Schiff: ‘More Than Circumstantial Evidence’ Trump Associates Colluded With Russia

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MAR 22 2017, 10:20 PM ET

Schiff: ‘More Than Circumstantial Evidence’ Trump Associates Colluded With Russia

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee claimed Wednesday evening that he has seen “more than circumstantial evidence” that associates of President Donald Trump colluded with Russia while the Kremlin attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Ranking Member on the committee, was asked by Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press Daily” whether or not he only has a circumstantial case.

“Actually no, Chuck,” he said. “I can tell you that the case is more than that and I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.”

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Questioned whether or not he has seen direct evidence of collusion, Schiff responded, “I don’t want to get into specifics but I will say that there is evidence that is not circumstantial and is very much worthy of an investigation.”

That is a shift from Sunday’s “Meet the Press” interview, when Schiff only went as far as to say that there was circumstantial evidence of collusion and “direct evidence” of deception.

.@RepAdamSchiff on Trump/Russia connection: “There is more than circumstantial evidence now…and is very much worthy of investigation.”

The Trump campaign and the White House have repeatedly denied that Trump’s associates were at all connected to any activities related to Russia’s attempts to influence the last election.

Schiff’s comments came after Republican committee chair Devin Nunes said that he had seen reports from the U.S. intelligence community showing communication from members of the transition team — and possibly the president himself — were “incidentally collected” as part of a broader surveillance effort.

Nunes said it appeared most of the information was collected after the election and during the transition, it appears it was collected legally, and none of it was related to Russia or the investigation into Russia. He said he did not know who ordered the alleged surveillance.

The disclosure drew condemnation from some Democrats. Schiff bristled at the fact that Nunes did not share the information with him before updating reporters and the White House.

“The chairman will need to decide whether he is the chairman of an independent investigation into conduct, which includes allegations of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or he’s going to act as a surrogate of the White House. Because he cannot do both,” Schiff said.

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Nunes said at a press conference that “the intelligence community incidentally collected information about American citizens involved in the Trump transition.”

“From what I know right now it looks like incidental collection, we don’t know exactly how that was picked up, but we’re are trying to get to the bottom of it,” Nunes said.

Trump said he felt somewhat vindicated by Nunes’ disclosure: “I somewhat do. I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found,” the president said.

Nunes said he has not seen any evidence that former President Barack Obama had Trump’s “wires tapped” before the election — a claim Trump made on Twitter. The director of the FBI said Monday he has no evidence backing up the tweeted claim.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Virginia, said he was “absolutely mystified by Chairman Nunes’ actions,” and the decision to brief Trump on the information “seems pretty inappropriate to me.”

Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren that the back-and-forth among the top members of the committee was “bizarre” and he said partisan fighting had cost Congress its credibility to investigate Russian interference the election.

“No longer does the Congress have credibility to handle this alone, and I don’t say that lightly,” McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.

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On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia had been ongoing since July. Comey said the probe was included in the agency’s investigation into what the U.S. intelligence community concluded was an attempt by Russia to interfere with the 2016 election with the purpose of helping Trump win.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are conducting their own investigations.

Two weeks ago on “Meet The Press,” James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, said that to his knowledge, there was no evidence of collusion between Moscow and Trump associates. Clapper oversaw the work of U.S. intelligence agencies through January 20th.

On Wednesday, Schiff told Todd of Clapper’s statements, “All I can tell you is reviewing the evidence that I have, I don’t think you can conclude that at all — far from it.”

Mr Comey said the investigation was “very complex” and he could not give a timetable for its completion

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Trump Russia claims: FBI’s Comey confirms investigation of election ‘interference’
Media caption What FBI Director Comey said on Trump, Russia and wiretaps

FBI director James Comey has confirmed for the first time that the FBI is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

However, Mr Comey said his agency had seen no evidence to back up President Trump’s claim that his phones had been tapped by the Obama administration.

