Ethics Alarms Verdict: The AUC Stole the Election, Or Attempted To Steal The Election. It’s One Or The Other.


Frankly, this is an easy conclusion. It is overwhelming likely that the first is correct: President Trump has lost the election, and the #1 reason was the four year strategy by the Axis of Unethical Conduct—the Democratic Party, the “resistance,” the mainstream news media, and more recently, the tech giants and social media platforms—to employ unconscionable, unethical means to accomplish that end.

If, by some miracle, the attempted theft fails, it will only be as a result of moral luck. The destructive and democracy-wrecking actions of the AUC are already completed. Their culpability is the same whatever the final election result is.  This is why in criminal law an attempted crime often carries the same penalty as a completed crime. What the criminal did was just as wrong whether he or she was ultimately successful or not.

Before President Trump even took office, a full-on campaign to remove him by any means possible was underway, along with a similarly relentless effort to make it impossible for him to function as the nation’s leader. This continued with no respite from the 2016 election right through to the 2020 election. No President of the United States has ever been sabotaged and savaged in such a manner; indeed I am going to add the denial of this fact to the Ethics Alarms list of the Big Lies of the Resistance. It will be #10, right behind the lie that President Trump caused pandemic deaths in the U.S. (Andrew Cuomo definitely killed people, but not President Trump.) The lie: “Progressives treated President Trump no worse than conservatives treated President Obama.”

Big Lie #10 is different from the rest because it usually is used by ordinary citizens rather than Democratic Party officials, flacks and pundits; the reason is that the statement is so false that even Trump’s worst critics won’t go that far. Their alternative position is that he is so evil that he deserved to be abused. But I hear Big Lie #10 regularly from the social media Borg and my Trump Deranged friends and relatives when they are cornered and feel they have to deny what is literally undeniable. Big Lie #10 is a Jumbo: “Bias? What bias?”

The record of the effort to steal/rig/fix—choose your favorite word, but the objective was to make sure this President never had a chance to succeed, and if he somehow did succeed, that he would never get credit for it—the 2020 election is right here, tracked by the Ethics Alarms tag, 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck, which I hereby retire after a wild four-year run. It took me twenty minutes to just scroll down through all of the posts that carry that tag; if I attempted to read them all, it would take weeks.

The first entry was here, when I announced and christened the Train Wreck, almost exactly four years ago, on November 13, 2016. In that post and three succeeding ones I highlighted four ugly examples of how the President-elect was being denigrated and undermined immediately, following the first post with this one, this one, and this one. I could not suspect that the efforts to demonize the newly-elected President of the United States would metastasize to the extent they did, with every late night TV show devoting large chunks of time every installment to insulting and denigrating him, with the vast majority of major newspaper columnists attacking him personally to the point of obsession, and all previous rules of decorum and official respect being not only suspended by the Democratic Party, but trashed, even to the point of elected officials calling the President a “motherfucker” in public without any penalty or reprimand, and the Speaker of the House making live theater out of tearing up his State of the Union message on TV.

Let me revisit that first 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck post, focusing on the then Majority Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, saying in a official statement (now removed—if you are going to steal something, it is best to remove what evidence you can):

The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.

I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Hispanic Americans who fear their families will be torn apart, African Americans being heckled on the street, Muslim Americans afraid to wear a headscarf, gay and lesbian couples having slurs hurled at them and feeling afraid to walk down the street holding hands. American children waking up in the middle of the night crying, terrified that Trump will take their parents away. Young girls unable to understand why a man who brags about sexually assaulting women has been elected president.

I have a large family. I have one daughter and twelve granddaughters. The texts, emails and phone calls I have received from them have been filled with fear – fear for themselves, fear for their Hispanic and African American friends, for their Muslim and Jewish friends, for their LBGT friends, for their Asian friends. I’ve felt their tears and I’ve felt their fear.

