by Jennifer Van Laar
Many of us were alarmed on Election Night 2020 when, while the results were looking good for Donald Trump, multiple states suddenly stopped counting votes. As the night wore on and went into the next day, it seemed that every update was favorable for Biden until he was ultimately named President-Elect.
While Trump’s campaign repeatedly promised to “release the Kraken” and bring forward evidence of election fraud that would prove that the election was stolen, focusing on electronic voting machines, that evidence didn’t materialize. RedState’s Scott Hounsell pointed out various states and cities – even down to the precincts – that should be investigated, and that information was given to the Trump campaign to no avail.
(READ Scott’s pieces on Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Arizona)
The basis of Hounsell’s “Excuse Me While I Call BS” series was that the supposed results of the 2020 general election were completely incongruent with what had been documented in voter registration data over the preceding four years and with what would be expected given Trump’s performance over Clinton in 2016. For example:
In Pennsylvania, Trump has won every county he won in 2016 except for one, while he picked up another county that Clinton won in 2016. Enthusiasm levels for Biden were lower than they were for Clinton in PA. Since 2016, in the state where Trump won by 45,000 votes, Democrats have lost 48,000 voters while Republicans have added 150,000 voters, outperformed amongst minorities and had record party support and Democrat cross-over vote and yet, Trump only leads by 110,000 voters? BS.
While Hounsell wasn’t able at that time to determine what had happened, it seems that Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips of True the Vote have some evidence, in the form of cell phone location data, ballot drop box surveillance video, and more, to suggest that there was a coordinated effort in key states (those in which a small number of votes could swing the state and, therefore, the Electoral College) to illegally “harvest” ballots by paying “mules” to deposit them into drop boxes throughout the given metropolitan area in the month before the election, in numbers that were small enough to fly under the radar on daily counts yet large enough to change the state’s outcome on Election Night. Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza took this data and interviewed witnesses to create the documentary “2000 Mules,” in collaboration with Salem Media Group, to explain what True the Vote found.
Not surprisingly, by the afternoon of May 4, before “2000 Mules” premiered at Mar-a-Lago that evening, the so-called fact-checkers were out in force attempting to debunk its claims. PolitiFact and Associated Press are the most prominent, and many local rags have run AP’s, magnifying its reach. Of course, the PolitiFact and AP pieces are nearly identical, almost as if they were coordinated. The “facts” or data they use to attempt to discredit D’Souza, True the Vote, and the film are laughably thin — and some are simply not true.
The Associated Press claims that “2000 Mules” did not prove that “at least 2,000 ‘mules’ were paid to illegally collect ballots and deliver them to drop boxes in key swing states ahead of the 2020 presidential election” mainly because the findings are “based on false assumptions about the precision of cellphone tracking data and the reasons that someone might drop off multiple ballots, according to experts,” but the piece lists a few other areas in which they believe the film perpetuated falsehoods.
Let’s go through the various claims AP believes “2000 Mules” got wrong.
Geotracking/Cellphone Location Data
According to Gregg Phillips, True the Vote analyzed more than a petabyte (1,000 terabytes) of data from smartphones in Phoenix, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Las Vegas, covering the time period from October 1 through Election Day (and through January 6 in Georgia to cover the Senate runoff). In Atlanta, the group says that by using that data they identified 242 “mules” who met their criteria (visited 10 different ballot drop boxes and at least five different nonprofit organizations identified as “stash houses”) during that time frame. Here’s what the AP had to say about that claim:[E]xperts say cellphone location data, even at its most advanced, can only reliably track a smartphone within a few meters — not close enough to know whether someone actually dropped off a ballot or just walked or drove nearby.
“You could use cellular evidence to say this person was in that area, but to say they were at the ballot box, you’re stretching it a lot,” said Aaron Striegel, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame. “There’s always a pretty healthy amount of uncertainty that comes with this.”
That’s simply not true. In the first sentence of the quote, the writer says that experts say that a smartphone can be reliably tracked within a few meters. Depending on what “a few” means in this case, that could be six or nine feet. That’s hardly leaving a healthy amount of uncertainty. Also, we’re not just talking about one visit to a ballot box.
Pieces in the Washington Post and the New York Times also characterize cellphone location data as quite specific and reliable. For example, in May 4 WaPo article stoking fear that the Patriarchy could use phone data to determine who got an abortion should abortion become illegal in some states:
Phones can collect precise information about your whereabouts — right down to the building — to power maps and other services. Sometimes, though, the fine print in app privacy policies gives companies the right to sell that information to other companies that can make it available to advertisers, or whoever wants to pay to obtain it.
On Tuesday, Vice’s Motherboard blog reported that for $160, it bought a week’s worth of data from a company called SafeGraph showing where people who visited more than 600 Planned Parenthood clinics came from and where they went afterward.
A 2019 New York Times series, “The Privacy Project,” revealed a lot about how granular this data can be. In a piece from that project titled “Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy,” Times journalists reported on what they found after analyzing a data file containing 50 billion location pings from 12 million Americans over a several-month period in 2016 and 2017. In the introduction they state (emphasis mine):
Each piece of information in this file represents the precise location of a single smartphone over [the] period.
