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“Twitter Files” Reporter Matt Taibbi Uncovers Plot to Stop Trump, Democracy Be Damned

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2024
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AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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In a pair of articles on his Racket News website, “Twitter Files” reporter Matt Taibbi uncovers corrupt, systematic, and longstanding efforts by leading Democrats to stop the election of Donald J. Trump in 2024 or, at a minimum, cripple his presidency before it can get off the ground.

Taibbi, who, it should be noted, was once a darling of the progressive left while working as a columnist for the New York Press and Rolling Stone, has in recent years become one of the left’s top critics as an independent investigative journalist. He and fellow disaffected liberal Michael Shellenberger have broken major stories about the federal government’s involvement in online censorship on issues like pandemic lockdown policies and the 2020 election as part of their “Twitter Files” coverage, and Taibbi has become a leading detractor of the corporate media and the political establishment in both parties.

In his most recent work, a 4,200 word article that should have every American citizen concerned about the future of free and fair elections in the United States, Taibbi writes, “The 2024 presidential race increasingly looks like it will be decided by lawyers, not voters, as Democrats unveil plans for America’s first lawfare election… To ‘protect democracy,’ democracy is already being canceled. We just haven’t admitted the implications of this to ourselves yet.”

As Taibbi outlines, the Democrat establishment is already engaged in a systematic effort to ensure that Biden remains in the White House beyond 2024. One part of this effort is the series of lawsuits in a number of states to remove Trump from the ballot. Another is ensuring that Biden has no serious primary threat – something which has, according to Taibbi’s sources, been accomplished through threatening would-be challengers.

Meanwhile, the corporate media has launched a propaganda campaign to convince the American people that Trump would be a “dictator” were he to win this fall. Mainstream pundits and journalists have in unison begun hammering the line that Trump is an “existential threat to democracy” and suggesting that Trump would use the military to go after his personal enemies.

Most chillingly, as Taibbi describes, we’ve seen this same sort of effort before. As he relays and as many major news outlets reported in the months leading up to the 2020 election, a group called the “Transition Integrity Project” (TIP) – comprised of top power players in Democrat circles like current Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta, as well as nominal “conservatives” who had become anti-Trump fanatics – had gathered to “wargame” contested election scenarios.

TIP participants were ostensibly concerned about Trump refusing to leave office if Biden won. But as Taibbi writes, the final TIP report on the election, published on August 3, 2020, “read like a year by year synopsis” of every Democrat effort to overturn Trump’s 2016 election victory, undermine his presidency, and now prevent his return to the White House.

For instance, TIP participants feared that Trump would “launch investigations into opponents” – which is exactly what Biden and Democrats are doing now to Trump. The TIP report also alleged that Trump would “use Department of Justice and/or the intelligence agencies to cast doubt on election results or discredit his opponents” – exactly what the Clinton campaign and the Democrat establishment attempted to do in 2016 with the infamous Steele Dossier and Russia Collusion Hoax.

One TIP simulation even predicted “that Trump would contrive to label Biden supporters guilty of ‘insurrection’ for protesting a ‘clear Trump win.’” Now, of course, we’ve seen a direct reversal of that prediction as Biden and Democrats have labeled Trump and every one of his supporters “insurrectionists” and made “protecting democracy” the main theme of their 2024 campaign.

TIP participants allege that all their 2020 scheming was just an effort to be prepared for anything, rather than an explicit plot to prevent a second Trump term even in the event of a clear Trump victory. (It’s worth noting here that none of the TIP “wargames” or scenarios were ever intended to be made public – it was only after a series of embarrassing leaks that the group decided to release their full report in an attempt to save face that largely backfired.)

But as Taibbi argues, even if one accepts these supposedly well-intentioned motivations, the fact that these high-profile power players on the left even felt the need to form a group like TIP provides an alarming look into the psyche of the modern Democrat Party. It is an indication of the fact that the left feels completely justified usurping the democratic will of the American people in order to “save democracy.”

