Journalists recently uncovered that Chris Suprun, the most well-known “faithless elector,” has a very shady past. Could this have been used to blackmail him into going “rogue"?
One of the most interesting, but most overlooked, leaked messages among the now infamous “Podesta emails” involved a non-aggression “agreement” between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. The email (#47397) showed top Clinton aides discussing how to control what Sanders said about Clinton during the Democratic primary by using the “leverage” they had over him. In short, this “leverage,” otherwise known as blackmail, may explain why Sanders, a once-fierce Clinton critic, stood behind and endorsed Clinton despite the well-documented fact that the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) intentionally and illegally rigged the primary against him to force a Clinton nomination.
The US political establishment has a long and storied history of using blackmail to control key officials, politicians, and public figures, making Sander’s case sad, but not at all uncommon. Former Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, was known to compile “secret dossiers” on the private misbehavior of powerful people, including John F. Kennedy. In May 1945, then-President Truman wrote in his diary that “We want no Gestapo or Secret Police. FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail.”
Revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden proved that this trend continues into the present day. The NSA and FBI have spied on American citizens running for office, including President Obama as both president-elect and president. The NSA also admitted that it has spied on Congress and shares its findings with Israel. Another NSA whistleblower, Bill Binney, told Washington’s Blog that NSA surveillance allows the government to target: “Supreme Court Judges, other judges, Senators, Representatives, law firms and lawyers, and just anybody you don’t like … reporters included.”
Considering that blackmail is common practice in the US political establishment, it is highly possible that such tactics have been used against the members of Electoral College, the group of individuals whose votes actually elect the President of the United States. Since the November election, there has been a concerted push by Clinton supporters to convince electors to go “rogue” and refuse to vote for Trump on December 19th. About 20 electors have already announced their plans to ignore the long-standing rules of the electoral system and vote for someone other than Trump. One such elector is Stephen Christopher “Chris” Suprun who wrote a widely-read op-ed in the New York Times where he claimed ideological superiority over Trump, saying he could not vote for the President-Elect because of “a debt” to his children.
However, an in-depth investigation into the motives behind Suprun’s change of heart turned up some astonishing information. GotNews revealed that Suprun, in 2012, joined and paid for membership on the infamous cheating website Ashley Madison, using the same address registered to his “Never Forget 9/11” charity in his account. After Ashley Madison was hacked in August of last year, reports of extortion and blackmail of users were incredibly common.
Suprun maintained his Ashley Madison membership while married with three kids, unemployed, and bankrupt. He and his working wife then owed over $200,000 to multiple creditors. Suprun is also connected to fishy charities and a payday loan scam site, with over 6 PO Boxes attached to his name. Also of interest is that Suprun, after publishing his op-ed in the New York Times, became a client of the “social justice media strategy” Public Relations firm Megaphone Strategies, which is run by vocal Clinton supporter and CNN commentator Van Jones.
What to make of all this? First, these revelations demolish Suprun’s op-ed where he claims to be an “elector of conscience,” considering that he has little moral ground to stand on. Secondly, Suprun’s connection to a cheating website could easily have been used to “leverage” Suprun’s rogue elector status as such information could threaten his marriage. His massive debt also makes it highly possible that money could have been offered to sway his “conscience.” Based on the political precedent for the use of blackmail, the well-known under-handed tactics of the Clinton campaign, and Suprun’s shady connections, it’s highly likely that not everything is as it seems within the Electoral College.
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