Sidney Powell is a Grade A batsh!t crazy conspiracy theorist nutjob. Yes, my evaluation may be unprofessional but I seek to match the professionalism with which she is collecting her “evidence” and presenting her findings.
I need not detail the utterly ridiculous assertions she is making about the dead-7-years Hugo Chavez, Venezuela, Cuba and “probably China” being behind the massive election fraud but I will say a few things, especially considering Dominion (a Canadian company eventually incorporated in the US).
- The claims are so wide-ranging that they would involve massive collections of people (and by extension, many of their families), and we know that conspiracy theories beyond a handful of people being involved, especially in fairly open democracies, are pretty much impossible.
- The Dominion claims are actually impossible. As in, they literally can’t be true given how the software, hardware and processes work. Watch this:
- It’s no good saying “well, what would you expect from a spokesman from Dominion?” because you have the burden of proof, conspiracy theorist (CT), you need to explain what happened, detail how it was done and provide evidence of both of these.
- It seems that Powell is so crazy that even Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham have ditched her. Asking her to provide evidence, and giving her all the TV time she needed, Carlson was angrily rebuffed by Powell who has many assertions and claims but no evidence.
- Here is the level of affidavit collecting, bearing in mind that the Governor of Texas has offered a $1 million reward to any providors of “evidence”:
- Trump actually won 14 counties in Pennsylvania where Dominion was used.
- Why would the Democrats rig the election for Biden but lose Senate and House of Representative seats? This is utterly nonsensical.
- In a statement issued Nov. 12, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, and partners such as the National Association of Secretaries of State declared (i.e., a coalition of federal cybersecurity officials, local election administrators and voting technology companies): “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
- “Dominion has no company ownership relationships with any member of the Pelosi family, the Feinstein family, or the Clinton Global Initiative, Smartmatic, Scytl, or any ties to Venezuela,” the company says on a Web page debunking election rumors. “Dominion works with all political parties; our customer base and our government outreach practices reflect this nonpartisan approach.”
Dominion operates in 28 states, including Florida and Ohio. You know, famously states that Trump won.
This fact-check discusses and debunks the Venezuela conspiracy claims from Giuliani and Powell.
Smartmatic reported that the Venezuelan government reported a false turnout figure for a contested 2017 election, adding at least 1 million votes to the number. They stopped working with Venezuela after this. In other words, they did the opposite to what CTs are claiming, calling out fraud and then refusing to work with people who attempted it.
- Spikes in election day ballot numbers are fully explained by absentee and mail-in ballots – these went one way in some states, and the other way in others (this, itself, should dispell the mythological claims).
- Giuliani claimed he had “extraordinary witnesses”. The next day, Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny denied a request to stop canvassing and certification of the county’s election results, saying the aforementioned witnesses’ “interpretation of events is incorrect and not credible.”
- Giuliani claimed, “So they brought these [100,000] ballots in, in cars that had out-of — in trucks that had out-of-state license plates.” This is based on a single affidavit that a witness claims she merely saw food vans park up but she didn’t see any food delivery. No mention was made about licence plates.
- If Republicans were really concerned about election integrity, they would have more seriously considered comprehensive legislation aimed at fixing the problem. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has consistently blocked it.
Enough for now.
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