Emerald Robinson: A new legal battle is brewing for the Tennessee GOP after they removed three Republican congressional hopefuls from their primary ballot. Plus, the push to remove all voting machines from our elections launches in Arizona. And calling out the US military for failing to offer religious exemptions for Christians. Today is April 25, and you're in on The Absolute Truth. In a somewhat surprising development, the Tennessee Republican Party voted last week to remove three congressional hopefuls from its primary ballot. Baxter Lee, Morgan Ortagus, and Robbie Starbuck were all yanked from the ballot. The state's GOP is calling this a technical removal from the ballot per party bylaws. But this move by the Tennessee GOP will be met with a legal challenge. Let's welcome one of those candidates looking to take on the state GOP, Robbie Starbuck. Hi, Robbie. Good to see you.
Robbie Starbuck: Good to see you. Thank you for having me.
Emerald Robinson: Robbie, you've already earned some really stellar endorsements from popular figures in the Republican Party, like US Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky, to former US Ambassador Rick Grenell. I guess I didn't understand how last week when I heard the news that the party could remove you and a couple of others from the ballot. Can you explain to us exactly what is going on?
Robbie Starbuck: Absolutely. So, yeah, they're using a technical bylaw in the party that was meant to be used to keep Democrats from infiltrating our elections and running as Republicans. But they're using that to get out the two most Trump-backed candidates in the race, which is just ludicrous. So, they're doing it under this premise that because Morgan lived out of state, that her primaries, they're not counting them. Then in my case, you know, they won't count the California primaries, so we're short the three out of four primaries that are necessary to be bona fide. But in the bylaws, it says that there's another option to be bona fide, and it's to get vouching letters, and then the SEC takes a vote. And if you get a simple majority, then you're bona fide. Okay, so I got a historic number of vouching letters. I got 14 from party chairs, party vice-chairs, and CEC members. I asked the state party chair, Scott Goldin if he had ever seen anybody have as many letters as me, and he said he couldn't think of any. I said, have you seen anybody even close to that number not being allowed back on the ballot? He said, absolutely not. So, you know what's interesting is down in Memphis, there's actually another congressional candidate who is short on the primaries by technicality and got vouching letters, but only got like three or four, something like that, reportedly. He was allowed back on the ballot, but they banned Morgan and me. There's no mistaking why this was done. It was done because we were the threats to winning. We were the top two candidates in polling, and ultimately, I think the Tennessee GOP decided we couldn't be controlled.
Emerald Robinson: So, from what it sounds like to me is sort of the same situation we have in Georgia and what we had in Michigan. Though this weekend, there was a big win for Trump-backed candidates and those who had highlighted election fraud in their state party convention. It sounds like there might be an establishment in Tennessee. We haven't really talked about it there.
Robbie Starbuck: Absolutely. Yeah, I think there's no mistaking it. When you take out the two candidates that are the most Trump-aligned, I think that it sends a very clear message. I mean, Trump had endorsed Morgan Ortagus, and I was in the lead in this race. I've been, obviously, very supportive of the president and had the endorsement of a lot of his allies, like Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Candace Owens, Rand Paul, you know, and the list goes on and on. To take us out and only keep the candidates who are part of the good old boys club, that kind of sends a message. I think, right now, they're facing sort of a mutiny that they didn't expect over this because the people have gone absolutely crazy fighting for us. That's what we need is people to speak up and help us fund our legal challenge. Go to Starbucks2022.com, and you can help us there. We need to fight this because if we care about election integrity, that includes being able to vote for the candidate of your choice in the Republican primary. Not having a backroom deal made where a bunch of 16 people make a decision for you and pre-select who you're allowed to vote for.
Emerald Robinson: Yeah. As I said, I've heard about problems like this in other states like Georgia. Speaking of a mutiny. There was quite a mutiny against the former president when he backed Morgan Ortagus over you. There were a lot of real Trumpian politicos who were not happy about that. Have you heard anything from former President Trump's team since then? There had been some talk that perhaps he had realized he jumped the gun on this one or felt like maybe he didn't do it right in this instance. Has there been any communication, and how has it affected your primary run?
