Chinese Officials Trying to Dodge COVID-19 Vaccinations, Citing Health Reasons: Leaked Documents

Workers package rabies vaccine at a lab where researchers are trying to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Shenyang, in China's northeast Liaoning province, on June 9, 2020. (Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese Officials Trying to Dodge COVID-19 Vaccinations, Citing Health Reasons: Leaked Documents

BY EVA FU

 

April 5, 2021 Updated: April 6, 2021

As the Chinese regime races to inoculate tens of millions through coercive policies and a propaganda blitz, some local officials are quietly dodging the shots themselves.

Amid Beijing’s aggressive vaccine push, dozens of officials from parts of Liaoning, a province in northeastern China, have cited various health reasons not to take the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, internal documents dated late March and obtained by The Epoch Times reveal.

In a town called Xintai, located in the center of the province, only three out of 66 officials have gotten vaccinated, with another two on the registration list—showing a dismal willingness rate of less than 10 percent.

Fifty government officers and those with the local judicial office and law enforcement gave reasons such as underlying illness, allergy, pregnancy, recent surgery, or a cold, according to a March 29 chart that summarizes the region’s vaccination efforts.

Allergy stood out as the top reason, cited 22 times. Twenty people also cited high blood pressure while five mentioned diabetes—even though both are chronic diseases that would mark them as highly vulnerable to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

In Tai’an County, which has jurisdiction over the town, only four people in the 56-member Housing and Urban-Rural Development Bureau consented to being inoculated, with three people excusing themselves over “poor health.” In the county’s political and legal affairs committee, a well-funded CCP organ that has direct oversight over the court system, one person mentioned toothache. In Tai’an’s fiscal service center, some said they’re taking Chinese medicine or have unspecified illnesses.

The vaccination acceptance is no more sanguine in the Tai’an Occupation Education Center, the county’s major technical college, where around a third claimed to have an allergic constitution and many said they were recovering from the seasonal flu.

The low participation rate from the officials, who have been tasked with “leading by example” in China’s latest vaccination drive, appears to signal a greater lack of enthusiasm within the country.

The regime has been promoting its homegrown vaccines at home and abroad, shipping free doses to 69 countries and celebrating a record of 100 million administered across China by the end of March. Gao Fu, head of the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told state media they were aiming to vaccinate 70 to 80 percent of the Chinese population to achieve herd immunity.

Wuhan Lifting Lockdown One Year Anniversary
Residents receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a community hospital on April 2, 2021 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. (Photo by Getty Images)

Yet achieving the vaccination record has taken the mobilization of communist party cadres countrywide. In some cases, overzealous officials have gone door to door to vaccinate residents and even threatened to blacklist the uncooperative.

The campaign has meanwhile been riddled with questions about vaccine quality.

Still very little is known about the Chinese vaccines the regime has rushed to distribute. The leading vaccine maker, state-owned Sinopharm, announced plans on March 28 to conduct third stage trials overseas to observe how long protection from the virus would last. In Hong Kong, at least 12 locals have died following Beijing’s Sinovac shots, although authorities said the vaccine was not the direct cause for their deaths.

Neither company has made its clinical data public, although the World Health Organization on March 31 vouched for efficacy levels being above 50 percent—the minimum bar for a vaccine’s public use.

“We know nothing about this vaccine,” a mainlander surnamed Li told the Chinese-language NTD, an affiliate of The Epoch Times. “There’s no third stage trial data nor analysis on whether it can produce antibodies at all, whether we can still get infected or infect others. We know nothing.

“We are better off simply having a few bowls of chicken soup at home to boost our immunity, don’t you think?”

Amid public skepticism, the regime has been drumming up the pressure. State media anchors have endorsed vaccination slogans urging people to “lend an arm.”

In southern Hainan Province, a local town called Wancheng told residents they wouldn’t be able to take buses or go to restaurants and supermarkets without vaccination certificates.

