Fake News and Russia
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The idea that 30+ years of corruption finally caught up to Hillary just isn't possible.
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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, born October 26, 1947, is an American politician and former United States Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009. (Link) ©2017 hillaryclinton.com
Or how to steal an election
Their apoplexy over losing this election seems to know no bounds. In the immediate aftermath, we saw major protests, and even some riots in major US cities (which, ironically, were mostly populated by Clinton supporters). It has reached the point now where they are literally attempting a coup, trying to influence the Electoral College to overturn the results of the election.
Unfortunately, the two allegations that have gained the most traction in the mainstream media don't seem to be going away anytime soon: Fake News and Russia hacked our election!
As I wrote recently, the fake news phenomenon is real, and it's something that we should all be on the lookout for. But when Democrats cite fake news as a factor in the election, what they really seem to be saying is "The media shouldn't have been so focused on Hillary Clinton's scandals." You see, last year when Kevin McCarthy pointed out that the Benghazi Committee hearings were having a negative effect on Hillary's poll numbers, what Democrats heard was "Kevin McCarthy just admitted that the entire Benghazi Committee is politically motivated to stop Hillary!" In the days and weeks following McCarthy's appearance on Hannity, the left-wing media ramped up that rhetoric, taking his statement severely out of context, and building their own "fake news" narrative around it. This seems to have given them an excuse to dismiss every negative piece of news about Hillary…so as more and more news came out about Hillary's massive negligence with her personal email server, or her use of the Clinton Foundation to sell access back when the was Secretary of State, the Left just wrote it off as baseless attacks by the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy."
But the American People were paying attention, and as more time went on and more information came out, fewer and fewer people trusted Hillary Clinton…but to the Left, the idea that 30+ years of lies and corruption finally caught up to Hillary just isn't plausible. To the Democrat Party, "fake news" is just another way of saying "news that doesn't support my position." Hillary is supposed to be Queen, and that's all there is to it.
Another factor that had huge effects on the election was the release of thousands of DNC emails by Wikileaks. This peek behind the curtain of the Democrat Party further reinforced the perception that they, and by extension their candidate, were not to be trusted. Besides talking trash about various parts of their constituency (Catholics, African Americans, Hispanics, etc.), they conspired to throw the primary to Hillary, screwing Bernie Sanders out of any possible chance at becoming their nominee. So it's no small wonder that many Swing-State Democrats had a tough time finding motivation to get out and vote.
That Russians hacked the Democrat Party's emails is quite plausible, but to say that this was some Russian plot to swing the election is something else entirely. As a matter fact, the Russians hacked both the Republican and Democrat Parties' emails, but it turned out that all of the juicy stuff was on the Democrat side of the equation. You see, Republicans weren't sending emails back and forth full of derogatory remarks about their own constituents, and they weren't rigging their own primary. When it came to the GOP's emails, there was no "there there."
And when it comes to the motivations of WikiLeaks, it's important to remember that this was the very site that released so many damaging secrets during George W. Bush's tenure in the White House. When it comes to American politics, they are an equal opportunity offender.
But the allegations of Russian hacking have gone far beyond emails. There has been varying speculation about rigged voting machines, Russia–backed fake news sites, and the shady ties between Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and Russia. Of course, there has been no evidence offered to the public in support of these allegations, and with the Electoral College's voting day fast approaching, one would think that any firm evidence (if it exists) would be made public as quickly as possible. The actual existence of such evidence, however, remains questionable at best.
Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, started a fundraising campaign almost immediately after the election to fund recounts in various states. While that effort raised bundles of cash very quickly, it has backfired quite spectacularly. Stein, with her laughably low showing in the election, had no prayer of ever turning the election results in her favor with this recount bid, but as a former candidate, she had the legal standing to jump in as an unacknowledged surrogate for Hillary Clinton. In the end, the best she was able to do was to validate the results of the election, though in some cases Donald Trump ended up gaining some votes as a result of the recount. She also ended up uncovering some Democrat voter fraud, but we shouldn't talk about that. To the Left, voter fraud only exists if Republicans do it.
When Democrats were convinced that their victory was inevitable, and Donald Trump, during the final presidential debate, refused to pre-concede the election if it didn't go his way (saying that he would "look at it at the time"), it was treated as a direct attack on the American election system.
According to Hillary Clinton:
That's horrifying. Let's be clear what he is saying and what that means…He is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.
Rather strong words coming from the nominee of the party that rigged its own primary in her favor.
Let me be 100 percent clear: if a foreign government really did influence our election, that is a very serious issue. But thus far, there has been no real evidence offered that that is the case. And with the amount of baggage that Hillary is carrying around, these attempts to undo the results of our election do little more than to make the Democrat party seem like a bunch of whiny little crybabies. We already endured eight years of "Bush stole the election," even though various reviews by government and media agencies proved that wasn't the case. But it seems that anytime the Democrats lose the White House, they are destined to pitch a fit, stamp their feet, and throw a tantrum.
When it gets right down to it, this is all really about the dumpster fire that was the 2016 election. This election came down to the worst of the worst Republican candidate going up against the most corrupt and untrustworthy woman in modern American politics. It wasn't so much a question of who would win the election; it was a matter of who would be The Biggest Loser.
And in the end, Hillary lost.
Robert Cleveland, Senior Conservative Editor: Robert Cleveland is the IT Director for a document management services company. When he isn't working on computers and scanners, he's spending time with his wife and kids, or writing about just how jacked-up Washington politics is. He is a strong believer that hard work and freedom are what make America the greatest nation on the planet, and it is of the utmost importance that we never lose those values. Robert's other writing can be found at his blog, more...)