Mike Lindell is offering $5 million to anyone who can disprove his alleged voter-fraud evidence – if they show up to his cyber symposium conference

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell waits outside the West Wing of the White House on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC.

  • Mike Lindell continues to spread baseless claims that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
  • The MyPillow CEO is offering a $5 million bounty to anyone who can prove he’s wrong.
  • The catch: you have to attend his upcoming cyber symposium conference in South Dakota.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump and leading promoter of voter fraud conspiracy theories, said he’d give $5 million to anyone who can disprove data that he claims shows election interference.

But there’s a catch. To be eligible, you have to attend his upcoming cyber symposium conference, which is taking place in South Dakota between August 10 and 12.

And the event isn’t open to the public, according to an advert for the event posted on Lindell’s website Frank. Invitees include current politicians, cyber experts, and the media, though it will also be streamed for 72 hours on Frank.

Lindell said he wants the symposium to be the most-watched live event in history, and is aiming for 1 billion people to watch it via his website, Salon’s Zachary Petrizzo reported. He has reserved 800 rooms for the event, but few officials have said they will attend.

There is nothing to suggest Lindell’s event will draw anywhere close to those numbers. For context, the most-watched Super Bowl ever drew in around 114 million viewers, and the first 2020 presidential debate had a total of 73 million viewers.

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At the event, “Mike will reveal the cyber data and the packet captures from the November 2020 election,” the advert says. “A $5,000,000 prize will be offered to any attendee who can prove that this cyber data is not valid data from the November 2020 election.”

Lindell told Steve Bannon on Monday that he has 37 terabytes of information related to voter fraud, Salon reported.

Kevin Skoglund, president and chief technologist of Citizens for Better Elections, told The Dispatch that Lindell’s data theory is “technically incoherent and wrong in several ways.” According to Skoglund, Lindell claims that his team of anonymous experts collected internet traffic from foreign computers that infiltrated US voting systems.

“An extraordinary claim needs extraordinary evidence,” Skoglund said to The Dispatch. “And they provide little evidence at all.”

Lindell, who said in April that he still spoke to Trump around once a month, has repeatedly supported the former president’s debunked claims challenging the integrity of the 2020 election.

This has led to Lindell being blocked from Twitter and sued by vote-machine company Dominion for $1.3 billion for claiming that it “switched” votes from Trump to Biden. MyPillow’s products have also been pulled by retailers and Lindell said he’d received death threats, too.

Discussing the media, Lindell said: “I’ve invited them all to the symposium. Why don’t you prove it there so then you can win $5 million?”

This isn’t the first time Lindell has held an event to spout his voter-fraud theories.

He also held a so-called “Frank Rally” at the Corn Palace in South Dakota in May to celebrate the launch of the site, which features videos and articles, many by right-wing conspiracy theorists, that largely focus on voter fraud.

The venue for the Frank Rally could fit around 3,000 attendees – but pictures circulating on Twitter showed that it was only half full.

The rally featured talks from Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development, and conservative podcaster Eric Metaxas, as well as Lindell himself, who spread voter-fraud theories including an inflated estimate of Trump’s vote total in the 2020 presidential election.

Attendees received a free copy of both Lindell’s autobiography and his self-made voter-fraud film “Absolute Proof.”

Lindell also spoke at the ReAwaken America tour last week, where he claimed that Trump received 80 million votes in the 2020 election and Biden 68 million, though he failed to provide any evidence to back up his claims.

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‘I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring’: Sidney Powell ripped into Rudy Giuliani after clash over election theories, book says

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Sidney Powell participates in a news conference with Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on November 19, 2020.

  • Sidney Powell clashed early on with Giuliani as part of Trump’s campaign legal team, per a new book.
  • “I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring,” she reportedly told the former New York City mayor.
  • Powell later saw herself cast aside and then brought back into the Trump orbit.
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As Sidney Powell, a former assistant US attorney, became one of the faces of then-President Donald Trump’s campaign legal team, tension unfolded with Rudy Giuliani last November, according to a forthcoming book by Michael Wolff.

During an outburst, Giuliani, who served as Trump’s personal lawyer and has backed up many of the former president’s debunked election claims, reportedly described Powell as “crazy.”

After Giuliani questioned some of Powell’s most bizarre election theories, she snapped back at the former New York City mayor.

