Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed The Star News Network’s senior reporter Laura Baigert to the newsmaker line to highlight the newly released 2000 Mules movie by Dinesh D’Souza.
Leahy: We are joined on our newsmaker line by our good friend and Tennessee Star lead political reporter for over five and a half years now, Laura Baigert. Good morning, Laura.
Baigert: Good morning, Michael. Happy Monday.
Leahy: Happy Monday to you. When you started reporting for The Tennessee Star, I’ll bet you the idea of doing an on-air review of a movie was not on your list of things you thought you would do, right?
Baigert: (Baigert chuckles) Who would have thought we’d have a movie like this, too, to be reviewing, and this background story that caused the movie?
Leahy: Absolutely. The movie is 2000 Mules. On the web at 2000mules.com. It’s put together by Dinesh D’Souza, and it documents quite graphically these 2,000 mules, individuals who apparently participated in illegal ballot harvesting sufficient to change the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. Tell us about the movie.
Baigert: It’s set with the backdrop of maybe … a staged version of the organic development of this [film], where Dinesh is sitting with the fellow sales and media group people Sebastian Gorka, Eric Mataxas, Dennis Prager, Larry Elder, and Charlie Kirk, just discussing, does it look like there’s evidence out there?
And pretty much they all agreed that something seems funny – it’s not settled, but there hasn’t been any evidence. So then he goes and brings his wife in, and they go and meet with Catherine Engelbrecht.
Leahy: Englebrecht with the group True the Vote, who has collected a lot of this video evidence of illegal ballot harvesting.
Baigert: Right. And elections investigator for decades, Greg Phillips. So they walk through the evidence with Dinesh and show the videos and all of that, which is quite compelling. And there are several videos.
For instance, one woman was there. They focused a lot on Georgia, let’s put it that way. And I think that part of that is because of the video evidence that was available in Georgia that might not have been available in the other states. Some of them didn’t record, some of them didn’t keep it, and even parts of Georgia didn’t.
But they focused a lot on the videos in Georgia. And they also demonstrated the geo-tracking that was commercially available and a lot of vendors or sellers use to track you. If they [know] you’re at this restaurant, well, you should go to the store over here in order to buy things.
So this stuff is commercially available, and they have more data than anybody out there on any election. And it took quite a bit, too. It was very impressive.
Leahy: A lot of work, a lot of preparation just to set the table. The 2000 Mules – a mule is described as somebody, an individual, who engaged in this practice of illegal ballot-harvesting.
It’s a practice that’s legal in a couple of states; California … but in essence, let’s take Georgia as an example, because you did the original research on the lack of the critical chain-of-custody documents in Georgia.
The state election board authorized, without the state legislature’s approval in July 2020, the use of 300 drop boxes around the state, many of them in Fulton County, Gwinnett County, and Cobb County.
And for like 40 days before, absentee ballots could be either sent via mail or placed in these drop boxes. And it’s illegal in Georgia for somebody to take a whole bunch of absentee ballots signed by people other than a relative and drop them off. There were video cameras, according to the selection code rule outside these drop boxes. What did some of this video evidence show?
Baigert: It actually showed people coming up with piles of ballots and backpacks with ballots. So definitely not. And most of them were in the middle of the night, although there was footage of someone in broad daylight while people are waiting to go into the polling location, standing right in line there while people walk up, and stuffing ballots into these boxes.
Now, the boxes are made so that only one, maybe two ballots could fit through a slot. So it’s pretty easy to tell when someone is dumping quite a few of them in there because it’s a slow and tedious process.
Leahy: So the video shows, and sometimes, like at 1:00 in the morning, somebody shows up in a car and in their hands they have dozens, hundreds of ballots, and they just sit there feeding them one or two at a time for a period of time. Is that what the video shows?
Baigert: Right. What you see, one of the things that they showed was – don’t forget, in Georgia, which we’re more familiar with than probably a lot of people because of our focus on all of this stuff, they had a special election for the U.S. Senate on January 5th.
And there was a woman that they showed recorded whose phone tracks to South Carolina, who was there both before the November presidential election and then also for the January runoff election for the Senate.
So this is no accident that someone with a South Carolina phone is now back in Georgia on two separate occasions for two separate elections.
Leahy: Engaging in ballot-harvesting. Crom Carmichael here has a question for you.
Baigert: Hi, Crom.
Carmichael: Hey, how are you? Question. The video just shows them depositing the ballots in the ballot box, but doesn’t show them actually doing the ballot-harvesting. So is it possible that instead of actually going out and getting real voters to sign ballots, is it possible that somebody just sat there and printed out a bunch of ballots and then just filled them out fake.
What was filmed was somebody stuffing ballot boxes. To say that we know that they were ballots being harvested is actually being kind because it’s quite possible that the ballots they were stuffing in there were completely phony to begin with.
Baigert: That’s correct.
Carmichael: And that they were taken to places to be counted that were controlled by only the Democrat Party and the Biden machine.
Baigert: That’s right. And True the Vote doesn’t make that accusation. But this is what Dinesh did so well. He went back from not just this mule operation, which I need to give you some more critical details on that. But not just that, but where the ballots could have been sourced from, and he called in [attorney and former Federal Election Commission member] Hans Von Spakovsky.
Listen to the interview:
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