A Well-Known Quack Medicine Scam Artist Sold Americans the 2020 Election Fraud Myth

Russell J. Ramsland Jr. sold everything from Tex-Mex food to light-therapy technology. Then he sold the story that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

This may be America's greatest accomplishment in Sheer Stupidity. It's history-making levels of stupidity! We're a nation where many brilliant people thrive, or at least they did. But through a confluence of corrosive factors a toxic stupidity has spread making it possible for millions of people to believe incredible horseshit. In this case--Texas horseshit.

The Republicans were running scared--first came Obama and then 2018 midterm losses. But then in a hangar in Addison, Texas, huckster Russell Ramsland and his associates delivered "alarming presentations on electronic voting to a procession of conservative lawmakers, activists and donors...Briefings in the hangar had a clandestine air. Guests were asked to leave their cellphones outside before assembling in a windowless room. A member of Ramsland's team purporting to be a 'white-hat hacker' identified himself only by a code name."

A shady outfit called Allied Special Operations Group spread myth after myth after myth, helping shore up support for all those challenges to vote counts after the 2020 Presidential election. But when the claims were examined in court, in every single case, they were found to be unfounded, utterly lacking in evidence, and they were simply thrown out. And it didn't matter if the judge was a Republican or not. It was so rawly obvious the claims were bogus they were quickly dismissed. And those who said the voting machines were hacked or biased are being sued for billions of dollars by the voting machines manufacturers. And the lawsuit defendants are going to lose.

How could these flakes motivate so many people to believe their flim-flammery? How did they do it? There's a new intellectual vulnerability, extant across the land. Too many Americans have lost a simple sense of proportionality. They are unable to tell the wildly improbable from the possible. No one stops to say, "Wait--how would that be pulled off, given all the care taken to observe and control the means of voting? Given all the observers, given the recounts? Given the fact that the polls reflected Biden's likelihood of winning?"

Battered by blizzards of internet misinformation and Trumpian demagoguery, too many Americans have learned to shrug off common sense and baseline probability, in favor of emotion-based political choice-making.

And in the case of the bizarre, Qanon fueled "audit" in Arizona: "It makes us look like idiots," state Sen. Paul Boyer told the New York Times. "I didn't think it would be this ridiculous. It's embarrassing to be a state senator at this point."

The extensive article exposing this huge boondoggle is fascinating. Read it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/interactive/2021/trump-election-fraud-texas-businessman-ramsland-asog/?itid=hp-top-table-main-0430b