Flint, Mich. Clerk Resigns After Elections Group Calls Out Lopsided Number Of Democrat Poll Watchers

Flint, Mich. Clerk Resigns After Elections Group Calls Out Lopsided Number Of Democrat Poll Watchers

Flint, Michigan’s longtime city clerk is retiring after an election integrity group sent a letter to her office demanding she balance out the number of Democrat and Republican election inspectors. 

On Sept. 6, Pure Integrity Michigan Elections (PIME) and attorney Erick Kaardal of the Thomas More Society sent a demand letter to Flint and City Clerk Inez Brown threatening legal action if they do not balance out the number of partisan poll watchers before the November general election. As previously reported, during Flint’s Aug. 2 primary, the city hired 422 Democrats compared to just 27 Republican election inspectors — in direct violation of a Michigan state statute that requires equal representation of party election inspectors. 

On Sept. 8, Brown, after serving as Flint’s city clerk for 25 years, abruptly announced her resignation effective Sept. 30 — roughly one month before the November election. Brown gave no reason for her resignation and caught city officials by surprise.

“My administrative office was taken by surprise,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley told the Flint Beat. “I had no foreknowledge of this occurring this soon.” Because of Brown’s resignation, Neeley reached out to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office for help running the city’s elections. Benson is up for re-election this year, raising questions about the ethics of her involvement in Flint’s elections.

“Can her office be considered impartial in running the elections in Flint?” Patrice Johnson, chair of PIME told The Federalist. “The law states that if you are running for office, you cannot be an election inspector in the precinct in which you’re running.” 

Despite such questions, Johnson sees Brown’s resignation as a step in the right direction. Brown’s tenure as Flint city clerk has led to multiple controversies, including giving mayoral candidates the wrong filing deadline in 2015 and alleged failure to process absentee ballots

“The pressure we’ve put on the city led to this,” Johnson said. “This is a HUGE win.” 

Regardless of Brown’s resignation, Johnson expects Flint to fully comply with PIME’s demand letter and balance its number of partisan election inspectors in time for the November election.

“In a state with more than 7 million registered voters, and where an election inspector need not live in the precinct in which they work, there is no excuse for an unhealthy imbalance of workers at our township and municipal elections,” she said.


Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.

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Flint, Mich. Clerk Resigns After Elections Group Calls Out Lopsided Number Of Democrat Poll Watchers

Flint, Mich. Clerk Resigns After Elections Group Calls Out Lopsided Number Of Democrat Poll Watchers

Flint, Michigan’s longtime city clerk is retiring after an election integrity group sent a letter to her office demanding she balance out the number of Democrat and Republican election inspectors. 

On Sept. 6, Pure Integrity Michigan Elections (PIME) and attorney Erick Kaardal of the Thomas More Society sent a demand letter to Flint and City Clerk Inez Brown threatening legal action if they do not balance out the number of partisan poll watchers before the November general election. As previously reported, during Flint’s Aug. 2 primary, the city hired 422 Democrats compared to just 27 Republican election inspectors — in direct violation of a Michigan state statute that requires equal representation of party election inspectors. 

On Sept. 8, Brown, after serving as Flint’s city clerk for 25 years, abruptly announced her resignation effective Sept. 30 — roughly one month before the November election. Brown gave no reason for her resignation and caught city officials by surprise.

“My administrative office was taken by surprise,” Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley told the Flint Beat. “I had no foreknowledge of this occurring this soon.” Because of Brown’s resignation, Neeley reached out to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office for help running the city’s elections. Benson is up for re-election this year, raising questions about the ethics of her involvement in Flint’s elections.

“Can her office be considered impartial in running the elections in Flint?” Patrice Johnson, chair of PIME told The Federalist. “The law states that if you are running for office, you cannot be an election inspector in the precinct in which you’re running.” 

Despite such questions, Johnson sees Brown’s resignation as a step in the right direction. Brown’s tenure as Flint city clerk has led to multiple controversies, including giving mayoral candidates the wrong filing deadline in 2015 and alleged failure to process absentee ballots

“The pressure we’ve put on the city led to this,” Johnson said. “This is a HUGE win.” 

Regardless of Brown’s resignation, Johnson expects Flint to fully comply with PIME’s demand letter and balance its number of partisan election inspectors in time for the November election.

