Mail-in ballots, the influence of “Zuckerbucks,” Big Tech censorship, and alleged Democratic interference constitute the most significant threats to the American system of self-governance, according to Mollie Hemingway, Editor-In-Chief of The Federalist, as she testified before the House Administration Committee. Hemingway argued that a key issue contributing to the erosion of trust in the electoral process is the prolonged election season, with debates occurring weeks after some voters have already cast their ballots. She highlighted the impact of mail-in voting, which initiates the voting process months before Election Day and raises concerns about the security and verifiable chain of custody for ballots.
Hemingway contended that the private takeover of government election offices by partisan figures and activists, supported by wealthy oligarchs, has tilted elections in favor of certain candidates. She asserted that this strategy, evident in the 2020 presidential election, is being deployed by Democrats in the 2024 cycle to hinder former President Donald Trump’s electoral support. The involvement of the Department of Justice, partisan actors, partisan juries, and a press predominantly aligned with one political party contributes to what Hemingway describes as a coordinated election meddling scheme.
The Federalist Editor-In-Chief criticized the corrupt corporate media and Big Tech for influencing election outcomes through censorship. She argued that a censorship industrial complex, where the government collaborates with tech oligarchs to suppress and blacklist certain debates, has emerged. Hemingway, drawing from her own experience, highlighted how government intervention worked with tech companies to censor her election reporting. In her book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” she detailed the influence of nonprofit groups tied to the Democratic Party and funded by Mark Zuckerberg, which took over government election offices, particularly in Democratic strongholds.
Hemingway concluded by warning that allowing multiple simultaneous attacks on the electoral system poses an existential threat to the nation’s system of self-government. She emphasized the need to address these issues collectively to preserve the integrity and trustworthiness of the electoral process. The conservative perspective underscores concerns about the erosion of election security, undue influence from private entities, and challenges to free and open debate in the public square.