I am getting damned tired of people asking the question of whether Trump’s election is illegitimate. And I am even tireder of people (largely Democrats and media) responding that the Electoral College voted and he was officially elected. Forget the fact that the Electoral College would not even discuss what was happening in terms of interference with the election. I am tired of being told that there is no evidence that the Russians mickied the voting machines.
Here is what we DO know. The Russians, perhaps with the knowing collusion of Trump and/or his staff, promoted the use of LIES (called “Fake News”) to create an even worse impression of Hillary Clinton than real facts. There were outright campaigns that we know got millions of “views” each, and this seems to have gone hand in glove with the Russian efforts.
While a lot of these attacks were against Clinton, many often including Obama, they indirectly encouraged a perception of government that increased levels of suspicion and therefore supporting the Trump campaign’s promise to tear it all up, drain the swamp, blah blah blah. It also increased the motivation for those who just wanted to destroy/ break everything to vote for Trump knowing that he is a walking wrecking ball.
Are we to assume that none of this affected the election? Does this mean that the public is responsible to sort out the lies and disinformation campaigns when the media is not even offering a helping hand? Consider this convoluted piece of lies, reality twisting, and disinformation of Trump and his belittling of disabled reporter Serge Kovaleski as stated by Margaret Sullivan:
Yes, this is the reporter whom Trump mocked during the campaign — waving his arms in a crude but unmistakable imitation of Kovaleski’s movements. When criticized for doing so, Trump vehemently denied that mocking Kovaleski was even possible because he didn’t know him. (Which was also a lie.) All this, because Trump wanted to promote a myth — talk about “fake news” — that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey celebrated 9/11, which he falsely claimed Kovaleski reported while working at The Washington Post. Any reasonable person looking back at the facts would find that absurd.
Is this argument of essentially ‘no effect’ being made to provide cover for others who were “hacking” the election. Namely Israel, the Koch brothers, emigre super blocs, and others? Perhaps so that the United States does not need to admit that our own actions over the decades in other countries elections did not invalidate or short-circuit their elections – even if that was damn well the intended results.
So YES, the election was BOGUS, and it remains doubly bogus by denying the challenges to recount brought forward by the Green party. There are tens of thousands of votes that never even got counted (read Greg Palast please). However, the most likely result of all of this “influencing” was that massive numbers of voters JUST STAYED HOME. This made it even easier for the extreme wedge group of Trump followers to take the election, and for a corrupt Republican leadership to trade the country for the special interests they have been promoting for decades.