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A notice issued in Wancheng, a town in Hainan Province on March 31 warning people of consequences if they refuse to take vaccines. (Screenshot via Weibo)

“If you don’t take vaccines, it will affect your children’s schooling, work, joining the military, and housing in the future,” according to a notice that has since gone viral on Chinese social media. The officials later apologized amid the backlash and rescinded the mandate.

Mr. Wu from China’s central city of Wuhan recently received a text from his local neighborhood committee and his workplace telling him to get the vaccine on a certain date.

Both he and his father, a government official, consider it unnecessary, he said, citing a history of issues with past Chinese vaccines.

“The Chinese Communist Party seems pretty anxious about people’s lack of interest in getting the vaccines,” he said in a recent interview. “A lot of people seemingly support the Party and hate America during normal times, but if you were to ask them to take domestic vaccines no one would agree.”

Another retired Beijing official also expressed concerns about possible adverse reactions.

“A lot of common people are worried about this, and so am I,” he told The Epoch Times in a recent interview.

Luo Ya contributed to this report.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conferenced about migrant children detentions in Dallas, Texas, on March 17, 2021. (LM Otero/AP Photo)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conferenced about migrant children detentions in Dallas, Texas, on March 17, 2021. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

Texas Bans COVID-19 ‘Vaccine Passports’

April 6, 2021 Updated: April 6, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order barring so-called “vaccine passports” that would require Texans to show proof of vaccination before using a service or making a purchase.

“Every day, Texans return to normalcy as more people get the COVID vaccine. In fact, this week, Texas will surpass 13 million doses administered,” Abbott said Tuesday. “Those shots help slow the spread of COVID, reduce hospitalizations, and reduce fatalities.”

Abbott’s move follows a similar order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, who cited privacy concerns as a reason for doing so.

“But, as I have said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” said Abbott, a Republican. “That is why I issued an executive order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health and we will do so without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.”

According to Abbott, the order exempts nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

So-called “vaccine passport” systems have been proposed in several countries and some airlines have floated the idea. New York state started rolling out its “Excelsior” system that would require New Yorkers to show proof of vaccination at major events, although it is reportedly plagued by errors.

Pro-privacy and civil liberties groups have said such a system would not potentially violate the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) law but may create two classes of vaccinated and non-vaccinated people.

At the same time, such passport systems may be contingent on whether a person has a smartphone with a relevant app showing they’ve been immunized. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said last week that low-income people, in particular, would be adversely affected if smartphones are required.

“A system that is exclusively digital, whether by design or as a practical matter, would be a nonstarter because it would increase inequality. Many people don’t have smartphones, including disproportionate numbers from some of our most vulnerable communities, such as people who are low-income, have disabilities, or are homeless,” the group wrote.

The passport system would also have to be decentralized and not allow tracking—or the creation of new databases, the ACLU said.

“We don’t oppose in principle the idea of a requiring proof of vaccination in certain contexts. But given the enormous difficulty of creating a digital passport system, and the compromises and failures that are likely to happen along the way, we are wary about the side effects and long-term consequences it could have. We will be closely watching developments in this area,” the group said.

Other organizations have said that mandating a vaccine passport system will lead to an increasing number of citizens who distrust the government and health officials.

Full Documentary: ‘Up We Soar’ Brings to Life a True Story of Courage

The Epoch Times and its sister media NTD will premiere the documentary film “Up We Soar” this weekend.

The film follows the true story of seven-year-old Fuyao and her parents in China.

Fuyao’s parents are victims of Communist China’s persecution against Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa. A spiritual practice rooted in Buddhist tradition, Falun Gong is followed by millions and targeted by China’s communist regime. Since July 1999, Falun Gong books have been banned and burned. The regime’s propaganda machine slanders the practice. Hundreds of thousands of followers have been arrested. Many are tortured to death.