Robbie Starbuck: You know, honestly, I don't even want to hit anything like that at this point because Morgan got screwed here, too. I mean, she got totally dismantled by the Tennessee GOP for totally unfair reasons. And I think that at this point, we're both fighting the same system. We're fighting the same system that is trying to steal choices from voters. I think the important thing is, she may be opposition, and Baxter may be opposition by the primary technical status, but right now, I'm considering them teammates here to fight the corruption that is throwing us all off because whoever wanted to vote for them has every right to vote for them. That's what America is. That's what's so beautiful about it. My family came from Cuba, where you didn't have a choice in who you were able to get behind and to see that happen here in a race where I'm running is really painful, to be perfectly honest, because it's mirroring what we do in dictatorships and what Democrats do. I mean, that's honestly one of the most infuriating things. One of the ways that they're explaining this way is by saying, oh, well, Democrats have done it before. I'm sorry, but when you're using Democrats as your example of why it's okay to do, you jump the shark. Democrats are; literally, I posted last night that they're sending fundraising emails excited that they got me out of the race because they're not afraid of anybody who's left.
Emerald Robinson: Yeah, that's pretty concerning a couple of parallels there, Robbie, Cuba, and Democrats. I'll just say that's concerning. Thank you for being with us. We'll be following your legal battle, and we'll definitely let our viewers know as soon as there are some developments. I'll tell you. We got lots of comments on this and people asking when we were going to have you on last week because lots of people all over the country were concerned that this was happening to you, Robbie. So, thanks for joining us.
Robbie Starbuck: Thank you. Appreciate it.
Emerald Robinson: Big news, Mike Lindell has just launched his nationwide push to halt the use of all voting machines. Lindell has kicked off his 50-state push by starting things off with an injunction in Arizona. The gubernatorial candidate, Kari Lake, and Arizona Representative Mark Finchem were listed as the plaintiffs. At a rally in Ohio over the weekend. Former President Donald Trump backed Lindell's efforts with this message.
Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States: Think of what they're doing, 48-day elections. We want one-day elections. We want paper ballots and no mail-in fake ballots.
Emerald Robinson: Big cheers for that statement, so let's bring in the spokesperson for the 45th president herself, Liz Harrington. Liz, it's good to see you again.
Liz Harrington: You, too.
Emerald Robinson: So, we keep coming off rallies. The former president is just doing a ton of them, and we saw his statement specifically about voting machines, one day, election day, and paper ballots. So, given this new push from Lindell and others, some Trump-endorsed candidates. Does a president believe he will be able to successfully push out these voting machines and go back to just paper ballots and in-person voting in time for 2024 when he could be a candidate potentially again?
Liz Harrington: Well, that certainly is the goal, and hopefully, we can do it before the midterms as well. I mean, this is so important. As soon as President Trump heard about this new filing, he wanted to make reference to it in his big speech in Ohio because it does involve his endorsed candidates. Alan Dershowitz is also a part of this legal case, and as he said in his speech, this is not about him. It's not about Republicans or Democrats. It's about the fact that the American people do not trust our voting system right now. If you look at the experts that are drawn from why this case has to be filed in the first place, it's because it's a national security issue. You have Professor Halderman, who is no Trump fan. He's no-Trump supporter, but he has said these voting systems affect 16 states at least that are vulnerable to having their votes changed. That's just unacceptable. These are experts at the highest level of computer science, and they're saying that they cannot trust these machines. The American people don't trust it. They want, like President Trump said, one day, not 48 days, not a month-long election. They want one day, they want to get rid of these mail-in ballots, and they also want to trust their voting system.
Emerald Robinson: Yeah. You spoke of that Halderman report. That is still a sealed report under court order from a judge in Georgia. Professor Halderman, though, is a professor in Michigan, and there was some big news out of Michigan related to your boss, former President Donald Trump. His picks, endorsed candidates, did well in the state convention over the weekend—both Kristina Karamo for secretary of state and Matt de Perna for Michigan attorney general. And you know, I think this is big news because Matt Perna was one of those people who was instrumental. He was slammed blindly for highlighting the problems with the machines, specifically in Antrim County, Michigan. Also, the president's pick for the secretary of state. Kristina Karamo has been very outspoken about election fraud as well. What does this say to you?
Liz Harrington: This is a huge deal. It sends a message to the Democrats. It sends a message to the Rhinos that, really, this is where the party is at. We want election integrity, and we want people that will actually get in there, who can win, and who will fight once they win. Who will make real change and make our system honest again? Kristina Karamo and Matt DePaulo are two amazing candidates who, by the way, everyone said they couldn't win. I mean, we know we have a big rhino problem in Michigan, especially in the state legislature, the state Senate. But this just shows the power of President Trump. He did a rally there. He did a tele-rally on Friday evening before this state convention, and that pushed them over the top. It really wasn't even close. Matt DePaulo did have to go to a second ballot, and then he won easily by ten points. It just shows you this is where the Republican Party is. We are for America first. I think it sends a really big message that in 2020, that issue is not going away until we fix it.
