And far more treacherous, because if we as a country don't get this fixed, you can literally forget about 'free and fair' elections from here on out.
Trump himself has described the 2020 election outcome as "rigged," and while the former president can at times be 'inartful' with his language, essentially he is right: The process was rigged and in Biden's favor, as an exhaustive new study has concluded.
And the principal antagonist was none other than Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"During the 2020 election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent hundreds of millions of dollars to turn out likely Democratic voters. But this wasn’t traditional political spending. He funded a targeted, private takeover of government election operations by nominally non-partisan — but demonstrably ideological — non-profit organizations," wrote Dr. William Doyle, Ph.D, for The Federalist this month.
"Analysis conducted by our team demonstrates this money significantly increased Joe Biden’s vote margin in key swing states. This unprecedented merger of public election offices with private resources and personnel is an acute threat to our republic, and should be the focus of electoral reform efforts moving forward," Doyle, a researcher at Caesar Rodney Election Research Institute in Irving, Texas, specializing in economic history and the private funding of American elections, noted further.
"The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men pouring his money through legal loopholes," he added.
He and his team found that Zuckerberg essentially funded a pair of umbrella groups, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and The Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), both of which doled out nearly $420 million of billionaire Zuckerberg's fortune into mostly friendly local election offices with the goal of turning out more Democrat voters than have been seen in recent election cycles.
The money came with special instructions and strings attached, Doyle writes, indicting that Zuckerberg was literally involved in the scheme from the beginning to the end.
"This is not a matter of Democrats outspending Republicans," he noted. "Private funding of election administration was virtually unknown in the American political system before the 2020 election."
"Big CTCL and CEIR money had nothing to do with traditional campaign finance, lobbying, or other expenses that are related to increasingly expensive modern elections," he writes. "It had to do with financing the infiltration of election offices at the city and county level by left-wing activists, and using those offices as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods, and data-sharing agreements, as well as to launch intensive outreach campaigns in areas heavy with Democratic voters."
In the past, Trump and his surrogates have talked about how electronic voting machines were programmed to cast votes for Biden instead of Trump, but none of that has ever been proven. And in fact, those who have made such claims -- Attorneys Lin Wood and Sidney Powell, as well as MyPillow founder Mike Lindell -- are being targeted in multibillion-dollar lawsuits by the Dominion voting system firm for slanderous, libelous claims.
No, what is far more likely, according to Doyle's research, is old-fashioned ballot-stuffing: Huge sums of Zuck's bucks were used to facilitate mass mail-in balloting, which included setting up throngs of ballot drop-boxes that were mostly unmonitored, which of course, lent itself to major fraud.
"CTCL drove the proliferation of unmonitored private dropboxes (which created major chain of custody issues) and opportunities for novel forms of 'mail-in ballot electioneering,' allowed for the submission of numerous questionable post-election-day ballots, and created opportunities for illegal ballot harvesting," Doyle wrote, adding: "CTCL greatly increased funding for temporary staffing and poll workers, which supported the infiltration of election offices by paid Democratic Party activists, coordinated through a complex web of left-leaning non-profit organizations, social media platforms, and social media election influencers."
Doyle noted that much of the effort was aimed at influencing operations in Democrat-friendly cities and districts because, obviously, Zuck was more likely to have his plan succeed than he would have in red districts.
And succeed it did.
"We have good reason to anticipate that the results of our work will show that CTCL and CEIR involvement in the 2020 election gave rise to an election that, while free, was not fair. The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought with money poured through legal loopholes," Doyle concluded.