“On Monday, December 19, 2016, it would be Constitutional for the Electoral College to correct the mistake that was made on November 8, 2016.”
Debbie Wasserman Shultz served as the Chair of the Democratic from May 4, 2011, until July 28, 2016. The circumstances under which she was forced to tender her resignation are an outgrowth of the Russian manipulation of the presidential election of 2016. Just prior to the beginning of the Democratic National Convention WikiLeaks dumped the DNC’s emails revealing that some DNC staffers personally favored Secretary Clinton over Senator Sanders. However, the way it was reported gave the impression that the DNC was actively attempting to tilt the Democratic Primary toward Hillary Clinton. It was at this juncture that Clinton lost the possibility of gaining the enthusiastic support of Sanders’s supporters. Her campaign never recovered from this hit on the DNC. We know now that the Russians were behind this intrusion.
If one goes back to review the Democratic National Convention one will notice that there was a constant uneasy tension prevalent throughout the proceedings. Many speakers were constantly booed and interrupted by Sanders supporters. The DNC’s emails only added to the fervor of the “Bernie or Bust” Movement within the Democratic Party. In hindsight, one can see a strategy to drive a wedge between Sanders’s supporters and Hillary Clinton. The Republican nominee also began to court Sanders’s supporters quite heavily. This situation did not manifest itself in 2008 when Obama secured the nomination over Clinton. McCain did not make blatant overtures toward Clinton supporters to not support Obama but come over to his side. Perhaps it could have happened if you had had the Russians tampering with the election in 2008. We now know this would not happen due to the personal vendetta of Putin against Hillary Clinton.
The seeds for the Russian coup in the Presidential election of 2016 were sown as far back as 2014. A chorus of pro-Putin sentiments began to emerge from Republican members of Congress. This includes Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Marco Rubio. Aside from elected officials, many Republican conservatives echoed these same sentiments. Obama was said to be weak while Putin exudes strength. Many stated that Putin was, in effect, running circles around Obama. The chorus was so loud that it caused this writer to wonder why Republicans are siding with Putin against their own President. No doubt, sensing this sentiment, the Russian saw an entrée into American politics. It seemed obvious that the conservative admiration of Putin had racial overtones of conservative Whites admiring a White Russian leader at the expense of the nation’s first African America President. Praise for Putin was set forth in such glowing terms while critiques of Obama were extremely ad hominem and derogatory. In steps the Republican nominee who constantly argued that Putin does not respect Obama or Clinton. The question must be asked why does Putin’s like or dislike of an American candidate qualify or disqualify that person to be President. In July 2016, Trump even alluded to the possibility of Putin having used the term “nigger” when referring to President Obama. Trump shared this information but did not condemn the Russian head of state.
Donald Trump’s candidacy took a serious hit on October 7, 2016, with the release of the Access Hollywood video in which Trump was heard boasting about “sexual assault” and using his celebrity to have his way with women. This damaging video, however, did not go unanswered. On October 7, 2016, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta had thousands of pages of his emails revealed through WikiLeaks. The breach of Podesta’s emails had occurred months earlier. However, they were not revealed until someone deemed it an appropriate time just as Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s emails were released at an appropriate time for maximum effectiveness. As such we had competing headlines between the Access Hollywood video and Podesta’s emails.
The American Congress investigated Watergate. Congress investigated the Iran-Contra scandal. Congress investigated Benghazi. Congress investigated Clinton’s email server. Now it is time to investigate Russia’s interference with the Presidential election of 2016. In connecting the dots we do not see a pretty picture. It is unfortunate that the Electors who requested an intelligence briefing will not receive the information before they vote to actually elect the President. However, it would be nice if the Electors would correct the mistake that was made on November 8, 2016, by not electing Donald Trump as President.