Report: Trumpworld Breaks Out the Trump Wine to Watch Conspiratorial Documentary about Mark Zuckerberg

Just over a week after the Academy Awards, Trumpworld got together for a little film celebration of their own. The venue was not the Dolby Theater but Mar-a-Lago, where rather than getting jazzed about The Power of the Dogformer President Donald Trump and his allies gathered for the premiere of Rigged: The Zuckerberg Funded Plot to Defeat Donald Trump. This 41-minute documentary — a short-ass movie! —Centers around the claim that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hatched an apparently diabolical plot to help Democrats get elected in 2020 by ating donating hundreds of millions to get-out-the-vote efforts. “Nothing has animated Trump over the past two years like his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and he seemed particularly ebullient before watching the film,” the Washington Post‘s Josh Dawsey reported following Tuesday evening’s movie premiere. Trump was “saying he was looking forward to its screening more than Citizen Kane, Titanic spirit Gone with the Wind. ”

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With a reported budget of around $ 500,000, Rigged—Which features appearances from Kellyanne Conway and Sen. Ted Cruz—Was produced by longtime Trump ally David Bossie, who is president of Citizens United, a conservative nonprofit group with a penchant for producing documentaries on controversial political issues. The film purports to “follow the money” that a Zuckerberg-backed nonprofit gave to states and localities for election assistance, funds aimed at boosting turnout and navigating the logistical and safety challenges posed by voting during a pandemic. That private money was seen as a lifeline for local election offices that had been neglected by the federal government. But Rigged is focused on how “much of the money from the Zuckerberg foundation went to areas where Biden won, and turnout climbed in the 2020 election,” according to the Mailnoting that the video “repeatedly referenced how the coronavirus led state officials to change voting laws.”

The movie — despite being billed by Breitbart as an “explosive” documentary that “blows the lid off” the Facebook CEO’s effort to elect Joe Biden – “does not accuse Zuckerberg of doing anything illegal,” the Mail notes. And while there are many other reasons people might criticize Zuckerberg, the $ 350 million he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, awarded to nonprofits for election assistance “helped avert a potential disaster where long lines, missing mail and slow counting could have led Trump to further question the integrity of results in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona,” according to NPR. Zuckerberg, as the Mail notes, responded to the renewed focus on his donations through a spokesperson, who told Fox News last week that Zuckerberg and his wife “announced their support for this effort well in advance of the election, so this documentary is neither new nor newsworthy” while noting “They also did not participate in the process to determine which jurisdictions received funds.”

Trumpworld framing Zuckerberg as a left-wing operative is a particularly rich line of attack, given the scrutiny the CEO has come under for failing to crack down on pro-Trump misinformation — a lack of intervention seemingly tied to Facebook’s fear of appearing biased against conservatives . Spirit Rigged is ultimately a footnote in Trump’s broader assault on the integrity of the election he still refuses to admit he lost. Many gathered to drink “Trump-branded wine” at Tuesday’s private screening have helped ensure the survival of that lie, not least Bossie himself, who reportedly introduced Trump as the “45th and 47th president of the United States” multiple times. “If we do not prove what happened in 2020, how can we stop it from happening again,” Bossie said.

As a reminder, Trump’s own Justice Department concluded “what happened in 2020” was a free and fair election, one unaffected by widespread fraud.

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