by Frank Holmes, reporter
Barack Obama and George Soros don’t have much to give thanks for this holiday season. That is, if their flop of an anti-Trump voter drive is any indication.
On the other hand, Donald Trump is wrapping up 2019 by shredding his enemies’ dreams in every part of the country.
First, the Democrats’ impeachment hearings have been a national embarrassment for the party.
Then the media reported that Trump would spend Thanksgiving at the golf course, instead of visiting the troops in Afghanistan — and had to eat crow.
And the Democrats’ plan to stop Trump’s re-election by holding a massive voter drive in one of the most pivotal swing states in the country has gone up in very expensive, humiliating clouds of smoke.
In April, a new outfit called Forward Florida Action promised to register 100,000 new voters by fall—and 1 million new voters by election day 2020.
The idea came from Andrew Gillum, the socialist Democrat who ran for governor of Florida last year…and lost.
When the deadline rolled around last month, Gillum announced that he beat his goal: He’d registered 106,000 new voters in Florida since April.
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But a Florida recount said that he lost again; his voter drive was a complete failure.
State records show outside groups only signed up 27,000 new voters statewide, just 225 percent of the people Gillum claimed to register.
Leftist activists wanted to boost the number of registered Democrats in the state, which has dropped by 400,000 since 2008.
Florida may be the most important prize up for grabs in the 2020 election. Trump carried the evenly divided state—which is home to his Mar-a-Lago property—by just 113,000 votes. So if Gillum had registered 106,000 new Democrats, it would have put Trump’s lead in jeopardy.
But Gillum failed.
“Andrew Gillum has a math problem,” wrote Politico.
It turns out Gillum was counting everyone who fills out an information card as a “new voter”… even people who have voted in the state for decades.
Gillum’s slowly walked back his claim, saying now he wants to “register and reengage” a million Florida voters.
“This is about getting these folks situated so when we target them on the turnout side, that we are, basically, producing a voter,” Gillum says.
But experts like University of Florida political science professor Dan Smith say that’s a joke.
“A new voter is someone who has not been registered before,” Smith said.
And by that measure, the Democrats’ newest bid to turn Florida blue fizzled.
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Make no mistake: This is a major setback for anti-Trump forces. The Hate Trump Left threw everything it had into this effort.
Gillum met with Barack Obama, where Gillum got tips in case he decided to run for president in 2020. That’s likely where the voter registration drive was hatched.
Shortly after the meeting, Gillum diverted half-a-million dollars from his campaign coffers to the new get-out-the-vote group.
George Soros also had his eye on this campaign. The group Gillum worked with, the New Florida Majority, was funded by Soros’ shadowy “Democracy Alliance” and even made an appearance at its ultra-secretive meeting in November 2017.
Obama and Soros bet hard on Florida and, this time at least, they lost.
They should have realized they’d fall on their faces when they put Gillum in charge. Gillum lost his governor’s race to Republican Rick Scott but refused to concede. Like sore loser Stacey Abrams from Georgia, he lobbed baseless claims about voting shenanigans at the GOP until a U.S. district judge said Gillum had turned Florida into “the laughing-stock of the world.”
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He couldn’t turn out voters for his own election, much less anyone else’s.
Worse yet, Republicans registered more than twice as many voters as Democrats during the same one-year period.
Florida looks more Republican—and more pro-Trump—than ever.
If Donald Trump has his way, this won’t be the last time Obama and Soros lick their wounds over a failed political plot.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”