MADISON — These are dangerous times for free speech, particularly for those who question their government.
The danger was on full display last week in Green Bay.
City officials, embroiled in an election scandal, attempted to hastily pass a resolution “expressing full confidence in the administration” of the city’s August primaries and November General Election. A few concerned council members some very frustrated citizens intervened and the resolution was put on hold.
The whitewashing bill followed Wisconsin Spotlight’s investigation that found left-wing election groups funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg were intricately involved in running Green Bay’s elections. Emails show a long-time Democratic operative taking over several facets of election administration.
Several lawmakers, including state Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), have called for an investigation into third-party involvement in the November election. So have many Green Bay citizens.
The emails raise a lot questions, but Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich, a highly partisan Democrat, and his staff swiftly moved to kill the messenger.
They attacked former Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno, painting the veteran elections official as a right-wing extremist with an ax to grind for questioning the city’s election integrity. Their liberal allies on the common council dismissed lawmakers and their concerned council colleagues as “conspiracy theorists.”
Worse, the election whitewashers have labeled anyone daring to challenge their pristine election narrative as “insurrectionists” and “white supremacists.”
“This conspiracy movement is inextricably tied to the white supremacist movement,” Green Bay resident and liberal activist Ned Dorff declared during the meeting. “Give their evangelists a strong rebuke with your vote” in support of the resolution.”
Such is the pursuit of the election whitewashers: Accuse, vilify, and silence anyone who challenges them.
They are tools of a broader national campaign to Wizard of Oz the 2020 election, insisting you pay no attention to those troubling emails and internal documents.
They collectively are Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.