“In a state with more than 7 million registered voters, and where an election inspector need not live in the precinct in which they work, there is no excuse for an unhealthy imbalance of workers at our township and municipal elections,” she said.


Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.

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Leftist Groups Are Reportedly Bribing Influencers To Peddle Misinformation For 2022 Midterms

Leftist Groups Are Reportedly Bribing Influencers To Peddle Misinformation For 2022 Midterms

A left-wing nonprofit focused on “fighting disinformation” allegedly offered a TikTok influencer $400 to spread lies about Republican involvement in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

Preston Moore, a lawyer with a large following on TikTok, told his followers in a video on his account that he was approached by the Good Information Foundation to make an “anti-Donald Trump propaganda post related to the January 6 investigation that is completely not true.”

After Preston said he was interested in collaborating, the foundation reportedly told him what to include in his post, including “images and scenes from the January 6th insurrection” and talking points like “the violence on January 6 was actually planned and paid for by Trump Republicans.” Specifically, the foundation told Preston he could say that the “Trump campaign paid literally millions of dollars to make January 6 happen” and that many Trump officials and Republican members of Congress were involved.

Other examples of “key messaging” Preston says the foundation highlighted for him to include was that “there is an ongoing threat of political violence or MAGA Republicans trying to overturn elections,” and that he should try to channel the anger of his followers to make them, as he summarized, “more likely to vote in the midterms.” 

When Moore responded to the email by asking, “What is the basis for the claim that the Trump campaign itself paid millions of dollars to make the January 6 siege of the Capitol happen?” he says the foundation refused to answer his question.

“We know of only one person who blew the whistle, but God only knows how many people are taking them up on this,” Scott Walter, president of Capital Research Center, told The Federalist. “Just how many TikTokers are they doing this with? How many Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts are they targeting? How much money have they allocated? Because $400 is total chump change for these guys.”

The Good Information Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2021 “to tackle the growing information crisis in America that is undermining social trust, harming public health, and damaging our democracy” according to its website. It aims to combat misinformation online by increasing “the flow of good, factual information” by “creating, incubating, funding and lifting up fact-based solutions, voices, programs and initiatives.” The foundation is a part of Good Information Inc., a corporation backed by LinkedIn founder and far-left activist Reid Hoffman and billionaire leftist George Soros. 

Good Information Inc.’s CEO is Tara McGowan, a Democratic operative who also founded ACRONYM, a leftist political advocacy group that focuses on voter mobilization and digital advertising. Starting in 2019, McGowan oversaw an ACRONYM project called Courier Newsroom, a media initiative that manages left-wing websites presenting themselves as local news outlets while spreading “hyperlocal partisan propaganda.” In an interview with VICE, McGowan admitted that “it’s more effective to create ‘news content’ than to simply run ads for Democratic causes.” 

During the 2020 election cycle, ACRONYM ran a network of leftist propagandizing sites fronting as news outlets in the swing states of Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. In a memo McGowan wrote for ACRONYM before the election, she stated that each outlet “will pair original reporting and aggregated content with our ad placement and political targeting expertise to distribute these stories to strategic segments of voters before, during and between election cycles.”

Even left-leaning OpenSecrets sounded the alarm on the project, describing ACRONYM as a “liberal dark money group” and explaining “websites affiliated with Courier Newsroom that appear to be free-standing local news outlets are actually part of a coordinated effort with deep ties to Democractic political operatives.” 

Simply put: the Good Information Foundation is run by Democratic operatives with a history of peddling Democratic Party propaganda and presenting it as news. Its latest campaign appears to be paying social media influencers to distribute disinformation and present it to their followers as factual, so as to gain an upper hand in the upcoming 2022 midterms.

TikTok, one of the most popular social media networks in America, will be a key battleground for such efforts. But according to its website, “TikTok does not allow paid political ads, and that includes content influencers are paid to create.” In the months leading up to the midterms, TikTok has said it will be notifying influencers and advertising agencies of these changes “so the rules of the road are abundantly clear when it comes to paid content around elections,” adding that any paid political content that is not properly disclosed would be “promptly removed from the platform.” 

Neither TikTok nor the Good Information Foundation responded to The Federalist’s requests for comment. 


Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.

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Biden DOJ Censors Voter Outreach Documents Ahead of Midterms

Biden DOJ Censors Voter Outreach Documents Ahead of Midterms


Biden DOJ Censors Voter Outreach Documents Ahead of Midterms

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The Department of Justice has turned over documents on its voter outreach activities ahead of the midterm elections that have been heavily redacted. Thus is the concerning revelation from a Foundation for Government Accountability lawsuit against the DOJ.