He was giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee.

The Trump administration said nothing had changed and there was “no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion”.

Russia has always denied attempting to influence the US presidential election.

The FBI investigation would examine possible links between individuals in the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was co-ordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, Mr Comey said.

The FBI would also assess whether crimes were committed, he said.

Mr Comey said the investigation was “very complex” and he could not give a timetable for its completion.

“We will follow the facts wherever they lead,” he said.

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Image caption Mr Putin “hated Mrs Clinton so much” that he had a strong preference for her rival, Mr Comey said

National Security Agency (NSA) chief Admiral Mike Rogers also appeared before the committee.

He said the NSA stood by an intelligence community report published in January, which said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a campaign to harm the campaign of Mr Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton.

‘No wiretap on Trump Tower’

Mr Comey said he had no information on unsubstantiated claims tweeted by Mr Trump earlier this month that former president Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap on Trump Tower.

This was despite looking carefully for such evidence, he said. The Department of Justice also had no information, he said.


Analysis – BBC North America reporter Anthony Zurcher

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What FBI Director James Comey didn’t say during intelligence hearings today on possible Russian meddling in the 2016 US election was as important as what he did say.

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who had ties to pro-Russian Ukrainian politicians? No comment. Long-time Trump adviser Roger Stone, who reportedly had communications with individuals who hacked the Democratic National Committee emails? No comment. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after leaked evidence surfaced that he had communicated with a Russian ambassador about US sanctions? No comment.

“I don’t want to answer any questions about a US person,” Mr Comey said.

All of this is evidence that the investigation isn’t just ongoing, it’s substantive and far-reaching.

While Democrats will likely be encouraged by this, it was telling that Republicans pursued the White House line that the topic of greatest concern was the intelligence leaks that put this story in the headlines.

If Mr Trump can consolidate his party’s support, it will go a long way towards insulating the president against any fallout from this investigation.


Meanwhile, Admiral Rogers strongly denied that the NSA had asked Britain’s GCHQ intelligence agency to spy on Mr Trump – a claim that had been repeated by Mr Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer.

The allegation “clearly frustrates a key ally of ours”, he added.

GCHQ has described the claim as “utterly ridiculous”.

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Image caption Mr Trump raised eyebrows after he suggested both he and Mrs Merkel had been wiretapped by Mr Obama

Mr Trump’s recent joke about how Mr Obama had wiretapped both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and him “complicates things” with an ally, Admiral Rogers added.

However, Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said it was still possible that other surveillance activities had been used against Mr Trump and his associates.

What are the allegations?

In January, US intelligence agencies said Kremlin-backed hackers had broken into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing messages in order to help Mr Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.

“That was a fairly easy judgement for the community,” Mr Comey said. “Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flipside of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.”

However, late last summer the Russians concluded that Mr Trump had no chance of winning, based on polls at the time, and so focused on undermining Mrs Clinton, Mr Comey said.

Media caption Trump’s wiretap saga explained in two minutes

Both intelligence chiefs said that Russia had made its intervention in last year’s election campaign unusually obvious, perhaps to further its aim of undermining US democracy.

Mr Comey said Russia had succeeded in this goal, by sowing chaos, division and discord.

Mr Trump has since faced allegations that his campaign team had links to Russian officials.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said he saw no evidence of any collusion, up until the time he left his post in January.

Which campaign members have been accused of deception?

Two senior officials in the Trump administration have been caught up in the allegations – former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and Attorney-General Jeff Sessions.

Mr Flynn was fired last month after he misled the White House about his conversations with the Russian ambassador before he was appointed national security adviser.

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Image caption Michael Flynn encouraged a softer policy on Russia and a harder line on Iran

He allegedly discussed US sanctions with ambassador Sergei Kislyak. It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.

Meanwhile, Mr Sessions was accused by Democrats of lying under oath during his confirmation hearing in January.

He said he had “no communications with the Russians”, but it later emerged that he had met Mr Kislyak during the campaign.

