Intelligent people can disagree on the overall validity of the last presidential election. But some people took it way beyond that.

Attorneys Sidney Powell and Lin Wood made claims that seemed fantastic, too outlandish to be true. Now Powell is admitting that they were lies. Even more startling, she is saying that “no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.” Get it? She is telling the many who followed and believed her that were not reasonable and should have never taken what she said as fact. This should serve as a wakeup call for some people. But it won’t.

You might also remember she promised Trump would be inaugurated again in January of 2021. He wasn’t. She promised Joe Biden would never be inaugurated. He was. Ah yes, remember this claim?

Didn’t quite happen, now did it? The “Kraken” took advantage of the desperation and sadness of all those who were disappointed at the Biden victory and sold them a bill of goods she now admits was false. And many, including some elected officials, went along with her.  The Chicago Sun-Times fills in the details.

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CST: “Powell, a key propagandist about the 2020 election, has issued a response to Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit. Let’s review some of the statements Powell made after the election: Appearing on Newsmax on Nov. 17, Powell said she had a video showing Dominion founder John Poulos bragging, ‘I can change a million votes, no problem at all.’ The video did not exist.

“At a press conference with Rudy Giuliani and others, Powell said Dominion had been ‘created in Venezuela by Hugo Chavez to make sure he never lost an election.’ She said the machines had an algorithm that automatically flipped votes, and that George Soros’ ‘No. 2 person’ was ‘one of the leaders of the Dominion project.’ Also false.

“Her tone has now changed. The reply Powell’s lawyers issued to Dominion’s complaint is a climb down. Sure, Powell’s reply acknowledges, she made a series of claims about the election being stolen…But Powell takes it to another level. She next argues that the very outlandishness of her false statements is a defense. Powell said, ‘Democrats were attempting to steal the election and had developed a computer system to alter votes electronically.’ ” But that ‘no reasonable person would conclude that the statements were truly statements of fact.’ ” Read that again, and again, and again the next time a charlatan tries to play on your emotions with ridiculous claims that confirm your political fantasies.

The CST concludes, “This is not about Powell or even about Trump anymore. It’s about the complete abdication of integrity by leaders on the right — Republican officeholders, conservative opinion leaders, and so forth…When enough people in authority tell lies, they cripple their audience’s capacity for reason. A few meritorious lawsuits cannot repair that.” Some in the populist wing of the Republican Party bear a serious responsibility for this charade. If there is any justice, if some people return to reason and logic, those populist leaders will pay a price in credibility.