believe.

It is critically important that we relegate that question to academic or barroom debates. 

There is no value in making it the center of civic dialogue.  Rather, we, as a nation – and especially Republican conservatives – must devote our attention and energies to the future.  What we think of the last election is less important than what we will do about the next one.  We should not be dragged into the past by the Democrats, the media — or even Trump.

There are a lot of folks who believe the democrats stole the election.  Unfortunately, they have not been able to produce hard evidence.  I know there are suspicious statistical analyses, videos that show suspicious activities and even testimony by eyewitnesses.  All these matters should be fully investigated – and adjudicated when appropriate. 

One of Trump’s worst personality traits – and I have often written of my disdain of his pugnacious personality – is to attack anyone who disagrees with him.  He turned on his first Attorney General Jeff Sessions – and his most supportive Attorney General William Barr.  He has turned on his own Vice President. Yet, these are folks with long histories of supporting conservative government – people I have long admired, and still do.

Trump has turned on Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who has been a bulwark of conservativism in the United States Senate. He gave the President an unprecedented three Supreme Court nominees in a first presidential term.  That has not happened since George Washington appointed the entire first Supreme Court. 

Trump is proving to be a schizophrenic political leader. 

By any objective measure, he has proven himself to be one of the best promoters of conservative principles and policies. At least in substance if not in style.  The Trump administration has registered significant conservative gains.  It would take a book to catalogue all those achievements.  That is why the left keeps dwelling on his personality.  They cannot win on the issues.

But that personality has also been his political Achilles Heel. Had Trump not undermined his success with needless confrontations and belligerence, he would not have given the left so many opportunities to defeat him in the public arena.  He could have had more successes for the cause.  And I believe that had he not made himself the center of so much avoidable and damaging controversy, the GOP would have won the 2018 midterm elections.  The rise to power of the Democrat left has been on the back of anti-Trump sentiment in the public sphere –ginned up by a ruthless and brutal left-wing media.

Still … Barr seems to have put the final nail in the coffin of Trump’s claim to have won the 2020 election.  I have no reason to not believe Barr’s assessment of the election.  His Department investigated it. And I do not believe that Barr suddenly morphed into a RINO or left-winger intent on bringing down the Trump presidency.  I judge people by my own analysis and not by what Trump – or anyone else — thinks of them. 

What people choose to believe – that Trump really won the election or not – is inconsequential.  He is not sitting in the Oval Office. And he will not for at least the next three and a half years, if even then.

America’s best hope is a Republican comeback in 2022 – minimally taking control of the U.S. House – and even better – taking both chambers and gaining across the nation.

I will continue to defend Trump against the outrageous slings and arrows volleyed from democrats and the corrupted media because I believe the authoritarian left is more dangerous to the Republic – and the personal freedoms envisioned by our Founders – than the petulant, bellicose Trump.

It is true.  I am more driven to Trump by my fear of the radical left – and their attacks not only on Trump and his policies — but the broad-brush attack on the Republican Party, Republican voters and especially conservatives.  I fight for issues and ideals – not parties or personalities.  It is just that I see no positive in fighting over the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Linde Barrera

    I think Mr. Horist is a proponent of the Washington Swamp and finds no fault in Jeff Sessions, Mitch McConnell or Bill Barr because Mr. Horist likes the lawyers/loopholers way of doing things. Trump is an economics major and that degree is so much more valuable for a president, senator or congressman to have. Yet people like Mr. Horist
    feel more secure with those in Wash. DC who care 65% for their pockets and wallets, 25% for their constituents, and 10% for their fellow Americans; as opposed to Trump who lost millions from his businesses being US President, trying to do honest and productive work for the American people. Mr. Horist, you should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Joe S Bruder

      Trump managed to grift tens of millions of dollars into his own pockets during his administration, and call it hundreds of millions if you count what his kids raked in (with full access to foriegn govenments and insider information as part of the perks of the job.) His company wasn’t “losing money”, it never really made any money to start with. Trump started his business with about $400 million of his father’s money (that he swindled from the other heirs), and it has slowly dwindled to nothing. Trump’s entire company is a house of cards that will collapse now that the family business has been indicted. Trump is a crook, and has no business acumen whatsoever. All he’s ever known how to do is cheat people out of money. If it weren’t for the Russians influx of money and his TV show, he would have been bankrupt a long time ago.

      • Dan Tyree

        Joe you aren’t good enough to kiss Trump’s ass And the same to Ben

        • Ben

          Dan, that’s just weird, why would I want to kiss anyone’s ass?
          You cultist have a weird way of showing your fidelity to dear leader.

          • Dan Tyree

            Ben at least we have a true leader. Your so called leader is too retarded to lead a circle jerk. But you cult assholes will fall in lock step with any commie

        • Ben

          I’ll give you that, trump is quite the Cult Leader. It’s true trump loves the uneducated and the uneducated love trump. It’s easy to con a bunch of gullible voters when you prey on their fears.

          Face it, y’all are so desperate for a leader, you swallowed the grift hook line and sinker. Speaking of sinkers, looks like the trump organization is going down.

