The first was Arizona, which allowed the Cyber Ninjas, a team with no audit experience, to — oh, wow, this can’t be true, can it? – to carry out an audit. You know, because they were convinced that the historically unpopular man who bragged about passing a dementia test and isn’t smart enough to work as an assistant Glory Hole clerk somewhere in the contiguous United States couldn’t possibly have lost an election.
And now? Correct. Now Wisconsin is ready to shit itself in public too. And you won’t believe what the man they put in charge of their election review says:
The attorney who led a partisan assessment of Wisconsin’s 2020 election admitted this week that he doesn’t understand how elections should be conducted.
Not a good start, but good.
“Most people, myself included, don’t have a comprehensive understanding or even understanding of how elections work,” [Michael] Gableman said in an interview late Tuesday before addressing the Green Bay City Council about his plans.
Gableman’s admission that he doesn’t know how elections work comes 10 months after he… told a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump without evidence that elected officials had allowed bureaucrats to “steal our vote.” Recounts in the state’s two most populous counties and court decisions determined that Joe Biden won by more than 20,000 votes, or 0.6 percentage points.
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Gerrymanderland) hired Gableman, a former state Supreme Court judge, to review the election. He gave him a budget of $676,000, what a enormous a waste when you consider getting yourself in Wisconsin for $11 to J . can fool youAngermeister – and the hangover will be much less severe.
But hey, maybe there’s more method behind this madness than meets the eye. Except that, like the Milwaukee Diary Sentinel notes: “A spokeswoman for Vos did not say why the speaker hired someone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of elections, rather than an expert in the field.”
Also — apologies for burying the lede — Gableman attended Pillow Man Mike Lindell’s barmy cyber symposium in South Dakota in August. So yeah, this is another grotesque shit show, and we’re all getting front row seats whether we want them or not.
Gableman recently issued subpoenas against the mayors of Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine — which, by wild coincidence, are home to some of the largest communities of color in the state. In response, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said: “This constant repetition of the 2020 election is not only demoralizing our clerks, it undermines our democracy. There is no misconduct to investigate that warrants subpoenas and interrogations.” .”
Meanwhile, Democratic Representative Mark Spreitzer, a member of the Assembly’s Election Commission, stated the obvious: “If you’re going to research an election, you need to start by educating yourself about how elections work. How can we trust the findings of someone who doesn’t understand how elections work?”
Yes, you can’t. But this is not about building trust. It’s about whipping up enough mud to give Donald Trump and his cronies cover for all the horrible things they still plan to do to our democracy — damn experience.
It made comedian Sarah Silverman say, “THIS IS FUCKING BRILLIANT,” and early author Stephen King shout “Pulitzer Prize!!!” (on Twitter that is). What is it? The viral letter that launched four hilarious Trump troll books. Get them all, including the final, Goodbye, Asshat: 101 Farewell Letters to Donald Trump, Bee this link. Or, if you’d rather take a test drive, you can: download the epilogue to Goodbye, Asshat for the low, low price of FREE.