Trump Supporters Have Already Turned on the Cyber Ninjas

The CEO of the company responsible for the sham audit in Arizona says he won’t do another one because of the abuse he’s received from MAGA world.
A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a sign at a 'Stop the Steal' protest as President-elect Joe Biden is declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Ge
A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a sign at a 'Stop the Steal' protest as President-elect Joe Biden is declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election, in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Doug Logan, the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based company that conducted the bogus election ‘audit’ in Arizona over the last six months, says he won’t be conducting any more recounts—unless God tells him to.

That’s hardly a surprise given the fact Logan and his company, which has no previous experience conducting such an operation, have been ridiculed and mocked for indulging conspiracy theories and the shambolic way the recount was conducted. 


Most of that criticism has come from the mainstream media and Democrats, but Logan says that his reasons for not wanting to do any more audits is not “because of the left, it’s because of the right.”

Logan was due to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Thursday, but his chair remained empty. Instead, he dialed into the right-wing Conservative Daily Podcast, to discuss the results of the ‘audit’ with host Max McGuire and Joe Oltmann, a conservative activist who has been one of the loudest boosters of election fraud conspiracies since last November’s election.

Oltmann is currently facing a lawsuit from Eric Coomer, the director of product strategy and security at Dominion Voting Systems; Coomer says he has been in hiding since December as a result of threats from Trump supporters who listened to Oltmann’s lies.

“If in prayer, the Lord told me to do it, I would do it again. Otherwise, no, I would not be inclined to, and quite frankly, it’s not because of the left, it’s because of the right,” Logan told McGuire when asked if he would conduct another audit if a different state asked him to.

The Arizona recount has inspired lawmakers in states including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Georgia to seek similar “forensic audits” of the 2020 election results. Even Texas and Florida, where Trump won, are now looking at conducting recounts.


Logan said he had been inundated with messages accusing him of “not doing enough, that I did not put enough on the line.” 

Those attacks from the right increased significantly when the Cyber Ninjas report was finally published last month

While many on the right had been fooled by the likes of Oltmann into thinking that the recount would somehow miraculously overturn the election result in Arizona, the report actually confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory, leaving a huge number of Big Lie believers angry with Logan and his company.

As Ken Bennett, the Arizona Senate liaison to the audit, told the House hearing on Thursday: “That finding is frustrating to many who expected the audit to prove a different election result.”

Among those sending angry messages to Logan, it turns out, was Oltmann, who admitted on Thursday’s podcast that he was the person who leaked a fake version of the audit report that said the election should be decertified.

“I put out that draft to protect you,” Oltmann said. “I did it for you, people came to me and said ‘Doug is under constant attack, they’ve doxxed his family.’ Look, I would have flown to wherever with an AR-15 and stood in front of your house and popped the first person who came up to your door.”

But in comments under the video, Trump supporters continued to blast Logan. “This is why nothing will happen, because of spineless scaredy cats like him,” one commenter wrote. “Doug Logan is a sell out,” another wrote.


“He was a coward,” one commenter wrote. “He has children that could end up under communism and he better be willing to die.”

Meanwhile, in Washington, the Republican members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were recounting to the House Oversight Committee how they too had been attacked by the right because they dismissed the audit as nothing more than a sham run by “grifters and con artists.”

“I have had police vehicles parked in front of my house overnight on many nights because of very specific threats against me,” Jack Sellers, the chairman of the board, told lawmakers.

Meanwhile Bill Gates, the vice-chairman of the board, said: “I have three daughters, and we have been subjected to many threats. Over the past few months, we have been doxxed, one of our colleagues had 90 people outside of his house one evening, and we've had phone calls into the Board of Supervisors saying that people were going to come and slaughter us and our families.”

Gates also told the committee that one state Senator had sent out a fundraising email to supporters that warned the election officials: “We are coming for you. You better check your six.” Gates didn’t name the lawmaker, but it was GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers, who has become one of the most prominent Big Lie proponents in recent months.