Turns out Donald Trump’s election overthrow plot began a lot earlier than anyone knew

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When Donald Trump spent the months leading up to the 2020 election insisting it was “rigged” against him, it was clear that he wouldn’t accept the election results if he lost. And when he spent election night (and the days that followed) demanding that no more mail-in votes be counted, it was more clear than ever that he was up to no good. But just when did Trump’s election overthrow plot begin? It wasn’t January 6th. Nor was it January 4th, when he met with January 6th organizers. Nor was it when he began flooding the courts with bogus election claims after being declared the loser. No, it started even earlier than that.

The January 6th Committee has in its possession a text message sent to Mark Meadows on November 4th, 2020, laying out a rough draft of the strategy that Donald Trump and his regime ended up using to try to overthrow the election. The committee says it thinks the text message came from Rick Perry of all people. He’s denying that it came from him. CNN has compelling evidence that it was from him. But nevermind who sent the text; the big news here is when the text was sent.

Major news outlets didn’t declare Biden the winner until November 7th. Yet the text message from Rick Perry (or as he wants us to believe, some secret agent impersonating him) to Mark Meadows was sent on November 4th. This means that Trump’s people were already plotting to overthrow the election results three days before the election was even called. This in turn suggests that they knew they were going to lose long before they lost. So much for their claim that their loss was surprising and suspicious.

In any case, given that Trump White House Chief of Staff and primary confidant Mark Meadows was the one who received the text message in question, and that the Trump regime ended up carrying out a version of the strategy laid out in that text message, it means Donald Trump’s election overthrow plot began no later than November 4th. Keep in mind that this plot culminated in everything from felony election tampering to domestic terrorism. None of it was ever going to magically overthrow the results. But it was still a criminal plot – and now there’s proof that it began long before the Capitol was stormed.

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