Amid the persecution, Fuyao’s father, who was working as a news anchor, was forced to do forced labor. Her mother, a teacher, was banned from her job. Fuyao and her mother were placed under house arrest. Fuyao’s mother had to leave her to avoid being arrested. She was later captured and thrown into prison to serve a seven-year term for distributing Falun Gong flyers and DVDs.

Despite the hardship Fuyao faced, she became a key source of inspiration for her scared mother, who was surrounded by murderers, drug dealers, and brutal prison guards. As her mom gradually regained her inner strength, she nurtured and safeguarded Fuyao during her turbulent teenage years, using extraordinary means.

The animated documentary film, produced by New Realm Studios and NTD Television, is one of a series of documentaries produced by NTD’s Legends Unfolding.

Through animation and live interviews, the film brings to life a true story of courage, love, and perseverance in the darkest of times.

Watch more special programs here. 

US Death Rate Shows Lowest Growth in 9 Years Despite COVID Hysteria

US Life Expectancy Grew in 2020 Showing Negligent Effects of China Coronavirus — US Death Rate Shows Lowest Growth in 9 Years Despite COVID Hysteria

The US life expectancy rate actually grew in 2020.
This means you can expect to live longer despite the hysteria of the China Coronavirus.

The US life expectancy rate actually grew in 2020.
This means you can expect to live longer despite the hysteria of the China Coronavirus.

United States – Historical Life Expectancy Data

Year Life Expectancy Growth Rate
2021 78.99 0.080%
2020 78.93 0.080%
2019 78.87 0.080%
2018 78.81 -0.030%

The US Historical death rate in the United States was the lowest in 9 years.

In November The Gateway Pundit reported on an article published by Johns Hopkins University that showed the total deaths in the US had not increased dramatically in 2020 when compared to prior years.

Johns Hopkins later took down the study.

We now know that our previous reporting and the Johns Hopkins study by Genevieve Briand was absolutely accurate.

The elites have been lying to you as they continue to crush your spirit and your livelihood.

Crimes Against Humanity

Crimes against Humanity  

WHAT ARE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY?

Crimes against humanity refer to specific crimes committed in the context of a large-scale attack targeting civilians, regardless of their nationality. These crimes include murder, torture, sexual violence, enslavement, persecution, enforced disappearance, etc.

Crimes against humanity have often been committed as part of State policies, but they can also be perpetrated by non-State armed groups or paramilitary forces. Unlike war crimes, crime against humanity can also be committed in peacetime, and contrary to genocide, they are not necessarily committed against a specific national, ethnical, racial or religious group.

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW

Crimes against humanity appeared for the first time in a treaty in the 1945 Nuremberg Charter at the end of the Second World War, albeit with a different definition than today.

Since the 1990s, crimes against humanity have been codified in different international treaties such as the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1993), the Statute of the International Tribunal for Rwanda (1994) and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998). The Rome Statute provides the most recent and mostSee the source image expansive list of specific criminal acts that may constitute crimes against humanity.

Unlike other human rights violations, war crimes do not engage State responsibility but individual criminal responsibility. This means that individuals can be tried and found personally responsible for these crimes.

Prohibited acts include:

  • Murder
  • Extermination
  • Enslavement
    Deportation or forcible transfer of population
  • Imprisonment
  • Torture
  • Sexual violence
  • Persecution against an identifiable group
  • Enforced disappearance of persons
  • The crime of apartheid
  • Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health

X22 Report 2389

Think Football, The Super Bowl Will Look Like A Puppy Show, No Escape For Players – Ep. 2389 (x22report.com)

The Central Bank [CB] is doing exactly what the patriots want, they are keeping the rates low and pumping QE, the economy is about to burn itself out, the debt level is going to go through the roof. The stock market has some strange occurrences with certain stocks, Game Stop, AMC and others. The Deep State [DS]/MSM are now trapped, they are red pilling America, people can now see very clearly and they don’t like what they see. Trump did not attend JB inauguration and he didn’t hand over the football, why? It seems that everything is heating up, DHS puts out a warning and the impeachment is a go, the Senate was actually the target. The Super Bowl is going to look like a puppy show, there is no escape.

