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How you steal an election get a civil war

It didn’t need to be true. It just needed to work.

After the initial results of the election in November surprised the Clinton campaign, the Russia collusion hoax became the means by which Democrats would attempt to nullify votes by flipping the Electoral College electors. The effort climaxed in the days between December 9 and December 17, 2016. America came within a hair’s breadth of the 2016 presidential election being overturned through a collaboration of the Clinton campaign, the media, and like-minded public officials.

The CIA made the first move. On December 9, the CIA leaked an accusation that Russia “interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.” On December 12, 2016, just one week before the electors were to cast the final votes for president, a group of mostly Clinton-supporting electors sent a letter in which they demanded a “briefing” from the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The letter appears to have been informed by the notorious Steele dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign and other partisan misinformation. The letter cited an account of Roger Stone’s communication with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (which was false) and asserted that Stone knew about the hacked emails before they were released (which was also false).

The letter also cited unspecified contact between unspecified Trump aides and those associated with the alleged Russian election interference. This likely is a reference to the Steele allegation that Cohen traveled to Prague to pay-off Russian hackers (which was also false). Or it may have been a reference to the Steele dossier’s claim that former campaign manager Paul Manafort coordinated communication between the Russian government and the Trump campaign (also false). The letter further claimed that Carter Page met with the Putin aide in charge of the Russian intelligence on the U.S. election. That appears to refer to a meeting between Carter Page and Igor Divyekin (which didn’t happen).

Clearly somebody dripped Steele’s poison into the ears of compliant electors to build peer pressure against the Trump electors.

But somebody blinked. On December 16, 2016, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a press release acknowledging the request to brief the electors but declining the invitation to conduct it. The communique made an oblique reference to the classified nature of the underlying information. But this classification could have been lifted by presidential decree in a matter of minutes.

The real reason the electors were not so briefed might have been that insiders had already spotted critical flaws in Steele’s allegations. For example, an astute State Department official, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, tipped-off the FBI that Steele incorrectly claimed the payments for the Russian interference were made through the Russian Consulate in Miami (a consulate that does not exist). Also, the FBI travelled to Prague in October of 2016 to run-down a promising arrest of a Russian hacker. It’s likely that they also used the trip to look into reports by Steele that Michael Cohen traveled to Prague months earlier to pay Russian hackers.

We now know that the Prague hacker had nothing to do with the 2016 election and that Cohen did not travel to Prague in 2016. Both Kavalec and senior Justice Department attorney Bruce Ohrwarned the FBI that Steele had transparently political motives. Ohr also knew from his own Russian source that the claim that Manafort coordinated with the Russians was “preposterous.” The briefing the electors would have received was just a regurgitation of the lies commissioned by the Clinton campaign.

Viewed in the context of the 2016 election, the present-day effort to end the Electoral College is not about amending the Constitution but about softening-up the playing field for the next post-election campaign to flip electors. By running up vote totals in states like California, Democrats can claim a moral victory in the popular vote to justify an attack on the Electoral College’s constitutional result. In this way, padded vote totals in blue states can be combined with “troubling intelligence” reports by insiders in the deep state to make the next play to overturn an “unacceptable” election result.

They came one hell of a lot closer to pulling it off than most people realize. Don’t you think for one second that their failure this time around means these slimewads won’t dare to try again, either. The only real hope of preventing the next attempt—and the next, and the next, and the next—is to see to it that the perps go to prison and don’t come out any way other than feet-first, recumbent, and at room-temperature.

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3 thoughts on “How you steal an election get a civil war

  1. “…and don’t come out any way other than feet-first, recumbent, and at room-temperature.”

    They don’t have to go to prison for that.

  2. They have a much safer way to do it this time, using two tools:

    One is the Popular Vote Compact, which at last count throws 184 electoral votes to the winner of the “popular vote,” a concept which doesn’t really even exist.

    “But hey, it’s OK, Trump just has to win the popular vote, and with the economy roaring along, he’s sure to win that in a landslide!”

    Uh, no. 18 states are in the process of legislating that a Presidential candidate must release five years’ worth of tax returns to even be on the ballot. Maybe all of those states won’t pass it into law, but enough will that he’ll lose the ability for citizens of those states to even vote for him.

    “Well, then, if he really wants to be President, he should just release his tax returns.”

    Yeah? Really? Think about how the bastards have bankrupted and destroyed people associated with the Trump 2016 campaign – Flynn, Manafort, Papadopolous, Carter Page, and others. FOR DOING FUCKING NOTHING WRONG. Now realize that Trump’s tax returns would disclose, among other things, those who have done business with him. You haven’t even SEEN lawfare yet. It will be open season on every vendor, customer, and associate of Trump. I can completely understand why he refuses to release them.

    “Well, hey, those bills haven’t passed yet, and even if they do, they’re not constitutional and the Supreme Court will overturn them.”

    Sure. I mean, that’s correct; they are completely unconstitutional, since the Constitution sets out the requirements for being President. Plus, there’s a pretty good argument to be made that the bills are in fact bills of attainder, which are also unconstitutional. But are you gonna place your faith in the black robes, one of which is worn by John Roberts, who twisted himself into a pretzel declaring Obamacare constitutional so as to get approbation from the media? Think he’ll go out on a limb for Orange Man Bad? I don’t.

    We haven’t even begun, of course, to discuss the truly massive, banana republic level voter fraud that will take place in California and other shithole states. Pew Research estimated that some 3 million votes in California were illegal in 2016; that will at least double in 2020.

    Face it, folks. President Trump will “lose” in 2020.

    What we do about it is entirely up to us.

    “When in the course of human events….”

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