“The grim reality of Campaign 2024,” Taibbi writes, “is that both sides appear convinced the other will violate “norms” first, with Democrats in particular seeming to believe extreme advance action is needed to head off a Trump dictatorship.”

Taibbi’s lengthy conclusion is worth quoting in its entirety:

“Many who couldn’t stand Trump, would never vote for him, and have been willing consumers of the awesome amount of propaganda published on the Trump subject, now need to face the fact that they’ve been had. Transformed into the avatar of all bad things — a crude domestic combo platter of Saddam, Milosevic, Assad, and Putin — this vision of the über-villain, Trump, has been used to distract mass audiences from the erosion of “norms” at home. “Protecting democracy” in the Trump context will be remembered as having served the same purpose as Saddam’s mythical WMDs, the shots fired in the Gulf of Tonkin, or Gaddafi’s fictional Viagra-enhanced army. Those were carefully crafted political lies, used to rally the public behind illegal campaigns of preemption. Voters, by voting, “protect democracy.” A politician who claims to be doing the job for us is up to something. The group in the current White House is trying to steal for themselves a word that belongs to you. Don’t let them.”

In a second article published shortly after the TIP exposé, Taibbi makes the case that Democrats’ efforts to boot Trump off the ballot are merely the culmination of a decades-long willingness by Democrat elites to subvert democracy in order to consolidate their own political power.

As he relays, Democrats employed lawfare back in 2004 to sink insurgent third-party candidate Ralph Nader, devoting millions in spurious lawsuits to keep him off the ballot in competitive states – denying voters the basic right to choose their own leaders in the process.

“Twenty years and multiple political upheavals later, the Democrats are taking the sabotage game it played in 2004 up a notch or ten,” Taibbi writes, pointing to how the Democrat establishment has declared the New Hampshire Democratic primary “non-compliant” and outright canceled the Florida Democratic primary in an effort to thwart potential Biden primary challengers and deny voters the chance to choose someone else as the Democrat nominee.

This, Taibbi argues, is again indicative of how Democrats – as well as the pre-Trump GOP establishment – view democracy: not as an indispensable part of our governing system, but rather a pesky obstacle to be overcome. The Washington political class “reordered the geography of the world, blithely moved whole manufacturing sectors from one continent to another, started moronic wars that pointlessly killed millions and created millions more refugees, bailed out corrupt banks while whole regions went into foreclosure, and failed to accomplish much but a growing sense of foreboding and decline despite decades of promises to the contrary.”

Yet despite all this chaos, tragedy, and failure, “they feel sincere rage at the idea that they should have to earn votes.”

Trump’s victory in 2016 was a major blow to this corrupt system – which is exactly why Democrats are now working so hard to ensure Trump doesn’t have the opportunity for a repeat performance in 2024. But exposing the left’s schemes, as Taibbi attempts to do, is a first crucial step to stopping them.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @ShaneHarris513.

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Bob D.
Bob D.
5 months ago

Whether you’re a republican or Democrat. This is an article that needs to be read and measured. Our nation is subtly being taken over by elitists and saying that it is all about one candidate, it’s not. This is about your children’s future and what they will encounter growing up. A one party system that cloaks as two parties to get EVERYTHING they want and screw you if you don’t like it.

JERRY D.
JERRY D.
5 months ago

there are a lot of democraps who need to be in prison, right after DONALD J. TRUMP becomes our next president….2024.

Jerry L Finger
Jerry L Finger
5 months ago

But this information will get absolutely O coverage from Media other than Fox News and Newsmax.

Bchris
Bchris
5 months ago

Any voter who expects this to be a fair election for Republican candidates is either very poorly informed or very foolish or both!