Emerald Robinson: Yeah. I agree. I think with the fact that they've been so outspoken on election fraud, perhaps it'll have some implication for other candidates who've been more hesitant to talk about it going forward. Now, also talking about President Trump endorsing candidates. There's been this question, right? In the politico on the Republican side, how much his endorsement means. Then there was some pushback on an endorsement in Ohio with a J.D. Vance when the president decided to endorse Vance, even though he wasn't doing the best in the polls. The president did go to Ohio over the weekend. What do you expect to see in terms of the acceptance of J.D. Vance and the favorability going forward?
Liz Harrington: I think the voters will really coalesce around him. I think he is an America first candidate. The rally speaks volumes and will go a long way to helping propel his campaign. He got on stage alongside President Trump, and he said, look, you know, I haven't always been nice. I think he's made clear that he was wrong in 2016. But now he knows President Trump is the leader of our party, and for good reason because he delivered results. I think J.D. Vance wants to deliver the same type of results once he gets to the Senate. I mean, taking on these big issues on trade, breaking up big tech, fighting for our free speech, the drug crisis, and the border invasion, all of these issues are so fundamental. They're really what our voters care about, and JD is on the right side of all those issues. That rally really was an amazing crowd, and I think he'll do very well now going forward for this May 3rd primary.
Emerald Robinson: Yeah. You know, I read JD's book long before he was vocal about being a candidate, Hillbilly Elegy, and even though he was not technically a Trump supporter at the time. A lot of the ideas in the book I grew up a lot the way that JD did, you know, with an Appalachian background. A lot of the topics he discussed in that book were really spot on how voters felt when they went to the election cycle in 2016, and President Trump won.
Liz Harrington: Absolutely, and that's really the most important thing. Do you understand the plight of the working class and what's going on with the attack on the American dream? I mean, it's gotten really so much worse. We couldn't have even imagined what the Biden regime was doing. But these issues have been going on for a very long time. JD saw them very early, and I think that's another reason why once he does get in there, he'll really fight to fix it. President Trump is such a boost to anybody that gets his coveted endorsement. It does put you over the top, and this is what it's all about. It's about actually bringing change, delivering on your promises. Nobody did that better than President Trump, and JD can learn from him.
Emerald Robinson: Well, Liz, thank you for being here, and congratulations on a big weekend with Michigan because it does sort of kill arguments on two sides, that being election fraud and messaging on it as well as going against these Rhinos establishments in states like Michigan and Georgia, where you're currently in a battle there as well with Trump-backed Perdue and the establishment, Brian Kemp. So, thanks for being with us, Liz.
Liz Harrington: Absolutely. Thanks, Emerald.
Emerald Robinson: Coming up, the DOD continues to force service members every day to decide between their military career and taking an experimental, not approved vaccine that conflicts with many of their religious beliefs. But in an Absolute Truth exclusive, one brave lieutenant colonel is fighting back when we return.
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Emerald Robinson: Lieutenant Colonel Carla Weise is a 26-year member of the Air Force and a Catholic. Colonial Weise submitted for a religious exemption on September 21, 2021, saying abortion is a sin and against her faith. She did not want to take the COVID vaccine being mandated by the Pentagon. However, on April 14, Weise was served with denial and next steps. She was given three options. One, take the vaccine. Two, appeal, or three, separate herself from her service or retire. However, by order of the secretary of the Air Force, in an order last year, when the pandemic was in full swing, mandates and religious freedoms be accommodated. So, Lieutenant Colonel Weise has decided to take option number two and appeal, citing religious disparity and persecution in the military. In her appeal, Weise's lawyer notes that the military, quote, "bends over backward to accommodate other religions but actively persecutes Christians, creating a double standard that he says is unlawful." In her appeal to the Air Force noted all of the Scripture in the Bible that supports life, meaning that any of the COVID 19 vaccines would contradict her faith as they were developed with aborted fetal cells. In fact, more and more religious accommodations are being made every day in the military for groups like Muslims, Sikhs, and Jews. However, to date, there have been no religious exemptions given to members of any branch of the military that we are aware of who are identified as Christians. And with that, we would like to welcome in Lieutenant Colonel Carla Weise herself and her attorney, Rusell Newman' with The America Project. Thank you all for being here.
Russell Newman: Thank you.
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: Thank you.
Emerald Robinson: Carla, or Lieutenant Colonel, yours is a story that I have admittedly heard from lots of service members in different branches of the military, particularly many overseas. But because of the repercussions they fear they will face, they have not gone on the record, and they've not come out in public with their story. Why was it important for you to come out and put your face with your name and your situation and go on the record?