And, says the Times, this information isn’t generated solely by big tech or government surveillance, and is openly available to anyone who wants to pay for it.
The data reviewed by Times Opinion didn’t come from a telecom or giant tech company, nor did it come from a governmental surveillance operation. It originated from a location data company, one of dozens quietly collecting precise movements using software slipped onto mobile phone apps. You’ve probably never heard of most of the companies — and yet to anyone who has access to this data, your life is an open book. They can see the places you go every moment of the day, whom you meet with or spend the night with, where you pray, whether you visit a methadone clinic, a psychiatrist’s office or a massage parlor.
In addition, the AP writer says there are many reasons that people might have been close to a ballot drop box on multiple occasions, since they’re placed in high traffic areas like libraries, government buildings, college campuses, that people frequent. That’s definitely true. But are they going to those places regularly late at night or even in the middle of the night? Are they also going to five different nonprofit organizations focused on get-out-the-vote efforts?
In 2021 the Times published a piece titled, “They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.” about the January 6 protesters. In that piece they noted that since their 2019 article a new piece of information had become available:
Unlike the data we reviewed in 2019, this new data included a remarkable piece of information: a unique ID for each user that is tied to a smartphone. This made it even easier to find people, since the supposedly anonymous ID could be matched with other databases containing the same ID, allowing us to add real names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and other information about smartphone owners in seconds.
The IDs, called mobile advertising identifiers, allow companies to track people across the internet and on apps. They are supposed to be anonymous, and smartphone owners can reset them or disable them entirely. Our findings show the promise of anonymity is a farce. Several companies offer tools to allow anyone with data to match the IDs with other databases.
The data purchased by True the Vote most likely contained the mobile advertising identifier information, which would allow True the Vote to discern the real names, addresses, etc. attached to each potential “mule” device’s owner in seconds, which comes into play with the AP’s next supposed reason that the True the Vote analysis could not possibly be correct:
True the Vote has said it filtered out people whose “pattern of life” before the election season included frequenting nonprofit and drop box locations. But that strategy wouldn’t filter out election workers who spend more time at drop boxes during the election season, cab drivers whose daily paths don’t follow a pattern, or people whose routines recently changed.
It wouldn’t filter them out if the group didn’t also have other information, such as mobile advertising identifiers. But True the Vote has even more than that. For example, the group has chain of custody logs for the ballot drop boxes in question, so they know when election workers visited the drop boxes to collect ballots and can eliminate cell phones at that location at that time from being included in the “mule” category.
Use of Gloves in Georgia Senate Runoff
Investigators found that in the 2020 Georgia Senate runoff, particularly after December 23, 2020, many of the mules seen on surveillance video were wearing blue latex medical gloves when approaching the ballot drop boxes. Gregg Phillips attributes that development to the arrest a day prior of an Arizona woman for ballot fraud, and claims that the FBI used fingerprint data to help catch that perpetrator.
According to the AP, though, the “mules” were just wearing gloves because it was cold out. Because obviously we all wear blue latex medical gloves to keep our hands warm in the winter, then throw them away before getting back to a car or home.
This is pure speculation. It ignores far more likely reasons for glove-wearing in the fall and winter of 2020 — cold weather or COVID-19.
Voting in Georgia’s Jan. 5, 2021, Senate runoff election occurred during some of the coldest weeks of the year in the state, and when COVID-19 was surging. In fact, the AP in 2020 documented multiple examples of COVID-cautious voters wearing latex gloves and other personal protective equipment to vote.
Mail ballot voting for the Georgia Senate runoff began soon after November 18, 2020, when mail ballots went out. The nighttime temperature on December 23, 2020 and through January 5, 2021 weren’t any colder than the weeks prior, and, in fact, between December 29 and January 3, 2021 the low temperature in North Atlanta was warmer than the historical daily average low.
Their “fact check” never interviewed Dinesh. The most likely never watched the documentary only the preview or trailer. This is not the only way fraud happened. This coup was multi pronged.
Biden’s Truth is a joke and Honesty in the M.S. Media was never that high we saw the usial amount of toxic waste from the NYT/CNN and their ilk all during Trumps residence in the Oval Office
If half or a quarter of this is true, it was enough to alter the outcome of the election. The fraud was real, the fraud was widespread and the fraud needs to be STOPPED. Just look at the damage it has wrought.
biden did not receive 81 million legal votes.
If half or a quarter of what someone says are lies, why would you trust anything else they say?
Another major fail on bidens economy. Does joe have a plan?
What’s the REPUBLICAN plan, Zippy???
What’s the REPUBLICAN plan, Zippy???
Reverse the Democrat damage and reinstate Trump’s policies.
Trump’s GDP growth rate declined by 0.84% in 2019 and was MINUS 3.4% in 2020.
What was the rate of inflation for all four years for President Trump?
