Port: ‘2000 Mules’ is an exercise in exploiting Trump supporters for money

This film won’t convince you that the 2020 election was stolen, but it is an excellent mechanism for extracting money from the wallets of MAGA-world.

This film is an exercise in entertainment capitalism, meeting the unquenchable demand among credulous Trumpists for “proof” that the 2020 election was stolen with a supply of squint-your-eyes-and-maybe-it’s-plausible “evidence.” 

It is an excellent mechanism for extracting money from the wallets of MAGA-world.

But as a convincing argument for the existence of meaningful, outcome-altering fraud in 2020? This film won’t change anyone’s mind.

The production makes its case for election fraud on the back of cell phone geolocation data gathered by a pro-Trump group called True the Vote (they got an executive-producer credit on the film) that’s then analyzed by a round table of pro-Trump pundits, all of whom just happen to work for Salem Media Group (which got an executive-producer credit, too, and is also distributing the film on its website) .

The geolocation data at the heart of the film’s argument isn’t nearly as precise as presented. How do we know that somebody being tracked is actually dropping off ballots, as opposed to merely passing by a drop-box location, given that they’re often (and for obvious reasons) located in high-traffic areas?

Even in instances where the film couples the geolocation data with surveillance footage of the dropboxes (obtained from public sources through open records requests), the conclusions reached don’t match up with what we, the audience, are presented.

In one scene, a woman is shown putting an envelope into a dropbox. The narrators tell us she’s putting multiple ballots in, but we aren’t shown anything to prove that. This is also portrayed as meaningful for the 2020 election, but the footage is from January 5, 2021, during the Georgia runoff election. We’re also supposed to be suspicious that she was wearing a mask and latex gloves, but many people used those precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In another scene, a man on a bike is seen making a deposit into a dropbox. He then parks his bike nearby and takes a picture. The film’s narrators ask us to believe that he’s doing so to prove to his bosses that he successfully “muled” some ballots so he can get paid, but a more likely explanation is that the guy was taking one of those I-just-voted photos Americans love to post on social media.

This is the thin gruel that’s supposed to leave us with the conclusion that the 2020 election was stolen.


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