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Hillary Clinton Is The Legitimate 2016 President

Category: Donald Trump
Posted: 07/12/17 00:04

by Dave Mindeman

Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election.

I realize that that is somewhat inconsequential at this point, but I do not make that statement lightly. In 2000, I believed that George W. Bush was appointed by the Supreme Court - the Florida election system was so incompetent, there was no way that vote could be an actual count.

But once it was declared, I accepted it. I didn't like it, but I accepted it. This blog came about soon after that election. This year was also very disappointing. But we have an electoral college system and despite winning the popular vote, the electoral college seemed to favor Trump.

The recriminations within the Democratic Party came swiftly and everybody blamed somebody for the outcome.

But as these past 6 months have unfolded, I am becoming convinced that this election of Donald Trump was an illegitimate outcome. This election was interfered with...and at first I did not think it was enough to change the outcome, but now I do. I am convinced that Hillary should be our President.

Here is how I arrived at this. First, Hillary's popular vote margin was 2.9 million votes. That is a lot...for any election. It could still be close but to actual lose the electoral college by that large a margin almost seems impossible. And to lose key states, all by the same 1% margin begs incredulity. But I learned to accept that outcome as it stood then.

But then the Russian hacking became more than just a sidebar. Putin hated Hillary Clinton and did not want her elected - and as an added bonus, Trump was more than a willing dupe. That is becoming more and more evident as the new revelations become public.

Then evidence surfaced that 19 to 30 states had their voter roles hacked into. That is a sobering thought. Republicans are never afraid of purging voters - especially minority ones. And to have an outside hacker messing around in there is very troubling. In addition, if they can get into the voter database, you have to wonder what else they can access.

But yesterday's revelation about the Donald Trump Jr meeting with a Russian lawyer talking about dirt on Clinton was the final straw. That is clear evidence of the campaign's cooperation with Russian meddling. And if this initial meeting (pre-Wikileaks) peaked their interest, you know that there was more cooperation in the offing. Trump's appeal to Russia to disclose Clinton's e-mails takes on new meaning. Trump Jr's indignant defense of any insinuation about Russian cooperation just a month after he had the meeting....and to also have the audacity to accuse the Clinton camp of lying "all the time" and "doing anything to win"...is particularly galling in light of what we know now.

You add the regular Breitbart yellow journalism and the fake news sites that popped up overnight -- well, it just becomes a lot of things for any campaign to overcome.

Despite working against all of that, Hillary Clinton got 2.9 million more votes than the Trump/Russia coalition.

We have an illegitimate President right now. The first one in the history of our democracy. Trump did not win - he is there because a foreign adversarial power wanted him there.

Question now is....what are we going to do about it?
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