Just when you think the aftermath of the 2020 election can’t get any weirder, it does.
The latest entry involving the 2020 election to be attacked by presidential tweet is Dominion Voting Systems, which is based in Denver and Toronto, Canada.
Beginning Nov. 12, Donald Trump added it to his far-reaching grasping at straws campaign to remain in office. That the tweets have no basis in fact, that not a single instance of voter fraud has been uncovered …. that no votes were deleted, miscounted, or redirected … that election officials have had no complaints about the voting system, appears to be irrelevant to the president. He has continued to attack Dominion, its employees, and its voting systems because he does not like the results of the election, which was clearly won by president-elect Joe Biden.
This week that caused newly-elected — but not yet installed – incoming State Rep. Ron Hanks (R – Dist. 60) to issue a call for Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser (AG) to investigate Dominion Voting Systems.
In doing so, he appears to be part of the incitement of violence against one of his own constituents. Highly-respected Dominion Voting Systems Director of Product and Security Dr. Eric Coomer, lives in Hanks’ Central Colorado District.
Coomer began to be harassed as soon as the president began tweeting about Dominion. He received threats of violence, had his personal information doxed, had his home, his truck, and his family members threatened. Then Trump supporters (whether right-wing militants, patriot groups, or other misguided individuals isn’t yet clear) announced that they had put a $1 million bounty on his head.
Needless to say, Coomer, who was in Chicago dealing with Dominion Voting Systems contracts when Trump began his dangerous tweets, is in hiding.
Coomer told the Associated Press that right after the president began making his unfounded accusations, the “first death threats followed almost immediately.” He added, “It’s terrifying. I’ve worked in international elections in all sorts of post-conflict countries where election violence is real and people end up getting killed over it. And I feel that we’re on the verge of that.”
Hanks had a habit during the campaign of showing up at candidate forum events (at least in Chaffee County) wrapped in firearms and holsters. When called forward for a campaign message, Hanks — rather than any kind of speech — would grab hold of his guns for emphasis and say, “This is what I stand for,” and walk off the stage.
This tends to indicate that he’s for gun rights, and Republicans — and Trump — and not much else. Which leads back to the letter issued by Hanks.
“It is imperative that Colorado voters can be assured that our election systems are secure and conducted with complete integrity,” states Hanks’ letter. No argument there, except that the leader of the party is insisting, against all evidence to the contrary, that they aren’t secure and weren’t conducted with integrity.
Hanks’ letter arrives in conjunction with extensive social disinformation making what appear to be wild claims about Dominion Voting systems:
- That they have operations in eastern European countries, the first of many falsehoods being spread by Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. (They don’t)
- That the seven-years-dead Venezuela dictator Hugo Chavez is behind a plot with Dominion to take down Trump. (He’s dead, remember?)
- That the Dominion voting systems were used all across the country especially in places where Biden won, including Pennsylvania and its Allegheny County. (They aren’t.)
- That Smartmatic voting systems owns Dominion Voting Systems. (The Associated Press confirms, it doesn’t. It’s the competition).
- That House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Clintons have connections to and are directly tied to Dominion. (They don’t.)
Hanks’ letter begins with this fact: “It has been reported that Colorado is among the many states using Dominion Voting Systems to conduct our state and local elections.”
This is true– Dominion Voting Systems are used in 62 of Colorado’s 64 counties. But they are not used in every state in the nation.
Hanks’ letter dissembles to strange claims of voting discrepancies based on “recent nationwide reports” casting doubt on the integrity and security of voting systems in many states. (He doesn’t say what, where, or how) No less than the Wall Street Journal has confirmed their reliability and cautioned that these attacks do real damage to our democracy.
“Our machines have no secret ‘vote flipping’ algorithm. We have no ties to dictator Hugo Chávez,” say Dominion officials.
Hanks added that “Colorado counties were forced to adopt these Dominion systems in 2015 under the order of then-Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.” Williams happens to be a Republican, who in his job capacity selected updated software to handle Colorado elections. (What — you’d put that up to a vote? Like any of us know what County Clerk and Recorders need?)
