Theories about Russia hacking the 2016 election have deteriorated into a comedy of errors, rumors, and outright ‘fake news’. Now Hollywood types like Rob Reiner, who once played a character named Meathead, appear to believe President Elect Donald Trump colluded with Russia President Vladimir Putin to take the election away from the Democrat candidate whose supporters allegedly rigged the Democrats’ primary on her behalf.
In essence, conspiracists like former CIA spook and rightwinger Evan McMullin and many in major media are citing anonymous sources to direct all manner of accusations at Trump.
Why don’t we just call this what it is?
Anti-Trump types are trying to steal the votes from 30 US states and one congressional district in Maine where Trump won the popular vote delivering him 306 electoral votes. I call trying to nullify a legal election a coup.
The anti-types have tried everything. First came the accusations of white supremacy. Then came the fake concerns leading to a vote recount sought by the Green Party candidate and Hillary Clintons’ campaign. Now it’s Russia. News flash for media—we didn’t need Russia to tell us about Mrs. Clinton. We know her well.
Thing is, we knew a whole lot about Hillary Clinton’s deliberate (in my opinion) negligence and carelessness in using personal email to transmit classified information on her personal server(s). We know a lot about that because the FBI did investigate it and the FBI delivered a critique that, had she not been Mrs. Clinton, would have sent her to prison.
As Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said, Mrs. Clinton “did create one the biggest security breaches in the history of the State Department.”
The Obama administration’s official mouthpiece, Josh Earnest, claimed in a presser Trump told Russia to hack DNC emails. The ‘reporters’ present didn’t erupt into hysterical laughter, indicating they believe the public is as stupid as Democrats believe. Trump made a joke about Mrs. Clinton’s missing emails—you know, the emails she claimed didn’t exist—including those containing classified information she sent but claimed she did not send. Earnest appears to have a deficit in comprehending humor.
We know a great deal about Mrs. Clinton’s malfeasance because of the efforts of Judicial Watch, an organization whose legal requests for public information about Mrs. Clinton’s State Dept. disasters were stymied by the Obama administration for years.
Now the likes of Reiner and another actor who played a president on TV and apparently has become delusional since believe Trump should not receive electors’ votes despite the fact Trump won the popular vote in those 30 states and one district in Maine.
These people want to nullify our votes.
Adding insult to injury, the apparently politicized CIA who assisted with the not-a-terrorist-attack on Benghazi claim Russia hacked documents to benefit Donald Trump, but the CIA has not presented a single shred of evidence to back up that claim. Should they choose to do so, we will grapple with the issue of whether to believe an agency that has obviously become as much a tool of the propaganda arm of the Obama administration as anything else. Consider the 2014 article published in The Intercept revealing how a ‘reporter’ for The L.A. Times coordinated his stories with the CIA.
That reporter’s name was Ken Delanian. Here’s an excerpt from The Intercept article:
“On March 14, 2012, Dilanian sent an email to the press office with a link to a Guardian story that said Bashar Al-Assad’s wife had been buying a fondue set on Amazon while Syrian protesters were gunned down. “If this is you guys, nice work,” he wrote. “If it’s real, even better.”
“If it’s real”? That doesn’t speak well for credibility.
The behavior of Democrats, some fringewingers on both sides of the aisle, and Hollywood types in this election has been reprehensible. Trump faced a misinformation campaign from day one, and he fought a political war the likes of which I haven’t seen in my lifetime.
If anything, his election and the response to it by many in the political class suggests it is a good thing he won this election. The behavior of government officials acting as though we live in a Banana Republic, alternately lying and misinforming to damage the opponent they lost to tells me our republic was in a lot more trouble than I thought we’d been in for the last two decades.
Meanwhile, an article in The Hill indicates the government needs more time to come up with ‘evidence’:
“The Intelligence Community (IC) is refusing to provide the House Intelligence Committee with a requested Thursday briefing on Russian interference with the U.S. election, citing an ongoing review of the matter requested by President Obama.”
One of the first things Trump should do after he’s inaugurated is clean house at the CIA starting with the upper tier. From Fast and Furious to the illicit war in Libya to the collapse of our border security, the CIA and other intel agencies have failed us miserably. Add in 9-11-2001, the Ft. Hood shootings, the Boston Marathon, and the Orlando shootings (and even more), and you tell me whom should we be investigating.
It ain’t Putin.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Dec. 15, 2016)
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