How a denialist’s fan club got its start in the United States • Missouri Independent

WASHINGTON – The suddenly famous denier behind the broadcast of a PowerPoint filled with plans to overthrow the 2020 election has a long history of attempted electoral subversion in several states.

Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron also has close ties to former President Donald Trump’s legal team and was one of his key witnesses in the efforts to overturn the election results. presidential.

This week, Waldron became known as the person responsible for distributing the document titled “Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN” to Trump allies and Republican lawmakers on the eve of the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill. the United States.

Waldron also said he met Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, in the White House “maybe eight to ten times” after the election, the Washington Post reported. Meadows is a former congressman from North Carolina who on Tuesday was found in contempt by the United States House for failing to answer questions about his Jan.6 inquiry.

But before all this work, Waldron worked to overturn the election by casting doubt on electronic voting, pushing for election “audits” in states, including Arizona, and testifying as a witness to Election. Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani at hearings in Georgia and Michigan.

Giuliani repeatedly cited Waldron as a source of information in the legal files of the former New York mayor seeking to overturn the 2020 election. Waldron’s testimony was filled with misinformation about the election administration and false allegations by fraud.

Before the election, Waldron began working with the Texas-based Allied Security Operations Group, a company run by cybersecurity analyst Russell James Ramsland Jr., Waldron told the Washington Post. Ramsland, a Republican businessman and defeated congressional candidate, is considered one of the top election deniers to spread false election information, the Post said.

Despite the lack of evidence behind Allied Security Operations Group’s allegations of inaccuracies in e-voting audit logs, Republican officials urged it to advise them after the election. In February, Arizona Republican Senate Speaker Karen Fann brought in Waldron and the Allied Security Operations Group to conduct an election audit in Maricopa County under the direction of another company. Arizona Senate Republicans then hired Cyber ​​Ninjas to lead the audit.

Last December, Waldron testified before a Michigan House subcommittee at Giuliani’s request, the Detroit News reported. Waldron told lawmakers he was part of the “forensic team” responsible for a debunked report signed by Ramsland falsely claiming election results in Antrim County, Michigan were calculated with an error rate of 68%.

Quoting the same report, Waldron also falsely told lawmakers that there were 10 Michigan ridings with 100% turnout and six ridings with over 120% voter turnout.

In response to his testimony, former Michigan Chief Electoral Officer Chris Thomas tweeted, “Colonel Waldron is not aware of reports on election results.

After testifying in Michigan, Waldron continued to broadcast false statements on Fox News, alleging that there were 17,000 deaths who voted in the state.

“Each of these is a dismal attempt to deprive legitimate voters in America of their civil rights,” he said. “It’s a multi-faceted attack.

In Arizona in November 2020, Waldron, serving as a witness for Giuliani, said voting machines are “vulnerable everywhere,” falsely claimed Arizona voting machines are connected to the Internet, and incorrectly said that signatures on postal ballots are not verified.

Waldron also appears in a film about the alleged electoral fraud by Mike Lindell, the managing director of MyPillow, and claims without any evidence that the Chinese government has access to Dominion Voting Systems’ files and that servers in Europe played a role in the manipulation of election results, The New York Times reported.

Despite Waldron’s story of spreading false information and his connection to PowerPoint on January 6, states continue to give him a platform. A voting panel in Louisiana tasked with replacing the state’s voting machines invited him to speak on Tuesday.

“We are very happy to have him here and delighted to hear what he has to say,” Louisiana GOP Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin said, according to the Washington Post. Ardoin added that the audience included many members of the Waldron “fan club”.

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