“I respectfully request a review of the electronic vote data by forensic experts, and that your office interview current Secretary of State Jena Griswold and former Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Specifically, the public must know of any discrepancies or errors that have been generated by Dominion Voting Systems and the Secretary of State’s office ongoing relationship with Dominion Voting Systems.” (Note, it’s a contract, not a dating service, and in making this demand, Hanks shows he does not know how our election processes work.)
Hanks went on to demand that former Secretary of State Wayne Williams explain his decision to require every county in Colorado to adopt Dominion Voting Systems. Colorado counties began to upgrade their voting platform to the Dominion system in 2015.
More false claims:
- “It has been reported Dominion Voting Systems has emptied their offices in Denver and in Canada, and information regarding the company and the directory of its employees has been scrubbed from the internet.”
Nope. Denver office intact, home page here .
- “Dominion Voting Systems did not appear as scheduled in Pennsylvania to answer questions regarding concerns in that state. These are troubling actions, and not the behaviors of a transparent organization entrusted with the most sacred of American rights – the right for all legal Americans to vote, and for that vote to be handled and tabulated without fear of manipulation or fraud.”
Nope: Pennsylvania and it’s Allegheny County (Pittsburg) that have received Trump attacks about the voting results do not use Dominion Voting Systems machines.
The list of accusations goes on, and the fact that the voting machine vendor is under attack by Hanks, who isn’t yet official, is angering the County Clerk and Recorders for the counties from which he was elected to serve.
“We’ve heard all the stuff. It’s nonsense,” said Chaffee Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell.”It’s undermining our democracy and I think it need stop.”
“Colorado voters can vote in person or by mail, and there is a paper record of every vote cast. We know every day who has voted every day,” she added. “The voting systems are wonderful and we have wonderful workers who process the ballots, election judges who do the signature validation. It’s all public record.”
Dr. Coomer’s Colorado attorney (whose identity is being protected here due to the threats involved) told Ark Valley Voice on Friday, Dec. 4 that “”clearly, Dr. Coomer is being defamed, particularly by alt-right podcasters in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately, their false statements, which continue to morph into wilder accusations, were picked up nationally and have been repeated thousands of times”.
The defamation of Dominion and their brilliant Director of Product and Security begun by the president, has been picked up and magnified by entities ranging from run of the mill alt-right podcasters to the president’s lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani. To say this is dangerous is an understatement.
“When they began making more ridiculous accusations, he began to get more threats,” said Coomer’s attorney. “They are saying things like ‘He needs to be captured,’ he’s a traitor … it’s gone way too far! These guys are even threatening his elderly Dad. He’s a 30-plus year veteran with a bronze and a silver star from fighting in Vietnam and he’s getting hate mail.”
Coomer’s attorney went on to say, that given the current environment of right-wing militia groups and crowds of Trump supporters not accepting the results of our 2020 elections, and with counties like Chaffee with a high number of law enforcement officers who are members of the Chaffee Patriot’s group, neither he nor his client really knows who they can trust.
“We’re assembling direct evidence of this [defamation and threat situation] so we can deal with this in court.”
Coomer isn’t the only Dominion Voting System employee to be threatened. The young man cited by Georgia elections officials, who has received death threats complete with a noose (reportedly a QAnon harassment campaign) while simply doing his job, is also a Dominion employee.
Featured Image: Ark Valley Voice image of Chaffee County Voting site.
Thank you for the response and allowing my comment to be published.
It is fascinating how we see the problem the same but from totally different perspectives. I am overly concerned about people getting harassed, doxed, threatened, and attacked, but the attacks do not come from people wearing MAGA hats. Trump supporters’ have been pulled from their cars, harassed, beat-up and have had their homes firebombed by Marxist BLM thugs and Antifa – the paramilitary arm of the Socialist Democrat party. So, in my mind it is a double-standard when a liberal contributor to a post can be nameless, but a conservative cannot post on the Ark Valley voice without being identified.
Further, I agree “Those who don’t support the entire Constitution, but cherry-pick what parts they like, aren’t patriots” By way of example Amendment I guarantees Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Peaceably Assemble and Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances.
