Overstock.com Founder Says He’s “Funding An Army of Hackers” to ‘Save Election’ For Trump
Patrick Byrne, the founder of Overstock.com, announced earlier this week that he’s funding what he calls an “army of hackers” that will overturn the election results and “save” Donald Trump’s Presidency. Byrne famously resigned from his position with the popular shopping site in August of 2019 when comments he made regarding the “Deep State” and his involvement in the 2016 election.
Byrne, who founded Overstock 20 years ago, referred to federal agents as the “Men in Black” and said he assisted in investigations related to the Clintons and Russian interference. In an interview with The New York Times, Byrne claimed he was romantically involved with Maria Butina, the Russian operative who used her NRA activism to infiltrate American politics. She was later sentenced to 18 months in prison. That announcement sent Overstock’s shares tumbling more than 30% over the following days.
Now Byrne is making headlines again for his outrageous claims that he has proof Democrats stole the election from Donald Trump.
“I’ve funded a team of hackers and cybersleuths, other people with odd skills,” Byrne said in a Tuesday interview at One America News, where OAN personality Chanel Rion praised Byrne as the head of an “elite shadow cybersecurity team.” OAN is of course not a real news source, seeming to exist only to push pro-Trump propaganda.
Last night Trump amplified a false claim about the vote totals in Pennsylvania. That exact image & text had been going around social media & appear to come from a blog posted a few days ago from Patrick Byrne, the former CEO of Overstock dot com. https://t.co/OXSketEbI1 pic.twitter.com/yZk3HWr1eT
— Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) November 28, 2020
In the weeks since the election, Byrne has become the latest with a broad “tech” background to reinvent himself as an expert on voting tech. Despite Trump having zero chance of staying in the White House once Joe Biden moves in, Byrne has launched a media tour to promote his mysterious hacker team, appearing from an “undisclosed location” on OAN, Newsmax, and a series of far-fringe YouTube shows associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. Despite his vague claims, Byrne says he’s been funneling allegations about the election to the White House and one-time Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for weeks. Byrne’s claims are similar to those Powell has made publicly, including an allegation that deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez somehow meddled in the election seven years after his death.
No election fraud or tampering has been uncovered, and Joe Biden has been declared the legitimate winner of the 2020 Presidential Election.