On February 4, 2021, Time Magazine released an article detailing the 2020 election and how it was “fortified” by the powers that be.
The article’s author Molly Ball is a known leftist and the author of one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s biographies.
Ball’s article almost justifies the concerns of many Americans about election security.
Ball discusses the collaboration of people in our highest places of society, “There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day.”
In Ball’s report, she described the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations and their political director Mike Podhorzer as the “architect” of this organized resistance.
Ball went on to report, “Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.”
The “conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes” rhetoric stirred a response from several conservative influencers’.
“According to Time, the election was ‘Fortified’ but not rigged. Definitely not rigged … This is insanity, but everyone should read to learn exactly how bad it was,” Donald Trump Jr. said.
Instead of the usual denouncing of theories that many people have about a “rigged” 2020 election, Molly Ball seemed to give them the answer that they had advocated for.
“Dear God, did they (Time Magazine) just validate what Trump was saying the whole time?” Journalist Andray Domise asked.
“So the election wasn’t rigged. There was only a secret cabal of powerful elites and corporate interests that worked together to overhaul election laws, influence media coverage, and convince big tech to crush dissent,” The Daily Caller’s Greg Price responded.
Among those powerful elites, Molly Ball also discusses the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in this so-called “alliance.”
One day after this article aired, Thomas Donahue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stepped down an entire year early.
It is unclear if Donahue’s stepping down is in any way connected to the Time Magazine article.
Ball goes on to say, “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.”
Voting by mail was a large part of why many Americans felt the election might have been insecure.
Ball continues, “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.”
Many of the claims that President Trump made were justified in Ball’s article.
“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,” Ball went on to say.
At this point, Ball had no intention of providing evidence for those worried about election security, but her almost bragging tone proved otherwise.
“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 said.
This “fortification” of our election by a well-funded group sounds much more like swaying the election than it does securing it.
Ball depicts the attempts made by elites to be almost a personal crusade that they took upon themselves to remove President Trump.
Many conservatives are now pointing out the hypocrisy of censorship with this article.
Mark Hemingway tweeted, “If you had said this out loud on Twitter a few months ago, it would have gotten you banned.”
No one knows where the Time Magazine will go, but conservative voices are feeling quite betrayed by the blatant justification over their claims.
Whether the election was “rigged,” “fortified,” or safe and sound, the elections are about one thing—the American people.
It’s not about special interests or elites; the election is for the American voter, not the hands of the powerful, no matter how important the elites think it is.