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Not going down without a fight

Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 6, 2021

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Lynn Kramer is a 4-foot-11 retired nurse who says she is well out of her “comfort zone.”

But Kramer, one of the organizers of today’s State Capitol protest against Congress’ all but certain certification of Joe Biden’s victory in November’s presidential election, is standing up and fighting back.

“This is an act of war,” she said. “I never thought in our lifetime we would be seeing what we are seeing.”

What Kramer and millions of Americans like her see is a rigged presidential election, particularly in her home state of Wisconsin and other battleground states. They are loosely part of the Stop the Steal movement, which asserts liberal elections officials, through an array of election fraud, doctored the outcome. They see a long line of judges, from state circuits to the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing the election theft to turn Republican Donald Trump into a one-term president — despite hefty turnout for Trump on Election Day.

Biden, his leftist friends, Never Trumpers, business groups and the usual suspects in the Trump-hating mainstream media have publicly skewered the president for what they insist are nothing more than conspiracy theories about compromised voting machines and dead electors. They share as much disdain, maybe more, for average Americans like Lynn Kramer, who they think have been duped by a power-hungry president.

Kramer doesn’t care what they think. She believes the whole system is out of order and nothing less than America and its core values hang in the balance.

“We’ve got children and grandchildren. What’s it going to be like for them if we lose? ” Kramer said.

She’s not alone.

Tens of thousands of her fellow patriots are expected to turn out at state capitols around the country today as Congress prepares to count Electoral College votes and officially declare Biden’s victory. Those who vehemently believe the Democrat lost do not plan to go gently into that goodnight.

Patriot Caravans, buses filled with Trump backers, were set to arrive in Washington, D.C. this week to take part in the demonstrations. Among them, Derrick Van Orden, recent Republican candidate for Wisconsin’s 3rd District Congressional seat.

“I’ve come to Washington because there are millions of Americans, tens of thousands of my fellow 3rd District neighbors who are losing faith in the electoral system, and it’s got to stop,” Van Orden said. “I came here to show people I really care and I’m listening to them and standing with them as Americans.”

On Monday, Van Orden said at least two busloads of patriots were embarking from La Crosse to the Nation’s Capitol.

Several Republican members of congress have said they will object to the Electoral College votes from some states, mainly because states like Wisconsin failed to follow their own election laws. They want an emergency audit of the election. While there will surely be a debate over the questions, it is unlikely the result will change. Objections would have to be approved by a majority of both chambers. That is more than unlikely in a House led by Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

But citizens like Kramer believe there is a chance to rectify a rigged system. No matter what, they’re not going down without a fight.

“What has happened is our votes were stolen,” she said “I’m a retired registered nurse. I’m 4-foot-11 and I’m mad this is going on.”

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