Kristen Welker’s Activist Track Record Perfectly Qualifies Her For The Anti-Trump Debate Commission

NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker possesses all the signature features of a Beltway reporter. An Ivy League graduate, East Coast native, and once-registered Democrat as far as public records show, who has spent nearly a decade living in the District covering campaigns and the White House, made Welker, 44, the perfect fit for the anti-Trump Commission on Presidential Debates to moderate the third and final match-up between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Welker, however, whose well-established family has donated thousands to the Democrat who will be on stage Thursday night, has a long track record of antagonist reporting on the Trump White House: perpetuating the Russia hoax, protecting the president’s political opponents, and engaging in the kind of Democratic-friendly D.C. media coverage that has become standard among the self-righteous journalists, which in turn has undermined the credibility of the industry. After all, she scored the endorsement of CNN’s chief White House troll Jim Acosta.

“Mr. President, yes or no. Have you or are you now — have you ever worked for Russia? Yes or no?” Welker demanded during a January 2019 sparring match with the president. Just a short two months later, Special Counsel Robert Mueller would release his report, concluding a more than two-year investigation that found that conspiracy theories accusing Trump of operating as a Kremlin agent were just that, conspiracies and nothing more.

In 2018, Welker also charged the president with giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the “upper hand” during an overseas trip to Europe where Trump challenged nations in NATO to pay their fair share. On the same trip, Welker accused the president of being “hand in hand” with Putin.

When it comes to the far-left, four-member “Squad” in the House of Representatives, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, who are either self-proclaimed socialists or endorsed a socialist candidate, Welker has gone out of her way to downplay their extremism, calling them “self-proclaimed progressives.”

“They are not socialists,” Welker said ahead of a 2019 Trump campaign event in North Carolina.

It should come as no surprise then that Welker joined her colleagues in the mainstream media to endlessly characterize California Sen. Kamala Harris, who possesses the most leftist voting record in the upper chamber, as a “moderate.”

Nothing about Harris’ support for Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, spiked tax increases, open borders, sanctuary cities, tax-payer funded health care for illegal immigrants, late-term abortion, and a religious litmus test for Catholic judicial nominations screams “moderate.”

Welker, of course, is not immune to the exhaustive wokeism now permeating the White House press corps. She’s accused the president of launching his career on birtherism, criticized the president for fanning the flames of the culture wars, and asked then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly whether she could guarantee the president had never used the “N-word.”

When it comes to coverage of Biden, Welker has shown to be far more deferential, raising further doubts about the debate moderator’s impartiality going into Thursday night. This, of course, made Welker all the more attractive to the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has gone out of its way to protect Biden.

At issue this week is whether Welker will raise any questions to the Democratic nominee on stage involving the recent series of blockbuster revelations to emerge last week implicating Biden in his son Hunter’s potentially criminal overseas business activities. Former Clinton White House Communications Director George Stephanopoulos completely ignored the scandal during ABC’s town hall.

A glimpse into Welker’s past, however, offers little reason to be optimistic. The NBC White House correspondent declared during the House impeachment proceedings in September last year that “there is no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden.”

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No Republican In 2024 Should Cooperate With The Commission On Presidential Debates

This election couldn’t have been handled more poorly by the supposedly non-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

After a disaster of a first debate moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who lost control of the candidates on stage going after each other in prime time, the debate commission took a series of steps that would only benefit Joe Biden while hiding behind the guise of public safety to justify its decisions.

President Donald Trump’s positive diagnosis with the novel Wuhan Coronavirus was revealed just more than a full day after the first debate’s conclusion, spiking fears that an infected president on stage two weeks later could turn the town hall into a super spreader event.

Despite the fact that the president was on track for a full recovery, the commission announced the next week without consulting the Trump campaign that the traditional town hall style match-up would instead be a virtual two-hour zoom call between the two candidates, and would still be moderated by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully.

Trump immediately rejected the idea which would only strip the president of the ability to flex his physical presence on stage to engage in a dynamic conversation. Remember in 2016, Trump was accused of intimidating Hillary Clinton on the town hall carpet, which the former secretary of state admitted made her uncomfortable. Trump appeared to deploy the same strategy last month taking command of the in-person debate stage, clearly agitating the frail 77-year-old former vice president. Whether it’s effective or productive is debatable. Whether it’s still a key stripped from the president’s tool box by moving the forum to a cable television-style show by the debate commission, there’s no doubt.