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: It's important because we're all in the same place. We're all facing the same things, and we're facing it because we have a religious objection to getting the shots. But yet, we're still facing the repercussions.
Emerald Robinson: And basically, your branch of the military so far has given you three options based on the the the denial letter they gave to your religious exemption. Either you can start the vaccine regimen. You can repeal the religious accommodation denial or retire. You've been in over two decades. What do you do from here? You sent in the appeal. How do you see this going from here?
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: Honestly, I don't know. I take it day by day, and I hope for the best. And technically, by the option of retirement, I actually don't have that option. So, it's either separate or retire. Yes, I have over two decades of service, but I'm currently under an active-duty service commitment because of the job that I currently have. So, I don't have the option of retirement. So, if it does not go favorably, I'll be forced out with nothing.
Emerald Robinson: Wow. Now you highlight in the letter appealing the denial. You highlight that as recent as last year, there was a letter from the secretary of the Air Force that noted they had to adhere to religious accommodations that you can't impose on a service member's religious beliefs. Those provisions have been made and accommodated to other faiths like the Muslim faith in reference to wearing hijabs, which we noted at the top of your segment. Also, with yarmulkes, beards for certain Muslim and Sikh men. So, what are accommodations that are currently made for Christians like you? Are there any because I'm not aware of any accommodations made.
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: Not in general. I think any of them that are made are more superficial. For example, if I requested good Friday off because I want to observe Good Friday services, I could as long as it doesn't impact the mission. So, this past Good Friday, well, technically, I didn't ask, but I also was not upfront accommodated for anything. I was requested to complete a portion of the mission because no one else was available.
Emerald Robinson: Now, Russell, as her attorney, I have a question for you because, in your filing, I noticed something in your letter that you brought up that I wasn't aware of. Now, we know that there is not an approved vaccine available to be taken. They're still using the EUA, the Emergency Use Authorization vaccines because the others have not been manufactured. But you're also saying even the ones that are are quote-unquote, "FDA approved," and are touted as FDA approved Comirnaty and Spikevax that they're not actually what you call FDA approved. They have a BLA, meaning that they were approved to start trials. Can you explain that to our viewers? Because I don't think anyone really knows that.
Russell Newman: Yeah, sure. So, when they say that the vaccine has been FDA-approved, it is misleading. It's a true statement. But you have to ask what has been approved by the FDA. In order to introduce into interstate commerce a new product, which is all of these shots. In order to introduce into interstate commerce a new product to start a clinical trial, you have to have a biologics license application submitted and approved by the FDA. Now, all of these shots, the J&J, the Moderna, the Spikevax, the Comirnaty, and then the Pfizer-BioNTech, have been approved by the FDA in the sense that they have a BLA. What does that mean that permits these companies, these pharmaceutical companies, to enter interject into interstate commerce a new product that begins the clinical trial. Now, the clinical trials are supposed to go on for eight, ten, whatever, many years so that the scientists and pharmaceutical companies can study their effects. Then the FDA makes a determination of whether or not to approve the shot itself. These have not been approved by the FDA. The only thing that has been approved is the BLA, the biologics license application, which permits them to start a clinical trial. Now, under emergency use, you cannot mandate an unapproved product. All of these are unapproved by the FDA and federal law, the Code of Federal Regulations, the Supreme Court case law, and the FDA guidelines require that the recipient be given the option to refuse. So, the Air Force, in this case, is just blatantly violating federal law. So, we're asking them to relent and reverse Lieutenant Colonel Weise's religious objection, which they need to provide. They shouldn't be mandating it in the first place.
Emerald Robinson: And several people have made that argument, but they've been shot down, and clearly, Lieutenant Colonel Weise, you are opposed to the development of the vaccine and the fact that it does use aborted fetal cells in the development and the making of the vaccines. Other service members who have raised alarms, I've been told by sources all over the world, had told me that when they raised their concerns about not only the vaccine mandates but also the COVID restrictions and what it did for military readiness. Remember the lockdowns and the work from home that even occurred in the military that they were essentially punished. They found ways to do it by not saying that's explicit, what it is, and you and the military know there are ways to do that. They saw repercussions. Have you faced any blowback from your leadership in your job? Have they essentially punished you in any way for not adhering to the vaccine mandate so far?
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: My current job and where I'm physically located, not directly. However, the other pieces of my job as an upcoming nurse researcher. I'm supposed to be afforded the opportunity to go to things like professional conferences, specifically military professional conferences for nurse researchers, that is, TRI-Service. So, it's all of our services. I'm supposed to be able to go to Grant Camp to learn how to conduct those Processes for research and things of that nature. I can't do that. They say explicitly on their website that you must send in a copy of the front and back of your vax card so we can verify you've been vaxxed or you cannot attend. So, I'm denied those professional opportunities.