David
David
5 months ago

They should be begging for Donald Trump to come back as president of this country after this disasterous president and administration has done to this country unless they’re Marxists whom seek the destruction of this country which the latter statement seems more relavant to what’s going on in this country. This country must rise up against the injustices that this country had to endure so far that many Americans are held hostage to the propaganda of the leftist controled news media to their own demise. May this next election be scrutinizeds against the leftist corrupt tricks to undermine the presidential election which will dictate the future of this great country. For those involved with the corruption of the last election which allowed a dementia ridden person to lead this great nation have blood on their hands which caused the hundreds of thousands of people to be killed because of their corruption. While Donald Trump who was robbed of the last election where all these lives would have been saved along with the destruction that has been caused so far in this country. Joe Biden will go down in infamy of the damage he has done to this country along with the so called democrats who’ve allowed it. 911 has happened once in this country and with the democrats in charge it’s more likely to happen again unfortunately but maybe that’s their plan or their negligence.

Christine
Christine
5 months ago

How can we see that this is published to the the US citizens. Everyone should read this.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Rerun 2020 Only worse & WE LOSE this time for good?
Dems FEAR Trump

Sandy (Sandy) Martin
Sandy (Sandy) Martin
5 months ago

This was a great article. Too bad the people who have been hoodwinked still cannot see the destruction that lies ahead!

Wayne
Wayne
5 months ago

Marxist Socialist Democrat Leadership believes that Democracy means “100% control of all government and the people by the Democrat Party”. It is not government of the people, by the people and for the people. Lies and deceit is all they sow. They hate the Constitution and do not follow or enforce the laws of the land.

Mrs. P
Mrs. P
5 months ago

Interesting they keep saying Trump would destroy our “democracy” — we aren’t a democracy, we are a Republic and he stands firm for that status.

Garyk
Garyk
5 months ago

Everybody best wake up, the marxist democrat party is anti American, anti freedom,anti legal Citizens and truly corrupt, dishonest and hateful.
THROW THEM OUT – SAVE OUR COUNTRY

Melinda
Melinda
5 months ago

Thank goodness for intrepid reporters like Taibbi and Schellenberger. Too bad the MSM is not receptive to their findings. If more people knew this truth, Trump would win in a landslide. That would be glorious to see.

Joan
Joan
5 months ago

Shows how everything the left accuses the right of is exactly what they are doing

John Bass
John Bass
5 months ago

So basically Democrat equals BAD and or Communism.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
5 months ago

May lead to Civil War 2

Awakened
Awakened
5 months ago

When I think that once upon a time long ago and far away, I was a Democrat, I cringe and then I shake with disbelief when I realize how absolutely corrupt, authoritarian and WRONG today’s Democrats are. What do they stand for? Why do they exist? Answer: the total disruption of OUR country, the United States of America and our Constitutional freedoms. They lust for power and totalitarian control like a hungry dog for a meaty bone and they will do anything to get it and fight to keep it, including cheating, lying, pandering, plagiarizing, committing fraud, blackmailing, paying internet influencers and celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Cher, etc. to get the naive youth vote, commandeering the MSM and the internet giants like YouTube, Google, FaceBook, etc. to censor and control the narrative, and so much more filthy unimaginable “stuff.” This is no longer a democratic republic; we lost that when Obama hit the nation. This is downright treasonous behavior thinking that with it they can control the populace who simply want things the way they are without undue influence from Big Government.
The weak-kneed, willing-to-look-the-other -way Republicans are always a step behind. THEY’D BETTER WAKE UP AND FIGHT BACK HARD, TAKE THE OFFENSIVE NOW, get rid of Ronna McDaniel and put in someone who is a smart and worthy fighting opponent, or we have lost our nation permanently.

Suzanne
Suzanne
5 months ago

So frustrating trying to print off any articles I want to send to others (who don’t do computers) or keep for future reference for me. There is gibberish all over the page when you go to print mode. Other sites enable a printed version. Can’t you please do the same?

Don Merideth
Don Merideth
5 months ago

I’m constantly hearing about a threat to “Democracy”. Someone should ask how they define that word. Back in the “dark ages” of the 70’s, it was well known that progressive/socialist/communists used a perverted definition to justify totalitarian regimes calling themselves “Democratic Peoples Republics”. Is that what the Left means?