We as a nation must find a way to move forward without consigning those who Trump has threatened to the shadows. Their fear is entirely rational, because Donald Trump has talked openly about doing terrible things to them. Every news piece that breathlessly obsesses over inauguration preparations compounds their fear by normalizing a man who has threatened to tear families apart, who has bragged about sexually assaulting women and who has directed crowds of thousands to intimidate reporters and assault African Americans. Their fear is legitimate and we must refuse to let it fall through the cracks between the fluff pieces.

If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate…

This came from one of the top four leaders of the Democratic Party, with the silent assent of Barack Obama, and the not-so-silent assent of Hillary Clinton. This is the equivalent of kicking a runner in the groin right before the starter’s pistol sounds to begin a marathon. It is unfair. It is cheating. It It is, or has been un-American. Amazingly, the smear campaign got worse from there, and spread.

While the articles and essays under the 2016 Post Election Ethics Train Wreck cover individual episodes (but by no means all of them) in the AUC’s efforts to destroy the support of Americans for their own leader so as to ensure they could grab the reins of power as soon as possible, the basic formula employed can be seen in the Big Lies list I already alluded to, and the Presidential Impeachment and Removal Plans list, which is here. This list too requires an addition: the effort by the AUC to manipulate the 2020 election by forcing the use of a corruptible mail-in ballots system, refusing to report vigorously any news or occurrences that might be damaging to the Democratic ticket, attempting to suppress the President’s support through negative and false polls, perhaps engaging in widespread and illegal manipulation of voting totals, and trying to end the election before legitimate challenges to its results can be made.

The AUC prepared for this state of its efforts to remove the President by launching unjustified and unsubstantiated speculation about whether the President would refuse to leave office if defeated, thus giving the news media ammunition to characterize his campaign’s fair efforts to seek recounts and ensure that the election results are accurate as a symptom of Big Lie Big Lie #3: “Trump Is A Fascist/Hitler/Dictator/Monster.”

In this the AUC, especially the media, counts on the short memories of most of the public. Here is how the news media reported Hillary Clinton’s deliberation about whether to challenge the 2016 results. Of course, double standards and hypocrisy have been a core part of the attempted election theft.

And no, this is not politics as usual, or “hard-ball,” or any kind of defensible conduct in a democracy. Presidential leadership was my first field f scholarship, and one clear part of the office was that a new President instantly received the benefit his predecessor’s legacies, notably those of Lincoln and Washington. This girds and protects Presidents by making their lives and conduct before their election secondary to the qualities Americans want in their leaders, and imbue him with out of faith and trust in our system. Taking this away from a President is like removing a force field from a starship. Taking it away from a President before he even takes office is guarantees that the institution of the Presidency will not work, and if the Presidency can’t function, neither can our government.

We still don’t know whether the AUC successfully succeeded at last in its efforts to cripple democracy and our democratic institutions by savaging our elected leader for four years, or if, due to the transparency of the allied Trump foes’ ethical deficits,  the immunity to the lies developed by much of the population, and the amazing resiliency and determination of President Trump himself—love him or hate him, you can’t deny that—this latest removal attempt failed like the rest. But even if it is determined that there were no significant or decisive election irregularities at all, this was a stolen election, and the theft was underway four long years ago.

52 thoughts on “Ethics Alarms Verdict: The AUC Stole the Election, Or Attempted To Steal The Election. It’s One Or The Other.

      • Yep. Venezuela weeps tears of joy. Hugo Chavez could not have done it better.

        My wife is from Mexico, immigrating here in 1992. She left Mexico because she believed that this country was a land of opportunity, and her native country was and is a cesspool of corruption and misery. She has watched this nation deteriorate over the years and is terrified at the world our 16 year old son will inherit. To her, Biden isn’t just an awful candidate, but he represents everything she wanted to leave behind when she immigrated here.


  1. Brennan this morning with Fredo stated that the BP and cabinet implement the 25th amendment now. Brennen went on to say that Trump might disclose national security secrets because he is like a “cornered cat um tiger”. He recommended that Trump be prosecuted under the espionage act because he had access to national secrets after he no longer had immunity privilege.

