158. Patrick Byrne: This Is a ‘Communist Party Takeover’

Patrick Byrne: This Is a ‘Communist Party Takeover’

By Li Hai
January 11, 2021

Patrick Byrne, founder and former CEO of Overstock, told Jenny Chang, the host of NTD Television’s “Focus Talk” program, that what is happening now in the United States is a “Communist Party takeover.”

“That’s what the left is trying to do here. They have a bill that they’re ready to pass as soon as they get in that basically imposes a Chinese-style censorship state,” Byrne said during an interview premiered on Monday. “I think this is a Communist Party takeover.”

Byrne is concerned that in the future, even questioning the reported irregularities of the 2020 election will count as “an act of domestic extremism.”

“What they’re going to try to do is take the FBI and Department of Homeland Security and CIA, and just completely unleash them as instruments of oppression against their domestic political opponents, all under the disguise of ‘We’re fighting domestic extremism … you saw Congress get overrun,’” Byrne warned.

Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account on Jan. 8. Meanwhile, Google and Apple have removed Parler, a social media app similar to Twitter, from their respective app stores. They accused Parler of allowing “dangerous” content be posted on its platform. Amazon followed and removed Parler from its services too.

“This is a color revolution. And it was managed really to the T and executed,” Byrne said.

Byrne went on to explain that the unfolding color revolution has been implemented through four stages: demoralization through the COVID-19 pandemic, disorientation through Antifa’s burning of buildings and the like, with no state response; the crisis of the presidential election; and the normalization phase, which is now the media and big techs wiping out any opposing points of view.

“It’s quite Orwellian,” Byrne continued. He emphasized that he did not vote for Trump but was “absolutely appalled” by the reports of election irregularities.

“I think that the Achilles heel of liberalism is corruption of the institutions,” Byrne continued. He suggested that the CCP (China Communist Party) long ago realized this and has been doing influence peddling in the United States for 20 or 25 years. He said he believes that the CCP also has had a hand in interfering in the November elections.

But he expressed some optimism that America still has its Supreme Court and federal judicial system. He indicated that if they could hold up for two years, there’s a possibility to “flip Congress, maybe flip the Senate.”

Elections for the House of Representatives are held every two years. For senators, it’s every six years. Thirty-four of the 100 Senate seats are up for re-election in 2022.

Byrne pointed out that the Supreme Court should make some decisions in response to some of the cases that are in front of them, to ensure integrity and transparency in America’s election system.

“Everything’s going to be about ballot integrity,” he said. “Get involved. If we don’t do that, the next time it’s over, it is over. So we have to get it done two years from now.”


150. Patrick Byrne: China Is Taking Us Out From Within

Patrick Byrne: China Is Taking Us Out From Within

By Li Hai
December 30, 2020

Patrick Byrne, founder and former CEO of Overstock, said that China is “taking us out from within” during an interview with Dr. Jerome Corsi on Monday.

“The greatest way to fight a war, in the Chinese way of thinking, is not to have to fight at all. That’s what they’ve done here,” Byrne said.

Byrne studied Chinese history at Beijing Normal University from 1983 to 1984. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese studies from Dartmouth College.

“Though we spend a trillion dollars a year between our military and our intelligence, national security circles … that trillion dollars we have and we’ve built, you know, things that can stop all their planes and their missiles and all kinds of things. But we missed the one they use, which is not a fight at all, not firing a bullet or missile at all, but taking us out from within. And that’s what’s going on.”

Byrne pointed out that the Chinese regime is engaged in “a slow coup.”

“It’s a revolution. The stages of such a revolution are very well mapped out. We understand this. It’s demoralization, disorientation, crisis, then normalization: those four steps.”

“The demoralization is what happened this year with COVID,” Byrne continued.

“The disorientation is this kookiness we’ve been seeing for about six months,” Byrne said, referring to Antifa, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other things, such as buildings and police stations being lit on fire, and people being harassed for their political views while out dining.

“That’s all to disorient you. It’s to tell you, ‘You are not living in the America you thought you were living in,’” he said.

“The crisis is, clearly an imposter president has been stood up,” Byrne added in reference to the contested election results.

He asserted that Beijing only needed to secure six counties to steal the election.

“Political scientists can tell you, to steal the United States you don’t need to cheat in elections everywhere. You need six counties where you cheat the heck out of those counties. And you can flip the six states that they are in and thereby flip the Electoral College and steal the country.”

Byrne mentioned an election irregularity in Atlanta, Georgia, where a water main break was reported, and poll observers and media were told to leave. However, four people stayed and kept counting the ballots.

The water leak “was actually a urinal that had overflowed,” according to the chief investigator of the issue.

The last phase is normalization, Byrne said, in which the “media is just beating it into your head.”

“They’re violating every precept of journalistic integrity,” Byrne said, criticizing the media for ignoring the evidence that has been presented claiming election fraud.

Byrne pointed out that thousands of people risked their lives to testify in affidavits, telling of the fraud and irregularities they witnessed.

“So those are the four stages we’re going through, and it’s my assertion that the hand of China is behind this.”

Byrne made it clear that he loves Chinese people and Chinese history, but the Chinese regime “has proven to be as treacherous and ungrateful as anyone could have imagined.”

“What the Chinese did is they studied us, and they saw that corruption is our weakest point. And they infiltrated us, and they corrupted exactly institutions that they needed to corrupt in order to allow what’s going on now to happen.”

“In 10 years, there’ll be prison camps with organs being harvested just as there are in western China,” Byrne went on to say. “So we cannot bend a knee to this under any circumstance.”

The Chinese regime has been killing Falun Gong practitioners for their organs for more than 20 years, according to a panel of experts who attended a virtual conference hosted by the advocacy group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) on Nov. 19, and independent investigations.

Talking about the upcoming Jan. 6 rally in Washington, Byrne said that “this is your last chance.”

“If you bend the knee to this rigged election, they have corrupted the most elementary concept of our tradition, consent of the governed, and you never will get another chance.”

Byrne studied the Constitution’s principles when he was young. He has a master’s degree from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar and received his doctorate in political philosophy from Stanford University. He indicated that the “core atomic concept” in the United States’ liberal tradition is the consent of the governed, which is determined by free, fair, and transparent elections.

“We do not bend the knee. This is what makes us different. And all over the world, there are people looking to us, hoping we show that we are the exceptional country. This is our chance.”

Emel Akan and Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.