 

Mathematician: Election numbers don’t add up

Undated photo of U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7. (Department of Defense)

Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, Brother of Michael Flynn, Tapped to Lead U.S. Army Pacific

January 27, 2021 Updated: January 27, 2021
Pentagon officials announced that Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the younger sibling of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, is being assigned to head U.S. Army Pacific.

The chief of staff of the Army made the announcement as part of a range of general officer assignments, according to a Jan. 25 statement from the Department of Defense.

Flynn, who was previously approved for promotion to four-star general, has been serving as deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7, U.S. Army. Under the new assignment, Flynn will be posted at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he will serve as commanding general.

The U.S. Army Pacific is the Army component unit of the U.S. Indo–Pacific Command and provides oversight and control of Army operations in its area of responsibility, with the exception of the Korean Peninsula.

In recent years, Flynn commanded the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, after which he became deputy command general of the U.S. Army Pacific Command, according to his biography.

Flynn is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, where he earned master’s degrees in national security and strategic studies. He also obtained a master’s degree in joint campaign planning at the National Defense University.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

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Rioters storm the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (John Minchillo/AP Photo)

Flynn, along with other Pentagon staff, faced scrutiny in recent days over the deployment of National Guard troops to the U.S. Capitol as a mob breached the building on Jan. 6. Washington city officials and the Capitol Police have claimed that the Pentagon was slow in responding to a request for help from the National Guard in quelling the violence. Flynn told The Washington Post he was in the room for several minutes during a call when local officials made the request for National Guard support.

Then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who has since resigned, told The Washington Post in a Jan. 10 interview that a top Army official on the call, later identified as Lt. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, the director of Army staff, said, “I don’t like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background.”

Piatt, in a follow-up statement to The Washington Post, denied making that statement during the call, while other Pentagon officials also denied that Piatt had expressed reservations about deploying the National Guard, members of which arrived several hours after the call to help secure the Capitol.

“I did not make the statement or any comments similar to what was attributed to me by Chief Sund in The Washington Post article—but would note that even in his telling he makes it clear that neither I, nor anyone else from [the Pentagon], denied the deployment of requested personnel,” Piatt told The Washington Post in the statement.

Flynn told The Washington Post he left the room before the meeting was over, expecting that then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy would soon order the National Guard to be deployed.

“I entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending as I believed a decision was imminent from the Secretary and I needed to be in my office to assist in executing the decision,” Flynn told the outlet.

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CORONAVIRUS Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover

Shots generated an ‘inferior’ immune system response in comparison with natural infection

Vaccine manufacturer Merck has abandoned development of two coronavirus vaccines, saying that after extensive research it was concluded that the shots offered less protection than just contracting the virus itself and developing antibodies.
Published

The company announced that the shots V590 and V591 were ‘well tolerated’ by test patients, however they generated an ‘inferior’ immune system response in comparison with natural infection.

The company stated that instead it will focus on research into therapeutic drugs labeled as MK-7110 and MK-4482.

The drugs aim to protect patients from the damage of an overactive immune response to the virus.

“Interim results from a Phase 3 study showed a greater than 50 percent reduction in the risk of death or respiratory failure in patients hospitalized with moderate to severe COVID-19,” the company’s statement noted of the MK-7110 drug.

Merck is to receive around $356 million from the US government to fast-track production of the potential treatments under Operation Warp Speed.

Chief Marketing Officer Michael Nally recently told Bloomberg that Merck is aiming to produce some 20 million courses of the MK-4482 drug, an oral antiviral which patients will take twice a day for five days.

Meanwhile, in related news, German scientists have claimed that the UK Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is less than 8% effective in over 65s, prompting the vaccine developers to hit back, rubbishing the claims.

