by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 6, 2021) — On Friday, a two-hour “documentary” hosted by MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell was released purporting to present “absolute proof” as to how the November 3, 2020 election was stolen from then-President Donald Trump and handed to Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
The video presentation, created in conjunction with Brannon Howse’s WVW-TV, has been circulated widely and speculated by many to be a plausible explanation as to why Trump was leading in all six “swing” states on election night, only to be declared hundreds of thousands of votes behind, collectively, in all six the following morning.
Biden would reportedly maintain his lead over Trump, including after recounts of certain districts were completed. On December 14, he received 306 electoral votes from the Electoral College. On January 6, Congress met in joint session to count the votes. As a number of objections based on reports of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and Arizona were presented, a riot at the Capitol took place, interrupting the session and resulting in a death inside the building.
Hours later, Congress reconvened and approved Biden’s “election” at approximately 3:45 a.m. on January 7.
Trump’s legal team would go on to file more than 80 civil challenges to the election outcome, none of which received a hearing on the merits. A multi-state suit consisting of 19 states, led by Texas, filed against Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan and Georgia for allegedly violating their own election laws and thereby impacting voters in all 50 states was rejected on jurisdictional grounds by the U.S. Supreme Court in early December.
With metrics meeting or exceeding those of previous incumbent presidents who were reelected and Trump’s officially-declared wins in the bellwether states of Florida, Iowa and Ohio, Trump was convinced he won the election “by a landslide” but that his victory was stolen in a number of ways.
In the opening minutes of his presentation, Lindell reviews some of the various reports of election fraud which allegedly took place locally, focusing at the 8-minute mark on Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia. Citing statistics of unknown origin, he recounted Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger in early January in which attorneys for Trump reportedly taking part in the call were attempting to settle a legal dispute.
A full signature audit which Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said would be completed before Christmas never reported any final results. Trump insisted that had signatures on mail-in ballots been compared to those on file in accordance with state law, thousands would have been discounted and Georgia’s electoral votes awarded to him.
It is unclear how, according to The New York Times, approximately 129 million votes were tabulated in the 2016 presidential election but more than 154 million were reportedly cast in the 2020 presidential election. Interestingly, the electoral votes awarded to Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016 (232 vs. 306) were exactly reversed in the 2020 outcome between Trump and Biden.
Just after the 11:00 mark, Lindell asserts that in addition to the on-the-ground reported fraud, “the big thing was the theft by these other countries that came in to attack our country through these machines that are made to steal elections.”
At the one hour, 36-minute mark in the documentary, Lindell introduces Mary Fanning of The American Report, who he said would present “100% proof” of foreign election interference sufficient to change the outcome. Fanning then purportedly explains how “cybersecurity experts” began compiling “information” of foreign election breaches beginning on November 1, two days before election day, the majority of which came from China, she said. Fanning does not name the analysts who allegedly performed the work nor why the results were not released until early January, when she first made the claim on her website and on a January 13 WVW broadcast.
Prior to January 3, Fanning and her co-writer, Alan Jones, identified their one and only source on interference in the election as former government subcontractor Dennis Montgomery, whose history, as has been reported extensively here, calls for caution and independent corroboration before its dissemination as accurate. Now, however, the source goes unnamed and “cybersecurity analysts” receive attribution for collecting the information.
While many seeking answers to the election outcome appear convinced that hundreds or thousands of pages of information in columns equals “absolute proof,” without sourcing, a methodology, ownership of the data and corroboration, no proof exists that such breaches took place.
Montgomery has been known to have submitted hundreds of pages of alleged “evidence” of widespread government hacking in Maricopa County, AZ to the sheriff’s office which was never substantiated after a yearlong law-enforcement investigation. He has also claimed, over many years, that software he invented performed unique and valuable functions which he failed to prove.
The Post & Email has demonstrated that people of good reputation and standing in their respective business communities, including officials in the Pentagon following the 9/11 attacks, have been drawn to Montgomery’s claims and invested themselves in the narrative, which invariably remains unsubstantiated.
In a 2019 interview with between Jason Goodman and former NSA official William Binney, Binney suggests Montgomery’s claims merit investigation due to possible “nefarious” activity on Montgomery’s part.
In a December interview among Goodman, Charles Ortel and former CIA agent Larry C. Johnson, Johnson states he does not find Montgomery credible.
The Lindell documentary raises another question: Whatever happened to “Hammer” and “Scorecard?”
On October 31, 2020, Fanning and Jones claimed, citing Montgomery, that a powerful government computer known as “The Hammer” was used by unnamed government agents, along with software Montgomery claimed he invented dubbed “Scorecard,” to change votes from Trump to Biden in the six “swing” states of Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, and Nevada, along with Texas and Florida. The latter two, however, were placed in Trump’s column on election night without any controversy.
The “Hammer and Scorecard” narrative reached then-Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Christopher Krebs, who declared it “nonsense” on his Twitter account days before Trump terminated him. In combination with several other entities, Krebs’s agency had put out a statement claiming that the November 3 election was “the most secure election in American history,” a claim with which Trump obviously disagreed.
As Lindell stated during Fanning’s presentation, he delivered some of the “documentation” she provided to the Trump White House, where he said he met with Trump personally. Major media reported on the visit.
Fanning later claims that former FBI Director James Comey was informed of vulnerabilities in U.S. election systems by “a whistleblower” who she does not name but has previously been identified repeatedly as Montgomery.
At 1:49:04 Fanning said that in regard to the “documentation” she presented, “cybersecurity experts that work for this country put all this in place before the election even started to make sure that they caught all of this information so that foreign adversaries were not deciding our elections.”
But if the election was “stolen” and the alleged interference detected three months ago, why is Biden in the White House?
In a startling piece by Time Magazine issued Thursday, writer Molly Ball appears to admit that corporate, public, political and other entities worked both separately and in concert to influence the outcome of the election in a myriad of ways with the obvious goal of a Biden victory, while claiming that those efforts amounted to “thwarting Trump’s plot” “to reverse the result.”
Updated, 9:58 p.m. EST