Soon after President Biden entered the White House, he issued an executive order declaring that all 600 federal agencies must ‘come up with a plan to expand voting,’ The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tells Glenn. She details in her recent article, ‘Yes, Biden Is Hiding His Plan To Rig The 2022 Midterm Elections,’ why this order was ‘alarming’ for many: ‘The executive branch does NOT have authority over our election systems,’ she tells Glenn. And, even more alarming? Those federal agencies had to submit their voting plans to SUSAN RICE. Hemingway tells Glenn the government refuses to release ANY detail concerning those agencies’ plans, seemingly until after the midterms are over. So what can be done? Listen to this clip to find out…
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: I don't know a single American personally. I don't know a single American that actually is not involved deeply in Washington, DC. That doesn't want free and fair elections. That doesn't want every ballot to be counted. And wants to make sure that there is no monkey business going on. And that we can count on our elections. Every American. I don't care who you voted for, I think, wants that. But I don't think anybody in Washington really wants that. Especially the Democrats. They are already setting up that the election is going to be stolen. You can't trust it. And now the problems with the voting machines. They're doing the same things they always do.
But they're doing something else. Remember, the key to understanding this administration, is the administration. He is an administrator. That's it. All the agencies are being pushed to the limit, to take away as many -- as many rights from you, as possible. And make the system work in a completely different way. Than constitutionally.
Mollie Hemingway has written a great article, came out yesterday. Biden is hiding his plan to rig the 2022 midterm elections. Mollie is joining us now.
MOLLIE: Hello, it's great to be here with you.
GLENN: Yeah. It's great to have you on. This is -- they're doing this in every agency. And this one, you've tried to look into. And they're hiding everything that they're doing. Can you take us from the beginning, and then show us what they're doing.
MOLLIE: Sure. So in March of 2021, just a few weeks after President Biden took office, he issued an executive order, saying that all 600 federal agencies had to come up with a plan to expand voting.
Now, people were immediately alarmed. Because the Constitution does not give the executive branch authority over our election system. That's reserved for the states. There's a very tiny rule for Congress. And so the executive branch has not been given that authority. And people were also worried, because expanding voting is an inherently political act. You know, mobilizing voters is a political act. And so the bureaucracy should not be involved in it. So people wanted to know. Well, what are these plans going to be?
Everyone had 200 plans to turn in a plan. To soothe Rice, by the way. One of the most political people out there. For approval. And people started asking what the plans were. And they were steadfast in refusing to return those plans ever since then.
GLENN: Okay. So I want to make sure people understand.
That is 600 federal agencies. 600.
Had 200 days to show how they would expand citizen's opportunities, to register to vote. And obtain information about participate in the electoral process. They had until March 7th, 2021.
You can't find anything, about what any of those six agencies have turned in.
MOLLIE: And congressmen have been asking for it. You've had the ranking member of every committee in the House, asking for the information.
You've had them expressing their concerns. Congressional committees. Good government groups. Outside citizens are doing FOIA requests, and they just can't get anything.
And it seems to be that what they're doing is trying to slow walk it, until well after the election. In one case, they said they would respond to the FOIA by May of 2024. And so it is really difficult to get information. Which makes it difficult to even know what's going on. And I just want to be clear. These are inherently political acts. Like choosing who you reach out to. And to mobilize get out the vote operations. That's like what political parties do. And it's particularly dangerous. Because we're talking about federal agencies that hand out benefits. And so people are told, hey, we could really use your voting, Mr. Person, who is getting a benefit. You can see how that would be viewed as improper and unethical compulsion, regarding voting, which is something that is very dangerous, and which we previously had stripped laws against.
GLENN: So tell me about what's happening with the centers for Medicare, Medicaid, with their voter turnout. The Department of Labor. What are they doing?
Department of Education.
JOSH: Right. So each of them are choosing to respond to this executive order in different ways. And we are getting these indications that they're complying with this executive order, even if they're refusing to say what exactly they're doing. That you're seeing these public-facing things, where they'll say, they're turning their health centers into vote -- vote places. You know, they're focusing their efforts that should be focused on job training.
You know, during a labor crisis, on get out the vote operations. At the Department of Education Centers, or the federal work study program, which is part of the Department of Education. Had previously said.
Of course you can't use federal work study money, to engage in electioneering or election activity. And now they're saying, you can use these monies, to help run, get out the vote operations.