    Jake Tapper said that we need a registry of Trump supporters so employers know the character of people seeking employment

    So far not a peep from Biden

    This speaks to the character and agenda in store for all of us.

    • Brennan, Clapper and Comey will all get their old jobs back. The detestable Ben Rhodes will be back as well. Rahm Emmanuel’s brother is already back. Back to the future we go. The Mullahs in Iran must be partying. Think of all the kleptocrats all over the world rejoicing the U.S. will be back in the Paris Climate Accords so they can replenish their Swiss bank accounts.

      • Chris, when I first read your report on what Brennan was saying, I assumed he was urging the 25th Amendment be applied right now to Joe Biden! These guys are awful.

        Wasn’t it the Senator from Wall Street who warned Trump early on that the intelligence community can get you six ways to Sunday? Man, was he ever right.

  2. Yes. The corona lock down coupled with ballots being sent out like junk mail were combined to finally produce Plan whatever it is that’s actually worked. What letter number does it get?

    • Odd, isn’t it, that there was little concern about whether the “spontaneous” celebrations of Harri . . . erm . . . Biden’s victory would constitute a deadly super=spreader CoronaVirus events. Nope. To a network, the jubilation resulted from 4 long, soul crusing years of official, government oppression under Orange Man Bad and citizens deserved – nay, needed – to demonstrate their elation that the darkest hour in US history has finally come to an exasperating end. Little was considered that, perhaps and maybe, that the CoronaVirus was politically motivated to do as much damage to Trump as was possible. Gov. Cuomo as much as admitted it recently when he stated that, under no circumstances should the vaccine be available before January 20, 2021. A vaccine that seems to be 90% effective and fast-tracked to distribution to stop the pandemic cannot and must not be permitted to give Trump any form of success.


  3. While there were certainly some conservative media pundits and the occasional GOP politician who tossed an uncivil aside in Obama’s direction, much of the worst directed at Obama was by ordinary citizens. The number of so-called professional journalists and members of Congress, especially in the Democratic leadership, that have heaped relentless disdain upon Trump far exceeded what some yahoo in Arkansas thought of Obama.

  4. I frankly see no reason for us on the right to cut Biden a break when he takes office, then. Let every bill proposed disappear down the memory hole of the Senate and let every appointee languish unvoted on. Let every conservative publication refer to “Hidin’ Biden” and the “Commander in THIEF.” Let every insult directed at Reagan as being senile be thrown tenfold at Biden. There is no reason he should not have the same abuse visited on him,

    • I wonder what will happen when “Not my President” gets hurled at Biden. Will the media silently nod or will it respond with vitriol and acrimony?*


      *Ed. Note: will someone please stop this bozo from asking dumb rhetorical questions? Man, he is tedious.

    • No need to sink to their level. As satisfying as it might be, it’s the junk food of the soul. Enjoying that kind of emotion eats away at one’s humanity.

    • We should do what Americans always do — face what comes, and do what we must. At this point, there is nothing to be done but wait and see what happens.

      At least there is no realistic way at this point for the Democrats to do their worst. It’s clear that their brand is going to be tarnished by this election from the polls showing large majorities certain that this election wasn’t fairly contested.

      Perhaps that will provide the impetus for more changes down the road, and perhaps the Democrats will reap what they sow when Biden shows himself to be in the throes of age-related cognitive decline, something the Democrats are clearly aware of. People really don’t like being deceived as well as cheated and told they have to like it.

      • My wife asked the same question this morning. I told that “this too shall pass” but that we need to be vigilant, standing firm against what the Democrats and the Left are going to do, starting with watching what happens in our son’s high school, understanding that being that stone in the river against the floods of spring will be uncomfortable and unpleasant but we still can resist.