“I’m not going to waste my time at a virtual debate,” Trump said on Fox Business.

Meanwhile, the moderator for the prime time event who used to be an intern for Biden, was caught publicly consulting with fired Trump Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci on how to handle the president in a since-deleted tweet.

Scully claimed his account was hacked. The debate commission stood by him. The president mocked him.

The debate commission responded by canceling the event altogether citing health concerns since the president refused to participate in an unfair format that would only serve his Democratic opponent’s interests while making adequate progress on his recovery from COVID-19. ABC and NBC began making arrangements with the campaigns anyway to host competing town halls on Oct. 15 instead, the same date the original town hall debate was supposed to take place. By the time Thursday rolled around, the president had indeed fully recovered from the coronavirus and was no longer considered contagious. When the candidates each took their respective stages in Philadelphia and Miami, there was no reason why the two major party nominees could not participate in the traditional town hall debate as planned.

Of course, on the same day of the rival town halls which featured Biden supporters advertised as “undecided voters,” Scully admitted that he had lied about the security lapse behind his Twitter account and was suspended from C-SPAN indefinitely.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, run entirely by supporters of the Democratic ticket continued its cascade of decisions made to benefit their preferred candidate.

On Friday, the moderator for this week’s anticipated match-up unveiled the topics for Thursday’s third and final debate, including the omission of foreign policy from what is traditionally the foreign policy debate. The decision came conveniently right after a series of blockbuster revelations would emerge implicating Biden in his son’s overseas business dealings that included officials with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

The topics for Thursday’s final show-down moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker, whose family donated thousands to Biden’s campaign, now include “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security,” and “Leadership.” Most of the topics had already been discussed at length in the first debate last month.

On Monday night, the commission declared it would mute the microphones of each candidate Thursday night to cut down on the candidate’s talking over each other to the Trump campaign’s objections.

“It is completely unacceptable for anyone to wield such power, and a decision to proceed with that change amounts to turning further editorial control of the debate over to the Commission which has already demonstrated its partiality to Bide,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien wrote to the commission.

Stepein also condemned the commission from keeping foreign policy off the list of debate topics, stifling discussion over of a primary area of success for the Trump administration brokering an explosion of peace deals in the Middle East.

“We urge you to recalibrate the topics,” Stepein demanded.

By now it’s clear that the debate commission has exposed its own obvious biases on behalf of the Democrats this fall, which calls into question the purpose of having an independent group to organize the prime time events at all if it serves to be impartial in name only. Did the debate commission organize presidential primary debates too? In 2008, Democrats held 26 debates. That same year, Republicans held 21. In 2012, Republicans held 20. Surely the parties have demonstrated their ability to organize debates themselves.

If the nonpartisan commission was only going to serve the interests of Democratic candidates, why would a Republican nominee engage in negotiations that will always be two against one? Why would a Republican nominee subject themselves to the decisions of the Democratic-aligned commission?

In the digital era, one might also wonder whether the current format for presidential debates is even outdated.

On Tuesday, the National Review’s Jim Geraghty made an important point about the state of the current debates which offer a compelling case on why it might be time to re-think how the major party nominees engage in a productive dialogue to benefit the voters.

The questions are usually predictable and generic, the answers have usually been focus-group-tested to the point of terminal blandness. As I noted earlier this year, “many voters and members of the media seem to think caring about a problem — or more specifically, appearing to care about a problem — is the same as having a workable plan to solve a problem. They mistake the destination for the path.” The moderators rarely follow up or press hard for details. No one breaks out the calculators to make sure the proposed numbers add up.

The Commission on Presidential Debates keeps the debates this way the because the candidates largely want them to be this way — safe, predictable, barely scratching the surface of complicated problems and complex topics.

While the debate commission offers each campaign some level of stability, its bias has infected the process for a productive one-on-one dialogue. No smart Republican should surrender the autonomy of their campaign to the deceptively objective debate commission in 2024 to organize what are the signature prime time events of every election.

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Debate Commission Will Silence Microphones in Final Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has adopted a new rule ahead of Thursday’s second and final presidential debate and will silence the microphone of the candidate who does not have the floor during the uninterrupted two-minute periods at the start of each segment.