“I didn’t come here to kiss your f—ing ring,” she reportedly said.

Wolff detailed the showdown in “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” an early copy of which was obtained by Insider.

The book goes on to describe how Powell and Giuliani went into separate rooms as Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis sought out the former president to resolve the situation.

“The two of them [Powell and Giuliani] ended up in separate rooms sulking, with Ellis calling the president to moderate,” the book said. “The president made clear that he wanted Powell on the team. He was embracing everybody (or anybody) who agreed that the election had been stolen from him.”

As Powell became more entrenched within the Trump orbit, her conspiracy theories were amplified on a much larger scale.

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“In the days immediately following the election, she was the author on Fox of operatic new conspiracies, going much further out than anything the president had yet reached: computer systems had been programmed to switch Trump votes to Biden votes, with the CIA in on it. Now she had been telling Giuliani and the team that the conspiracy ran even deeper: Trump’s landslide victory was upended by an international plot,” the book said.

In media appearances, Powell falsely claimed that Dominion Voting Systems had tilted the US presidential election in favor of now-President Joe Biden. She alleged – without evidence – that Dominion secretly aided a rival election-technology company, Smartmatic, and had links to the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Over time, the damage from her unsubstantiated accusations had taken a serious toll.

In late November, Giuliani and Ellis announced that Powell was “practicing law on her own” after being purged from the campaign team.

However, just weeks later, The New York Times reported that Trump was considering naming Powell as a special counsel investigating voter fraud.

According to The Times, most of Trump’s advisors didn’t support the plan, including Giuliani.

Powell currently faces a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion over her debunked election claims; Giuliani and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are also being sued by the election technology supplier.

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Texas Democrats reportedly weigh leaving state to block Republican-led voting bill

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Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City) speaks alongside members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and voting-rights advocates during a rally outside of the Texas State Capitol on July 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas.

  • Texas Democratic lawmakers have weighed leaving the state over the GOP election bill, per the NYT.
  • In May, Democrats were able to temporarily halt passage of the bill by denying Republicans a quorum.
  • Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has made the election overhaul a top priority this year.
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Texas Democratic lawmakers are reportedly weighing a decision to leave the state to block a Republican-backed election overhaul from passing, according to The New York Times.

Individuals with knowledge of the situation told The Times that there have been talks surrounding how Democrats could leave the state to protest the new voting restrictions, but it would only be a temporary maneuver.

The lawmakers who support leaving the state have argued that the action “would bring a renewed spotlight to voting rights in Texas” and put pressure on Democrats in the US Senate to enact federal voting reforms, according to several Democratic lawmakers who spoke with The Times.

However, a contingent of Democrats oppose leaving the state, calling on members to remain at the state Capitol in Austin and battle with Republicans over the bill.

Texas House Democrats on Friday tussled with several options – leaving Texas for a month, which would prevent Republicans from having a quorum; staying in the Lone Star State and seeking amendments to weaken the bill; or allowing a vote and making a decision on how to proceed while the bill is being hashed out by the state House and Senate.

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Texas Democratic senators on Friday filed the Barbara Jordan Fair Elections Act, named after the revered Black congresswoman who served in the US House from 1973 to 1979, which would expand access to voting, allowing for online and same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration, among other measures, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The actions come as Texas legislators enter a special session to pass the election overhaul that failed in May after House Democrats denied Republicans a quorum and temporarily halted passage of the bill.

In response to the move, GOP Gov. Greg Abbott effectively defunded the Texas legislature.

However, Texas legislators have moved to restore the funding, according to The Texas Tribune.

The Republican election overhaul modifies early voting hours, curbs the 24-7 voting centers that were popular with shift workers in last year’s presidential election, and scraps straight-ticket voting, among other rules.

The legislation could be passed as soon as Tuesday, according to The Times.

After former President Donald Trump’s loss to now-President Joe Biden, Republican legislators across the country sought to enact a wide range of voting restrictions, under pressure from the former president and conservative activists to prioritize election integrity, despite there being no verifiable evidence of mass fraud in the 2020 election.

Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, Sun Belt states that are competitive on the presidential level, have all passed controversial voting bills this year.

Last month, the Department of Justice announced that it was suing the state of Georgia over its new voting law, SB 202, citing “racially discriminatory provisions.”

