Rand Paul Insists ‘Great Deal Of Evidence’ Of Election Fraud

Arwen~ If your party is secure in the results, that it was a legitimate win, why would you oppose an investigation?

rand paul wears reading glasses and listensSen. Rand Paul. R-Ky.,  listens to testimony during the Senate Committee for Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on COVID-19 May 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Toni L. Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)By Newsmax Wires
Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 10:35 AM


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday declared there was a “great deal of evidence of fraud” and illegal election law changes that merit a “thorough investigation.”

In a contentious exchange on ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopolous,” Paul called the host “a fool.”

“You’re forgetting who you are as a journalist if you think there’s only one side,” he scolded.

“You’re inserting yourself into the story,” he said, adding: “I want to look at secretaries of state who changed the law — it happened. You can’t just sweep it under the rug. Nothing to see here. You’re a fool to bring this up. A journalist would hear both sides.”

According to Paul, Stephanopolous made a mistake, warning, that by “coming from the liberal side like you, you immediately say everything’s a lie, instead of saying there’s two sides to everything… you insert yourself in the middle … [saying] the absolute fact I’m saying is a lie.”

Paul said the election case brought in Wisconsin proved his point that alleged fraud is worth investigating. A federal judge in Wisconsin dismissed a lawsuit filed by Trump challenging Joe Biden’s win there.

“In Wisconsin, tens of thousands of absentee votes had only the name on it and no address,” Paul said. “Historically those were thrown out, this time they weren’t. They made special accommodations. It’s a pandemic. They changed the law after the fact. That’s wrong, that’s unconstitutional.”

“I won’t be cowed by liberals in the media who say there’s no evidence here and you’re a liar if you talk about election fraud,” he continued. “Let’s have an open debate this is a free country.”

Paul agreed that former Attorney General William Barr said there was no evidence of fraud in the election, but called that determination “a pronouncement.”

“There’s been no examination, thorough examination of all the states to see what problems we had and see if they could fix them,” he argued.

“I voted to certify the state [Electoral College votes] because I think it would be wrong for Congress to overturn that,” he said.

“At the same time, I’m not willing to sit here and say, everybody on the Republican side is a liar and there’s no fraud,” he insisted. “|There were lots of problems and secretaries of state who illegally changed the law and that needs to be fixed and I’m going to work hard to fix it. The media today say all Republicans are liars. There are two sides to every story.”

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No, this is not “getting back to normal”

The extinction of reason, justice and freedom on campus is now to be institutionalised as American government policy