The Commission cited their prior announcement to consider “additional structure” to future debates following the first presidential debate with moderator Chris Wallace. The first debate saw several interruptions from both candidates and Wallace. While Joe Biden (D) set the tone by interrupting first, Wallace later stated that Trump bore the “primary responsibility” for what occurred during the debate.

“The Commission has determined that it is appropriate to adopt measures intended to promote adherence to agreed upon rules and inappropriate to make changes to those rules,” it said in a statement, detailing its plan to enforce the rule:

Under the agreed upon debate rules, each candidate is to have two minutes of uninterrupted time to make remarks at the beginning of each 15 minute segment of the debate. These remarks are to be followed by a period of discussion. Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule. The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules. For the balance of each element, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates’ microphones will be open.

The CPD added that “neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures today” but added that it is “comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held”:

The Commission announced the topics for the upcoming debate last week, selected by moderator Kristen Welker, who has established ties to the Democrat Party.

President Trump has already expressed his opinion of Welker ahead of the debate, describing her as “terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters.”

“But I’ll still play the game,” he added. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?”:

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Commission on Presidential Debates Cancels Oct. 15 Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates on Friday canceled the October 15th debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The development comes hours after the commission alleged that a hacker was behind debate moderator and longtime C-SPAN journalist Steve Scully’s tweet asking fired White House aide and outspoken Biden supporter Anthony Scaramucci, “Should I respond to Trump?”

In a statement, C-SPAN said the commission would launch an investigation the tweet that has since been deleted.

“Commission on Presidential Debates has stated publicly that the tweet was not sent by Scully himself and is investigating with the help of authorities,” the statement reads. “When additional information is available, we will release it.”

On Thursday, President Donald Trump pulled out of the debate after the commission unilaterally switched next week’s in-person debate to a virtual debate, citing health concerns stemming from the president’s coronavirus diagnosis. However, White House physician Dr. Conley has said that he anticipates President Trump can return to public engagements Saturday.

“I am not going to waste my time on a virtual debate,” the president told Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria. “That is not what debating is all about. You sit behind a are computer and do a debate. That’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off when every they want.

Later Thursday, President Donald Trump’s re-election proposed postponing the second presidential debate instead of holding a virtual event.

“We agree that this should happen on October 22, and accordingly, the third debate should then be shifted back one week to October 29,” the Trump campaign told reporters.

The proposal was later denied by the commission.

The final debate is scheduled to take place on October 22nd.

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Bob Dole Blasts ‘Unfair’ Presidential Debate Commission, Says It Is ‘Biased’ Against Trump

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole said on Twitter on Friday that despite their professed commitment to bipartisanship, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is biased. Dole said while there are professing Republicans on the commission, “none of them support” President Donald Trump.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair,”

Dole’s announcement comes as the CPD, whose members have an average age over 71 years, continues to suffer attacks for its poor handling of the 2020 debates.

Not only has the commission changed the rules for the debate, claiming that “additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues,” and even moving the second presidential debate to a virtual format after rising fears of COVID-19 transmission despite the distance between candidates onstage, but it also chose at least two blatantly biased moderators.

While the first presidential debate moderated by Chris Wallace raised criticism of the CPD’s moderator choices, the recent attention C-SPAN’s Steve Scully recently proved the point that the CPD chose moderators biased against Trump.

On Thursday night, Scully, a former Biden intern, posted on Twitter asking former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired 10 days after his appointment, for advice on how to “respond” to Trump.

The anti-Trump advocate simply told Scully to “ignore” Trump because “he is having a hard enough time” and “some more bad stuff about to go down.”

CPD Co-Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf claimed that Scully was hacked.

“He was hacked, it didn’t happen,” he told Brian Kilmeade on “The Brian Kilmeade Show” Friday morning.

C-SPAN also released a statement claiming that Scully “did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked.” The network said that the incident is under investigation by authorities.

While the CPD and C-SPAN claimed that Scully did not send the tweet, they offered no evidence for this explanation. Scaramucci also has yet to explain why he responded to a supposedly “hacked” tweet.

Multiple prominent political and journalistic voices have called for the abolishment of the CPD and debate moderators.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board published an article on Friday with a headline that reads “Who Needs Debate Moderators? Or, for that matter, who elected the Commission on Presidential Debates?” The piece argues that the CPD has handled 2020 unprofessionally by changing things at the last minute and choose bad moderators.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich also slammed the commission for being outdated and biased.

