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.