And I just think it's important to remember the context here too, is that we just had this election in 2020. Where we had Mark Zuckerberg finance the widespread takeover of government election offices, with partisan, you know, left-leaning activists. And they ran get out the vote operations in the blue areas of swing states. So the context here is really troubling too. Because we just saw in 2020. How this type of operation can have severely partisan repercussions. And why people should be on guard, if they want to trust their elections. And if they want to have confidence in their elections.
GLENN: Mollie, what do we do? We have no press that will do it. The congressmen, not getting responded to. The Justice Department is absolutely corrupt.
What do we do?
MOLLIE: So I do think that raising an outcry over the refusal to find information is key. And there are lawsuits that are ongoing.
Two groups have sued to get the information. These agencies are clearly in violation of federal law. And hopefully we would have enough pressure that those lawsuits can be responded to as soon as possible.
So that the public could know what's going on. And people should not despair. I mean, fighting over election administration is something that has been going on in this country, for centuries. And despair is not an appropriate response. Because, you know, you had even a few decades ago. The Democrat Party has disenfranchised like an entire race of people in the South. And people didn't despair. They just fought to make sure that the voting system was fair.
And so I think the most important thing people can do. Is get involved at the local level. Find out what's going on. And how elections are administered in your state. And make sure they're being done properly. And that there are no shenanigans going on. And you'll not be able to do that, unless you're deeply involved in the process. Start now.
We have widespread, election seasoning. So it's not just election days. Which is frankly when Republicans go vote. It's those two months prior. Or years prior. When they're setting up the system, by which everyone else is voting. Or by which the system is so insecure, that it can be exploited. And you really have to just find out what the rules are in your area. Find out what's going on, and get involved. Do election observation. Research. And everybody should do that. If they care about the republic. Because if we don't have elections we can trust, we don't really have a country. But it's not the end of the world, it just requires people to get involved and pay attention.
GLENN: So, Mollie, it's really interesting to me. Because I look at the things that they do. And I'm like, who has time for this? But you have time if you think that you should be in charge with everything and everybody. That is their full-time job. To figure out ways to control everything.
The conservatives, we have just been asleep at the switch. We're like, no. Everybody thinks like this. No. They don't. No, they don't. There's probably 15 percent of very, very active Americans, that are intent on taking the republic and destroying it.
We just have to -- we just have to wake up and realizing, it's really our fault that this is happening.
Because we've just been expecting somebody else to take care of it for us.
JOSH: So I wrote a book on the 2020 election called Rigged. How the media, big tech, and Democrats seized our election, and I go through all sorts of things, including this Mark Zuckerberg operation. That was a 450 million-dollar operation. It was more than anyone had ever conceived of spending on something to take over the government administration of elections.
But that is what I worry about. The federal government. They spend $450 million in the blink of an eye. They have so much money to throw at this. That it's really worry some. And the Constitution does not authors it. Congress does not authorize it. And yet, they're still doing it. But you're absolutely right, that a lot of people have been asleep and not thinking of election integrity for decades. In my book, I actually told the story about how there was this court order that kept Republicans from doing any Election Day oversight for nearly 40 years. I couldn't believe it. When I first learned about it. In the early '70s, a judge in New Jersey put them under a consent decree, where they couldn't get involved in any litigation, Election Day litigation. And for nearly 40 years, they were kept under this. It took the judge dying, and being replaced by an Obama appointed judge. Who said, this is ridiculous.
Let the Republicans out. It was so sensitive. During the 2016 election. Sean Spicer was on the wrong floor of Trump Tower. And they almost kept them under the consent decree for another few years. Because he was supposed to be on floor four, instead of floor five. That's how sensitive it was. It kept Republicans from focusing on this for a very long time. But they're kind of liberated now. And so they are doing much more to do Election Day oversight, and there are many more resources in play now.
GLENN: Real quick, any thoughts on the Supreme Court and what's coming here again, in just a few minutes?
MOLLIE: Well, I think everyone, there's so many important decisions. And yesterday's decision was a huge victory for the Constitution. And it really does speak to the importance of having solid, originalist judges -- or justices on the court.
Everyone is, of course, anxious for the Dobbs decision. For the abortion-related decision, and a lot of people thought it should have been out earlier, because of these death threats that the justices are facing.
So, hopefully, it will come out this week or next week. But it's been overall, in pretty good term for people who care about the Constitution.
GLENN: Yeah. I think it's been very good. Mollie, thank you for having you on. Thank you very much.
MOLLIE: Thank you very much.
GLENN: Mollie Hemingway.