“In April, FGA filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) in federal court after several federal executive agencies failed to respond to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to obtain documents pertaining to President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) 14019. FGA originally requested these documents on July 30, 2021 and over a year later, not a single document was provided as required under the FOIA law,” FGA said in a press announcement.

“But on July 12, 2022, the Federal District Court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide us with all requested documents required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) before the midterm election(s),” the FGA added.

However, those documents, relating to a Biden executive order to expand voter outreach activities, have come back heavily redacted, as The Federalist reported on Monday.

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) is concealing key documents related to President Joe Biden’s March 2021 order that directed executive agencies to develop plans for federal interference in state election administration,” staff writer Shawn Fleetwood wrote.

“On Sept. 8, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) was scheduled to receive a series of government records from the DOJ that detailed how the agency is complying with Executive Order 14019,” he added. “That order mandated all federal departments to ‘consider ways to expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process.’Among these included the DOJ’s 15-page ‘strategic plan’ on how the agency intends to comply with Biden’s executive order.”

“Instead of releasing the documents FGA requested pursuant to federal open records laws, however, the Biden DOJ released only a few records pertaining to the order, most of which were heavily redacted,’ Fleetwood added.

In one of the redacted emails, Special Assistant to the Deputy White House Counsels Devontae Freeland wrote to a redacted list of Biden officials about interim reporting on the executive order.

“Thank you for your work on the Promoting Access to Voting EO implementation plans,” Freeland wrote. “The interim reports, which are due this Tuesday 6/15, can be submitted by email [redacted] as a Word doc. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.”

The Biden executive order was broad in scope about the activities the administration would be undertaking:

     Sec. 3.  Expanding Access to Voter Registration and Election Information.  Agencies shall consider ways to expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process.
(a)  The head of each agency shall evaluate ways in which the agency can, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, promote voter registration and voter participation.  This effort shall include consideration of:
(i)    ways to provide relevant information in the course of activities or services that directly engage with the public — including through agency materials, websites, online forms, social media platforms, and other points of public access — about how to register to vote, how to request a vote-by-mail ballot, and how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections;
(ii)   ways to facilitate seamless transition from agencies’ websites directly to State online voter registration systems or appropriate Federal websites, such as Vote.gov;
(iii)  ways to provide access to voter registration services and vote-by-mail ballot applications in the course of activities or services that directly engage with the public, including:
(A)  distributing voter registration and vote-by-mail ballot application forms, and providing access to applicable State online systems for individuals who can take advantage of those systems;
(B)  assisting applicants in completing voter registration and vote-by-mail ballot application forms in a manner consistent with all relevant State laws; and
(C)  soliciting and facilitating approved, nonpartisan third-party organizations and State officials to provide voter registration services on agency premises;
(iv)   ways to promote and expand access to multilingual voter registration and election information, and to promote equal participation in the electoral process for all eligible citizens of all backgrounds; and
(v)    whether, consistent with applicable law, any identity documents issued by the agency to members of the public can be issued in a form that satisfies State voter identification laws.
(b)  Within 200 days of the date of this order, the head of each agency shall submit to the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy a strategic plan outlining the ways identified under this review that the agency can promote voter registration and voter participation.

“Among the missing documents was the DOJ’s 15-page strategic plan that detailed how the agency will help increase voter registration and participation,” the FGA noted on Sunday. “This document is a finished product, completed as part of Biden’s Executive Order. In July, a Federal District Court ruled the DOJ must turn over the documents to the FGA, and this post-decisional document clearly is required to be disclosed.”

“The American people deserve to know if the Biden Administration’s unprecedented action is fair and non-partisan, or if it is designed to help one political party over the other,” said Tarren Bragdon, FGA President and CEO. “Why are they ignoring public record requests for strategic plans on federal voter registration efforts? Why are they treating these documents like they are classified information dealing with nuclear weapons? Midterms are approaching, and the DOJ’s failure to disclose information raises troubling issues. They need to reveal these public documents to keep our elections fair.”

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DOJ Refuses to Release Biden Administration Plan to Intervene in 2022 Election

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is refusing to release 15 pages of documents explaining the Biden administration’s strategy to implement a “voter access” policy that is being coordinated with left-wing groups just weeks before the 2022 election.