Paul S
Paul S
5 months ago

with all due respect, 2020 was the first “lawfare” election. Although that’s a misnomer given numerous laws were either ignored or broken to achieve the result the establishment wanted.

Theresa Coughlin
Theresa Coughlin
5 months ago

sounds like the DEMOCRATS are the real threat to democracy based on their actions.

Paul W
Paul W
5 months ago

“The ends justify the means” is the mantra of the left. Not surprising since that credo is pure evil that permits the justification of anything; which is what the left is capable of. Anything!

Thinking
Thinking
5 months ago

The truth shall win out. They banter about democracy and every day we see them working at taking it away. And what are we doing? Nothing. We should be boycotting big business, big Pharma. Calling the democrats in the congress out for what they are. Overthrowers of our constitution. The dems are making it a personality election between ole Joe and Trump. No the election is about destroying America and Making America Great Again. People who have never lived under a dictatorial regime, don’t see it has already a foothold in America. Because elections here are between personalities. Name calling, finding dirt. And Trump’s election in 2016 scared the hell out of the politicians on both sides. Afraid that Trump would find out the corruption that is going on in DC. And that is why they are running scared. The corruption that has been done by politicians is so great that the dems have to resort to govern via the courts. Only when the courts delivers a verdict that they like they accept it, if not, they ignore it. They control everything. There is not a judge, DA that has not been compromised. We were always asking how dictators can sleep at night. Now we know. They have no conscious and no soul. They are the dictators but reflect it into Trump. People brainwashing, for they know people will not read up on things. MSM is their propaganda outlet. Mindless people that think they are saving the country. I wish these mouthpieces were still around when they have to live in 15 minute cities with a chip in their head. And the government telling them what they CAN do today. My question is who can save us, the whole world is waiting.

Missy
Missy
5 months ago

Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals – accuse your opponent of committing the crimes you are committing.

Singleshot
Singleshot
5 months ago

The greatest threat to American democracy is the Democrats.

marty
marty
5 months ago

Trump is not of “the Swamp”..That’s why they are so scared of him, calling him Hitler, Dictator, Existential threat to democracy, but mostly a threat to democrats ! He wasn’t supposed to win in ’16, but he did.So O’Bumbler, the Wicked Witch of the West Wing, Comey and the FBI cobbled-up the Steele Dossier,FISA warrants, Strouk and Page to fake Russia, Russia, Russia !! MSDNC is still telling that one ! Then for ’20 they got Dem stooge Fauci to brew up some Wu-Flu to get TRUMP (and a million Americans) , the same deal Fauci pulled on Reagan with HIV/AIdS in the ’80’s . Now they’re trying to bankrupt him and 700 years in jail ? Dementia Joe is the real crook and that whole clan of his ! They’ve been grifters for 5 decades, til “Bag-man Hunter (can’t trust a Crack-head !) Watch them MAGAs

Ralph
Ralph
5 months ago

Democrats ARE THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT to DEMOCRACY.
Terrified Michelle Obama explained it in pure and simple terms. She is terrified of someone else occupying the BULLY pulpit. She terrified of losing CONTROL. Democrats not able to CONTROL the foods you eat, the medicines you’re allowed, the vehicles you drive, the schools your children attend and what they learn, yet they want NO CONTROL over our border and NO CONTROLS over who and when ANYONE is allowed to vote.
DRAIN THE SWAMP! VOTE ALL Incumbents O-U-T ! Start over! Study OUR CONSTITUTION. Voting is a right, but it is also a privilege and a responsibility, Unless, you’re serving duty overseas or recovering in a medical facility… get off your duff and vote in person. Besides, we are a REPUBLIC not a true democracy.

Myrna
Myrna
5 months ago

What an ironic application of the instruction to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” — done by people who are not in any way guided by the Bible.

