1/ Some details to consider while we are talking about Elon, Bolivia, and Lithium. murphy.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
2/ The emails reveal the Justice Department’s involvement in the Bolivian coup regime’s criminal investigation into alleged voter fraud, which has not previously been reported.
theintercept.com/2021/05/04/bol…
3/ In an unofficial tally, Morales led Mesa by 7.9 points, giving the opposition hope for a second round. But when the official count was released, Morales had won by 10.6 points. There would be no runoff. Without evidence, the opposition immediately leveled fraud charges.
4/ OAS, a powerful org in Wash. D.C. backed the fraud claims but could not provide evidence. Still, the U.S. press refused to call what happened in Bolivia a coup. oas.org/en/media_cente…
nytimes.com/2019/11/12/wor…
5/ The Trump administration’s top diplomat for Latin America, Michael Kozak, condemned the Morales government and vowed that the U.S. “will work with the international community to hold accountable anyone who undermines Bolivia’s democratic institutions.” theintercept.com/2021/05/04/bol…
6/ A surface-level look at the vote-counting process suggested that the surge for Morales was utterly predictable. The bulk of the votes still had not been counted the night of elections and they were likely to go to Morales. reuters.com/article/us-usa…
7/ These votes had been cast deep in the country’s rural areas, where Indigenous miners, coca growers, and other working-class people overwhelmingly favored Morales. What happens in Bolivia is similar to the red mirage that happens in the US. usnews.com/news/top-news/…
8/ Experts in electoral fraud (yes, there's an expert for everything) used publicly available data to see if the results fit with the fraud claims. The statistical evidence did not support the claim of fraud in Bolivia’s election. jackrw.mit.edu/sites/default/…
9/ What followed was some of the most chillingly autocratic behaviors we have ever witnessed in the US.
theintercept.com/2021/05/04/bol…
10/ We later learned about overreaches of power that were most worrisome not for what they did but because the actions are typical in authoritarian regimes. Equally common are claims of fraud. From Hitler to Putin, demonizing the press is another hallmark. axios.com/trump-doj-nyt-…
8/ Though few Americans understood what was happening in Bolivia, it was a vision of what was to come on Jan 6th and what will come if the powers in our country choose not to live by the rule of law. It's not a secret what they are planning. mediamatters.org/michael-flynn/…
9/ Despite the video where you can hear Flynn saying a Myanmar-style coup could and should happen here, everyone is choosing to believe take-backsies are acceptable. Too bad extremists aren't a part of that group. Seems like the thing with the proud boys.
10/ Officials (both R & D) refusing to prosecute high-profile perpetrators of Jan 6th, history will remember you. In my middle school history class, Nixon was remembered for betrayal--wiretapping. Imagine what books will say about those who allowed an attack from within.
11/ Will anyone be able to feign surprise if there is a next time? *gasp* "However could we have known?! Yes, the former Nat Sec advisor said a coup like in Myanmar could happen here, but he took it back!" Google dog whistle, and do your job.
12/ When I was a Republican I thought claims of voter suppression were just Democrats saying wild things. Most people I knew back then also believed in this nonexistent fraud. We weren't evil. We were lied to, and because of that, we were wrong. supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/1…
13/ Real fraud is almost nonexistent--16 cases in 2020. Repeatedly we research it and repeatedly we find nothing. The known cases from 2020 were fraudulent votes for the former President. Of course, it's easy to show the truth when people say it out loud. heritage.org/voterfraud/sea…
14/ Voter suppression laws though worry me less than information operations that we know affected 2016. Don't forget, an adversary has 200 million voter profiles--everything needed for, you know, whatever, whenever.
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