“The right to vote is one of the most central rights in our democracy and protecting the right to vote for all Americans is at the core of the Civil Rights Division’s mission,” said Kristen Clarke, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice will use all the tools it has available to ensure that each eligible citizen can register, cast a ballot, and have that ballot counted free from racial discrimination. Laws adopted with a racially motivated purpose, like Georgia Senate Bill 202, simply have no place in democracy today.”

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Siblings of GOP Rep. Paul Gosar want him kicked out of Congress, and call him ‘a traitor to this country’

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Rep. Paul Gosar.

  • The siblings of GOP Rep. Paul Gosar are calling for their brother’s removal from Congress.
  • “I consider him a traitor to this country,” Dave Gosar said of his brother to NBC News.
  • Gosar has been a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump’s debunked election claims.
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For months, GOP Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona has been one of the most vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump’s debunked election claims. Now, his siblings are calling for his ouster from Congress for backing the former president’s claims of a “rigged” election.

Dave Gosar, a Wyoming lawyer and one of Gosar’s nine siblings, told NBC News that his brother was a “traitor.”

“I consider him a traitor to this country. I consider him a traitor to his family,” he said, according to a report published on Monday. “He doesn’t see it. He’s disgraced and dishonored himself.”

Dave Gosar told NBC that his estranged brother has not yet been severely reprimanded due to political considerations.

“They’re trying to bury it just like they bury everything in the past. And I want to tell you if they think that’s going to fly this time, they’re sorely mistaken,” he said, adding: “I think he should be removed from Congress, and they have the power to do it, no matter what they tell you.”

Jennifer Gosar, a Spanish translator and the congressman’s sister, told NBC that she was “shocked” that no action been taken against her brother regarding his role in the January 6 Capitol riot.

“I’m shocked that he’s not censured now, that there hasn’t been a process for expulsion,” she said. “I mean, I think all the elements are clear. And maybe there’s something I’m missing, but they’re not acting on it to really allay any fears of the public.”

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When now-President Joe Biden appeared to be the victor in Arizona after Election Day last year, Gosar pushed unfounded theories that “glitches” could have impacted the final results.

On January 6, Gosar also objected to the certification of the presidential results from Arizona, a swing state that Biden won by a little over 10,000 votes, demanding that a full audit be conducted in electoral behemoth Maricopa County.

After the deadly riot that occurred on that same day, Gosar has repeatedly pressed government officials about the death of Ashli Babbitt, an insurrectionist who was killed by Capitol Police. And, during a congressional hearing earlier this month, he criticized the circumstances behind her death.

After the hearing, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was removed from the House Republican leadership team over her vocal criticism of Trump’s false election claims, rebuked Gosar for saying that Babbitt was “executed” by the Capitol Police.

Six of Gosar’s nine siblings first attracted national attention in the 2018 election cycle when they were featured in an television ad, pleading with voters not to support the congressman’s reelection bid.

Earlier this month, siblings Tim and David Gosar appeared on CNN and apologized for the congressman’s conduct and comments about the Capitol insurrection.

“On behalf of the actual sane members of our family – which is everyone but Paul – we apologize … for [Gosar’s] despicable comments and disgraceful conduct through this whole incident,” David Gosar said at the time.

During the CNN interview, Tim Gosar also blasted the congressman’s behavior.

“Once you lose your focus on the truth, once you become someone that peddles in lies, once you become basically a snake oil salesman, the truth is a really slippery thing to get your arms around,” he said. “It’s really hard to go back to the truth once you become a pathological liar like Paul has become.”

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Former Attorney General Bill Barr called Trump’s false election claims ‘bullsh–‘: book

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US Attorney General Bill Barr is pictured on October 15, 2020.

  • In a forthcoming book, the ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl chronicles the final days of the Trump administration.
  • According to the book, Bill Barr reportedly blasted Trump’s false election claims as ‘bullsh–.’
  • Mitch McConnell reportedly pleaded with Barr to speak out against Trump’s voter fraud claims.
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Former Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly blasted former President Donald Trump’s debunked election claims as “bullsh–,” according to a forthcoming book by ABC News Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Barr’s response to the aftermath of the highly contentious 2020 presidential campaign was detailed in an excerpt of the book “Betrayal,” published in The Atlantic on Sunday.

The interview offers critical insight into Barr’s relationship with Trump after the election and provides a stunning look at the then-attorney general’s line of thinking regarding the former president’s false election claims.