      • I for one will remember.
        I will remember that Biden chose to perpetuate the belief that Trump had no right to contest anything.
        I will remember all those who said we needed to keep lists of Trump supporters.
        I will remember Brennen, Clapper’s outrageous comments designed to inflame the passions millions of Americans to act against the non-patriot Trump supporters.
        I will remember the social media that considers anti-Trump rhetoric political discourse while any negativity toward their favorite party is deemed hate speech.
        I will remember that the news media failed to inform because they chose instead to persuade.
        I will remember they omit the positive and distort what they can to disparage the candidate they despise.
        I will remember!

      • I don’t know, with academia, the MSM, and big tech all biased to the left, at best, it will be an incredibly difficult uphill battle for conservatives to come out ahead as we move forward. I grow more and more pessimistic each day.

        • It’s understandable. I am pessimistic as well, but only to the extent that this instant problem is likely to go against my desires.

          If significant fraud is found and convincingly proven, that should undo the Left’s long-standing defense against ballot integrity initiatives, which is that voter fraud is small-scale and almost never affects election outcomes, rendering the balance of the equities of voter ID and other such ballot integrity issues against greater security in favor of more participation.

          That in itself would be a silver lining, and as long as the Republicans hold down Georgia, we can mitigate the damage done by Biden’s fraudulent elevation and even perhaps win some court victories mitigating the damage further.

          That may be over-optimistic. But it’s what we have.

  5. By the way, Democrats are planning on violence the likes of which hasn’t been seen this summer if it even remotely looks like shenanigans are discovered and legally prosecuted or if it looks like legal proceedings against actual corruption looks like it may show the election was legitimately won by Trump.

    They wouldn’t be throwing around the assertion “Trump is planning a coup” so irresponsibly if they weren’t setting the stage.

  6. By the way, Democrats are planning on violence the likes of which hasn’t been seen this summer if it even remotely looks like shenanigans are discovered and legally prosecuted or if it looks like legal proceedings against actual corruption looks like it may show the election was legitimately won by Trump.

    They wouldn’t be throwing around the assertion “Trump is planning a coup” so irresponsibly if they weren’t setting the stage.

  7. So, if the AUC didn’t exist and weren’t trying to get Trump removed from office, ruin his chances to succeed, ruin his presidency, or ruin his chance at reelection…

    A portion of the 77 million Americans who voted for Biden would have voted for Trump, giving him the win?

    • And why wouldn’t they have? Without 4 years of anti-trump propaganda, some of them may have remembered the record low economy, the record unemployment numbers, the peace accords. Some of them may have seen the news that he pulled us from the Pairs Climate Accords, only to do more than the other countries still in it. They wouldn’t have been told that making peace with dictators was tantamount to treason.

      Furthermore, they would have seen Biden for who he really was. All the blemishes and troubles. The sexual harassment, the plagiarism, the senility. They’d have recognized that he changed directions faster than a weathervane in a tornado, and the only things he seemed to take serious are the seriously scary hard-left positions. They’d have seen that he’s got his foot firmly lodged in the doorway of death’s mansion, and that he’s chosen a hard-line demagogue with little experience, and even fewer good ideas to follow in his foot steps when he does go. It may have only convinced a few hundred thousand, but that’s all it would have taken. At least, it would have made it harder to cheat.

        • Don’t answer that, Aaron, it’s a stupid question.

          The point is that journalists aren’t supposed to engage in propaganda at all. If mainstream media is reflexively negtive because of bias and its own agenda, the fact that negative coverage is earned some % of the time doesn’t change the fact that the coverage is unfair and misleading.

          Would you ask about an abusive parent, “Was the physical abuse ever justified?”

          Yes, you probably would…

          • Why is it a stupid question? Is every journalist and every media outlet touting anti-Trump propaganda or only some?

            How do you separate propaganda from honest criticism?

              • That seems unfair and honestly, very similar to how the far left operates when challenged.

                But anyway…I think I know the difference, I’m asking how do you know the difference. I’m not the one saying all media criticism of Trump is propaganda or that Trump lost the election partly because of it.

