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The Washington Examiner

Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent

January 18, 2022

THE DEMOCRATIC SCANDAL DU JOUR. You probably haven't heard of this controversy unless you spend time in the fever swamps of MSNBC or the Twitter feeds of Democratic provocateurs. Nevertheless, some veterans of the Resistance are getting very excited over what they see as an enormous new scandal — what one calls "attempted election fraud on a massive scale" — involving former President Donald Trump's refusal to accept the result of the 2020 election.

Here's the short version: Trump supporters in a few states — Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, and New Mexico — were so brazen that in the days before Dec. 14, 2020, when the Electoral College voted to confirm Joe Biden's victory, they actually forged documents falsely purporting to be Electoral College results for Trump and sent them to the appropriate authorities in Washington and in their home states. They then planned to use the forgeries to steal the election on Jan. 6, 2021. All the while, they hoped no one would notice.

It was a "previously unknown, mysteriously coordinated effort to have Republicans in multiple states forge election documents after the last election and present themselves as fake electors to the Electoral College," MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said recently. In an earlier program, referring specifically to Wisconsin, she said, "The fraudulent electors met in a concerted effort to ensure they would be mistaken, as a result of their deliberate forgery and fraud, for Wisconsin's legitimate presidential electors chosen by the mechanism prescribed under the U.S. Constitution and Wisconsin law."

The reality is a little less exciting than that. It's actually a lot less exciting than that.




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