Emerald Robinson: Right. And the case I hear from a lot of members of the military who are concerned is that it also hurts our military readiness. And you're going to see an exodus of some of the best and the brightest in the ranks because of these vaccine mandates. Now, I have to ask you, Russell, because this is a different argument than I've heard with the other contest to the vaccine mandates, even in the military, and that being that there are religious accommodations given to other religions, but not to the Christians. Also, Lieutenant Carla, you can maybe answer this for me. Are Muslims and other faiths, are they opposed to the vaccine for the same reason as well? And have they been accommodated any kind of religious exemption for not wanting to take the vaccine? Or is it Christians only?
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: Russell, you want to take this first.
Russell Newman: So, I'll just go to the accommodations part. The Islamic faith has exemptions in the United States military. For example, a female can wear a hijab that is part of their religious beliefs, so they are exempted from the uniform standards, which would ordinarily bar it. So, they have that exemption. They have kosher MREs or called religious MREs, so they have food that does not contain pork or is consistent with their religious beliefs. They have an exemption for turbans, yarmulkes, and the ability to grow beards. So, in the ordinary course, it would ordinarily be exempt or illegal, you can't wear this stuff, but they are permitted by way of a religious exemption. So, in this particular situation, we have an objection, and the lieutenant colonel has asserted a religious exemption based on the fact that these vaccines contain aborted fetal cells, which is a religious objection to them and to put that in her body, she does not believe that abortion is permitted by the Bible. It is offensive. So, she has asserted a religious exemption. The United States Air Force should recognize the fact that the Bible teaches that all lives matter, even unborn lives, so she has a legitimate objection to putting this in her body. And it should be recognized.
Emerald Robinson: So far, the exemptions have been shot down, but this is a little bit of a different case, a different argument, Russell. So, do you see this going all the way to the Supreme Court?
Russell Newman: You know, it depends on how it turns out. We have submitted an appeal letter. So, right now, it's in a chain of command. We submitted this directly to her commander, so that's Colonel Foster. She will run it up the flagpole, if you will. They will make a determination on whether or not to grant her religious exemption. If they grant it, then it's over. But we set a precedent, and we're going to get the word out. If they deny it, then we will be filing a lawsuit. We will first file in a United States district court and then the Circuit Court of Appeals in that area. Then ultimately, the Supreme Court. I think it's a big enough issue that it should be decided by the Supreme Court. The only court in America that can make law for the entire nation is the Supreme Court. So, that's why you see splits in circuits. This goes to our entire military, and our entire military should have a Christian religious exemption to aborted fetal cells and be forced to put them in your body.
Emerald Robinson: Right. It really gets back to the heart of the Constitution and religious freedom. Now, Lieutenant Colonel, this sounds like somewhat of a battle. It could be a long battle. Are you committed to taking this fight to the end, or is there some point that you decide, you know, maybe I'll just take the vaccine to stay in the military? Or are you willing to leave your career if you have to not have to take this vaccine? As you note in your letter, it is not even a vaccine because it doesn't stop the spread of COVID, which we all know.
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: No. I'm not going to stop fighting. Just as I volunteered for the Air Force over 25 years ago to defend the Constitution of our United States, this is part of that fight to defend the Constitution of the United States. To defend the religious beliefs of our service members because if we're not protected, to be able to uphold our religious freedoms. Who's left to protect the rest of America?
Emerald Robinson: Colonel Weise, thank you so much for being here. Thank you both for being here. Please keep us posted on any updates and developments in your case and come back and share with us what they say about your appeal. A lot of our viewers will want to hear about how your case proceeds and that it has implications that reach far beyond the military for Christians in America in general. So, thank you.
Lt. Colonel Carla Weise: We'll do.
Russell Newman: Thank you.
Emerald Robinson: Now, coming up, President Trump debuted a trailer at his rally in Ohio over the weekend for a much-anticipated movie with True the Vote. And we have True the Vote, Greg Phillips, with us to react after the break.
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Video Clip: We have been working on something big. - Show me the money. - Can we meet? - I've been working with Greg Phillips. He has a background in election intelligence. -True The vote has the largest store of election intelligence for the 2020 elections in the world. No one has more data than we do. We identified in Atlanta 242 mules that went to an average of 24 drop boxes, but in Philadelphia alone, we've identified more than 1,100 mules. - What is a mule? - A person picking up ballots and running them to the drop boxes? - This is not grandma walking her dog, bad background, and bad reputation. They are interested in one thing that's money. - In a no shape, in no way, in no time is that legal? - This is organized crime. - Do you have video evidence? - Four million minutes of surveillance video around the country.
