â€œThis is the story of the theft of the 2016 election. Itâ€™s a crime still in progress.â€
So opens my film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. And on Election night I waited for the returns to make a fool of me.
Instead, the returns made the fool a President.
And so, my vacationâ€™s cancelled. My lifeâ€™s cancelled; that is, a life of anything but sleuthing and exposing the details of the heist of our democracy.
Whatâ€™s at stake? No way around it, this is one frightening moment.
Decades of progress created with sweat and determination face destruction.Â Within the next six months, we may see the Voting Rights Act repealedâ€”and civil rights set back 50 years; the entirety of our environmental protection laws burnt in a coal pit; police cruelty made our urban policy; the Education Department closed to give billionaires a tax holiday; and a howling anti-Semite as White House Senior Counselor.
But the horror we face is countered by this one hard and hopeful fact:Â …more
Before a single vote was cast, the election was fixed by GOP and Trump operatives.
Starting in 2013 â€“ just as the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act â€“ a coterie of Trump operatives, under the direction of Kris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State, created a system to purge 1.1 million Americans of color from the voter rolls of GOPâ€“controlled states.
Crosscheck in action:Â Â Trump victory margin in Michigan: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 13,107 Michigan Crosscheck purge list: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 449,922
Trump victory margin in Arizona: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 85,257 Arizona Crosscheck purge list: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 270,824
Trump victory margin in North Carolina: Â Â Â Â 177,008 North Carolina Crosscheck purge list: Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 589,393
On Tuesday, we saw Crosscheck elect a Republican Senate and as President, Donald Trump.Â The electoral putsch was aided by nine other methods of attacking the right to vote of Black, Latino and Asian-American voters, methods detailed in my book and film, including â€œCaging,â€ â€œpurging,â€ blocking legitimate registrations, and wrongly shunting millions to â€œprovisionalâ€ ballots that will never be counted.
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, which was based on our Rolling Stone report (“The GOP’s Stealth War On Voters“), was first released 2 months BEFORE the 2016 election. It predicted Trump would steal theÂ White House â€” and explained how! The film’s massive success has led to lawsuits in IndianaÂ and Illinois aimed at ending Crosscheck and demands from the NAACP, ACLU, Transformative Justice Coalition for a post-election update. Subtitled, “The Case of the Stolen Electionâ€, the film is available NOW with a tax-deductible donation to support our work.
Trump signaled the use of â€œCrosscheckâ€ when he claimed the election is â€œriggedâ€ because â€œpeople are voting many, many times.â€Â His operative Kobach, who also advised Trump on building a wall on the southern border, devised …more
Itâ€™s been an action-packed week in politics. Hillary Clinton has been given the official all-clear by the FBI, who have said she wonâ€™t have to face charges for the Clorox cleaning job she did on her email server. And with her path to power given the personal red carpet treatment by FBI director James Comey, the fact that a hundred thousand votes or so have yet to be counted in California has been swept under the high thread count rug â€” where a lot of inconvenient votes end up these days! But the missing emails and votes havenâ€™t been forgotten by our resident sleuth, Greg Palast. In this weekâ€™s Best Democracy Money Can Buy: Election Crimes Bulletin he gives Dennis J. Bernstein the skinny on Sandersâ€™ stolen California win, Clintonâ€™s bleached communications â€” and a multi-million dollar Kazakhstan bribery and corruption scandal that got Cloroxed with them!
TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on July 6, 2016)
Dennis J. Bernstein: There has been a lot going on. Weâ€™ve got the announcement today that Hillary Clinton will not be indicted, after a little visit that Bill had with the Attorney General. There is still some left over results that weâ€™re trying to figure out in terms of what happened in California. And youâ€™ve got a big event coming up. So thereâ€™s a lot to talk about. Why donâ€™t we start back in California?
