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Michael Goodwin: Zuckerberg and 2020 election – new book offers surprising details on Biden win

Michael Goodwin: Zuckerberg and 2020 election – new book offers surprising details on Biden win


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Although it has been almost a year since the 2020 election ended, the mystery remains: How did Joe Biden, a dull and declining man, manage to garner more than 81,000,000 votes in order to win the presidency. 

Biden was in Delaware for most of his pandemic-related campaign, and his appearances at rallies were marked with sparse crowds. Yet he flipped five states Hillary Clinton lost in 2016, including Georgia and Arizona, and racked up 306 electoral votes to Donald Trump’s 232. 

Trump has his own response, declaring that the election was stolen incessantly. He tried to convince Mike Pence (then Vice President) to block the certification of results. His arguments about Jan. 6 Capitol Riot have been rejected by most Americans. 


Many courts have rejected Trump lawyer’s claims regarding manipulation of the voting machines and bags of secret ballots emerging, as well as other types of fraud. 

But rejecting Trump’s claims is one thing, solving the riddle of Biden’s triumph is another. 


According to the latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 2/3 of Republicans believe that Trump’s election was “rigged” and “steal from him.” Only 18% think Joe Biden won “fair and square.” It found that 28% of independent voters agree Biden’s victory is illegitimate. 

These widespread suspicions can be corrosive. This makes it all more crucial to find a new book. 

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Mollie Hummingway presents a compelling alternative to “stolen,” in “Rigged”. Her argument is strong that $419 million Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ostensibly spent on getting out the vote was in fact used by Democrat activists for their own purposes to penetrate local election operations and to assume the duties of government workers. 

Hemingway is a Senior Editor at The Federalist, and Fox Commentator. He shows how Zuckerberg’s two nonprofits used unprecedented financial resources to set up left-wing groups within key cities. These groups then hired workers and collected absentee votes. 

The Democratic mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin outsourced to them the management and planning for the election. Hemingway cites an e-mail from the mayor’s chief of staff saying, “I am taking all of my cues” from one of the Zuckerberg groups. 

According to some reports, the nominally responsible for the election was the city clerk who took leave shortly before voting day. She soon resigned. 

Party leaders hoping to take back Congress in next year’s midterms would do well to understand the details of how Dems pulled off swing-state victories for Biden. 

Hemingway says it best in extracts published by The Post. “It wasn’t a stupid plan.” Because no one could have imagined that such a coordinated operation would be able to privatize the electoral system, there were no laws created. 

William Doyle from Texas crunched the numbers and found that the non-profits were concentrated in the areas Biden won. These nonprofits often spend three to four times more per voter in these districts than in the ones Trump won. 

“The 2020 election wasn’t stolen,” Doyle concluded. “It was likely bought by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men pouring his money through legal loopholes.” 

He also tracks the Zuckerberg groups’ promotion of universal mail-in voting, the push for unlocked and unwatched drop boxes and extended deadlines. 


In many ways the pandemic was a significant factor. Health fears led most states to relax their safety measures. But in swing states, left-wing groups outraged by Trump’s 2016 upset of Clinton started plotting early for 2020 and were able to piggyback on the pandemic fears to go even further. 

Pennsylvania activists managed to get around the Republican-dominated Legislature. They sued to remove protections, and got a Democratic governor signed a consent decree. It was approved by the state’s Supreme Court, which is heavily Democratic. 

Georgia’s Republican Governor signed consent decrees on the basis of signatures submitted by Stacey Abrams, Democratic activist. 

The U.S. Supreme Court made noises about the Constitution’s delegation of power on state elections to legislatures, but never made a major ruling. 

Coming on top of how Zuckerberg’s Facebook suppressed The Post’s report on Hunter Biden, Hemingway’s book deserves wide attention, especially from Trump and the GOP. 

Although her findings do not mean there was no voter fraud, she offers a more substantive and documented explanation than the “stolen” argument, which remains a political dead-end outside of Trump’s core Republican base. 

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Party leaders hoping to take back Congress in next year’s midterms would do well to understand the details of how Dems pulled off swing-state victories for Biden. 

In some ways, the breakthrough recalls the big leaps in the use of technology Barack Obama’s campaign featured in 2008. Both cases were won by the combination of the intensive collection of data and the use of it by young people, who turned out targeted voters. 

Hemingway points out that the 2020 effort was also groundbreaking in having activists take over government employees for elections jobs. This made data use more efficient. According to the Council on Foreign Relations, the turnout rate was the highest it has been in 120 years. 

Although Trump doesn’t have trouble raising money, his campaigns did not feature strong ground games. His rallies and personality were the mainstays of both his campaigns, drawing huge crowds. His 2016 total of 74 million votes was an impressive 10 million more than his 2016. He sounds very much like a candidate for 2024. 

But Biden’s victory exposed the limits of his approach, and now we have a good picture of how Dems did it. 

It is clear that Republicans are outraged at the revelations made by Hemingway and vow to investigate and pass legislation. 


It’s all very well, but the chances of them succeeding before the midterms is almost zero. One example: The GOP-led Wisconsin Legislature approved a law banning the private funding of state operations. But the Democratic governor blocked it. 

So until further notice, Zuck’s Bucks remain the coin of the political realm.


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