A free country cannot exist without fair elections, which, according to Mollie Hemingway, will require significant election reform before the next presidential election. The Hillsdale Senior Journalism Fellow discussed her findings concerning fraud in the 2020 election and its potential for change last month.
Her research, which culminated in her new bestselling book, Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, determined that the partnership between many major powerful American institutions controlled information to manipulate the outcome of the election.
After thanking the large team of Hillsdale College students and staff for their help in providing research for the book, Hemingway called out the media and big tech for favoring one political party over another. The book, she said, focuses on the numerous ways that last minute election law changes and procedures gave systematic advantage to one candidate over another.
In her talk, Hemingway explained the media’s transformation from longtime left-leaning loyalties to its full-on activist nature tried to sabotage the Trump presidency and re-election campaign with false stories.
When asked who won the 2020 election, Hemingway explained her position that, although Joe Biden won, it is the sole result of a rigged election.
“Now no one really trusts the media,” she said. “And they have nobody to blame but themselves. My book is about how Joe Biden won the 2020 election. Yet without the help of the media, big tech, election law changes, and even corrupt polling, it wouldn’t have even been close.”
Hemingway established a clear distinction between fraud, a legal term that requires intent, versus the focus of her book, which is systemic bias and corruption of the election system. She chided some of the Trump campaign’s lawyers for crying fraud when their cases were obviously more about illegal voting or election irregularities.
“In a free country you want to have an election where people have trust in them, but there are all sorts of ways to corrupt the process,” she said.
For voters to lose trust in their institutions or election officials is to “lose control of our elections,” she continued. Fighting for integrity in the system isn’t a new battle, she said, but it is especially important right now.
Following the discussion, Hemingway answered several audience questions and signed guest’s books.
“Mollie Hemingway laid out how the same actors that sought to erode faith in our election system and delegitimize the results of the 2016 election are now arguing that any distrust in widespread and disparate changes in election administration are unfounded,” said Randy Keefe, a 2016 Hillsdale College alum who attended the event. “She implores Americans to take their civic responsibility seriously and to know their states’ election laws to maintain the integrity of our constitutional republic.”
Another attendee asked what Americans should do in the face of so many election issues, to which Hemingway encouraged everyone to raise their own awareness of the voting processes and laws in their states and to work to change them if they don’t think they are correct. She also suggested taking a more active role in the observation of voting.
“The trust in free, fair, and transparent elections is the bedrock of our country.”