We must not shy away from the truth that the run-up to the 2020 election was manipulated to bury a story that could have and possibly would have changed the outcome of the election.
By the time you read this, I’ll be 30,000 feet in the air. (I always like a dramatic opening.)
By now you’ve heard of the #Twitterfiles released by Elon Musk to Matt Taibbi and summarized and excerpted in a long Twitter thread. More files are reportedly being released to others.
Musk made a mistake by portraying this as a First Amendment issue and as government interference. That allowed others, particularly in the corrupt corporate media, to argue over whether it really was a constitutional issue because the government involvement was obtuse (based on what’s been revealed). The government involvement was by the Trump FBI, but anyone with half a brain knows that the Trump FBI was out to get Trump, so the issue is muddy. And Biden campaign involvement was pre-Biden administration.
So we have this fevered distraction about whether the 1st Amendment applied — it’s reminiscent of the endless debate about whether the gross racialization of education really is “Critical Race Theory.” Arguing over what the meaning of “is” is, is a classic Democrat tactic.
What the files do show is a deliberate effort by leftists inside Twitter (which was about all of them) to spike the story and any mention of the story on the most important political platform in the country, based on false claims that the laptop was hacked and/or Russian disinformation. It was one of the greatest travesties of media manipulation, amplified across multiple platforms and mainstream media outlets.
They killed the greatest threat to the Biden candidacy — the exposure a month before the election that Joe Biden sold his office and his access via his son, and he lied about it.
Yes, it was a big deal, and yes it might have made a difference in an election where the margins in key swing states were tight. You can’t prove definitively it would have changed the result, but common sense need not be checked at the door. The efforts to kill the story were so intense precisely because the story could have made a difference.
We had a chance to test whether the Hunter Biden laptop story would make a difference, but that opportunity was denied voters.
The #Twitterfiles may not yet have told us more than we already knew, but they provided evidence. That doesn’t mean there is a do-over, the world doesn’t work that way.
But it does mean we must not shy away from the truth that the run-up to the 2020 election was manipulated to bury a story that could have and possibly would have changed the outcome of the election. And the perpetrators will do it again if they can in 2024.DONATE
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