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Inside the Election Denial Groups Planning to Disrupt November

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Inside the Election Denial Groups Planning to Disrupt November

One of EagleAI’s top backers is former Trump adviser Cleta Mitchell, who over the past two years has played a central role in the effort to spread election conspiracies nationally through her well-funded Election Integrity Network.

The group has held in-person training seminars in recent years, with session topics including how to protect “vulnerable voters from left-wing activists” and “Monitoring Voting Equipment and Systems.” More recently, the group has made its training sessions available online and is now once again ramping up its efforts ahead of the 2024 elections with an initiative called Soles for the rollersaimed at increasing the problems with voter registration.

Mitchell, EagleAI and the Election Integrity Network did not respond to WIRED’s request for comment.

Another training webinar called “We the People” was also hosted last month by the America Project and its offshoot, Vote Your Vision. The webinar was broadcast online to hundreds of attendees and featured an array of election conspirators, Republican lawmakers, a man who wrote a book on fifth-generation warfare, and former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.

The webinar, the group’s website said, was aimed at giving people “the secrets to reclaiming our power and reshaping history” by using “state-of-the-art electoral tools,” including those that use artificial intelligence technology. While the details of exactly what these tools will look like and how they will be used are unclear, the America Project has already planned more training sessions in the coming weeks to provide supporters with more information. The group also did not respond to requests for comment.

The America Project was co-founded by disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former Overstock.com CEO and conspirator Patrick Byrne, who also funds part of the organization. Both Flynn and Byrne reportedly attended a White House meeting in late 2020 to urge Trump to declare martial law and confiscate voting machines.

Although Flynn did not speak during last month’s webinar, he has done arguably more than anyone since 2020 to push the idea that the US elections are fundamentally fraudulent, appearing at conferences, in podcasts and on right-wing news shows on a almost daily basis. base. Trump has also indicated that Flynn will be reinstated into his administration if he wins.

These efforts have received the seal of approval from the Republican National Committee recently restructured by Trump including election deniers and family members in top positions while limiting efforts to reach minorities. One of those election deniers is Christina Bobb, who will lead the “election integrity unit.” Bobb, a former Trump lawyer and TV host on the far-right channel One America News, is a major promoter of the myth that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. The RNC’s election-related priorities, according an internal memo recently obtained by NPRinclude “a broader effort in the coming months to (legally) challenge the voter identification and signature verification rules put in place for the 2020 election.”

During the America Project webinar last month, one of the presenters apologized to listeners for not being able to get Bobb to join the call that day, but promised she would participate in a future session – emphasizing how closely these conspiracy-minded groups are working with the mainstream GOP apparatus.

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