Remember that Project Veritas story about corruption, money, and power politics infecting the electoral process in Minnesota’s Somali community? That story barely scratched the surface.
How would you feel if you heard that votes were being purchased for $200 a pop? Would that affect your confidence in the electoral system?
What about if you heard that Keith Ellison — former Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee — knew about it and told the (Democrat) whistleblower to ‘shut up’? Would THAT affect your confidence in the electoral system?
It’s not like the Whistleblower is some plant from MAGA country either. She’s a well-connected Democrat who’s paid her dues in the party, and the platform she was running on included defunding the police.
Despite her hard-left politics, even SHE was patriotic enough that she couldn’t stomach the blatant corruption she saw among members in her own party.
We disagree with the politics, but credit her character in not wanting to see the exploitation of foreign-born Somalis who do not speak the language or know our laws and customs… particularly the poor and the elderly.
In recent years, multiple Somali-Americans living in Minneapolis-St. Paul have come forward to describe vote-buying, ballot-harvesting, and intimidation operations of historic scope in the Democratic Party-controlled area. Some have brought evidence to state and federal law enforcement, though little action has been taken. These whistleblowers explicitly name Rep. Ilhan Omar, her campaign director Ali Isse, and other Democratic Party members as being involved.
This year, local political activist and Democratic Party member Saciido Shaie ran for the Minneapolis City Council seat in Ward 6. She has a long political resume. Shaie has been appointed to several state boards by Minnesota’s governor and has also served as the Minneapolis DFL (Democratic Party) fundraising director.
On July 6, Saciido Shaie released a 15-minute video of herself speaking in Somali. She announced that she was not suspending her campaign — but she would no longer be campaigning door-to-door.
She spoke about how upset she was by how many voters she encountered who expected her to pay $200 for a vote.
She was angry that local Democrats had taken advantage of so many elderly Somali-American refugees, who, she said, sincerely do not know that vote-buying is a serious federal crime in the United States.
…Shaie also stated that these “terrible things” simply need to stop, because they will destroy the Somali-American community and their children’s hopes for a future in America.– TheBlaze
The Blaze got two separate translators to take this Somali video and translate it into English. The full text is on their page.
Somalis, by the way, it seems they are not done with fraud and corruption.
There are a lot of things ethically, culturally, and religiously that are not good for us and happening on the side of campaigns. A lot of people are doing things that eventually will bring a lot of problems for the Somali community. A lot of people are doing things that could possibly bring a lot of problems for the Somali community.
The reason being, what we have clearly seen, we have seen first of all the seniors are being confused about the time of the campaign, and how [voting] is supposed to be done in the traditional American system of voting.
We are doing the opposite. In fact we are doing it like Somalia, and even worse, is how the campaigns are being done.
You will see people who are saying “if you need my vote, give me money.” Terrible things.
In reality, the person should choose a person on quality, education, and work performance and even being Somali, but instead the people are fighting over “who will give [me] money is who I will give my vote.” That is what was going on in Somalia.
Truly, I didn’t want to talk about this. But I feel it’s become unavoidable to speak out about it.
You remember recently Somalis were caught in the daycare fraud issue? And they were all closed. It was a terrible thing and all these businesses, day cares, home cares were closed. And people were arrested in the city. Because they did things they were not supposed to do. Money being exchanged, people were choosing money over quality and qualifications, religion, culture, ethics, dignity.
Which is exactly what is going on in our campaigns now. People being told “give me your vote for money.”
The old men or women, when you go to them to ask for their vote, they respond “I can’t vote for you unless you pay.”
Recently I sent a van from my campaign to give a ride to voters who promised to vote for my campaign, mostly older women, we picked up eight people. When the driver and the eight people arrived at the voting center the voters told the driver “na af garta” which means “sort us out.” So the driver called me and said this is what they are saying. I asked, “What does that mean?”
They responded, “It means our vote is worth $200 a person, we are being promised that amount, but because you are a nice young lady and we like you and how hard you are working, we will take $100 a vote instead.”
What I did was I instructed the driver to turn around and take them all back home.
I will only get my votes based on my qualifications, record, personality, and platform. I will not get involved in that. As long as they want money for a vote, tell them to go back to the people who promised them the $200, and vote for them. — TheBlaze
That is what integrity looks like.
She goes on to describe other situations she has personally witnessed.
When Glenn Beck had a guest on his show this morning, discussing this story, they talked about Keith Ellison having been notified about this story, and his reponse was clear. ‘Shut up.’
He also made mention of another fact — that the social and political dynamics of where they came translated into political influence here. And Ilhan Omar just happens to come from one of the more powerful families in one region of Somaila.
If anyone is going to be held accountable for this election fraud, it will have to come from the federal government. The State authorities are obviously asleep at the wheel.