Emerald Robinson: Now, that's just a short snippet from the trailer that President Trump debuted at his rally in Ohio over the weekend. The movie is a documentary and, as much anticipated, a collaboration between Dinesh D'Souza and True the Vote. And with us today is True the Vote's lead analyst, Gregg Phillips. Welcome, Greg.
Gregg Phillips: Thank you so much.
Emerald Robinson: I mean, that's kind of big that the former president, Donald Trump, played that at his rally. You know, so many people are watching. So, I wonder, what kind of response have you gotten since he did that?
Gregg Phillips: It's really been amazing. We've had hundreds of people coming to us saying, I've got a video of this, or I have some archives that you might be interested in. I've got a document, I've got all these things, and we've spent the last 48 hours just combing through all sorts of new information, all sorts of new evidence. But it's really, I think, just a real sort of shocking reminder that Americans are unhappy. People really do believe that something happened. They don't know what, but they know something happened, and I think what we're going to be able to show in our movie, which launches next week, what happened. What something really was.
Emerald Robinson: You know, that gets to my next question for you, Greg, in that what we hear all the time. I feel like there's been a lot of evidence presented since the 2020 election. But you still hear from a lot of skeptics, even on the Republican side and supporters of Donald Trump, who say, well, show me the evidence, and that's in the trailer. You can see this is sort of the premise for the movie. So, Greg, when people these skeptics see this movie, will that finally give them the evidence that they need? And can they then feel like they can clearly define it once they watch this? Will it lay to rest the argument about fraud in the 2020 election?
Gregg Phillips: I think so. There's always going to be the haters on the far left, maybe a few on the establishment right. But the reality is, you simply can't deny this. I mean, if they don't believe that the geolocation or the geospatial data is an appropriate form of analysis, then let's look at the video. If you don't believe in the video, let's look at that combined. But there's no way you can just look at all this and just ignore it and say, I don't think there was anything there. The reality is the reality. Like my grandfather used to say, the truth is truth, even when it hurts.
Emerald Robinson: You know, I won't have you spoil the film because the film is about anticipation. Still, at the end of the day, there has to be some sort of entertainment value to it, but I am looking forward to personally seeing the skeptics that you had in the film. I know most of them and worked with some of them. I'm excited to see how they respond to the evidence that you layout. Also, my favorite line in the trailer is when D'Souza asks for video evidence, and you say, well, there's 4,000,000 minutes of surveillance video around the country. So, you still have a lot of work to be done. This is just the tip of the iceberg, it sounds to me, especially if you're getting more videos from people who are hearing about the story and reaching out and giving you more evidence.
Gregg Phillips: Yeah, there's no doubt about it, and the way the movie is left in the end, I think that the hosts or the guys that are on the show are sorts of sitting injury. They look at all of this, and we present it to them. Then they come back and tell us how they feel about it. Really, that's what we want America to do. We want people to just look at it. Whether you believe us or not, just look at it. Even if you're skeptical, there were some skeptics in the room. But once you watch this and watch the preponderance of all of it. If you're open and care about free, fair, and legal elections. You really don't have any conclusion you can reach other than this was a serious problem, and if we don't get our act together, we're going to be facing it again here in about five months.
Emerald Robinson: And speaking of getting the act together, there are some states that really are not getting the act together, and they're not prosecuting what has been obvious voter fraud. I know you've talked to a lot of these state officials and legislatures. Do you think after this film comes out, there will be more pressure to take this seriously? And then secondly, Greg, is there enough time to change it? We're in a small window before the midterms.
Gregg Phillips: Yeah. Let me do the second one first. I think what's really going to change this is for people to step up, for people to join us. Just like they're sending us things. We're very optimistic that America's eyes are going to be open to all of this. There are some specific and very real ways that we can put eyes on these elections and put eyes on this situation going forward. So, we're optimistic going forward as it relates to state law enforcement. We floated this in whole past the state of Georgia, the head of the GBI, the governor's office, and the leadership over a year ago and got exactly nothing out of it. On the other hand, we had a hearing in Wisconsin fairly recently that generated a lot of really exciting interest from several sheriffs in the state and some people stepping up. From a law enforcement perspective, they really are taking a hard look at what we're doing. In places like Arizona, we've recently had some very significant, detailed meetings with state law enforcement relative to two particular situations. So, we're optimistic. We're cautious, but we are optimistic that we're going to get some movement out of these people and maybe get a few folks thrown in jail. All the while, we have to be mindful that we are, in fact, as Robbie just said, we're not far away. But it seems like the Republicans are doing the same things that the Democrats are doing. I mean, it doesn't even really compute.