Melanie Phillips
Jan 24


The Women’s March on Versailles, 1789



Has there ever been such a profound and jarring disconnect between a new American president’s words and actions on his very first day in office?
In his inauguration speech, President Joe Biden hymned unity. America, he said, must “stop the shouting, and lower the temperature”. It must put behind it “anger, resentment, hatred, extremism, lawlessness, violence, disease, joblessness and hopelessness” and reaffirm “history, faith and reason”.
Yet within hours of that speech, Biden signed a slew of executive orders to set America on a path of anger, resentment, hatred, division, lawlessness and joblessness and which undermine history, faith and reason.
And — excuse me — executive orders? When President Donald Trump used them, the Democrats howled that this showed he was a proto-fascist hell-bent on circumventing constitutional procedures and proper democratic scrutiny  When Biden signs a whole bunch of them on his first afternoon in office, however, this is apparently “getting back to normal”.
But to call these measures “normal” would surely have made Lenin blush. Biden’s immigration orders, giving citizenship to some 11 million illegal immigrants, halting construction of the Mexican border wall and imposing a moratorium on deportations for 100 days, trash the rule of law and spell administrative and policing chaos. More than that, they undermine the very concept of a nation, which depends for its continued existence upon its borders being secure; and they take a wrecking ball to the concept of citizenship: the bargain of duties and rights that exists only between a government and its country’s citizens. 
The implications are so dire that Texas instantly launched a lawsuit against the new administration.  Its Attorney-General, Ken Paxton, said: 
“In one of its first of dozens of steps that harm Texas and the nation as a whole, the Biden administration directed DHS to violate federal immigration law and breach an agreement to consult and cooperate with Texas on that law. Our state defends the largest section of the southern border in the nation. Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel.”
 In another order, Biden undermined American security by reversing the ban on travel from terrorist hotspots, including Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia in addition to North Korea, Chad and Venezuela. This ban was not, as was so falsely and slanderously characterised by the Democrats, a “ ban on Muslims”. It was introduced in 2017 against certain countries whose governments could not provide proper documentation, vetting or identification information for citizens travelling to the US.  It was a ban on countries whose record of Islamist or other anti-western extremism and violence meant that prudence dictated its inhabitants should be presumed to be a potential danger to America. By ending it, Biden has made America unsafe. It is an unreasonable act, motivated entirely by the Democrats’ ideologically twisted misrepresentation of any action aimed to protect citizens against Islamic extremism ( as anti-Muslim bigotry.  
Next, Biden revoked the order limiting the ability of federal agencies, contractors and other institutions to hold diversity and inclusion training. This is part of what his transition team described as the new administration’s “whole-of-government initiative to advance racial equity”. 
But “racial equity” is emphatically notthe same as treating every person as of equal value regardless of their ethnicity. It does not mean, in the words of Martin Luther King (who must surely be turning in his grave, not least by being given a shout-out in that Biden speech) judging someone by the content of their character rather than by the colour of their skin. It is the precise opposite. It is a doctrine which holds that white people are intrinsically racist; that the west is therefore intrinsically racist; and that therefore black people in the west should be privileged over white.
So this so called “racial equity” actually institutionalises anti-white hatred and discrimination. And this deeply illiberal, racist doctrine is now to be enforced throughout American public life. Biden has appointed Susan Rice as his administration’s Robespierre, requiring all federal agencies to make “rooting out systemic racism” central to their work. In the Orwellian language of the left, this means imposing anti-white racism; and so “diversity and inclusion training” is a euphemism for subjecting employees to anti-white propaganda.
As Heather MacDonald has written for City Journal, there is already a sickening proposal to discriminate against white people in Covid-19 vaccinations. She writes:
The “systemic racism” conceit means that every American institution is illegitimate and needs to be reconstructed. Biden’s cabinet nominees, whether in health, finance, environmental policy, or education, have declared that eradicating systemic racism is their top priority. How this agenda will play out has already been adumbrated in the CDC’s initial priority list for Covid vaccinations: hold off on vaccinating the elderly, despite their higher risk levels, because the elderly are disproportionately white. 
Racial quotas will become even more the order of the day than now. The diversity obsessives in the federal science bureaucracies waited out Donald Trump’s presidency. They will now redouble their efforts to treat a researcher’s race and sex as scientific qualifications in the awarding of federal research grants. Expect to see any mention of merit or excellence denounced as a form of bigotry, a response that the University of California and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as an army of corporate diversity trainers, have already perfected.
