It's like Twitter but not
I know I’ve only managed to put a handful of posts up since I created this site almost a year ago. It’s not that the news has stopped, or that I’ve found something better to do with my time (I wish) - it’s mostly that it takes me 5x as long to put up a Substack post than it does to post a quick thread on Twitter that breaks down the topic du jour.
Sometimes these threads can get a bit unwieldly - like 122 tweets unwieldy - and once they’ve been posted, it can be incredibly hard to find them in the future. So after a Twitter data request and a crash course in modern web design (in 2022 *everything* is responsive!), I present you with ✨threads.trapezoid.news✨: a curated collection of threads covering some of the biggest schemes that followed the 2020 US Election.
If you were following me back in December 2020, you may have seen my threads on Antrim, MI, where I followed along in near real-time as a forensics team from a partisan Texas firm attempted to get their hands on voting machines. I was the first to point out that, not only did ASOG get access to county clerk offices prior to their court order, but also that one of the members of the forensic team appeared to be a former pro-surfer that ran a shit-posting far right Twitter account and had been spreading copious amounts of election disinformation immediately following the election.
Once they succeeded, ASOG released an error-ridden report that ended up getting amplified by Trump, and, as we learned later, served as the basis to justify attempts to use the military to seize voting machines from swing states.
Or, maybe you were a fan of my coverage of the Maricopa “audits” that took place in Arizona last year. After it was rumored AZ Senate President Karen Fann was considering ASOG to head the audit, I was the first person to call out Cyber Ninja Doug Logan’s social media presence - specifically his Twitter account where he spread debunked election fraud claims and attempted to reach out to Ron Watkins - who’s suspected to have had a heavy hand in QAnon and worked with Lin Wood to gin up crowds prior to 1/6.
I also documented the threats of violence that plagued quasi-official Telegram channels set up by supporters of the Maricopa “audit” and dug into the weird audit of a small Pennsylvania county conducted by Wake TSI, one of the Maricopa sub-contractors. When American Oversight, a government watchdog and advocate for government transparency, released a trove of documents related to the Maricopa audit, I dove through them to surface interesting clues about the origins of the audit and gawk at the fact that someone wanted the FBI to get involved because of the fire throwing clowns at a carnival going on next door.
Because I don’t value time or sanity, I also decided to live tweet Mike Lindell’s Cyber Symposium, which took place in August of 2021 and introduced the world to Tina Peters, the first county clerk to proudly admit to breaking several laws in order to allow someone (who was likely the former pro-surfer/current shit poster mentioned above!) to record video of an upgrade of their election system, and provide them with access to the election equipment so that they could make forensic images - which were later released online by Ron Watkins.
And all that just scratches the surface - it doesn’t even talk about the grifter wars where accusations of bio-warfare devolved into sophomoric prank calls, or the efforts Patrick Byrne, Phil Waldron, Sidney Powell, and Mike Flynn went through to try and get Trump to sign an executive order that would have the US Marshall’s seizing voting machines, or that time a natural health doctor in Texas paid a group of private detectives to investigate supposed voter fraud, only for one of them to run an innocent AC repair guy off the road and put a gun to his head, or…or….you get the picture.
If you’d like an over view of the topics I’ve covered, I suggest checking out the tags or if you’re looking for something specific, give search a try. Right now the page is up to date through mid-April 2022, but I plan on adding tooling that will help me keep it updated on a rolling basis.
And, as with any new thing, there are bound to be weird formatting issues, missing content, etc. If you spot anything like that, please let me know on Twitter @get_innocuous