Mollie Hemingway of ‘The Federalist’ Testifies Before Congress About the Issues Facing American Elections
“The American system of self-governance is under attack.”
Mollie Hemingway, the conservative writer who helped to create The Federalist, testified before Congress this week, outlining the concerns shared by millions of Americans about the current state of our elections.
Hemingway spoke about mail-in ballots, extended voting periods, the efforts by Democrats to prosecute Trump, our one-sided media, and the actions of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to take control of election offices with an army of progressive volunteers.
She also spoke about social media censorship, pointing to the blocking of her own reporting after the 2020 election.
Here’s a partial transcript from Real Clear Politics:
MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Distinguished members of this committee, thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today.
The American system of self-governance is under attack. Instead of an Election Fay where everyone votes at the same time, and with the same full set of information, votes are counted quickly, and everyone promptly knows and trusts the outcome, we now have lengthy election seasons that can last months prior to and even after Election Day.
The situation is so absurd that we have presidential and gubernatorial debates weeks after some people have already voted. Instead of having total security and a verifiable chain of custody for ballots being issued, cast, and counted, we flood addresses across the country with tens of millions of unsupervised mail-in ballots months ahead of elections, frequently to locations from which voters, if they’re even alive, have long since moved.
Instead of having election administration that is rigorously nonpartisan and impartial under the law, we have allowed the private takeover of government election offices, by partisan oligarchs and their armies of activists who use those offices and their authorities to tilt the election towards favored candidates.
Instead of voters being able to vote for the candidate of their choice, powerful interests backed by wealthy oligarchs are working to remove the most popular candidate, and the ruling party’s chief opponent, from the ballot in a move reminiscent of Soviet Russia.
If that weren’t enough, instead of the top candidates chosen by the people being able to fully engage in a vigorous campaign heading into an election, we have one side actively attempting to throw its opponent in prison and bankrupt his family, again reminiscent of Soviet Russia.
Instead of a system of rule of law that gives Americans the same rights and due process, the Department of Justice and other partisan actors are prosecuting their opposition, whether powerful or lowly, and doing so in places where partisan juries will ensure a quick conviction.
Instead of a free and independent press that shares news and information to help inform voters, we have a press that is almost exclusively the arm of one political party and is so corrupt that it is willing to perpetrate hoax after hoax against opposition party members.
Watch the video below. This is outstanding. On a side note, the bearded gentleman sitting behind her on your right is her husband, the writer Mark Hemingway. I have met them a few times in my travels in Washington, DC. They’re lovely people.
Writing at The Federalist, Shawn Fleetwood elaborated on the Zuckerberg issue:
Democrats’ Election Interference Undermines Voters’ Confidence In The Electoral Process
Partisan interference in elections undermines Americans’ confidence in the electoral process, several witnesses — including Federalist Editor-in-Chief Mollie Hemingway — said during a House committee hearing on Wednesday.
“The American system of self-governance is under attack,” Hemingway said. “We have allowed the private takeover of government election offices by partisan oligarchs and their armies of activists who use those offices and their authorities to tilt the election toward favored candidates.”
Titled, “American Confidence in Elections: Confronting Zuckerbucks, Private Funding of Election Administration,” the hearing before the Committee on House Administration mainly focused on private actors’ interference in the 2020 and 2024 elections to the benefit of Joe Biden and the Democrat Party. During the 2020 contest, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg poured hundreds of millions of dollars into left-wing nonprofits such as the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL).
While Zuckerberg’s donations to CTCL were marketed as a good-faith initiative to ensure Covid didn’t disrupt local election administration, House Republicans later discovered that less than 1 percent of CTCL’s 2020 funds were spent on personal protective equipment. In fact, the “Zuckbucks” dumped into local election offices by CTCL were primarily used to change how elections were administered; among other things, this was done by expanding unsupervised election protocols like mail-in voting and the use of ballot drop boxes.
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