          • Also, a parent beating a kid isn’t subjective like propaganda vs genuine criticism. You’re also generalizing and claiming all media criticism of Trump is propaganda. That’s obviously false. And if you’re not claiming that, than you acknowledge not all criticism is propaganda.

            • Ok, Tom, you were warned. This is trolling, and I don’t have time for it. Your commenting privileges are suspended. See you on December 1, when I assume you will do better than harassing me, and the rest of the commenters, with relentless flack while contributing nothing of substance.

              And no, child abuse is absolutely subjective.

              You can spend your time off reading the comment policies.

              If you enter comments during your suspension, thy will be spammed, and I reserve the right to suspend you permanently.

    • I don’t think there is any question about it. Yes.

      Actually, I have to assume that was a rhetorical question, one for which there can be no doubt about the answer.

      Certainly if not for the Corona virus, Trump was on track for a landslide victory.

        • Have you been living in the same country as the rest of us this year? How many other times has this country been in a major crisis and the major portion of the press and opposition party have done little but attack, criticize, and mock the president for whatever he does to try to solve the problem?

          It has sort of happened once before — we called those people Copperheads and their presidential candidate repudiated his party’s platform. Hmmm, come to think of it, Atlanta Georgia was one of the keys to that election as well, wasn’t it?

            • He might also be a paid Democratic shill – it wouldn’t surprise me if the Democrats paid people to come on otherwise conservative pages to stir up trouble and enter comment sections to be obnoxious about their viewpoint. This site does NOT need another Chris, thank you very much.

    • Tom

      How many of those voting for Biden know Trump was nominated for the Nobel peace prize for bringing about agreements in the mid east an Kosovo?

      How many would not have been brainwashed into believing Trump was currying favor with Dictators? ( seems to me that the mullahs of Iran, President Xi, and oligarchs of Ukraine are favoring Biden)

      How many understand that energy independence through fracking put more of a hurt on Russia’s economy by driving down the price of their only real export than any sanctions?

      How many know we reduced emission more than Paris accords required without transfers of our wealth to Brazil, RUSSIA, India and CHINA?

      How many understand China’s Belt and Road strategy to dominate the globe and actively work to steal American intellectual property?

      How many understand that pushing your allies to pick up ” their fair share” of the costs of defending them against aggressors is not a slap at them?

      How many fully understand that those children that were separated from the adults they were with was to protect the children from from traffikers? How many know that 534 children have parents who would orphaned them on our doorstep? And, how many know those images of cages were from a period Biden was VP?

      How many understand that the military industrial complex sought to undermine the president because he threatened their income streams by not engaging in new violent conflicts and allowed our military to solve the ISIS problem?

      If this information which is factual was reported instead of a constant barrage of – I will use their words – baseless claims – that Trump is doing something illegal or treasonous I suspect they would have gladly changed their vote to Trump.

      To suggest that we have an informed electorate by virtue of our illustrious media is at best naive.

      • I bet a number of people would vote for Trump if they knew Biden was going put Dr. Ezekiel – people over 75 have lived long enough and should not get lifesaving treatments- Emmanuel on his Corona virus team. I suppose euthanasia is Biden’s strategy to save Medicare and Social Security.

        • Right. After hearing leftists screaming that Right wingers would rather murder grandma and grandpa to save the economy all summer long (with literally no willingness to have a conversation or think about the accusation), I can guarantee there will be ZERO patience with Leftists who don’t scream to the sky that Biden has pre-appointed the guy who literally is on the record stating that the best policy is murdering grandma and grandpa.

  8. So, here is an interesting race in North Carolina. All the mail-in votes should have been tallied by now, I assume they’ve dealt with the provisional ballots as well — although I could be mistaken with that.

    With just under 5.4 million votes cast, the race for NC Supreme Court Chief Justice now has a margin of 35 votes.


    Guess we’re going to be recounting here, like Georgia. What fun.

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