Fox News host Mark Levin, a platinum-rated Trump apologist ranted on Sunday that many of the plots to overthrow the free and fair presidential election of 2020 by Trump and his plumbers were not illegal.
Attempted forgery and election fraud is perfectly acceptable to Levin. Unless, of course, a Democratic candidate pulled these criminal and immoral stunts. Then he'd be calling for them to get the guillotine treatment.
Levin concocted a story that if states were bribed to lie about their election results then the vice president should be able to do something.
Levin also claimed our system was designed so that if Trump pressured his Vice President to overturn the election and the Vice President refused then the system worked perfectly.
"It's not supposed to be criminalized," Levin yelled, as if fraudulent documents are an ordinary thing.
I mean really? When has that ever happened in US history? A sitting Vice President refusing to count electoral votes because of pressure by his boss. Levin should market whatever he's smoking. That's some good sh*t.
Creating insane scenarios and what-ifs to justify the criminality of the entire coup by Trump and his henchmen is Levin's role these days.
"There's been no seditious conspiracy. What about the "so called" fake electors." Levin said.
There is nothing "so called" about it. The fake electors was a wacky strategy plan drawn up by Trump's lawyers to reverse states that voted for Biden and hand them over to Trump.
"That has to be resolved by the United States Congress," he screeched. "That is not a crime either. You might not like it. You might think it's weird. You might think it's unethical but it is not a crime."
Again. Fraud is indeed a crime. Certifying fake electors is fraud.
"So to criminalize politics. To criminalize many of these things that are gone down in this country through its history. To completely misunderstand what the electoral college is all about and when the election is finally over which is why they meet on January 6, to make that decision, is to take the criminal law process and project it on top of the constitution. To pervert it," Levin opined.
The Bulwark writes, "There is one federal criminal statute that appears to cover this situation specifically and squarely. Under 52 U.S.C. § 20511, it is a crime punishable by a fine or up to five years in prison—or both—if any person:
knowingly and willfully deprives, defrauds, or attempts to deprive or defraud the residents of a State of a fair and impartially conducted election process, by . . . the procurement, casting, or tabulation of ballots that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent under the laws of the State in which the election is held. [Emphasis added.]
The Guardian has a good article on Trump's scheme.
The justice department is investigating whether the Republicans who signed as electors for Trump could be charged with falsifying voting documents, mail fraud or conspiracy to defraud the United States. It is also a crime to knowingly submit false statements to a federal agency or a federal agent for an undue end. The fraudulent certificates were filed with a handful of government bodies, including the National Archives, the panel has previously said.
What Mark Levin did here is a fraud on his viewers. He is working very hard to de-criminalize what is a clear crime.