Emerald Robinson: Absolutely. Well, I can't wait to see the movie, and I know my viewers can't either, so they can go on May 7. You can sign up for advance tickets for the virtual premiere of it, and I'm sure they can go to your website at True The Vote to provide any information they might have in regards to election fraud. Thanks, Greg, for being here. We're super excited for you.
Gregg Phillips: Thank you for having me.
Emerald Robinson: France's election has been decided, and Emmanuel Macron will remain president. But many French citizens aren't exactly happy about that. We'll get a live reaction from France after the break.
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Emerald Robinson: French President Emmanuel Macron won his re-election over the weekend. Macron beat out the national populist Marine Le Pen for a second time. Macron claimed over 58% of the vote, but Macron's victory wasn't given a warm welcome by several groups of protesters. Police in Paris were forced to deploy tear gas to break up the groups. Now, let's welcome French attorney Philippe De Veulle from France joining us. It's good to talk to you, Philippe, for being here the day after the election.
Philippe De Veulle: Thank you very much. Thank you. Yes, it was yesterday night. So, you have the results. It's 58 for Emmanuel Macron and 42 for Marine Le Pen.
Emerald Robinson: Is that what you expected to see in the election, or did you think Le Pen might have performed better and even possibly beat out Macron?
Philippe De Veulle: Yes, I thought the difference would be shorter, but she made a better score than in 2017. This victory for Macron is not such a huge victory because, in fact, he had the benefit of all the extreme left votes to get this election. It was not easy for Marine Le Pen to win this election because all the media were against her. It was not easy to gain this election, but it was possible anyway.
Emerald Robinson: As you said, she'd garnered a larger percentage of the vote than before, and there's clearly some pushback on Macron's election. A lot of those protesters out there are not happy. So, what do you think the message is going forward? Because she got a little bit more of the vote. There is a lot of protest about Macron being re-elected. I remember not too long-ago Macron was pulling at like in the teens, so he wasn't very popular. Is this shift in France going to continue to grow, or does this kind of squelch the re-election of Macron?
Philippe De Veulle: Well, as you could see, you saw a lot of protesters in the street, but this is not all France. What is funny is all these protesters shouting, screaming, no Macron, no Marine. They voted for Macron in a way. They voted for him or didn't vote for him, but that helped him be elected. So, it's a schizophrenic situation, but you have to see that France is a very multiple, divided population between the left, extreme left, and national right. So, it's going to be very difficult for Emmanuel Macron to have a kind of peaceful term, and we have to wait for another term in the election speaking. In June, we will have the legislative elections that will settle the government for the coming years.
Emerald Robinson: That's very interesting, and we want to keep an eye on that because, as you said, there's such a divide in France between the left and the right. It's pretty much what we're seeing in the rest of the western world, especially here in the United States. Just real quick, before I let you go, one quick question. Do the French people feel that their elections are secure? Because we often talk about French elections in their process. Do they feel this was a secure and fair election?
Gregg Phillips: Yeah. We have some machinery for the elections and to prove that there is fraud. It's possible, but we need the elements. In this case of an election, we can't really speak about a huge fraud for a moment. It's possible, but proof for sure that Macron won this election. It's a very tricky victory because if you see that from the United States, you say, wow, it's a huge victory. In fact, it's not, and time will tell.
Emerald Robinson: Very interesting; we'll continue to follow these developments in France, especially as you go towards the further elections. Thanks for joining us, Philippe.
Philippe De Veulle: Thank you.
Emerald Robinson: Now, a Texas boy fighting brain cancer was sworn in as an honorary NYPD officer last week. The ten-year-old Devarjaye Danie is on a mission to be sworn in by law enforcement agencies across the country. So far, he has been sworn in by 387 agencies. During his trip to New York City, he had a jam-packed agenda. Right after DJ left the FBI headquarters, he made his way down to the NYPD headquarters, where he was sworn in by NYPD Commissioner Ken Chancey. Well, as you can see, DJ is reciting the oath of office and is handed a police badge. DJ learned all the cool ways the NYPD fights crime and even joined in on the action. Well, that's a heartwarming story. So, let's welcome in current NYPD sergeant and founder of Blue Lives Matter NYC, Joseph Imperatrice. Joey, thank you for joining us. This is just a sweet story.