The next four years will likely be one long anti-white-privilege struggle session. Any real effort to close racial achievement gaps, such as fighting the “acting white” ethic that prevents many inner-city children from trying hard in school, will be deferred and discredited. 
In similar vein, Biden signed an executive order to “remove discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation” — which, according to Abigail Shrier, places all girls’ sports and women’s safe spaces in its gender-bending crosshairs. In the Wall Street Journal, Shrier spells out the implications:
Any school that receives federal funding—including nearly every public high school—must either allow biological boys who self-identify as girls onto girls’ sports teams or face administrative action from the Education Department. If this policy were to be broadly adopted in anticipation of the regulations that are no doubt on the way, what would this mean for girls’ and women’s sports?
…“Finished. Done,” Olympic track-and-field coach Linda Blade told me. “The leadership skills, all the benefits society gets from letting girls have their protected category so that competition can be fair, all the advances of women’s rights—that’s going to be diminished.”
Biden’s action will thus institutionalise injustice and discrimination against women in sport. For regardless of whatever procedures individuals may have undergone in order to assume a different gender, if they were born as men they retain a clear advantage over women in sport through their difference in strength and physique. So at a stroke, Biden has struck a grievous blow against women, thus undermining any feminist credentials his administration may want to claim — and indeed, any claim to reason or moderation. 
Gender is not the same as biological sex;  but for telling this fundamental truth about what makes us all human, the Biden administration now clearly intends to punish anyone who dares do so. The people who will most find themselves in this particular firing line will be those with traditional religious beliefs. Thus the Biden administration has also signalled the end of religious freedom in pursuit of the project to remake nothing less than human identity itself.
He also displayed an instant contempt for the niceties of constitutional proprieties, let alone human decency.  Within minutes of being sworn in, Biden told Peter Robb, general counsel of the National Labour Relations Board, to resign by 5 pm or be fired. Robb refused to resign; so he was promptly fired. The implications of this have been spelled out in the Wall Street Journal by Kimberley Strassel. She writes
The general-counsel position is a Senate-confirmed four-year appointment at an independent agency; Mr. Robb had 10 months left in his term. No NLRB general counsel had ever been fired, and the Biden White House provided no cause for the action.  
… Democrats rely on unions to get elected, and unions are therefore first in line to get rewarded. The most effective vehicle for that is the NLRB, which has sweeping power to enforce labor practices on companies across America. Mr. Obama used the NLRB to rig the rules so that unions could dominate workforces.
… It is also an early indicator of Mr. Biden’s governing philosophy, which is straight out of the Obama playbook. The last Democratic president was so intent on rewarding labor bosses, he proved willing to break almost anything (including the Constitution) to do it. 
…The new president is under massive pressure from the progressive left, including many service unions, to act aggressively on climate. Yet his first-day executive action canceling the Keystone XL pipeline prompted a furious rebuke from blue-collar unions that are set to lose jobs… Control of the NLRB will allow Mr. Biden to soothe labour divisions by handing out sweeping rule changes that will benefit unions across the spectrum. Mr. Robb’s firing will likely be only the first of many exercises of raw power, many of which will likely make the Obama NLRB look tame.
When Biden speaks of unity, he means it in the same way that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un or China’s President Xi might mean it — unity on his terms, or else. Just as I wrote here, Biden will be a president for everyone who thinks like him. If you don’t, you’ll be purged. Biden’s “unity” excludes millions of white-skinned Americans — by implication, in fact, potentially every white-skinned American — whom he defamed in his speech by smearing them with “systemic racism”, “nativism” and rising “white supremacy”.
In short, the chilling extinction of reason, justice and freedom that has been taking place in our universities is now to be institutionalised as American government policy. 
It is more than illiberal; it is totalitarian. It is based on coercion, intimidation and injustice; it will deprive untold numbers of people of the prospects of employment, throw many more out of their jobs and will forcibly disbar yet more; it will rewrite America’s history as a libel against itself, will aim to remake society and humanity, and will try to silence anyone who dares stand up for reason, justice and moral decency. 
One has to wonder: what price the American constitution in this cultural revolutionary Terror? Presumably, there will be lawsuits against sending America’s basic principles to the guillotine. But is the US constitution itself safe from Senator Chuck Schumer’s chilling victory boast to “change America”? After all, the Democrats have already threatened to pack the Supreme Court by installing additional patsy Democrat justices to remove its current conservative majority.
Far from a return to normal, what the Biden administration calls irresistibly to mind  is how the horrified 18th century philosopher Edmund Burke described the French Revolution — as “a monstrous tragicomic scene”.

