Time Magazine: ‘Secret' Cabal Conspired to ‘Protect’ 2020 Election
Magazine touts 'conspiracy' between 'left-wing activists' and 'business titans'
An article published by Time magazine describes a “conspiracy” between “left-wing activists and business titans" in a secret to “protect” the 2020 presidential election.
The so-called secret "shadow effort" was first reported by The New York Times in January and referred to the “Democracy Defense Coalition.”
It was also hinted at by the left-wing The Daily Beast last year.
However, the Times article does not hold back and gives a detailed account of what was happening behind the scenes.
The article titled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election” presents what they describe as a heroic effort to fend off President Donald Trump’s fraud claims and preserve a fair election.
The article's author, Molly Ball's description also matches what she calls a “paranoid” view of an effort to make it difficult for Trump to win:
The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensure it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.
For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President.
Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors.
Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.
They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers, and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.
They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction.
After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.
That’s why the participants want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream–a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.
And they believe the public needs to understand the system’s fragility in order to ensure that democracy in America endures.
Ball describes the co-conspirators as “democracy campaigners.”
It was led by Mike Podhorzer, a “senior adviser to the president of the AFL-CIO,” one of the nation’s most powerful Democrat-aligned labor unions.
In his apartment in the D.C. suburbs, Podhorzer began working from his laptop at his kitchen table, holding back-to-back Zoom meetings for hours a day with his network of contacts across the progressive universe: the labor movement; the institutional left, like Planned Parenthood and Greenpeace; resistance groups like Indivisible and MoveOn; progressive data geeks and strategists, representatives of donors and foundations, state-level grassroots organizers, racial-justice activists, and others.
She notes Podhorzer was hosting two-and-a-half-hour Zoom meetings with other participants in the project by April.
They persuaded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to donate hundreds of millions of dollars to “election administration funding" as well as pushing Congress to vote by mail.
Legal efforts were also leveraged by the campaign to alter voting procedures during the COVID pandemic, leading to the mail-in voting “revolution."
"Only a quarter of voters cast their ballots the traditional way: in person on Election Day,” Ball notes.
The group also uses a "secret project” to fight “disinformation" by pressuring platforms to enforce their rules by removing content or accounts that supposedly spread "disinformation.”
Unsurprisingly, Ball fails to mention the explosive New York Post‘s story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which tech giants and media companies pounced on calling Russian “disinformation" to suppress it.
The group also exploited George Floyd’s death to politice and to harness its momentum for the election without allowing it to be co-opted by politicians.
By the end of the election, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce set aside old disputes to join the AFL-CIO in allying to reject claims of election fraud, Ball reports.
Balls' reporting confirms the “shadow” effort Trump and allies were warning about for years is true.
She adds that the “national mobilization network” was told to “stand down” after it appeared Biden would be the winner.
Read the full article here.