So, to my way of thinking tyrannical restrictions should not be placed on my freedom to worship. Just because I am conservative I should not be censored on social media nor should the media censor conservative articles or ideas; the riots were not peaceful demonstrations and should not have been condoned and encouraged by Democrat leadership as a means of disrupting the Trump presidency and there is substantiated evidence of voter fraud like fractional votes that should concern all Americans. We spent 4-years on the Russia Hoax, while meddling in our election was really going on with the Chinese and complicit elected officials I would think even “Trump Haters” would want election integrity. Trump is just a place holder and it’s the down-stream effect that we should all worry about!
The Second Amendment gives we the people the right to keep and bear Arms. Millions of Americans see America sliding towards Socialism and feel they have been sold out by elected officials, the education system, and the media, so they want to keep their guns!
As a Christian, I am commanded to Love God and Love my neighbor as myself, therefore I don’t dislike you, in fact I really do like you – I just don’t like your Trump hating political views as I see them as being dangerous to our Republic!
Chaffee County Patriot,
Dennis, You’ve been listening when I start every AVV event by reminding folks of what the First Amendment actually protects!
I don’t think anyone is trying to keep you from worshipping, but if you think that can only happen in a church building with a bunch of folks singing, I believe you are mistaken. Moses wasn’t the first or the last believer who found God at the top of a mountain; surely in this gorgeous county there are plenty of places to find God.
You need to check the sources of your “facts” Dennis and understand how facts are actually checked. The threat from Russia is real, and right now it is growing and Trump has an unnatural connection to Russia in which he places his own business interest ahead of the constitution and we Americans that he is sworn to protect and defend. That is wrong. I saw it in action in Moscow myself, Dennis. Stop kidding yourself.
On Dec 8, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to hear the “election fraud” case from Pennsylvania, so maybe now all of the conspiracy nuts, including Ron Hanks, will stop undermining our democracy, and accept the obvious truth that Biden won by a huge margin. We can hope that these conspiracy nuts will come to terms with reality, but more likely is the possibility that they’ll find some way to fit the SCOTUS into the framework of the ridiculous kraken conspiracy theory that they accept as the gospel.
Trump lost, period. He used “stop the steal” as one more chance to line his pockets with the cash of his supporters, and they fell for it harder than ever before, as they deserve to do.
Too bad, not sad. Take the “L” with some dignity…oh wait, too late.
Like you freaking Democrats took the 2016 loss with dignity! Give me a freaking break. For four years you people whined and moaned EVERY DAY!. You fought every single thing Trump, or anyone associated with him, tried to do. I don’t know why I’m so surprised by your post. Democrats have short memories and hypocrisy means absolutely nothing to you. So get off your morale high horse there buddy. Trump did more in four years than any democrat or republican has done in the past 40. I know, I know. He’s racist and since I support him then I am too. After all, in Charlottesville he said the white supremacists were good people and then Trump colluded with Russia, right? (bet you still believe both of those, don’t you?) With all that said, Biden and your ilk will get the same respect and treatment Trump and those of us who supported him got for the past four years. So take your W with dignity, oh wait, too late… there is no dignity in cheating…
Thank you for identifying one of the many racist remarks by former President Trump. His racist views have been well documented throughout his life and especially during his presidency. Question is, as a supporter, do you agree with those views and remarks? Or, do you just support his policies?
1. Trump did say there were “fine people on both sides”. That’s an indisputable historical fact at this point.
2. Trump just pardoned the same obstructive criminals who made it possible for him to get away with colluding with Russia.
3. Maybe you’re not a racist, but you support a racist, and if you support a racist, you might as well be a racist. Sorry if you don’t like it, but you made your choice.
3. Clinton conceded to Trump the day after the 2016 election, instead of subjecting the country to two months of embarrassing and destructive idiocy, as Diaper Don has done.
4. The word you’re looking for is “moral”, not “morale”.
If Mr Coomer did indeed have a hand in the election machine fraud as he claims he should be incarcerated for life for treason. He obviously hates this country.
The article did NOT say he had a hand in the “election fraud” as you describe it, He’s a scientist and tech developer in charge of product development of Dominion Voting systems. IF you live in this county, these are the machines that processed your vote. They are the same machines on which votes were tallied that counted votes for Ron Hanks and Linda Stanley, by the way. There was NO voter fraud — Trump and his lawyers have yet to present one shred of evidence to demonstrate that any fraud occurred. Just because you don’t like the results of the election, it doesn’t mean that anything untoward occurred; but the reaction could mean that you, like so many Trump supporters are sore losers and just want what you want, never mind democracy.