Charles Hurt: Trump Feared More Now Than Ever

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CHARLES HURT22 Jan 2021

Washington will never be the same.

But former President Donald Trump? He leaves office today the very same man who swore the oath of office four years ago. He leaves the very same man who launched his campaign for the presidency over five years ago.

It is true he has been denied a second term. For now. But they also stole his first term from him.

In a town where everybody gets a honeymoon, Mr. Trump was not even allowed to work one single day without the constant onslaught of distraction.

From his first moment in office, they threw everything they had at him. They made up lies. They launched fake inquiries. Dispatched the most powerful espionage apparatus on the planet against him. They turned the entire bureaucracy — including the military — against him.

Even a global pandemic was unloosed against him in the middle of his reelection campaign.

They undermined every democratic institution and strained every constitutional safeguard in an attempt to destroy him.

Yet he emerged, still standing tall.

At the top step of a departing Marine One on the White House South Lawn on Wednesday, Mr. Trump turned to back to wave. He offered no “peace” sign, nor a “victory” sign. But a clenched fist.

“We will be back,” he declared.

He leaves town unbowed and unbroken. He blew out of town much the same way he blew in.

His way.

In one final shock to all the people who never understood Mr. Trump (or the 75 million Americans who supported him), he declined to attend his successor’s inauguration. Cue the fits of sputtering rage.

Truly, Mr. Trump is the only honest one of the whole bunch — the only one who is not kidding; the only serious person in Washington.

He didn’t attend Wednesday’s festivities because it would have been a lie — much like everything in Washington.

It was the same shocking outrage Mr. Trump sparked four years ago when he delivered his inaugural address and told the assembled crowd that — yes, indeed — he meant every word of his campaign and intended to make good on every promise he had made.

Washington.

Melted.

Down.

And from that moment on, they never recovered from their visceral hatred of Donald J. Trump.

That uncontrollable hatred unified a fatally fractured Democratic Party behind Washington’s perfect bride, President Joseph R. Biden. If crowd sizes during his presidential campaign are any measure, regular American voters were not nearly as enthused over Mr. Biden as were Democrats in Washington were.

So it is worth noting that the inaugural crowd gathered for President Trump four years ago was — literally — thousands of times larger than the crowd gathered for Mr. Biden on Wednesday.

Mr. Biden’s only mandate — if he has one at all — is to be nicer than Mr. Trump (and less newsworthy).

He offered calls of “unity” in his inaugural address — before careening into a hateful message about all the “white supremacists” and “racists” and “homegrown terrorists” destroying our country today.

I guess that tells you all you need to know about the people Mr. Biden hangs around with. They are, after all, Democrats.

Talk about “American carnage.”

Waiting for Mr. Biden to speak, cameras caught House Republican Whip Steve Scalise walking through the “crypt” of the Capitol beneath the Rotunda. He walked with a noticeable limp — the result of an assassination attempt by a crazed gunman inspired and incited to violence by Democrats and the media.

Part of Mr. Biden’s “unity” campaign, apparently, is to convict Mr. Trump in an impeachment trial. That’s right, convict Mr. Trump, who already left office Wednesday.

That’s because this fake impeachment — just like the last fake impeachment — has nothing to do with removing a supposedly dangerous man from office. It has everything to do with maligning a political enemy.

Never before have they feared Mr. Trump more than they do right now. They fear him and his return so much that, instead of addressing any of the real problems facing the country today, they would rather pursue another fake impeachment trial to bar his supporters from ever electing him again to any federal office.

“We will be back,” Mr. Trump said. Yet it’s like he never left.

⦁ Charles Hurt is opinion editor of The Washington Times. He can be reached at churt@washingtontimes.com.

DOUGLAS MURRAY: The Left can’t stop fawning over Joe Biden and Kamala Harris but I fear this won’t end well for America… or Britain 

By DOUGLAS MURRAY FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

PUBLISHED: 17:00 EST, 23 January 2021 

Any friend of America must wish Joe Biden well in his efforts to unite his country. But an honest friend must also admit that he starts his presidency in a truly feeble position.

Never mind that the US economy has in the past year been wrecked by the Covid pandemic, that unemployment has soared and that homelessness on a developing world scale is now visible in many American cities. There is also a simple question of competence.

On the day of the inauguration, former president Barack Obama tweeted a photo of himself and his former vice-president with the message: ‘Congratulations to my friend, President Joe Biden! This is your time.’

His time? Frankly nobody in America – Republican or Democrat – thinks it ideal that Biden is starting the toughest job of all at the age of 78.U.S. President Joe Biden waves after delivering his inaugural address in Washington this week+3

U.S. President Joe Biden waves after delivering his inaugural address in Washington this week

During my recent tours of the US, I spoke to many Democrats who admitted to deep misgivings – in private. They knew about Biden’s forgetfulness, his wandering trains of thought and his ever-more obvious mental frailty. Many doubted he would make it through a full term in office.

But they were willing to overlook all this, so desperate were they to get Donald Trump out.

That has now been achieved. The world now has to face up to the reality of the Biden presidency. And it isn’t looking good.

Of course the Left-wing broadcasters who dominate American television won’t admit this fact. Openly gleeful at getting rid of Trump, they have gone so far as to broadcast bizarre – and disgraceful – music video celebrations about the ‘victory’.

The networks have been happy to ignore the half of the population who didn’t vote for Biden. And happy to overlook the obvious flaws of the new administration.