The former attorney general, who reportedly told Karl that he foresaw a Trump election loss, knew that the former president would approach him about allegations of voter fraud.

According to Karl, Barr “wanted to be able to say that he had looked into” the allegations and prove that the claims were “unfounded.”

He added: “In addition to giving prosecutors approval to open investigations into clear and credible allegations of substantial fraud, Barr began his own, unofficial inquiry into the major claims that the president and his allies were making.”

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In an interview with Karl, Barr was incredibly blunt in his assessment of Trump’s litany of fraud allegations.

“My attitude was: It was put-up or shut-up time,” Barr told Karl. “If there was evidence of fraud, I had no motive to suppress it. But my suspicion all the way along was that there was nothing there. It was all bullsh–.”

Barr reportedly told Karl that the claims of voting machines being “rigged” to switch votes from Trump to Biden were untrue.

“We realized from the beginning it was just bull—,” Barr told Karl. “It’s a counting machine, and they save everything that was counted. So you just reconcile the two. There had been no discrepancy reported anywhere, and I’m still not aware of any discrepancy.”

In the interview, Barr also detailed how then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pleaded with him to rebuke Trump’s false election claims.

McConnell was reportedly concerned about the nationwide fallout from Trump’s allegations, as well as the effect that the complaints would have on the January 2021 Georgia US Senate runoff elections. (Then-Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler were eventually defeated by Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.)

According to the excerpt, McConnell confirmed Barr’s account.

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Trump warned Wisconsin GOP legislative leaders to support 2020 election audit or be ‘quickly run out of office’

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Former US President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.

  • Former President Donald Trump is pressuring Wisconsin GOP leaders to back a 2020 election audit.
  • “These REPUBLICAN ‘leaders’ need to step up and support the people who elected them,” he said.
  • Arizona Republicans are currently pursuing a partisan forensic audit in Maricopa County.
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Former President Donald Trump on Friday put Wisconsin GOP legislative leaders on notice, saying that they would be “primaried” if they don’t back an audit of the 2020 presidential election in the critical swing state.

Last November, President Joe Biden defeated Trump in Wisconsin by roughly 20,000 votes out of nearly 3.3 million ballots cast. The results were certified with no verifiable evidence of voter fraud.

However, with Trump continuing to spread debunked claims of malfeasance months after his electoral loss to Biden, Republican leaders are feeling the heat from the former president’s loyalists, many of whom back partisan audits similar to what is occurring in Arizona, another swing state that Trump lost to Biden.

Republicans in Arizona are carrying out an audit of the results in Maricopa County, which for generations was one of the most dominant GOP-leaning urban areas in the entire country until 2020, when Biden carried the locality.

GOP state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos hiring retired police officers to conduct a probe looking into “potential irregularities and/or illegalities” from the election, but Trump brushed aside that effort.

“Wisconsin Republican leaders Robin Vos, [Senate President] Chris Kapenga, and [Senate Majority Leader] Devin LeMahieu, are working hard to cover up election corruption, in Wisconsin,” Trump said in a statement. “They are actively trying to prevent a Forensic Audit of the election results, especially those which took place in Milwaukee, one of the most corrupt election locales in the country. Don’t fall for their lies!”

He added: “These REPUBLICAN ‘leaders’ need to step up and support the people who elected them by providing them a full forensic investigation. If they don’t, I have little doubt that they will be primaried and quickly run out of office.”

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Milwaukee County, the state’s most populous jurisdiction and a longtime Democratic stronghold, gave Biden a hefty 183,000-vote margin over Trump.

The Trump campaign last November spent $3 million on recounts in Milwaukee County and Dane County, another Democratic bastion, only to see Biden pick up 132 votes in Milwaukee.

The former president sent a similar message to Republican leaders in Pennsylvania, saying that leaders who did not back his calls for an audit were “stupid, corrupt, or naïve” and “will be primaried and lose by big numbers.”

Biden defeated Trump in the Keystone State by a little over 1% of the vote, or roughly 80,000 votes out of 6.9 million ballots cast.