“The commission represents precisely the values and attitudes which were repudiated in the election of President Trump. Even the Republicans on the supposedly non-partisan commission board are pre-Trump members of the old order,” he wrote.

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TRUTH BOMB: Former Sen. Bob Dole says members on the Commission on Presidential Debates don’t support Trump

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Former Sen. Bob Dole Tweets on Oct. 9, 2020 that President Donald Trump doesn’t have any supporters on the Commission on Presidential Debates.

It was a truth bomb on Friday evening from former Kansas Senator Bob Dole on Twitter.

Dole, a Republican, admitted in his Tweet on Friday that members on the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is made up of Republicans and Democrats, don’t support President Donald Trump. The controversial decision by the commission to conduct the next Presidential debate remotely

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds,” said Dole. “I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair.”

Dole is right. The rules being established by the commission certainly are targeting and ostracizing Trump, while ignoring the very real issues plaguing Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.

The co-chair of the commission Frank Fahrenkopf, said Trump’s campaign presented “no evidence whatsoever” that he has tested negative for the coronavirus, after being released from Walter Reed Military Medical Center after a three day stint at the facility. He was released by doctors and has remained symptom free of COVID-19.

Trump has declined to do the virtual debate.

In an interview with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News, Fahrenkopf said he wanted to have a debate next week saying a virtual debate is the “safest way to go.”

“We’re talking about something that will happen in less than a week, if it had originally gone forward. Less than a week,” he told Kilmeade. “At this point in time, there is no evidence whatsoever whether or not when the president tested negative.”

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Presidential Debate Chairman: Moderator Was ‘Hacked’ When Asking Scaramucci For Anti-Trump Advice

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) claims that the cryptic Twitter exchange between upcoming presidential debate moderator Steve Scully of C-SPAN and anti-Trump advocate Anthony Scaramucci, in which Scully asked for advice on responding to President Donald Trump, was the product of a hacker.

“He was hacked, it didn’t happen,” CPD Co-Chair Frank Fahrenkopf told Brian Kilmeade on “The Brian Kilmeade Show” Friday morning.

While the CPD claimed that Scully’s account was hacked, Fahrenkopf offered no evidence for this explanation. Additionally, Scaramucci has yet to explain why he responded to a supposedly “hacked” tweet.

The report comes the day after Scully tagged Scaramucci in a now-deleted Twitter post cryptically asking him for advice on whether to “respond to Trump” just days before the next debate was scheduled to be held.

The former White House communications director who was fired 10 days after his appointment for criticizing the Trump administration responded to the tweet, encouraging Scully to “ignore” Trump because “he is having a hard enough time” and “some more bad stuff about to go down.”

Many speculated that the exchange in question looked like a failed attempt at a direct message.

The CPD has also failed to respond to backlash on social media over Scully’s legitimacy as a presidential debate moderator given his history working for Democratic Senators, including Joe Biden himself, as well as his support for criticism of the Trump administration in the past, raising questions about their ability to remain independent and neutral in their search for moderators.

The commission, whose board has an average age of over 71 years old, claims it “does not endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or parties,” but has received backlash from Trump for its biased handling of the 2020 debates and picking Scully as a moderator.

Not only did the commission announce it would be changing the already agreed-upon debate rules following the first presidential debate, but it also announced on Thursday that the second debate on Oct. 15, which was supposed to be moderated by Scully, would be held virtually instead of in Miami.

It is reported that the debate will be postphoned and instead, Biden is now scheduled to partake in an ABC town hall event on Oct. 15 and Trump will be hosting a rally.

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Trump, Biden agree to postpone 2nd debate to hold it in-person

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President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has agreed to former Vice President Joe Biden‘s proposal to delay the second presidential debate so that they can be held in person, following President Trump refusing Thursday morning to participate in what was supposed to be a virtual town hall debate next week.

“The American people should not be deprived of the chance to see the two candidates for president debate face to face two more times just because the Commission of Presidential Debates wants to protect Joe Biden,” Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in the statement.

“As President Trump said, a virtual debate is a non-starter and would clearly be a gift to Biden because he would be relying on his teleprompter from his basement bunker,” Stepien continued. “Voters should have the opportunity to directly question Biden’s 47-year failed record of leadership. We agree that this should happen on October 22, and accordingly, the third debate should then be shifted back one week to October 29.”