In March 2021, President Joe Biden signed Executive Order 14019, “Promoting Access to Voting.” As Breitbart News noted:

President Joe Biden issued an executive order on “access to voting” on Sunday that instructs federal government agencies to promote voter registration, help Americans apply to vote by mail, and “combat misinformation,” among other measures.

The “Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting” reads like a Democratic Party wish-list of “reforms” that enshrines many of the practices that were adopted on a temporary basis during the pandemic-affected 2020 election. Its provisions include:

  • using federal agencies to promote voter registration;
  • using federal agencies to inform Americans about voting;
  • linking federal agency websites to state voter registration websites;
  • providing voter registration and vote-by-mail applications;
  • using “approved, nonpartisan third-party organizations” to register voters at federal agencies;
  • using identification documents issued by the agency to help people register to vote;
  • providing more multilingual services to potential voters;
  • giving public employees “time off to vote in Federal, State, local, Tribal, and territorial elections”; and
  • promoting voter registration for federal prisoners.

One provision states: “It is the responsibility of the Federal Government to expand access to, and education about, voter registration and election information, and to combat misinformation, in order to enable all eligible Americans to participate in our democracy.”

Under the U.S. Constitution, elections are largely administered by the states. But critics of Biden’s executive order noted that it amounts to an attempt to federalize elections, and to do so without authority from Congress, never mind the Constitution.

As Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist noted in June, Biden was elected in 2020 after Democrats and their donors, such as billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, funded and commandeered local election administration in key counties in crucial swing states.

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents about the DOJ plan last year, which the DOJ refused to produce until compelled to do so by a federal court last Thursday, two months before the 2002 midterm elections. While it did provide a few documents, the DOJ used a loophole in the FOIA legislation to withhold the “strategic plan” for Executive Order 14019.

As Byron York of the Washington Examiner notes:

So the strategic plan, the document that would give the world some information on what the administration is doing to enact Biden’s order, remains a secret. But that’s not all. The Justice Department is withholding lots of other information, as well.

One troubling clue did make it past Justice Department censors. On July 12, 2021, the Justice Department held a “listening session” with outside activists working on voting rights. The group included dozens of people, all of them from left-leaning groups. There were 10 from the American Civil Liberties Union, five from the Campaign Legal Center, three from Demos, three from the Southern Poverty Law Center, five from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, two from Black Lives Matter, and many others. The list would not reassure anyone hoping that the Justice Department is working in a scrupulously nonpartisan way. But of course, we don’t really know what the department is doing because the administration is keeping it a secret [emphasis omitted].

While the DOJ hides information about how the federal government is intervening in the upcoming election, guaranteeing that the results will be held in suspicion, Biden, his party, and their allies in the media are claiming that the midterm election is about defending “democracy” from its opponents, and liken those who doubt election results to traitors and terrorists.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Want to Win the Midterms … Listen to Ron DeSantis

Want to Win the Midterms … Listen to Ron DeSantis


Want to Win the Midterms? Listen to Ron DeSantis

By: J. Robert Smith

If you’re a GOP congressional candidate, who should you take advice from on how to win your election? Mitch McConnell — who, by all appearances, is a Disney animatron created to trip up Republican contenders — or Ron DeSantis, ultra-successful governor of Florida and a candidate who won a nail-biter in 2018, which was a very Democrat year?

If the GOP candidates follow DeSantis, the Vegas odds favor them bagging their Democrat opponents. DeSantis is no Elmer Fudd hunting wabbits. He’s smart, tough, and relentless – and he’s right on the issues. He wins.

Expect DeSantis to dispatch hatin’ Charlie Crist to a St. Pete taxidermist this November.

Crist, like every other Democrat across the country, is running with America’s wannabe il duce, delusional Joe Biden. Creaky old Joe, that is, who miserably fails at everything he touches. Biden’s 20 months in office is a testament to failure. DeSantis has a four-year track record of success. People are flocking to Florida — not just to hang at the beaches, but to live. Increasingly, salt-of-the-earth folk are shaking off blue state blues for red state freedoms and jobs.