Joseph Imperatrice, NYPD Sergent: You know, there's a lot of negativities on law enforcement that you have seen in the last few years. We have a little boy that has seen all the nonsense and still wants to be a police officer was big. His personality was larger than Texas, and to look at that little boy and know that maybe one day in the future, he might be here. You kind of start appreciating life more, but you also get inspired. You get inspired to be a better person to do more, especially wearing that uniform to be the best police officer you could be.
Emerald Robinson: Now, your organization funded and helped plan DJ's trip to NYC. How do you identify these kids to help out?
Joseph Imperatrice, NYPD Sergent: Well, a couple of years back, there was a little girl named - I get upset every time. Abigail Arias from right outside of Houston, Texas. She had cancer, and all she wanted to do was be sworn in. Well, at the time, DJ was following her story, and he never got to meet Abigail before she passed away in 2019. He carried on her story. So, I kind of let the Lord above kind of grab me, put the stories in front of me. From there, we can inspire the family, help the family, and surprise the family with donations from our generous contributors. We could fly them in and put them up in a hotel. Pay for their food or toys while they're here, and pretty much all expenses paid for a five-star trip. So, that's how we pretty much do it.
Emerald Robinson: And it's not just these kids that you help, but your organization also helps with the family members of fallen officers in the line of duty. I think that's a particularly important issue to help out on. Why do you think this is so important for you to continue doing? I mean, they probably don't get that much help from the state when this happens or whatever law enforcement, they are part of, correct?
Joseph Imperatrice, NYPD Sergent: Yeah. Correct, and there are some benefits. But back in January, the NYPD lost two officers, Mora and Rivera. Our organization raised $66,000, which we presented to families in March. At the end day, when you watch these news stories, the media doesn't always get it right. There's always the bashing. You know, I always thought that the family was watching the news or the headlines saying, this is what my love would die for, the rioting, being called a pig, and all these nasty names—being told that officers are the worst thing ever. So, we want to always let the families know that they'll never be forgotten, that they'll always have a family even outside the uniform. That police officers can do things even when off duty that we're always there to protect and serve. As soon as you take that oath, it's not just when you're doing your 9 to 5 or whatever your tour is, but for those 20 or 25 years and even beyond to make this world a better place.
Emerald Robinson: Well, this is just such a heartwarming thing that you're doing, and as you said, it goes beyond just being on duty. It has honor and duty outside the uniform, and we thank you for what you're doing. We'd like to let our viewers know if they'd like to support your great organization. They can head to BlueLivesMatterNYC.org and purchase merchandise or make a donation. Thanks, Joey.
Joseph Imperatrice, NYPD Sergent: Thank you for having me.
Emerald Robinson: Up next, The Washington Post failed yet again to conduct real journalism, but this time it was pointed at me. So, we'll tell you how the fraudulent media outlet fell for a fake Emerald Robinson social media account and what I did about it next.
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Emerald Robinson: Over the weekend, a little-known reporter at The Washington Post named Philip Bump published an article about the social media app program called Telegram. It was a usual Washington Post smear job. I'm sure you can imagine. According to Philip Bump, Telegram has become the new platform of the right-wing fringe, but then cited a fake telegram account pretending to be me but failed to reach out to me for comment before issuing these defamatory claims. Bump also failed to use Google because, since December 2021, I've made several statements saying that the account does not belong to me. This is a big problem on these social media sites for prominent figures, which Philip Bump didn't know anything about because nobody is trying to impersonate Philip Bump. And why would they? Most days, Philip Bump probably doesn't want to be Philip Bump himself, which, you know, is easy to understand. Just look at his Twitter account, which everybody ignores. One picture really says it all, and it's Philip bumps face on his Twitter page. As the old saying goes, Philip Bump has a face made for radio. Bump's embarrassing error would have been easy to avoid if the Washington Post had done any research or reached out to me for comment before printing the article.
Emerald Robinson: But they didn't. The Washington Post doesn't really do journalism anymore, and they don't really care about facts. They care about smearing their political opponents, and everyone knows this about them. So, I had to send a legal letter to the Washington Post to retract and correct their fake news. They did so immediately because they're afraid of my lawyers, and they should be. The entire episode is yet another example that corporate media hacks like Philip Bump are the most ignorant people on earth. They can't be bothered to adhere to the most rudimentary standards of journalism. However, in regards to The Washington Post, we did reach out and ask them for comment before both this segment and the article I wrote on my Substack yesterday. As we did for other stories in the past, such as the post serial stalker Dr. Taylor Lorenz last week, and for good measure, because we're nice people. We offer to teach their staffers how to conduct real journalism for a nominal fee, of course. And that's The Absolute Truth.