The second presidential debate features the candidates answering direct questions from undecided voters. Because of President Trump contracting COVID-19 last week, the CPD announced that the debate would instead be virtual to prevent him from spreading the virus. As mentioned before, Trump vehemently opposed this format change.

The Biden campaign had asked the CPD to move the second debate to October 22. However, they have rejected the request of Trump’s team to hold the third one on October 29.

This agreement between the two campaigns puts to rest the uncertainty about how the candidates would go about campaigning for the remaining 26 days until the election.

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Trump Vows to NOT Participate

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump firmly declined to participate in next week’s scheduled debate with Joe Biden after organizers announced they were unilaterally changing the rules. The Commission on Presidential Debates decided the next session would take place virtually, ostensibly “because of the president’s diagnosis of COVID-19.” The real reason is so they can mute the president’s microphone at will.

President Trump stands firm

“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” President Donald Trump told Fox News, mere moments after the sweeping format change. AOL can’t believe it’s true, noting the president’s flat denial “cast serious doubts on whether the event will go forward.” Unless the commission backs down, the event’s outlook appears rather grim indeed. That’s seriously bad news for Biden.

“Vice President Biden looks forward to speaking directly to the American people,” deputy Biden campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement. Well, great then. He can round up his own viewers, without tagging along on the president’s popularity. Of course, liberals blame the cancellation on Covid. “It is more evidence that the race remains defined by the virus, even as Trump has attempted to underplay it,” she adds, whatever that’s supposed to mean.

The allegedly “nonpartisan” commission declares that the need “to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate” makes it too dangerous for anyone to be in the same room with President Trump. Instead, they say it’s perfectly reasonable for the candidates to “participate from separate remote locations.” That way they can mute the president anytime he starts saying things they don’t like. He won’t stand for that, any more than he’ll stand for allowing the election to be rigged against him twice in a row.

The president was looking forward to it

Even though President Trump was diagnosed with the Wuhan Flu last week, he still looked forward to going head to head with Biden on the Miami debate stage. Biden’s just as glad to call the whole thing off so he can go back to hiding in his basement, since Kamala Harris is calling all the shots anyway. Biden’s terrified he’ll catch the crud before November, and he’s considered one of the “high risk” types. He and Trump “shouldn’t have a debate” while the president is COVID positive, he insists.

He jumped on the virtual bandwagon, which would throw the format totally in his favor, telling Pennsylvania reporters that he’s “looking forward to being able to debate him but we’re going to have to follow very strict guidelines.” Biden has been getting tested daily since Trump was diagnosed only 48 hours after the last debate, with a virus notorious for spreading the most just before it surfaces with symptoms.

Trump and Biden were twice the recommended limit apart so the new rules reflect the fact that the debate organizers don’t have any faith in the guidelines laid down by all the experts. “Health concerns for Biden sent him to undergo multiple COVID-19 tests before returning to the campaign trail.” The president was still contagious when discharged on Monday and is supposed to isolate for at least 10 days. Nobody is talking about, it so you can rest assured that nobody promised the President that if he likes his microphone he can keep his microphone, which is what they’re really fighting over. Instead, the president will hold a YUGE deplorable rally.

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Report: Moderators at Future Debates May Be Allowed to Cut Off Mics

The Commission on Presidential Debates may allow moderators for the next two debates to cut off the microphones of President Trump or Joe Biden if they break the rules, according to sources who spoke to CBS News.

This followed the first of the Presidential debates, hosted by Fox News’s Chris Wallace. The second debate will be hosted by Steve Scully of C-SPAN, and the third debate will be hosted by Kristen Welker of NBC News.

According to CBS, the Commission on Presidential debates is considering a raft of changes to the debates, including the ability to cut off mics.

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The commission that oversees the general election presidential debates said Wednesday it will be making changes to the format of the remaining two debates. One key change it plans to implement: Cutting off the microphones of President Trump and Joe Biden if they break the rules, according to a source familiar with the commission’s deliberations. The plans have not been finalized and the commission is still considering how it would carry out the plan.

In a statement following the presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, the first of three scheduled in the run-up to the general election, the commission said the event “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.”

An informed source told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell the commission will spend the next 48 hours determining new guidelines and rules for the second debate. The organization is working on all possible solutions, but the source said that “we are going to be making changes.”

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. His new book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election, which contains exclusive interviews with sources inside Google, Facebook, and other tech companies, is currently available for purchase.

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