The German media published the claims, alleging it had been ‘confirmed’ by ‘multiple’ unnamed senior German government sources.

UK government ministers have suggested that the claim could be related to the ongoing dispute over delivery of the vaccine between the European Union and AstraZeneca.

The EU, which is yet to approve the vaccine, has threatened to block exports of shots to Britain, in a move that has been branded ‘spiteful’ by British government sources.

In an effort to make sure its member states get their ‘fair share’ of vaccines, the EU has also threatened to block the delivery of Pfizer vaccines to the UK, demanding that drug companies provide detailed information on when they plan to export Covid jabs to countries outside the bloc.

DR. LEE MERRITT ON FACE MASKS, LOCKDOWNS, COVID 19, SARS-COV2 AND THE RISE OF MEDICAL TECHNOCRACY.

 

The MOVIE…the FINAL ACT! Satanic STRONGHOLDS are being DEMOLISHED! PRAY!

We are in unprecedented times.  Never before has there been such a time that has affected the entire world.  Using your discernment, watch ” The MOVIE…the FINAL ACT! Satanic STRONGHOLDS are being DEMOLISHED! PRAY! by Castle Rock. Open your mind as it  discusses the final act and how we are involved and  participating in the battle of good and evil.

This is not about Biden or Trump, it is about us, who we are as individuals, as a nation and most importantly,   spiritually. We come from all walks of life, different cultures, beliefs and religions.  One thing we all have in common is we started as a miracle.  Scientist have discovered at the moment of conception, there is a literal flash of light. At death they have discovered something  leaves our body based on this video and  article. 

In the Gospel of Thomas, saying 83Jesus said: The images are revealed to man, and the light which is in them is hidden in the image of the light of the Father. He will reveal himself, and his image is hidden by his light.

Spiritual evolution is happening around the world and your spiritual path is  unique to you. There is wonder and frustration, disbelief and believing. We are being put to the test, realizing the world is not as it seems and the physical and metaphysical worlds are inseparable. We have been keep in the dark.  What we thought was true no longer applies. There is this  realization that our thoughts, emotions and actions not only create our reality,  but the world. Look how COVID19 has created fear and doubt around the world.

We have not been told the truth for decades by MSM, our governments, religions and now we are being openingly reality-from-thoughtscensored. We have been in the Dark Night of the Soul.  It is time to seek the truth and this video may be the first step to expand your mind. 

Do not believe anything simply because you have heard or read it somewhere  especially on MSM and social media. They are trying to control you.  You have a gift. It is time to use it. Call it discernment or intuition but it is God’s  gift to us to be used at this time and space.

Do not believe in anything simply  because it is found written in some sacred text or books based on the specific authority of certain spiritual teachers or elders. Do not believe in anything just  because it has been traditionally handed down from many generations.

After great observation, contemplation, and analysis,  go to the place where you have a special wisdom. Call it meditation and prayer, connect to our Source in your own way. Open your heart and mind and allow God to illuminate your innermost spirit. When you realize the power within,  accept it,  train it and embody its teachings for the benefits of yourself and others.

Jesus said is the Gospel of Thomas in saying 2  “Let one who seeks not stop seeking until that person finds; and upon finding, the person will be disturbed; and being disturbed, will be astounded; and will reign over the entirety.”

A New World is Coming

Michelle Fielding Discusses Latest Updates with Nicholas Veniamin

 

THE NEW WORLD IS COMING – THE AWAKENING

Many are seeking the truth and the meaning of our existence, to know our true selves.  First,  Dr. Bruce Lipton explains  we have been programmed since birth.  Our education, media, political and religious systems play an integral part of who we are and become.  We have been guided daily through a world wide messaging system,  vaccinations, GMO foods, pesticides and chemicals, as well as the air we breathe.    It is a worldwide system of control that is keeping us sick, possibly with  vaccination   in the pretense of keeping us healthy and making it a better world.  We have geoengineering under the pretense of global warming. Who controls these systems and why do they want control?  The truth is so unbelievable for many that most will simply discard it, until now!