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GOP-led Michigan committee found ‘no evidence’ of voter fraud in 2020 election, further discrediting Trump’s false claims

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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani listens to Detroit poll worker Jessi Jacobs during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

  • A GOP-led Michigan Senate committee found “no evidence” of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
  • Trump had attempted to overturn Michigan’s election results.
  • The investigation comes as Trump continues to falsely claims the election was stolen from him.
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An investigation by the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee found no proof of widespread voter fraud in the state’s 2020 election, rejecting former President Donald Trump’s false claims.

“The Committee embarked upon hours of public testimony, the review of countless documents and presentations on the 2020 election, and careful review of the elections process itself,” the 35-page report released Wednesday said. “This Committee found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election.”

GOP state Sen. Ed McBroom, who chairs the committee, wrote in the report that he is “confident” the election results in Michigan, which President Joe Biden won by nearly 3 percentage points, are accurate.

McBroom also appeared to take a swipe at Trump, who repeatedly spread conspiracy theories that the election was fraught with voter fraud and rigged against him. In Michigan, Trump and his allies filed at least half a dozen lawsuits in an attempt to overturn the election results. They lost all of them.

“Sources must lose credibility when it is shown they promote falsehoods, even more when they never take accountability for those falsehoods,” McBroom wrote.

The Michigan Senate committee recommended that Michiganders “use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain.” It also called on the state attorney general to investigate those who promoted false claims.

The investigation comes nearly eight months after the 2020 race and as Trump continues to baselessly assert that the election was stolen from him. Federal, state, and local officials have repeatedly concluded that the election was fair and accurate.

The report also comes after a Michigan judge last month tossed out a Trump-endorsed lawsuit seeking to audit and recount votes in the state’s Antrim County. Trump won the county, but has claimed without evidence that he received more votes that were switched to favor Biden.

This conspiracy theory seems to stem from a case of human error on election night. At the time, the county’s unofficial election results initially showed Biden in the lead. Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, a Republican, moved to rectify the issue and after multiple checks, the county went to Trump. The county also audited the results in December, affirming Trump’s win over Biden.

“All compelling theories that sprang forth from the rumors surrounding Antrim County are diminished so significantly as for it to be a complete waste of time to consider them further,” McBroom wrote in the report.

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Liz Cheney rips Trump and Republicans who still support him, saying he ‘risks inciting further violence’ with false election claims, and warns GOP against abandoning the rule of law

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).

  • Rep. Liz Cheney said Donald Trump is on a “crusade to undermine our democracy.”
  • The Wyoming Republican said the former president “risks inciting further violence.”
  • “Those who refuse to accept the rulings of our courts are at war with the Constitution,” she said.
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Following a line of fellow Republican speakers condemning “cancel culture,” Rep. Liz Cheney stood on the floor of Congress Tuesday to condemn those in her party who refuse to condemn a former president’s effort to steal the 2020 election and his ongoing “crusade to undermine our democracy.”

Cheney, Wyoming’s sole member of the House of Representatives, is currently the chair of the GOP conference. But her harsh words for Donald Trump, the de facto leader of her party, and refusal to endorse his claims about voter fraud have made her position tenuous.

On Wednesday, her colleagues are voting on whether to replace her with another lawmaker, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, a Trump loyalist. But she is not going down quietly.

“Today we face a threat America has never seen before: a former president, who provoked a violent attack on this Capitol, in an effort to steal the election, has resumed his aggressive effort to convince Americans that the election was stolen from him,” Cheney said. “He risks inciting further violence.”

Cheney reminded her fellow Republicans dozens of courts rejected the former president’s claims of mass voter fraud, as did his own Department of Justice. “I am a conservative Republican,” she said, “and the most conservative of conservative principles is reverence for the rule of law.”

Those who decline to accept that the election is over – and refuse to state that President Joe Biden’s victory was legitimate – “are at war with the Constitution,” Cheney added.

A majority of Republican voters now believe the former president’s false claims that the election he objectively lost was stolen from him, according to recent polling.

“Remaining silent, and ignoring the lie, emboldens the liar,” Cheney said. “I will not participate in that. I will not sit back and watch in silence while others lead our party down a path that abandons the rule of law and joins the former president’s crusade to undermine our democracy.”

According to CNN, only one lawmaker, Colorado Republican Ken Buck, stayed to hear the remarks.

Watch Cheney’s speech here:

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Trump’s election fraud claims can be traced back to a Texas businessman who spent years falsely asserting that electronic voting machines manipulated votes

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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington.

