Journalist Greg Palast was the guest on Politics Done Right (PDR) recently. He pointed out several inconvenient truths about past elections. Most importantly he said once again voter suppression could cost Democrats the election in 2020 and pointed out that many of our elections were stolen.
So who is Greg Palast? He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers including The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Armed Madhouse. He has done investigative reports for BBC Television, The Guardian, Democracy Now! and Rolling Stone. And he is the creator of the film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Case of the Stolen Election.
Palast's website is a treasure trove of information. The man is in the field “digging in garbage” unlike many reporters who chase their tips conventionally. But most importantly, it is a centralized place where one can search to see if they were purged from voter files or if they are registered in any state.
We all know the headlines about Trump's win. We know Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. I asked Palast if Trump really won the Electoral College.
“No,” Palast responded emphatically. “That is if you counted every vote that was thrown away; if you let everyone vote who was improperly denied the right to vote. … I know we use the term voter suppression. But you know when someone steals your car you don't say my car was suppressed. You say it's stolen. People's votes were stolen by the hundreds of thousands in key states.”
Palast said if it wasn't for the theft of the African American, Latino, Asian vote, and young voters, Trump would have lost Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Arizona, and shockingly Georgia and North Carolina.
Palast reports are not readily available in American major newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. Yet, major papers and news outlets like the BBC, Rolling Stone, the Guardian, and Democracy Now! frequently carry his material. Why?