Summed up in a short paragraph is DeSantis’ formula for winning elections. No need to stroke checks to overpriced Washington-dwelling, GOP consultants. You can figure it out all by your lonesome. From the Daily Wire, September 3:

We’ll hold Biden accountable,” DeSantis told [“The Ingraham Angle”] guest host Raymond Arroyo. “This is a referendum on his failures, make sure everybody knows how his policies have contributed to the mess we’re in, and then articulate what you will do to address things like the border, like crime, like inflation. I think if you do that, I think Republicans are going to win both chambers. And I think it’ll be a really good night.” [italics added]

If hunting isn’t your thing, think of DeSantis as a boxer. He’s recommending the old one-two punch. No need to win on points when you can KO your opponent.

This election season, KOing Democrats happens first with the facts of Biden’s dreary record.

Republicans running against incumbent Democrats need to pound away at their voting records, which ties them to the disastrous policies and governance of Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer. In open seat contests, a Republican need only ask his dodging opponent: “Do you support Joe Biden? If so, why? If not, why are you running as a Democrat?” The second punch — the KO — is telling voters what you’ll do to make things better. Once your opponent is on the canvas, it’s match over. Voters will see to it.

So, if hunting or boxing isn’t for you, then imagine you’re a painter. Voters, being busy with daily life, don’t have much time to tour art galleries. With jobs to work, bills to pay, and kids to tend to, they aren’t going to devote a heckuva lot of time studying your masterpiece versus whatever a Democrat slops on a canvass.

Take advice from a master, the late, great Gipper — yes, the affable but politically shrewd Ronald Reagan: Dump the insipid pastels that establishment Republicans love (who really likes motel lobby art?) and paint in big, bold colors. Offer stark contrasts with Democrats. Ask grandmaster Donald Trump about the indispensability of contrast, especially this year. Your painting needs to show voters how vividly different you are from your opposition.

Even Old Joe, in his bitter, hate-filled rant before Independence Hall the other night, was setting up a classic “us versus them” contrast, albeit in the creepy, destructive way of a demagogue. Let Biden and Democrats hate. Republicans need to lay out differences with calm and precision, but never back off.

Frame the choice for voters starkly: “You can buy the mess that Biden and his Democrats have splashed onto a canvas or buy this smart, sensible composition I’ve rendered.” Then watch how voters line up to buy your art.

This election, Republicans command the issues and should express their positions confidently. Inflation, energy costs, crime, the border, Biden’s personal corruption and the corruption of the Department of Justice and FBI, for starters, are the stuff of your election masterpiece. Use all those elements without subtly. Voters want to see the big picture.

Some Republicans, being parochial souls will claim, “What works for DeSantis in Florida won’t work for us in Nebraska or Pennsylvania.” Poppycock. There’s an old bias that travels ‘round and ‘round: that people are different depending on their part of the country.

Sorry to dent local pride, but human nature is universal. Some issues may differ — not many Nebraskans care about eradicating pythons in the Everglades — and personal styles may vary, but people are people, kumbaya! Most Americans — from the Florida Keys to the Aleutian Islands — prefer a straight talker like Harry Truman to Slick Willie or a polished snake oil peddler like Barack Obama. (Mitt Romney lost to Obama in 2012 because he didn’t have the cojones to keep fighting with straight talk.)

After what seems like an eternity of Biden’s compulsive lying and Democrats routine inversions of the truth — except when doddering Bernie Sanders slipped, spilling the beans about the laughably  named “Inflation Reduction Act” — plain talk is in demand. Mealymouthed, “Can’t we all just get along” babble isn’t what voters need. Respect voters by not mincing words.

Jittery Republicans who blur differences court needless defeat. To borrow from the British Parliament, the upcoming elections are about “dividing the House.”

Democrats to the left, Republicans to the right. No in-between. Democrats mustn’t be permitted to pretend to be conservative in any way. They must be forced to stand with Joe, Nancy, and Chuck. They must be held strictly accountable for plunging the nation into a cauldron of troubles, troubles that are launching the nation toward crises.

In the wee hours, when Republican candidates have time to take stock, they need to reflect on the fact that the midterms and the 2024 elections aren’t run-of-the-mill. These aren’t ordinary times. Wishing so won’t make it so.

The republic is fast approaching a crossroads. Shall there be a rebirth of our rights and liberties or are we to sink into tyranny, the definition of which isn’t yet entirely clear, though the contours are unmistakable? Shall we bequeath a prosperous nation – a nation of expansive opportunities — to future generations or are prosperity and opportunity to be ground under by the anti-liberty cabal on the left? Shall we be a nation freed from deep institutional corruption — a nation that restores moral integrity to our institutions and culture? Or is the nation’s future brutish and morally squalid?