John
John
5 months ago

Trump should start using the phrase “existential threat to democracy” against Biden to take the wind out of that phrase that they think we are going to believe.

AjB
AjB
5 months ago

It’s the democrats and RINOS who are the greatest existential threat to our Constitutional Republic and democracy not the climate, President Trump, MAGA, fossil fuels, etc………..

Bill carson
Bill carson
5 months ago

So sad that Americans are so easily fooled by Democrats

Anne
Anne
5 months ago

We have an inbred system of government. Almost all the top people in either party belong to the same families, went to the same elite schools, and belong to the same clubs. Same for the top business and medical people. It seems they have been taught from an early age that they deserve the status their families enjoy. They get to Washington, D.C. and become entrenched in the bureaucracy there. Far removed from regular American citizens and their issues. We need to return to upholding the Constitution and enforcing the law. Seems to me this is almost exactly what our founding fathers tried to escape in Europe at that time.

Maxbert
Maxbert
5 months ago

The Dem outcry: Trump will to do what we’ve been doing!!

RICHARD GATES
RICHARD GATES
5 months ago

THIS HAS BEEN STATED FOR YEARS IT’S TIME SOMETHING GOT DONE

mazzzzz
mazzzzz
5 months ago

The democrats are sick, twisted rabid animals. They are the clear and present danger to our REPUBLIC!! These freaks are destroying the country before our very eyes with their blatant lawlessness, their polarization and perversion of our justice system, and the blatant lies and slander they spew to support their verifiably FALSE narratives. The are simply traitors and should be shot!

John Shipway
John Shipway
5 months ago

What do you think? Time to use the Second Amendment for its true intended purpose? Or does “modern America”, lack the testicular fortitude?

Marta Alvarez
Marta Alvarez
5 months ago

After the last President Trump’s State of Address, when Pelosi tore appart the speech in a show of low class, utter disrepect, she also promised: We will win, whatever it takes. Well, it was proved then and now we are facing another wave of truculent moves to get President Trump out of the way. The sad thing is that those conservatives that hate Trump, are willing to sacrifice our country out of hatred. I don’t see a way out of this.

Snapperman
Snapperman
5 months ago

Looking at just the last 5 years – Covid released in time to affect elections, trampling on the LAW requiring legislatures to enact election changes, lawsuit after lawsuit against DJT while Hunter and the Bidens are enthroned, constant criticism of the Trumps who forfeited wealth so DJT could be POTUS, removing opposition candidates from the ballot, the media acceptance of vacay after vacay from FJB, the verbal and PHYSICAL assaults allowed on SCOTUS and the conservative justices, unilateral erasure of student loans, the border and equal justice – either we stop the D’s now or the country is lost to a dictatorship .

Jason
Jason
5 months ago

Trump calmly walked away from an election he won. Would a “dictator” do that?
DJT plays by the rules and will be victorious. He will serve a second term and walk away again with the country back in order and our rights restored.

Jackie
Jackie
5 months ago

Democrats politicians have become so entrenched in their hatred for Trump that they can’t see anything else!!! The world is coming to an end because of Democrats and they don’t see it and/or they don’t care!!! This take over that the Democrats have been performing for the past several years is going to be a problem for our children!! They are going to have to deal with the ignorance of the environmentalists and the arrogance of the elite and the politicians!!! I pray for our country!!!

Kim
Kim
5 months ago

Just when I think how insane politics has become these past 3 administrations, particularly with biden as president, I realize this country truly is at risk of losing our representative government. Our country is rapidly becoming a cesspool of thugs who don’t give a damm about The People–about you and me and the mailman and the kids at the local high school. We’re all pawns in their game of political gamesmanship where the end–in their eyes–justifies their diabolical means.