Ascribing emotions to others is generally not a good idea, but clearly, you are drinking the coolaid!
Did you investigate or are you aware of these 3 things involving Eric Coomer?
1) A Facebook post from 4 years ago of Mr. Coomer ranting about his hatred for Trump and Pence and basically anyone who supports them
2) A Facebook post this year of Coomer’s support for Antifa
3) Conservative Blogger Joel Oltmann who released this information claiming Coomer Antifa friend said he would make sure Trump would not win in a Zoom type of chat.
I am aware of doctored social media posts and completely unfounded accusations, against Dr. Coomer, being perpetrated by some truly questionable sources, most of them are right-wing marketing organizations. None of them are true.
Think about it: Dr. Coomer has a PhD and is a respected member of his scientific field. He’s as down-to-earth and logical as I’m sure you are most of the time. He would not logically do any of these things. Your use of the term Antifa is just wrong — there isn’t any such thing. It’s a made-up thing by the profa. (Don’t know what that is — look it up — it equals alt-right)… and Joel Oltmann has an agenda focused on Trump maintaining power.
All of this is a coordinated attack on our election system – and therefore our democracy. We vote — one wins, the other loses. Biden won, Trump lost. Time to get over it.
Glad you are doing more reading of fact-based Ark Valley Voice and hopefully less of those marketing groups with agendas. I respect true conservatives, but these are all nut-balls!
I gotta say that watching the GOP clown show for the last month has been quite amusing.
First, the Republicans turned their backs on Twitter and Facebook instead of asking themselves what it is about themselves that leads to them being censored. Then they turned their backs on the Fox News right-wing propaganda machine after Fox News shocked them by telling the truth for once, and now the “party of law and order” is attacking the electoral system in court with frivolous lawsuits that continue to fail, while also sending death threats, all because they’re so sad about the election results.
While that was happening, we were also treated to a hilarious traveling clown show put on by Rudy Giuliani with hair dye leaking down his head. His convict pal Melissa Carone was so drunk and moronic during her testimony at one phony “hearing” that she instantly became the butt of thousands of memes that will certainly become her only lasting legacy after she shuffles off of this mortal coil, and Rudy’s star witness at the Four Seasons Landscaping press event, Daryl Brooks, is a convicted pedophile. The fact that republicans pretend to find these people convincing and credible is hilarious, but I suppose that after four years of teaching themselves to believe anything Trump says, these people are primed to believe literally anything, no matter how stupid or improbable it is.
For you people who find the fact that these “witnesses“ signed affidavits to be all the proof you need, may I just point out that there are also signed affidavits accusing Trump of raping a 13 year old girl? Are those affidavits also true? No? Only things that make Trump look good are true? Ok, I get it.
Keep spinning out, Trumpers. Your delusional misery is delicious, and I’m swimming in MAGA tears over here. Maybe you should rename yourselves the Conspiracy Party, because stupid conspiracies seem to be the only things you really believe in.
WOW, “Actual Real Original Patriot Type Person” without enough courage to state their name – I don’t think that is a patriot!
Actually, Dennis in response to your comment that people should give their names when making comments or they are patriots, we’d prefer names. Normally we require them on comments. But these days there are hundreds of examples across this country these days of people who put their names out there who are getting harassed, doxed, threatened and attacked by Trump supporters who appear convinced that the election is not over. This is occurring for telling the truth, for doing one’s job, for calling something ridiculous when it is, and for pointing out actions and activities that threaten people’s health, their safety, their democratic rights, as well as reminding us of our responsibilities as American citizens.
I’m glad you consider yourself a patriot. I think you are, but I am one too. So are all the folks who are disagreeing with those who would try to undo the election. The definition of Patriot is “someone who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors”. I consider my loyalty to be to the United States Constitution. Loyalty to the U.S. Constitution is what every elected official swears allegiance to — not to a person, a party, or a movement. Those who don’t support the entire constitution, but cherry-pick what parts they like, aren’t patriots in my humble opinion.