What the Hell Happened to the Claremont Institute? - 2021-07-13

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F0.png What the Hell Happened to the Claremont Institute? July 13, 2021, Laura K. Field, The Bulwark

Just before 11 o'clock on the morning of January 6—an hour before President Donald Trump began riling up his "Save America" rally in front of the White House, and two and a half hours before the U.S. Capitol was overrun—Rudy Giuliani spoke to the rallygoers. By his side on the dais stood John C. Eastman, then a law professor at Chapman University and a visiting scholar at the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado Boulder. Wearing a dark suit with a red striped tie, a red and cream paisley scarf, a camel overcoat, and a brown brimmed hat, Professor Eastman cut a suave figure next to the grimacing man who, two decades and a lifetime ago, had been dubbed America's Mayor.

According to Giuliani's introductory remarks, Professor Eastman's job that day was to explain what had happened the night before in Georgia: "How they [the Democrats] cheated and how it was exactly the same as what they did on November 3rd." Eastman took to his task with gusto. Chopping the air with his hands, he asserted that dead people had voted and that state election officials had ignored or violated state law. But his main focus was the voting machines. According to Eastman, the "old way" of doing fraud "was to have a bunch of ballots sittin' in a box under the floor," but now "they put those ballots in a secret folder in the machines." From there, Eastman's theory goes like this: When 99 percent of the vote was in, the Democrats pulled a trick. By this point they knew who had and hadn't voted, and they knew how many more votes would be needed for Democrats to take the lead in the count. So they paused the counting, took out their stash of electronic ballots, matched each of "those unvoted ballots with an unvoted voter," and "put them together in the machine," marked as Democratic votes. "And voila! We have enough votes to barely get over the finish line. We saw it happen in real time last night, and it happened on November 3rd as well!" At one point he elaborated: "You don't see this on Fox or any of the other stations" but you can see it in "the data."

Eastman, who had reportedly spent the day before in the Oval Office arguing to Vice President Mike Pence that he had authority to intervene in the counting of the Electoral College vote, ended with an impassioned plea for Pence to allow state legislators to look into these matters, so that "we get to the bottom of it, and the American people know whether we have control of the direction of our government or not." Eastman became very animated, pumping his fists and yelling:

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{{cite news | first = Laura K. | last = Field | title = What the Hell Happened to the Claremont Institute? | url = https://www.thebulwark.com/what-the-hell-happened-to-the-claremont-institute/ | work = The Bulwark | date = July 13, 2021 | accessdate = January 24, 2023 }}