When former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election he claimed it was because of voter fraud, citing claims that were initially started years ago by a Texas businessman, The Washington Post reported.

The Post reported that Russell Ramsland Jr. and his associates at Allied Security Operations Group began giving presentations to conservative lawmakers, activists, and donors that said audit logs in voting machines, the mechanisms that document the machine’s activity, had indications of manipulation beginning in late 2018.

The allegations and claims about voting systems and fraud made by Ramsland and ASOG were unsubstantiated and widely debunked by data security experts.

Ramsland, a failed congressional candidate, attempted to find political candidates who had lost elections they believed they’d won to sell them on this idea, however, he didn’t have much success until associates of Trump latched on to the claims, passing it along to Trump, who accepted and further spread claims that the machines were faulty.

In 2019, Ramsland began briefing GOP lawmakers and officials from the Department of Homeland Security on the idea that US election software was coming from Venezuela and that there would be efforts to manipulate votes in the 2020 election on a large scale, the Post reported.

While Trump and his associates, including lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sydney Powell, continued to sow doubt about the security of the election, the DHS said there was no evidence of fraud and called it “the most secure in American history.”

Powell has used Ramsland’s assertions in lawsuits she waged on behalf of Trump and Giuliani and had publicly claimed some of the assertions that started with Ramsland. Powell, the Post discovered, was also briefed by ASOG two years before the election.

Powell is now being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion after she falsely claimed she had evidence the company “was created to produce altered voting results in Venezuela for Hugo Chavez.”

Altogether Trump and his associates lost all of the more than 40 lawsuits challenging the 2020 election results.

Ramsland told the Post that ASOG did give Powell and Giuliani research but said they never spoke with Trump directly.

He added that his companies perspective was “one of many voices” that expressed concerns about election system vulnerabilities.

Powell, through an attorney, told the Post that she did meet with a Ramsland ally but did not say if she directly spoke to him. Giuliani and his attorney did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

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Mike Lindell told Kimmel he still speaks to Trump once a month – most recently about Trump’s border fears

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell with President Trump at the White House in 2017.

  • MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Jimmy Kimmel he speaks to Trump around once a month.
  • Their last conversation was “a couple of weeks ago,” and was about the US border, Lindell said.
  • Lindell, a staunch Trump ally, has parroted Trump’s claims challenging the integrity of the 2020 election.
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks to former President Donald Trump about once a month, he told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night.

Lindell said the last time he spoke to Trump was “a couple of weeks ago,” when they discussed the US border.

Lindell, a major GOP donor, was a staunch Trump ally during the former president’s time in the White House, and has repeatedly supported the unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump.

He visited Trump at the White House multiple times, including speaking at a COVID-19 briefing. He also met Trump during Trump’s final week in office, leading to viral photos of him carrying printed notes referencing “martial law.”

Trump has said he may run again for president in 2024.

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“I’ve talked to him once every … maybe month or so, if I’m down there,” Lindell said, without explaining where he meant.

Kimmel then asked Lindell when they last spoke.

“A couple of weeks ago I guess, when he said he was worried about what was going down at the border,” Lindell said. “He said: ‘I’m really worried about what’s going on.'” He did not elaborate on what else specifically they discussed.

Tightening the border between the US and Mexico and clamping down on immigration was a cornerstone of Trump’s 2016 election campaign. During his time in office, he issued anti-immigration executive orders, and tried to build a $15 billion border wall between the two countries, which people are now climbing over with $5 ladders.

Lindell told Kimmel that he first met Trump in August 2016 when he “didn’t know anything about politics.”

“I met this man who had problems, solutions, and he knew what they manifest to,” he said.

Lindell said that after he met Trump he thought “wow, this guy could be the greatest president ever.”

He said that when he returned to Minnesota, he told the press that they had met, which he said led to a huge public backlash. “I was attacked like you’ve never seen,” he said.

Lindell added that he wasn’t in contact with Rudy Giuliani, another close Trump ally, whose apartment was raided by federal investigators just hours before Lindell and Kimmel went live on air. Giuliani, who used to be Trump’s lawyer, has spread similar voter-fraud conspiracy theories to those spread by Lindell.

During Wednesday’s show, Kimmel grilled Lindell on his voter-fraud conspiracy theories, MyPillow’s $1.6 billion lawsuit against voting-technology company Dominion, and his new social-media site, Frank.

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