Former president Donald Trump and his GOP supporters are hoping to rely on a tactic that's common in Russia to return him to the White House in 2024, according to one prominent expert on authoritarianism.
"As someone who follows contemporary Russia, there is a Russian phrase that comes to mind, which is the 'administrative resource,'" author and Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder told MSNBC on Friday. "What the administrative resource means in Russian is that sure, you have an election, but the people who are running the election are going to determine how the election turns out. What the Republicans are going for is precisely that thing, the administrative resource."
Snyder then explained how this mechanism works and how Trump and Republicans might apply it during the next election.
"Historically speaking, what we know about a 'big lie' is that because of its very scale, it's not about truth or not truth; it's about living in a kind of alternative reality," Snyder added. "What we're looking at is people who believe in or pretend to believe in this Big Lie, actually carrying out our elections. And the problem with this, or one of them, is that since these people have already claimed that the other side cheated, that basically legitimizes their cheating. In other words, if you talk about the Big Lie now, you're basically promising to cheat the next time around, and that's very concerning."
He concluded by saying that this is a clear and present danger, not merely a theoretical one.
"The scenario for 2024 for most influential people around Donald Trump, which unfortunately means one of the political parties, is precisely to be installed without winning the election," Snyder said. "I don't think it's something that could happen. I think it's something that's under way, and the question is, can we accept this reality in time to take the measures we need to take to prevent it?"
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On Friday, Al.com reported that John Merrill, the Republican Secretary of State of Alabama, is slapping down continued allegations from MyPillow CEO and election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell that voting machines fraudulently switched votes in the state.
"The thing we have maintained is that we didn't have any issues, any irregularities, any inconsistences, any probing, any concerns that was introduced at any level to us," said Merrill, according to William Thornton.
This comes after Lindell once again baselessly claimed Alabama's election was plagued with election fraud on The Jeff Poor Show Thursday.
""The problem is you've got about five different ways when machines are involved that you get intrusions, you can flip, the machines don't even have to be online," said Lindell. "You can set a source code ahead of time and that's what's hard for people to wrap their head around. Now when [Merrill] went on that tour and said the machines weren't online, he could be correct. I asked today, I said, 'Could we go audit a couple of machines and a couple of routers?' They said, 'No, it is against the law in Alabama. You can't do it. You've got to have a judge's order,' and they said maybe you should go out and get a subpoena for that."
Alabama voted for former President Donald Trump by 25 points.
Lindell has repeatedly suggested voting machines flipped the results in a number of states, with Dominion Voting Systems suing him for defamation. He also recently hosted a "cyber symposium" that failed to exhibit any evidence of voter fraud, and has claimed that Trump would be "reinstated" later this year.
Alec Baldwin was handed a fully loaded gun by unwitting director before fatal shooting: police warrant
A new police warrant claims that Alec Baldwin was handed a fully loaded gun by an unwitting assistant director ahead of a fatal shooting that occurred during the filming of the movie "Rust," reports the Associated Press's Zeke Miller.
According to NBC News, Baldwin was assured that the gun was safe to use shortly before he accidentally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in the chest.
Police filed the warrant in court on Friday so they could have access to the ranch where the movie was being filmed at the time of the shooting, writes NBC News.
The fatal shooting occurred on Thursday on the set of "Rust."
Baldwin earlier in the day expressed his condolences for shooting Hutchins and said he was cooperating with the police investigation.
"There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours," Baldwin wrote.
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