 

Approximately 84 percent of the world populations  go to churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques and other places to seek divine guidance and the truth.  The truth is elusive and there is a realization that all religions have some truth, but no religion  has all the truth.

Consider a relationship with God is the same as having a loving relationship with our 70444051_498887950951344_4587249759047122944_nfamilies, friends, neighbors as well as everyone in the world, even our enemies. It’s about taking care of nature, Mother Earth and all its life sources. God is divine energy encompassing all things. The essence of God is within each of us and called by many names world wide;  higher self, spirit, soul,  rūḥ, Tao,  chi, prana, kundalini and chakras to name a few. The Abrahamic Religions refer to the Holy Spirit of God which resides within the center of each of our eternal spirits as the voice of God and answers directly to God.  The divine essence of God is within each of us waiting to be awakened.

Imagine your religion contains truths that can be used as stepping stones for the path of your spiritual journey, the higher truth.  Religion has been used to  divide us when it should unite us.   One core belief of all religions  is love, compassion, wisdom and service to others.

Like politics, religion can be changed by the people but again, most do not realize they have been program to believe what they have been taught at a very young age.  In the  video below,  you see people from all walks of life – Jewish, Muslim, Christian, some religious, some secular. It is evident that the participants are moved by this experience as you will be.  It is truly  inspirational and emotional and one day is NOW.

X22 Report January 14

Ep. 2378b – Silent Running, What Happens At The Very End Of A Sting Operation? (rumble.com)

Ep. 2378a – The [DS]/[CB] Prepare To Reverse All Economic Policies, Who Is In Control? (rumble.com)

The [DS]/[CB] are now moving to undo everything Trump has done over the 4 years. They want the Economy back to the way it was so they can move it into the great reset plan. There is only one problem, they elite are not in control. The [DS]/MSM have been trapped in the biggest sting operation the world has ever seen. The bribes, blackmail, treason and sedition is about to come out. The clock is now ticking down and Trump will strike when the time is right. What happens at the end of a sting operation, arrest. During a sting op, those involved believe they are getting away with the crime, until the very end when they find out that is all over.

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Deep State Will Go Down

Deep State Will Go Down 

Explainer: Dueling Electors and the Upcoming Joint Session of Congress

December 17, 2020 Updated: December 21, 2020

Presidential candidates in the United States win elections by winning the most electoral votes.

The Electoral College system apportions a certain number of votes to each state. When voters in a state vote for a party’s candidate, they’re actually casting a vote for that party’s slate of electors, or people chosen to cast electoral votes.

Those electoral votes are counted by Congress. If a candidate gets 270 or more, they win the presidency.

Dueling Electors

In seven states on Dec. 14, a slate of Democratic electors chose Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Republican electors, even though Biden was certified as the winner in the states, also cast votes for President Donald Trump.

The phenomenon created seven sets of so-called dueling electors, or alternate slates. Both groups are sending certificates of votes to Congress, which is slated to convene in a joint session on Jan. 6, 2021, to count electoral votes.

Dueling electors are highly unusual, but they have happened in U.S. history. The last time was in the 1960 election, when the governor of Hawaii certified electors for Republican Richard Nixon. Democratic electors cast their votes for Democrat John F. Kennedy.

A subsequent recount determined Kennedy actually won the state, and he was declared the winner in the joint session in 1961.

John Eastman, professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, pointed to the Kennedy-Nixon scenario when talking about the seven dueling electors this time around.

“We have historical precedent here, and in each of these states, there is pending litigation challenging the results of the election. If that litigation proved successful, then the Trump electors, having met and voted, would be able to have those votes certified and be the ones properly counted in the joint session of Congress on January 6,” he told NTD.