Republican candidates reading this, answer these questions: If you have children, grandchildren, and, one day, great-grandchildren, which America do you want them inhabiting? When they look back on you, what will they think? In this critical moment in our nation’s life, will they see you has having taken courage in hand? Will they regard you as consequential in this fight? Or as failing to measure up when it was most required of you?

Now, pause … and try to imagine how Reagan, Trump, and DeSantis would answer those questions.

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Corporate Media Are Afraid Of Blake Masters, So They Published His Decade-Old Emails

Corporate Media Are Afraid Of Blake Masters, So They Published His Decade-Old Emails

The Huffington Post recently published a “trove” of emails sent by Blake Masters — the Republican candidate for Senate in Arizona — while he was in college. Allegedly, the emails illustrate Masters’ “embrace of contrarianism and devout libertarian ideals.”

HuffPost reported, “The messages were sent to the group email list of Columbae, a left-leaning vegan co-op at Stanford University where Masters lived and where the housemates made decisions based on a collective basis.”

The “trove” notably features messages in which he encourages his peers to be skeptical and not blindly buy into government narratives surrounding 9/11, tells them not to vote, and says NASCAR is “lame.”

So what? 

Everybody changes and grows. Isn’t it likely that Masters — who at the time of this writing is 36 years old — has changed his outlook on life from when he sent those emails as a 19-year-old college student? 

Obviously, he does not hold the same beliefs now that he did then. For instance, HuffPost cites an article Masters wrote for his school’s student paper in which he argued that “your vote is meaningless and it will not affect the outcome [of an election].” 

Since Masters is now on the ballot in a statewide election, one can reasonably conclude that his views have changed in the nearly two decades since the article’s publication.

But more to the point, HuffPost’s piece is nothing more than a bad-faith attack on a candidate who is popular among “MAGA” Republicans and is within striking distance of a vulnerable Democratic incumbent

Why would a leftwing outlet such as HuffPost mention that a Republican candidate thought NASCAR was “lame” in 2006? Because they think Republican voters are stupid and won’t turn out to support a candidate who — more than a decade ago — thought a sport popular among them was “lame.” 

The piece also attempts to frame Masters’ encouragement of skepticism as though he is a crackpot conspiracy theorist who believes 9/11 was an inside job.

In one of the emails provided by HuffPost, Masters wrote, “The story we’ve been told about 9/11 may indeed be correct, but blindingly accepting it would be an error (as would accepting ‘conspiracy theories’ without reasonable possibilities/evidence presented).”

If skepticism about the government’s narrative of 9/11 is wrong, why did more than half of Democrats once believe that “people in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks”?

What about the still widespread skepticism surrounding the 2016 election? In 2022, long after the Russia-collusion narrative was exposed as a hoax, 47 percent of Democratic voters still believe Russian interference changed the election’s outcome. Is this skepticism — peddled by the media and intelligence community — better, worse, or the same as a 19-year-old telling people they should question government narratives? 

Prior to winning the Republican Party’s nomination for Senate in Ohio, text messages sent by J.D. Vance to an old roommate in 2016 surfaced in which the candidate likened Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. These comments made their way across social media with the express purpose of discouraging Ohioans from supporting Vance, who, shortly after their surfacing, secured Trump’s endorsement.

Nobody actually cares about Vance’s comparison or that Masters called NASCAR “lame.” The surfacing of these comments and the corporate media’s attempts at proliferating them are solely about keeping Republican voters — and independents — from supporting their party’s nominee in the upcoming midterm elections.

Instead of engaging voters on the issues that matter to them and their families, Democrats and their lackeys in the corporate media are doubling down on passing remarks made by people who weren’t even involved in politics at the time. 

These tactics show that candidates like Masters are effective; why else would they try to scare people over emails he sent as a teenager?


Samuel Mangold-Lenett is a staff editor at The Federalist. His writing has been featured in the Daily Wire, Townhall, The American Spectator, and other outlets. He is a 2022 Claremont Institute Publius Fellow. Follow him on Twitter @Mangold_Lenett.