But what comes after that? Thanks to the incisive writings and testimony from Taibbi and Shellenberger, and Congressional hearings with whistleblowers denouncing the honesty of “non-partisan” federal government agencies, America is getting quite a head-shake reckoning of the way our elected officials and their appointees actually operate. We can’t let this continue. It very well could end in another civil war, and, if that’s what it takes to survive this awful swamp, then so be it.

marty
marty
5 months ago

In 2020 there were 574 riots in 300 mostly blue cities, 40+ deaths, $ 3+ Billion damages, burned-out police stations and courthouses, whole city blocks, stores and pharmacies looted and burned to the ground .Whole sections of cities in the North West were commandeered by mobs ( chop, chaz, etc for months at a time by Burn Loot Murder and antifa, armed and wearing helmets and body armor. Then on Jan 6, TRUMP held a rally in DC. and 5ook to 3 Million Trump supporters show-up. This wasn’t a Biden rally with 11 cars in a drive-in, this was a Stop the STEAL rally !! A smaller crowd walked to the Capitol Building, there was minimal security at the Capitol as set-up by Pelosi and Bowser, they got the “OPTICS” they wanted, not 10,000 National Guard Trump suggested. Lots of antifa and BLM thugs lots of “Alphabet” agency plainclothes instigators (ths was 45 minutes before Trump’s speech ended) News agencies were guiding the crowd inside, Epps was pushing people towards the doors, Police were moving barriers to let people in. $i Million damage to the building at Gov’t prices $19,000 at Home Depot prices. Ashly Babbit was murdered by a Capitol cop ! 5 cops died days later 1 stroke,4 suicides. This was NOT an INSURRECTION , except to AP,MSDNC, the J6 committee and O’Biden !! no one was charged or convicted of insurrection even TRUMP.

BlueDaisy
BlueDaisy
5 months ago

If Biden wins the 2024 election, this country is doomed.

Barbara
Barbara
5 months ago

People who hate America and are out to destroy this country must go! Those who are doing their best to take us down need to be expelled and sent to live in the Middle East with all the little “nations” that hate America. I woud love to see hypocrites, such as, Al Gore, the Clintons, John Kerry. etc. lose their citizenship; and never set foot in America again,

spitfire?1940
spitfire?1940
5 months ago

I have received texts from theDCCC James Carville, the serial rapist and pedophile Bill Clinton’s right hand man ,accusing Republicans of doing precisely what they,theDemocrat/Communist party are guilty of.Hitler and Stalin must be cackling in hellish glee with kamerad,comrade Satan.Obama MUST NOT WIN A 4TH TERM AMERICA!

anna hubert
anna hubert
5 months ago

Democrats just as church once want the absolute control and power over every villager Members of the nobility are exempt Church had the methods to break the enemy Dems do not have to be so brutal All they need is courts and perverted law

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
5 months ago

Nevada is holding early state voting where Haley is but Trump is not onnthe ballot and the local media us somehow perplexed at “low voter turnout”. The state GOP is holding a caucus where Trump is but Haley isn’t on that one. So which one counts? Obviously, they’re exploiting the courts which is why every judge and persecutor… I mean… prosecutor wants the trials BEFORE November 8th. Now tell me again about these “free and fair elections” I keep hearing about…

Neal M Christensen
Neal M Christensen
5 months ago

And if none of this works, they will resort to assassination.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
5 months ago

It seems the Democrats haven’t read the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence.

Terry
Terry
5 months ago

The necessity of getting the truth out to the masses (the manipulated and indoctrinated) requires ingenuity outside of the mainstream (corrupt) media; facts should be in windows to see, billboards to inform, and any other place that the regime can’t block. As long as the uninformed (or purposely misinformed) vote without correct information, we will likely lose and with the Deep State organized cheat to insure it, it will be a repeat of 2020 (“The Big Lie” including the false insurrection, fabricated charges and attacks on the Constitution).

john c
john c
5 months ago

Heartbreaking what has become of the democrat party. sheesh. I think rules for radicals has turned them into sociopaths. I am voting for peace=TRUMP. no more wars or crimes against humanity please. cluster bombs are out of bounds. sick.

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