What was the average cost per gallon of gas for the four years for President Trump?
You mean when the economy was shut down, dummy? You think no one knows what has happened?
I don’t think you have a clue what happened. Trump’s economic binge was unsustainable. He added more debt in 4 years than any other president in modern US history. The effects of COVID and Putin were unavoidable.
Your opinion devoid of any factual data. Try again loser
These people like greg don’t talk in facts. He’ll rationalize anything, mostly because he’s a paid troll sent to sh*t on the discussion here, Bannon-style.
Astonishingly, it appears that we are in agreement about Steve Bannon.
Is bidens economy better that President Trumps?
Incorrect. Leftists have nothing to criticize Trump on, especially now as we see Biden appears to be an attack on our country, so the hollow and dismissible “debt” b.s. goes right out the window when you look at Obama, and now Biden.
Trump was leveraging debt in ways few President’s know how to, because they are mostly do-nothing career politicians without any financial success or education.
We were raking in Billions from China and saving Billions from NATO, all things that Biden was illegally installed via a released Covid-19 and rigged election to stop.
Trump caused ALL of this. Like Obama, Biden got stuck with cleanup detail.
Please be specific and provide backup
There’s a dark time ahead. I trust Biden to lead us through it far more than a man like Donald Trump. The world is not a reality TV show.
biden caused this. It is irrational to trust in something or someone who is the architect of a disaster. You are a fool. The was not caused by President Trump. It has been done intentionally by your president
No, the world is not a reality show. It is clear that for Biden, and family, it is one grift after another. No other president in the history of the US has been as crooked as Joe Biden.
Idiot Biden created the dark times and the longer he is ruining things, the darker they will get. He’s proved he’s no leader; leaders don’t blame everyone else for the problems HE’S created. You are phenomenally stupid.
Agreed. I would not trust biden with a dollar.
The most bullshittiest of all bullshit that has ever been bullshitted. DEMOCRATS have cause all of this. ALL OF IT. While it was a mistake to shut down the economy thinking that would make COVID go away, Trump wanted to open it up much sooner. Republican states did open up while Democrat states stayed closed and paid people not to work. Trillions of dollars went into the Democrat disaster.
Idiot Biden had a healthy, growing economy to use. He had energy independence. He had a secured border. He (HE) f**ked every bit of that up.
I’m sorry, how much was gas under President Trump?
Not with cheap crude oil. Putin needs high oil prices. The kind Biden is providing him.
I know exactly what happened. Trump unleashed the economy; he got the government out of the way. He was on no “binge”. That was your Democrats who, when COVID hit and aid was required, couldn’t help themselves as they loaded aid bill after aid bill up with liberal pork. Now we find that most of the billions just dumped onto the public didn’t go where it was intended, which ALWAYS happens and most of it finds its way into Democrat pockets.
As soon as idiot Biden got his prize for Most Fraudulent, they spent trillions more, just printing and spending. EVERYTHING has to include liberal waste, even their bills where they pretend to care about Ukraine.
Ever heard of COVID-19? Hard to have growth with the economy shut down.
I’ve heard the right denying it for 2 1/2 years. It’s still with us, and its economic effects are still with us. Those effects, along with a psychotic Russian warmonger, are what Joe Biden and the American economy have to deal with. These are IMMEDIATE problems. There are other serious problems that go even deeper.
There IS NO magic wand that will make it all go away. There are no simple, easy solutions. There is only a difficult and dangerous passage to somehow be navigated. It does no good to deny the dangers.
The biden economic disaster ia a manufactured crisis caused by biden.
I’ve heard the right denying it for 2 1/2 years. It’s still with us, and its economic effects are still with us.
I seem to remember the idiot Biden promising to “shut down the virus”. What happened there? All he did was have about $5 trillion printed and thrown away.
No, there are no simple solutions to the disasters idiot Biden has created.
Shall I refer to Donald as “Turd Trump,” or do you prefer the more aristocratic “Trump the Turd”? Better still, why don’t we just stop with the name calling? Even Rick Scott—aka Popeye—as taken up the juvenile bullshit. It’s demeaning. It makes America look like a country of morons.
What liberal sycophants that avoid facts at every turn believe is totally unimportant to people that care for this country.
Idiot Biden is a failure, disaster, criminal and moron. This is established fact.
You are the guy trying to make the case the last year of Trump’s presidency was bad due to Trump’s policies. I just pointed out covid came along and things changed dramatically. A point you missed altogether.
So if there are no easy solutions what is Joe Biden doing to help? The Border? Inflation? Food prices? Gas prices? I could go on. That releasing oil from the SPR is that one of his solutions? He’s a failure of monumental proportions.
Biden’s they guy whos said he wouldn’t blame others, but take responsibility. So far all the does is blame others.
It is not for the republicans to solve at this juncture. Anything they would propose would die before ever amen up. greg has no solution to the biden economic turmoil and so he thinks it is cute to bait us to make it a Republican issue.
Shove it up your ass greg
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No. That’s why I don’t believe you or the leftist media.