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‘Progressive’ Media Attacks Oath Keepers for Monitoring Elections against Intimidation and Fraud

And this has what to do with Oath Keepers’ ‘Operation Sabot” poll monitoring volunteers…?

“’Guns Down’ Project To Fight Back Against Firearm-Related Voter Intimidation On Election Day,” Media Matters breathlessly alerted its followers, accompanied by an unrelated photo of some Ohio open carriers, placed on top for emotional effect. “Voters Can Text ‘GUNSDOWN’ To 91990 To Report ‘Poll Watchers Who Use Firearms And Other Means To Intimidate.”

Naturally, no dire warning against patriots actually monitoring polls for intimidation and fraud would be complete without the obligatory swipe at Oath Keepers.

“Stewart Rhodes, the leader of extremist group Oath Keepers, announced ‘Operation Sabot 2016, instructing members to ‘go out into public on election day, dressed to blend in with the public … with video, still camera, and notepad in hand, to look for and document suspected criminal vote fraud or intimidation activities,’ (A sabot is a device that helps keep a projectile centered as it passes through the barrel of a firearm or other delivery mechanism),” the warning elaborated.

It’s hardly surprising the documentation links went to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hate Watch” site, rather than to anything posted by Oath Keepers. It’s hardly in the Soros-funded/White House-allied Media Matters’ interests to have it known that “sabot” in this case was specifically presented as a wooden shoe, referencing “a sabot in the machine to stop voter fraud & intimidation.”

“Rhodes told members not to bring guns,* but the Oath Keepers are closely associated with open carry protests, including the open carrying of firearms during unrest in Ferguson, MO,” Media Matters grudgingly conceded, desperately trying to conflate lawful acts of good citizenship with threatening displays to suppress votes. The other thing they conveniently forgot to mention is that Oath Keepers members were asked to protect businesses in Ferguson by grateful locals. It’s awful hard to smear people as racists and haters when the evidence shows the opposite:


As long as we’re talking evidence, why not look at what Oath Keepers is recommending in the “Call to Action” the collectivists are getting the collective vapors over:

What we need you to do:  Therefore, we call on you to form up incognito intelligence gathering and crime spotting teams and go out into public on election day, dressed to blend in with the public, without any Oath Keepers hat or T shirt on, and with video, still camera, and notepad in hand, to look for and document suspected criminal vote fraud or intimidation activities, by any individuals, groups, or parties, and then report those incidents to your local police.

Do NOT attempt to stop the suspected criminal activity or confront those committing it. Just spot it, document it, and report it to local and state law enforcement, encouraging and helping them to do their jobs.

Keep a low profile so as not to disrupt things and notify lawful authorities if appropriate? In other words, if you see something say something? How “anti-government extremist” is that?

As expected, those who say it is get the lion’s share of the media coverage. You can find similar SPLC-inspired treatments on Vox, Raw Story, Daily Kos and plenty of others, further bleeding over to The Huffington Post, The Washington Post (calling Oath Keepers a “militia group”) and more. And it’s instructive that the “For ‘progressives,’ every day is Opposite Day” maxim once more proves out.

*The actual statement from the Call to Action:

We do NOT want open-carry (remember, again, that this is a covert operation) but if you carry a gun concealed for self defense, be aware of the restrictions on doing so near schools and also of the restrictions on doing so near or inside a polling place. Be sure you know the laws in your state, and abide by them scrupulously, in detail.



David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. Somehow, the leftists continue to surprise me with the depths to which they will stoop. The primary definition of the word “sabot” is a wooden shoe sometimes worn in European countries. One form of protest is to throw a “sabot” into a machine to jam it. How do I know this is the meaning of the word in the article? This title of that article is, “Oath Keepers – A Sabot in the Machine to Stop Voter Fraud & Intimidation”. And there is a wooden shoe in the in the photo at the top of the article! Last time I checked, wooden shoes had nothing to do with firearms.