Epoch Times PhotoA member of Wisconsin’s Electoral College casts their vote for the presidential election at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis, on Dec. 14, 2020. (Morry Gash/Pool/Getty Images)

Gary Gregg II, director of the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, told The Epoch Times that short of “actual evidence of fraud” that would move Congress to certify the alternate set of electors, the ones certified by the state’s governors—all for Biden, in this case—will be the ones counted.

The electoral votes have been “officially counted” and the votes have been sent on, he said. “There’s nothing to be done, until it gets to Congress,” he said.

“It’s obviously a very, very long shot,” added Robert Hardaway, professor at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver, because “all the challenges have not been successful by both Trump and his supporters.”

“But that’s the reason for it,” he told The Epoch Times. “If later it’s determined the Republican slate should have been elected, they’ll have the vote already in place.”

In three of the seven states in question—Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—Republicans currently control the state legislatures while Democrats hold the governor’s mansions. In New Mexico and Nevada, Democrats control both. In Georgia and Arizona, Republicans control both.

Republicans have not been able to gain enough support to get the dueling electors certified by the top election official—usually the secretary of state—nor did the state legislatures exercise their constitutional right to take back the power to choose which candidate to give the electoral votes to.

According to the Congressional Research Service, when dueling slates are received, members of Congress in the joint session consider the list when its from a different state authority than the certified list, and conduct a vote. Acceptance of either slate would then require a concurrent agreement in both the House and the Senate.

If there isn’t a conflict in terms of state authority, the one determined to be appointed pursuant to the state’s election laws is counted. If there is no determination by a state authority of which slate was lawfully appointed, the two chambers agree concurrently to accept the votes of one set, or decide not to accept either set. If the two chambers don’t agree, the electors certified by the governor shall be counted.

Joint Session

After electors cast their votes this week, attention turned to the upcoming joint session, which takes place just three days after newly elected members of Congress are sworn in.

At least four people who will be in the House—Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) and Rep.-elects Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Barry Moore (R-Ala.), and Bob Good (R-Va.)—have committed to filing objections during the session.

Objections must be made in writing by at least one representative and one senator. No senators have committed to objecting.

Challenges were made by Democrats in 2016 but failed because no senators supported them. In 2004, Rep. Stephanie Tubb Jones (D-Ohio) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) objected to votes from Ohio, but both chambers voted the objection down.

The basis for an objection appears to be that the electoral vote or votes were not “regularly given” by an electors, and/or that the elector was not “lawfully certified,” based on state election laws, according to the Congressional Research Service.

If an objection meets the requirements, the joint session is suspended, and each chamber withdraws to meet and debate the objection and choose whether to vote to uphold it. Unless both chambers vote in the majority for the objection, it fails. If it’s approved, it nullifies the state’s electoral votes, or could lead to the alternate slate being accepted.

Some experts see an objection succeeding as practically impossible.

“It’s so far out of the realm of possibility,” Gregg said. “The chance of getting a senator to agree, a Republican senator to agree, is a difficulty. Then to get the Senate and the House to agree? At this point … this is not going to happen.”

“Both chambers will not approve objections,” Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional law scholar, told NTD Television via email.

Others aren’t so sure.

“I think when you get to the joint session of Congress, there’s going to be a fight about which of the slates of electors need to be counted based on the evidence and the statutory violations that are presented at the time,” Eastman said.

As of the current certified vote count, Biden has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. The Epoch Times is not calling the race at this time.

In 1877, a joint session of Congress met to count electoral votes and faced dueling electors from multiple states where vote tallies were controversial. The Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate eventually came to a compromise, creating a commission that included House members, senators, and Supreme Court justices.

The commission met for weeks before deciding on March 2 to award contested electoral votes to Rutherford Hayes, a Republican, handing him the election.

Kevin Hogan, Cristina Kim, and Paul Greaney of NTD contributed to this report.

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Relief Bill Battle

Relief Bill Battle 

 

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