          • Dan Tyree

            Ben the Trump organization doesn’t speak for the patriots that resist dumb bastards like your crowd. And millions of us strongly refuse to be governed by your commie asshole crowd. So stfu moron. It’s looking like joe and his ho are sinking the commiecrat cult

    • Larry P Horist

      Linde … You assume more than you know. I have been an anti-DC establishment conservative for more than 50 years. I was part of a group of young conservatives that kicked off the movement in the mid-1960s. I judge people by their actions … not by their words or the opinions of others. I started writing against the entrenched bureaucracy in DC long before anyone came up with he term Deep State. You apparently have not been a long time reading of my commentaries. We will not make gains by tossing grenades in our own foxholes. I suppose you are pissed off at Mitch McConnell for seating three conservative Supreme Court justices. Or may you would rather he did not stop HR! election take over. You really need to know the facts. I will call out Trump when I think he is wrong, I did not shut down my brain when he got elected. Hell … I voted for him twice. .

      • Ben

        Larry, I think it’s telling that your readers are calling you, a life long staunch conservative , a boot licking swamp dweller.
        I think that reinforces my point of the radical right. In the past 30 yrs I’ve gone from a moderate Democrat to a bleeding heart communist/ socialist without changing a single ideology. And you’ve gone from a standard bearer of the Republican Party to a RINO. Tell me again how trump hasn’t turned your beloved party into a cult of personality.

  2. Debra Flynn

    We need to impeach all of these liberal assfaces. Our country is going down the tubes. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR REPUBLCAN PARTY

  3. I'm Not A Robot

    Nothing that President Trump has or hasn’t done compares in the least with the fact that our government has turned against its own citizens. If the cult of personality is deemed to be worse than outright tyranny, then we’ve lost our ability to reason.

  4. Ben

    Larry, you are on to something, trump did more for the Democratic Party than any dem could ever hope to.
    Your commentary is humorous, audit after audit, investigation after investigation has failed to produce any evidence of widespread voter fraud. Republican operative after Republican operative has had every opportunity to prove otherwise, yet have failed to do so.
    You say those that believe Biden won, will continue to do believe so… that’s because he DID WIN! Those that think the election was stolen even though the is no proof are sheep that will believe anything their cult leader tells them regardless of facts.

    As far as being afraid of the radical left, only the right tried to over turn our democratically elected President, only the right is curtailing freedoms, only the right is hiring our public military for personal publicity stunts. I’m much more concerned with the radical right than the “ do nothing, gender fluid, snowflake left”.

  5. JoSh

    I agree with you Linde! This is all hogwash! Mike Lindell is coming out with the evidence he has right now in his very possession that 100% proves Trump won….. in two weeks! You may ask why he is waiting two weeks and that’s because in two weeks he will have even more evidence the election was stolen! And If he gets even more evidence it might take another two weeks to 106% prove the election was stolen! This is indeed a deep state article!

    But, serious question Linde why do you think Mike Lindell hasn’t shown any of his evidence ever? Or why do you think Sydney Powell said no reasonable person would believe her? It seems to me they may be deep state plants trying to hid from us the real election warriors! Like me, now if you agree with this accepting donations to the prove Mike and Sydney are actually the deep state and were using space lasers to sell more mypillows fund!

  6. Joe S Bruder

    Barr is publicly turning against Trump because he believes there will come a reckoning. Trump will end up if jail, initially from his tax cheating before he was elected, but eventually Congress will have hearings about Russian interference in the 2016 elevtion (and the subsequent cover-up), and the attempted extortion against the Ukrainian government (and its cover-up). Barr had a hand in burying both of those investigations, and is hoping to whitewash his connections to Trump. It won’t do him any good – Congress already has his number too.

    • Larry P Horist

      Good God! Have you escaped from the treatment center again? I really do not have time to respond to all your irrational hate-driven nonsense, but I will bet that Trump never spends time behind bars.. If I had only two choices — Trump goes to jail or gets re-elected to the presidency — I would have to bet on the latter — although personally I do not think that either will happen.

      • Ben

        Eh, seems like today’s news is that trump’s CFO is gunna start singing.
        Trump lost the popular vote TWICE, why would you think ‘24 would be any different ?
        But I agree with Linde, you are a swamp monster ( sarcasm again, sorry I can’t help myself). Funny how I’m the radical left for believing the same things a moderate Democrat believed 40 yrs ago, but Larry, a conservative firebrand is too liberal for today’s trump loving republicans.
        Welcome to the Radical Right!

        • Dan Tyree

          Hey dick head Ben. Trump didn’t lose the popular vote. Cheating gave that impression. But wait!!! The scotus has put the wheels in motion to put a stop to that shit.

          • Ben

            Dan, trump has lost the popular voteTWICE!
            Larry has admitted to as much. The Michigan GOP has admitted it. If the Arizona republicans could keep their hands off the female interns, they will eventually say the same thing.
            And what’s with your fascination with duck heads and assholes? You may be suppressing some deep seated fantasies.

  7. Charles Sever

    Bill Bar is up over his head in the deep shit of the deep state an has always been, what a prick he is and a damn FRAUD like Joe Biden who is not my president.