Take the fawning treatment of new Vice President Kamala Harris. The American broadcasters – like the BBC here – seem to be in love. One ‘tough’ TV interview with her spent agonising minutes quizzing her… about her taste in comfortable shoes. We can expect much more of this in the next four years.

Having been relentless in their criticism of Trump, the media will now behave like courtiers and servants at the palace of the Sun King. Expect endless praise of Kamala and Joe, of their every move and outfit. Any criticism – it is already clear – will either be ‘pro-Trump’ or somehow ‘anti-woman’ or ‘anti-minority’.

Given that Harris may well become president during the next four years, it is quite stunning that the American media have done almost no digging into what she actually thinks.

What we do know is that despite pledging to unite all Americans, both Harris and Biden will find themselves pushed and pulled ever further to the political Left. It has already happened.

During his first hours in office, Biden signed an executive order calling on all federal agencies to ensure that people who identify as the opposite sex should be free to use whatever changing room or ‘restroom’ they wish to.U.S. President Joe Biden, left, fist bumps Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration ceremony+3

U.S. President Joe Biden, left, fist bumps Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration ceremony

And that school sports must sign up to ‘combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity’.

There is something of the late Roman empire about this, the arrogance of a ruling elite in terminal decline. The world’s most powerful man gets into office at a time of unprecedented crisis and one of his first priorities is to ensure that men who identify as women should be allowed to use female changing rooms and pulverise any woman he comes across in competitive sports. All in the name of equality, obviously.

It didn’t end well for Rome, and I fear it won’t end well for America.

Such executive orders signify a president who has not heard the cry of pain of voters whose living standards have crashed not just over the course of the past year but over the last generation. I met many such people at Trump rallies. Some had never voted before, but they are not bad people, they just want their concerns to be heard, not endlessly dismissed.

His orders also signify a president who is desperate to suck up to the radical Left in his own party – a side that has the potential to cause serious and ongoing disruption to the security and safety of all Americans.

In the run-up to Wednesday’s inauguration there were endless warnings of armed Trump supporters causing disorder at state capitols. But in the event the only disorder came courtesy of the radical Left Antifa (‘anti-fascist’) groups who smashed up the Democrat party’s headquarters in Portland and rampaged through the centre of Seattle, wrecking everything they could find.

Biden is just not Left-wing enough for them.

At least Harris gives them political ‘cover’. Along with others, she spent part of last summer finding excuses for the violence that swept American cities, which perhaps explains why the continuing riots merit barely any media coverage now.

It is a cause for serious concern.

And then there is the question of the US-UK relationship.Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech after being sworn in as the 46th US President

Joe Biden delivers his inauguration speech after being sworn in as the 46th US President

As one Conservative MP admitted last week, the trade deal that was being negotiated between the UK and the US while Trump was in office is now in trouble. ‘The steam has gone out of it,’ he said.

As I pointed out in these pages recently, the Biden team includes people who are deeply hostile to Great Britain and believe – incorrectly – that Brexit in some way abandons our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement.

It isn’t just the Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi who takes this ignorant, anti-British view. Senator Chuck Schumer will shortly be the majority leader in the new Democrat-run Senate.

Last year, Schumer gave a speech for Sinn Fein, alongside Gerry Adams and others, in which he declared that while ‘the road to Irish unity’ is ‘long and winding’ it is ‘now more within reach today than at any time’.

Sinn Fein was delighted to re-post that speech in the past few days, along with a message from Schumer to the Irish republicans: ‘I wish you the best in your critical efforts to build support for a truly united Ireland.’

The terrorists and former terrorists who run Sinn Fein are thrilled by such talk. After years of pro-terrorist sentiment being anathema in Washington, it appears that it is back at the heart of American politics.

This is bad for America – and bad for Britain, too.

With people such as Schumer at the top table, our nation is at a tricky juncture.

Remember, these people are dedicated to the break-up of our country – to the secession of Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.

US politicians in the mould of Schumer and Biden (who loves to boast about his Irish ancestry) would be appalled if British politicians campaigned to break up the United States.

But when it comes to us, they are urging exactly that.

I know that many people are pleased to see the back of Trump. I know the airwaves have been ringing with unalloyed joy.

But the joy isn’t just early. It is also misplaced, and will be regretted before too long.

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