Now they are using the report, referenced in the Washington Post, and attributed to anonymous sources, that the Intelligence Community has determined that the Russians put a finger on the election to elect Trump.
Reality check: The only effort we're talking about here is the hacking of the DNC emails and John Podesta's emails, most likely by Russian hackers. Despite John Bolton's protestations, it is likely that some Russian hackers were involved in these hacks. What is unlikely is what the Post and their anonymous sources want you to believe, that the Russians somehow favored Trump and their lack of releasing RNC emails proves that.
Let's be clear here. That's it. There is no attempted hacking of voting machines, of tabulation counters, or of any outright manipulation of voting. The question comes down to: Do you believe that the WikiLeaks revelations were enough to tip the balance from Hillary to Trump, across the 4 swing states (NC, FL, OH, IA) and the 3 "Blue Wall" states (PA, WI, MI)?
I said repeatedly during this cycle that this boiled down to how mad were people, and how many of them were there. Trump did that same calculus, and guess what, it turns out, pretty mad. And a lot of them
The typical Liberal forces are rallying around this nonsense, from the WaPo, to the New York Times, to the Economist, to the usual players in Congress, to their media lackeys at CNN, MSNBC, and the big three networks.
Their fantasies take two forms:
- Trump is diminished and his electoral victory questioned and his legitimacy reduced
- Electors hear the siren call and somehow decide that Trump is truly a puppet of Putin and decide to deny him 270 EVs and send this election into the House.
The people who even care about these machinations are Washington insiders and political cognoscenti. The rest of the country, and that means 95% of the people, were neither influenced by these revelations initially, and do not give a rat's patootie about them now.
These people, who elected Trump (except for you, California) are going to be very upset should these attempts lead to any change in the electoral process in which they participated.
Trump knows that the country doesn't care, and he is the ONE person in Washington who matters who does. He is right to brush these off as the partisan attacks that they are.
As usual in the Season of Trump, he is running circles around our dishonest and partisan media.