During a recent episode of The Alex Jones Show, long-time Trump confidante Roger Stone lashed out at people who rejected bogus claims of widespread voter fraud. According to Stone â whose 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering was commuted by President Trump â anyone who doesnât believe Republican claims of voter fraud is akin to a âHolocaust denier.â
âAlex itâs really extraordinary whatâs going on here, but a hoax is being perpetrated on the American people that Joe Biden is the legitimate President of the United States through a elaborate PSYOP,â he told Jones during a November 10, 2020 appearance.
He added, wrongly, that âthey know that Donald Trump, in fact, won a majority of all legal votes cast.â
Although the Trump campaign and the Republican Party as a whole have been flinging accusations of voter fraud, they have been unable to find any concrete examples. Multiple legal challenges in various swing states have struggled to move forward or ended in failure, including an Arizona suit over the use of Sharpies to fill out ballots in Maricopa County.
On November 12, an attorney for the Trump campaign admitted to the judge in that case that their own search for evidence of voter fraud yielded lies and âspam,â and then claimed it was ânot a fraud caseâ after all. And it was recently reported that that same attorney admitted on cross examination to having used his own business partner as a witness in the case.
Efforts to toss votes in Pennsylvania over alleged âirregularitiesâ have fared little better. In a lawsuit against the Montgomery County Board of Elections, a Trump campaign attorney was asked by the presiding judge if there was âany fraud in connection with these 592 disputed ballots.â The attorney replied, âTo my knowledge at present, no.â
And in Michigan, the Third Judicial Circuit Court rejected a Trump campaign attempt to block the certification of election results in Wayne County. Chief Judge Timothy Kenny said that to stop the certification process would be an âunprecedented exercise of judicial activism,â and claimed the Trump campaignâs âinterpretation of eventsâ was âincorrect and not credible.â
Indeed, there is simply no evidence of voter fraud of the degree that would change the outcome of the election. But faced with the inevitability of Joe Bidenâs inauguration on January 20, 2021, people like Roger Stone continue to grasp at straws, defiantly shouting that the election was rigged or stolen. And anyone who points out that Trumpâs diehard supporters are wrong is demonized.
Stone accused Democrats of âattempting to bury their theft of this electionâ while âtrying to put the stamp of legitimacy on this egregious act of, not only injustice, but a fraud.â Stone added that, âThe deeper you dig you know that not only do they, like Holocaust deniers â despicable people â they kept insisting âNo, no, there is no evidence of fraud.’â
Promoting his #StopTheSteal campaign, Stone promised that there is âinsurmountableâ evidence of fraud, but complained that such evidence is âcensoredâ online. Stone also advertised a far-right, anti-democracy rally scheduled to take place on November 14 in Washington, D.C. He told Jones that âwe have to show our numbersâ which is why the D.C. rally is âcrucial.â