Report: Former Tennessee Congressman and Zach Wamp Helped Remove Donald Trump from White House

Chris Butler | Tennessee Star

Former Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp is one of many people Time Magazine cited and quoted in a new article that brags about a bipartisan coalition of people who helped defeat former U.S. President Donald Trump.

As reported last year, Wamp has previously leveled harsh criticisms toward Trump.

The Time article, published this week, describes “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.”

Time went on to say that this “loosely organized coalition of operatives” made “crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors.” The magazine said these people changed voting laws, fought voter suppression lawsuits, and persuaded millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. Members of this coalition also convinced social media companies “to take a harder line against disinformation,” Time reported.

Time described Wamp as someone who supported Trump. The magazine, however, quoted Wamp as saying “we can look back and say this thing went pretty well, but it was not at all clear in September and October that that was going to be the case.”

Wamp advises a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, Issue One, that, according to its website, “unites Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system.” The website lists former U.S. House Majority Leader and Democrat Richard Gephardt and former Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge as two of several people who serve on Issue One’s board.

Ridge told The Philadelphia Inquirer last year that he would go against his party and vote for Democrat Joe Biden in the November 2020 presidential elections.

According to Time, Wamp worked through Issue One “to rally Republicans.”

The magazine also said that Wamp “helped coordinate a bipartisan election protection council.” Time, on first reference, did not identify the name of the council. Later in the article, Time refers to the National Council on Election Integrity. Issue One sponsors the nonpartisan campaign Count Every Vote, and members of that group then formed the council, according to the group’s website.

Wamp serves on the council alongside former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, former U.S. senate majority leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, and former RNC Chair Michael Steele. The council has 35 additional members, all of whom are listed on the council’s website.

“We thought we should bring some bipartisan element of unity around what constitutes a free and fair election,” Time quoted Wamp as saying.

Wamp went on to say that “we had rabid Trump supporters who agreed to serve on the council based on the idea that this is honest.”

“Whichever way it cuts, we’re going to stick together,” Wamp told Time.

Issue One’s website lists Zach Wamp’s son, Weston, as a consultant and senior political strategist for the nonprofit.

As The Tennessee Star reported last August, Wamp posted — and deleted — a tweet accusing then-U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty of using young female volunteers “in short shorts” to attract votes. Wamp had endorsed Manny Sethi instead of Hagerty in last year’s Republican primary.

U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), upon reading Wamp’s tweet, reprimanded Wamp and suggested he doesn’t respect women. Hagerty, now a U.S. senator, won the primary and went on to win the general election.

In a 2015 tweet, Wamp called Trump “a sore loser,” a “hypocrite,” and said Trump “should never be president of our country.”

A 2016 Chattanoogan article quoted Wamp, then reportedly the Tennessee chairman for Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, as calling Trump a “wild man” whom he does not trust.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to chrisbutlerjournalist@gmail.com.

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