by Sharon Rondeau
(May 3, 2021) — In his Gab.com timeline on Monday, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump issued a singular-sentence declaration that “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!”
Since leaving office on January 20, Trump has issued occasional statements from his post-presidential office and new website, 45office, where he and former First Lady Melania welcome comments from the public as well as media inquiries. Prior to his White House departure, he was banned from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other “social media” for allegedly assisting to incite an “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol as Congress began counting the electoral votes from each state and hearing objections from members of the House and Senate.
Trump’s reference to “THE BIG LIE” was undoubtedly to the mainstream media’s labeling of his claims, made since the day after the election, that he won over Democrat Joe Biden “by a landslide” but was denied four more years in the White House due to widespread fraud and violations of state laws.
Despite sworn statements and testimony taken between November and January 2021 attesting to widespread ballot fraud in the “swing” states of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania, after the intrusion at the Capitol cut short its session, Congress reconvened and approved Biden’s “election.”
The votes cast by members of the Electoral College on December 14 reportedly reflected the popular vote in each state or commonwealth. Officially unexplained is how an unprecedented 27-million-voter increase was reported over turnout in the 2016 presidential election.
Since it began on April 23, Trump has touted the Maricopa County, AZ election audit as potentially revelatory as to Biden’s reported win not only in Arizona, but also nationally. “The results will be very interesting for the USA and the World to see!” he remarked on Wednesday following a judge’s ruling that Democrats calling for a halt to the audit had not convinced him that voters’ privacy rights were being violated by the methods the Republican-led state senate had approved.
Along with the media, some Republicans, such as Rep. Liz Cheney (WY), have criticized Trump for claiming the election to have been “stolen.” On December 9, The Washington Post labeled Trump’s claim he won the election to a “disinformation campaign,” citing “the conservative National Review, USA Today, this blog and the New York Daily News.”
On April 22, WaPo opinion writer Greg Sargent wrote, “The Big Lie of 2020 is conventionally defined as the claim that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. But it’s broader than that. It also encompasses a softer version of this idea: The insultingly disingenuous baloney that because GOP voters have reasonable grounds to merely lack confidence in the results, all sorts of new voting restrictions are justified.”
In its entry for “The Big Lie,” Wikipedia reports:
A big lie (German: große Lüge; often the big lie) is a propaganda technique used for political purposes, defined as “a gross distortion or misrepresentation of the facts, especially when used as a propaganda device by a politician or official body.” The German expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, to describe the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” Hitler claimed the technique was used by Jews to blame Germany’s loss in World War I on German general Erich Ludendorff, who was a prominent nationalist political leader in the Weimar Republic. Historian Jeffrey Herf says the Nazis used the idea of the original big lie to turn sentiment against Jews and bring about the Holocaust.
Herf maintains that Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi Party actually used the big lie propaganda technique that they described – and that they used it to turn long-standing antisemitism in Europe into mass murder. Herf further argues that the Nazis’ big lie was their depiction of Germany as an innocent, besieged land striking back at an “international Jewry“, which the Nazis blamed for starting World War I. Nazi propaganda repeated over and over the claim that Jews held power behind the scenes in Britain, Russia, and the United States. It spread claims that the Jews had begun a “war of extermination” against Germany, and it used these claims to assert that Germany had a right to “annihilate” the Jews as self-defense.
In 1943, The New York Times contributor Edwin James asserted that Hitler’s biggest lie was his revisionist claim that Germany was not defeated in war in 1918, but rather was betrayed by internal groups. This stab-in-the-back myth was spread by extreme right-wing groups, including the Nazis.
In the 21st century, the term was applied to Donald Trump‘s attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election. “The big lie” in this instance was the false claim that the election was stolen from him through massive fraud.
It is unclear what, if anything, occurred on Monday to prompt Trump’s latest remark on the audit and outcome of the election.
The audit is examining approximately 2.1 million ballots cast in Arizona’s most populous county. According to former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the state senate-designated audit “liaison,” auditors are examining mail-in ballots for “folds.” Additionally, Bennett told The Gateway Pundit on Saturday, “…unfortunately, we’ve had the press and the media taking pictures of people’s license plates and trying to get closeups on their name badges and faces, of course. So it makes the workers and the observers a little bit nervous when the press is going to that length to try to identify somebody. They’re afraid they’re going to be doxxed or something like that…”
On Sunday, CDMedia reported that it confirmed the federal government is conducting surveillance of the audit and “collecting information on American citizens working for election integrity” (h/t JD).