    1. But Nancy, of COURSE sabots are lethal projectiles – I have a Deadly Assault Sabot Rifle which I bought at the Gun Show Loophole. It has a Shoulder thing That Goes Up, a hundred clip round and if I remove a pin, it can fire 500 sabots per second! The only drawback is that it gets harder and harder to get clip round magazine holders that will accept even ONE hundred wooden shoes, and yes, it IS a bit bulky, requiring two helpers to assist me, but by golly, it’s a wonderful thing!

  2. First and foremost, a U.S.Court of Appeals ruled that the actions of these non-violent observers that carefully maintain more than the required distance from the polling exits.

    Seems the Dems couldn’t produce ONE piece of either substantive or corroborative evidence indicating ANY violations of any ordinances, statutes, nor federal civil rights violations.

    So why are the Dems so pissed-off about this? Are they planning or executing some plan that smells of fraud?! If not, why are their collective panties in a knot?

    Dear Dems: Don’t go away mad…just go away !

    1. You mean the Democovets — always getting someone, some group fired up to want other peoples’ money and stuff. You know, break the 10th Commandmant as predicate to breaking the one about Stealing or getting others to steal for you under cover of law.

  3. The MSM will never give a Patriot group a good hearing. OK just needs to keep pushing forward against the media headwinds.

  4. I’m not an English or Language expert, but it would seem that — after reading the article and the above Comments — the word “sabot” looks like a root word for “sabotage”, which is what putting a wooden shoe or any other hard object in machinery does. A “sabot” penetrates the machinery and screws it up just like a sabot round fired from one tank is designed to penetrate another tank (as opposed to the chemical/explosive type of rounds).

    Lastly, when all the “He’s not our President” protests broke out on November 9th, my first question was: Who the hell is putting them up to it? Then I see a report where, in Austin, some observers found their buses a few blocks away. Who’s coordinating? Who’s paying?

      1. Both, and with the unlimited approval and assistance of Sotero Sobarkah. The absolute pinnacle of social and political corruption. This has only just begun and could get uglier with every day that passes. Soros should be collected and “handled” as required.

    1. Soro’s tentacles are into everything, Back before Beck lost his mind, he had excellent blackboard examples of how Evil the man really is. A trip to Wikipedia to check him out is worth your time. If the Public had not come out of it’s coma in time Soros would be the next Sect. of State.

  5. Guns don’t intimidate only people do. I work with and seen the most dangerous men guarding us against possible Terrorist attacks and many of them are very sweet and respectful. They make me feel very safe. I am a former Israeli Soldier and a Past Anti Terrorist Agent.

    1. Thank for your service to mankind. Thank you for putting your life on the line. It is appreciated by most true Americans and the snowflakes will never understand that nor appreciate your contribution.

    2. Your service is much appreciated. And the Liberal morons out protesting or shall I say rioting, have no understanding of that concept.

  6. This is a puzzle to me. Poll watching is nothing unusual or suspect. In the state where I lived for more than 70 years, both parties had poll watchers, requiring official forms & signatures. What’s the problem?

  7. Quit whining you should be mad at CNN CNBC ABC CBS they lied to you about the polls , You got suckered by them. So you are still following their wishes. Go to the media liars and spew your anger for lying to you.

  8. We DON’T read or listen to ‘progressive’ media so they’re speaking to the choir. The truth is not in the MSM.

  9. We won the election. What we need to do now is to organize and unify in massive numbers to be in Wash DC on the day the Electoral College and their paid-for liberal delegates make their decision. Any decision against President-elect Donald Trump would be an illegal scheme that must be dealt with – immediately and severely.

  10. The left will do whatever they can go subvert the truth. Works is a poor excuse for a human being. Soon he will get his due justice.

  11. Looking at the picture at the top of the page , of the Oath Keepers guarding this polling booth I bit , if their were any thieve’s around , they were clearly intimidated !!!

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