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Donald Trump’s Political Enemies Receive Devastating News About Mar-a-Lago



Donald Trump’s Political Enemies Receive Devastating News About Mar-a-Lago

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Donald Trump’s political enemies who believe the “walls are closing in” on the former president received some devastating news on Wednesday. The Department of Justice is unlikely to bring criminal charges against Donald Trump before the midterm elections, according to a Bloomberg report citing sources familiar with the Mar-a-Lago documents investigation.

“Federal prosecutors are likely to wait until after the November election to announce any charges against Donald Trump, if they determine he broke laws, according to people familiar,” the report stated.

“The unprecedented prospect of bringing charges against a former US president is creating intense scrutiny of the Justice Department in the aftermath of its search of his home at Mar-a-Lago,” the report added. “A separate DOJ probe is focused on his effort to overturn the 2020 election, which he lost to President Joe Biden.”

“Under long-standing department policy, prosecutors are barred from taking investigative steps or filing charges for the purpose of affecting an election or helping a candidate or party, traditionally 60 days before an election,” the report adds. “This year, that would be by Sept. 10, which makes it unlikely anything would be announced until after Nov. 8, said people who asked to remain anonymous speaking about potential Justice Department actions.”

The Bloomberg report notes that it is unclear if any of the ongoing investigations could reach charging stage by November, according to the sources.

“This time around, the impact of any criminal case against Trump would likely be significant.,” the report notes. “While he isn’t on the ballot in November, Trump has endorsed candidates who are, and he leads a fierce political movement. He recently demanded that he be reinstated as president or a new election held. Trump also might declare he’s running for president prior to November, which would make him the instant frontrunner for the Republican nomination.”

“It’s not clear if any of the investigations into Trump will have reached the point by November that a decision on charging him could be made, according to two of the people who asked to remain anonymous,’ Bloomberg goes on. “And the department isn’t facing any urgent charging deadlines that must be met before November, they said.”

“However, nothing stops investigators from taking non-public actions in their investigations, which could include obtaining indictments under seal,” the report adds.

It also doesn’t stop FBI agents from overtly political actions prior to the midterm elections, such as staging a photograph of “top secret” documents to include in a court briefing, as it did late on Tuesday night.

The staged photograph also shows a Time magazine cover that one might interpret as a veiled threat. The magazine cover, seen on the righthand side of the above photo, is from the March 4, 2019 issue.

The Time cover provoked a political response that one could argue constitutes 2022 election interference.

“A photo released by the Department of Justice showing the documents found during the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid has also unveiled a curious discovery — a framed image of an unflattering TIME magazine cover featuring former President Donald Trump,” Business Insider reported.

“The cover, which appeared to be placed in a gold frame, was from a March 4, 2019 edition of the publication,” the report noted. “It showed 15 of Trump’s Democratic challengers at the time — including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris — peering into the Oval Office at a nervous-looking Trump who is seated in his chair.”

However, the New York Times appears to concede that the classification status of the documents may not be a legal issue, according to the search warrant affidavit.

No documentation has come to light confirming that Mr. Trump declassified the material, and the potential crimes cited by the Justice Department in seeking the search warrant for Mar-a-Lago would not hinge on the classification status of the documents.

The Wall Street Journal, in a recent editorial on the matter, corroborates the New York Times’ tacit concession that there is no ‘there, there’ in terms of Donald Trump having allegedly committed a crime affecting national security.

Nothing in the PRA suggests that the former president’s physical custody of his records can be considered unlawful under the statutes on which the Mar-a-Lago warrant is based. Yet the statute’s text makes clear that Congress considered how certain criminal-law provisions would interact with the PRA: It provides that the archivist is not to make materials available to the former president’s designated representative “if that individual has been convicted of a crime relating to the review, retention, removal, or destruction of records of the Archives.”

Nothing is said about the former president himself, but applying these general criminal statutes to him based on his mere possession of records would vitiate the entire carefully balanced PRA statutory scheme. Thus if the Justice Department’s sole complaint is that Mr. Trump had in his possession presidential records he took with him from the White House, he should be in the clear, even if some of those records are classified.

The Supreme Court has strongly backed presidential classification authority, such as in Department of Navy vs. EganThe President has ultimate declassification authority, which is not contingent on Congressional or Judiciary decision.

Thus, it appears likely that this is all a desperate politically timed operation meant to distract Americans from the horrible performance of the disastrous Biden administration. And at the end of it all, Donald Trump will still be a free man, and will still be eligible to run for President of the United States in 2024.

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