Greg Palast: Well, I was reading something called The Washington Post, which is like the American Izvestia, and it said, â€œGreg Palast made a mistake.â€ Because I had announced on your show â€” weâ€™re infamous now â€” that 2 million ballots were …more
It’s not about a candidate, it’s about counting the votes. Whether you’re #withher or #StillSanders – you damn well should care if they count every last ballot. Hundreds of thousands of Americans received provisional ballots this primary season and chances are they won’t be counted. So you’re going to need to Steal Back Your Vote. Watch this short video of my speech at the Still Sanders March, introduced by Cary Harrison in Los Angeles earlier this week.
This week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Election Crimes Bulletin we revisit the California primary crime scene and attempt to count the votes â€” something election officials in the state have failed to do. Officially, there are nearly 2 million votes that remain uncounted, and statistics show that the vast majority of these are favoring Bernie. If all votes were created equal and actually tallied, the Golden State would most likely be in Bernieâ€™s pocket. Professional vote sleuth Greg Palast breaks down the numbers with Dennis J. Bernsteinâ€¦
TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on June 15, 2016)
Dennis J. Bernstein: Greg Palast, great to have you backâ€¦ Are we talking millions of votes not counted? What is this?
Greg Palast: Are you ready for this?
DB: I donâ€™t know.
Palast: Okay, take out a pencil and paper…
DB: Iâ€™m afraid.
Palast: The mail-in ballots: 1,173,943 uncounted. Provisional â€œplaceboâ€ ballots â€” when they donâ€™t want you to vote, they give you pretend ballots â€” there are 712,849 uncounted. This is two weeks after the election! Even Iran counts the votes within two weeks. And weâ€™re not doneâ€¦ 73,116 â€œotherâ€ votes have …more
by Greg Palast with Dennis J Bernstein for Reader Supported News This week on The Best Democracy Money Can Buy â€” Election Crimes Bulletin â€” the Crime Scene: California. The Crime?Â Two million votes still not counted. One million ballots already disqualified, thrown away. Another million so-called provisional â€œplaceboâ€ ballots. Hereâ€™s the story of the voting horror show you won’t get on Fox or MSDNC.
TRANSCRIPT (Originally broadcast on June 8, 2016)
Dennis J. Bernstein:This week, weâ€™re going to do a postmortem on yesterdayâ€™s California primary. Greg, I know you were out there. You were also trying to vote?
Greg Palast: I think we need to get a long piece of yellow tape that says â€œcrime sceneâ€ and wrap it around the state of California. It was uglyâ€¦ Days before the election the polls were showing it was a dead heat between Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton, with Sanders rising. How could it be what the AP called â€œa crushing victoryâ€ with so-called 96% of the vote counted? The answer is that 96% of the vote has not been counted.
Specifically, the mail-in ballots, which tend to be the Democratic Party regulars, were counted first â€” theyâ€™re all Hillary folk. Sheâ€™s leading among registered Democrats by about 30%. But those who got NPP, …more
[Los Angeles] It’s not some grand conspiracy, but it’s grand theft nonetheless.Â Â Sen. Bernie Sandersâ€™ voters will lose their ballots, their rights, by the tens of thousands.
The steal is baked into the way California handles No Party Preference â€“”NPP” voters â€“what we know as “independents.”
There are a mind-blowing 4.2 million voters in California registered NPP â€“ and they share a love for sunshine and Bernie Sanders. According to the reliable Golden State poll, among NPP voters, Sen. Sanders whoops Sec. Hillary Clinton by a stunning 40 percentage points.
On the other team, registered Democrats prefer Clinton by a YUGE 30 points. NPP’s can vote in the Democratic primary, so, the California primary comes down to a fight between D’s and NPP’s.
And there’s the rub. In some counties like Los Angeles, it’s not easy for an NPP to claim their right vote in the Democratic primary â€“ and in other counties, nearly impossible.
Example: In Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, if you donâ€™t say the magic words, …more
When someone hijacks your car, itâ€™s not car suppression. When someone hijacks your vote, it’s thievery. And voter “suppression” and news suppression have to go together â€” because if youâ€™re stealing votes, you gotta keep it quiet!
Acclaimed actor and filmmaker Tim Robbins, actress and activist Rosario Dawson, and investigative reporter Greg Palast joined forces at UCLA on Tuesday, May 10 to discuss the vote theft and media silence rampant in the 2016 election.
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