As everyone knows, Dominion Voting Systems has been accused of providing the tool for Democrats to steal the election from President Trump.
Up till today, however, they have not answered any questions about their technology. That changed when a PR flack named Michael Steel representing Dominion appeared on “America’s News Headquarters” to be interviewed by Eric Shawn this afternoon. Steel is a partner with Hamilton Place Strategies in DC.
Steel denied every claim made by Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell about Dominion’s alleged role in election fraud.
Shawn was embarrassing to himself and Fox News, starting with his first softball:
“The first question people want to know: Did a Dominion machine change one vote from Biden to Trump or from Trump to Biden?”
No, that is not a question anyone has asked. Certainly no one thinks votes were switched to favor Trump, but the issue isn’t one vote either way. The issue is hundreds of thousands of votes for Biden that appeared mysteriously after vote counting was halted in four or five states in the middle of the night while Trump was way ahead.
Shawn kept asking questions of Steel that would obviously not elicit a helpful response. Did Dominion steal the election? No. Can Dominion machines be used to flip votes? No. What did Shawn expect Steel to say?
Repeatedly, Steel tried to offload responsibility for the election results to local officials and “poll watchers,” but everyone knows that the digitalization of the election means any individual who is not a trained computer nerd wont have any idea what’s going on inside the machines.
Steel claimed it is “physically impossible” for a Dominion voting machine to be manipulated into switching votes because they print out paper ballots after voters make their choices. There are dozens of ways a smart programmer could get around that system, and of course Steel is not a programmer himself — he is just a paid flack repeating what he was told to say.
For a moment, it looked like Shawn might challenge Steel when he pointed out that Trump supporters would not trust Steel because he had worked for RINO politicians like John Boehner and Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush. Ryan of course is on the board of Fox News, and is suspected of being in part responsible for Fox’s left-wing turn in recent years.
But instead of pursuing Steel’s political bias, Shawn glossed over his guest’s lack of credibility and instead used it as a platform to ask Steel to opine on the danger of conservatives questioning the election.
“As someone who works in Washington, as someone who was involved in public policy, what do these type of allegations do to the integrity and credibility and belief in our election system? What do they do to the very foundation of the republic that we hold so dear?”
Shawn’s voice was fraught with concern as he asked Steel this, and you could almost see him vying next year with Gov. Cuomo for the Emmy for Best Performance by a Democratic Tool.
Steel didn’t miss a beat:
“Look, I’m a conservative Republican. I’ve worked for conservative causes, candidates and elected officials for nearly twenty years. I think that these allegations are not allegations against Dominion Voting Systems. They are against our elected officials, at the state and local level, bipartisan poll watchers. The very system that inspires the countenance that we have and the love of our country is under attack through these allegations, and it is all our obligation to defend the truth, to defend democracy, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
OK, that is a steaming pile of dog poop — from diverting the attack (and responsibility) away from Dominion to the suggestion that those who have doubts about the integrity of the system are themselves somehow responsible for that very lack of integrity.
Let’s just remember Steel’s credentials. His bio at Hamilton Place Strategies proudly points out that he has been “a frequent guest on MSNBC, NPR, and Bloomberg TV and radio.” Not exactly strong credentials for a conservative Republican. Sounds more like Conservative Inc. or the Lincoln Project!
We need to hear from the partners at Dominion and Smartmatic directly, and not from second-hand defenders. This interview on Fox didn’t settle anything. It was just a platform for Dominion to whitewash its reputation and didn’t answer any questions. Hopefully, Trump’s lawyers will be given the right to call witnesses in some court of law before it is too late.
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