Mr Sessions denied any wrongdoing, but removed himself from an FBI inquiry into Russia’s alleged interference in the election.

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FBI Director James Comey Warned Wednesday That Americans Should Not Have Expectations Of “absolute privacy,

 

(CNN) FBI Director James Comey warned Wednesday that Americans should not have expectations of “absolute privacy,” adding that he planned to finish his term leading the FBI.

“There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach,” Comey said at a Boston College conference on cybersecurity. He made the remark as he discussed the rise of encryption since 2013 disclosures by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden revealed sensitive US spy practices.
“Even our communications with our spouses, with our clergy members, with our attorneys are not absolutely private in America,” Comey added. “In appropriate circumstances, a judge can compel any one of us to testify in court about those very private communications.”
But, he also said Americans “have a reasonable expectation of privacy in our homes, in our cars, in our devices.
“It is a vital part of being an American. The government cannot invade our privacy without good reason, reviewable in court,” Comey continued.
In the last four months of 2016, the FBI lawfully gained access to 2,800 devices recovered in criminal, terrorism and counterintelligence investigations and the FBI was unable to open 43% of those devices, Comey said.
Americans’ desire for privacy and security should never be viewed as incompatible, he said.
“We all value privacy. We all value security. We should never have to sacrifice one for the other,” Comey said. “Our founders struck a bargain that is at the center of this amazing country of ours and has been for over two centuries.”
FBI director at center of many controversies
Comey’s leadership of the FBI has been marked by controversy in the wake of the bureau’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email controversy and President Donald Trump’s baseless accusations that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of phones at Trump Tower.
He did not address the wiretapping claim nor WikiLeaks’ recent claim that it obtained internal CIA documents.
Comey did, however, say he plans to finish out his 10-year term.
“You’re stuck with me for about another 6 1/2 years, and so I’d love to be invited back again,” he said.

A new, liberal tea party is forming. Can it last without turning against Democrats?

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A new, liberal tea party is forming. Can it last without turning against Democrats?

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Grass-roots movements can be the life and death of political leaders.It’s a well-worn story now about how John A. Boehner, then House minority leader, joined a rising star in his caucus, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, in April 2009 for one of the first major tea party protests in the California Republican’s home town of Bakersfield.

A little more than six years later, after they surfed that wave into power, the movement consumed both of them. Boehner was driven out of the House speaker’s office and McCarthy’s expected succession fell apart, leaving him stuck at the rank of majority leader.

Democrats are well aware of that history as they try to tap the energy of the roiling liberal activists who have staged rallies and marches in the first three weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency.

What if they can fuse these protesters, many of whom have never been politically active, into the liberal firmament? What if a new tea party is arising, with the energy and enthusiasm to bring out new voters and make a real difference at the polls, starting with the 2018 midterm elections?

Boycotts and outrage: A new normal on Capitol Hill?

Republicans were forced to reschedule votes for key cabinet picks after Democrats intensified their opposition to President Trump’s nominations. (Video: Alice Li, Whitney Leaming/Photo: Getty/The Washington Post)

The women’s marches that brought millions onto streets across the country the day after Trump’s inauguration — spurred organically through social media — opened Democratic leaders’ eyes to the possibilities.

With a 10-day recess beginning next weekend, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has instructed her members to hold a “day of action” in their districts, including town halls focused on saving the Affordable Care Act. The following weekend, Democratic senators and House members will hold protests across the country, hoping to link arms with local activists who have already marched against Trump.

“It was important to us to make sure that we reach out to everyone we could, to visit with them, to keep them engaged, to engage those that maybe aren’t engaged,” Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told reporters at a Democratic retreat in Baltimore that ended Friday. The trick is to keep them aiming their fire at Republicans and Trump, not turning it into a circular firing squad targeting fellow Democrats.

“Now we want people to run for office, to volunteer and to vote,” Luján added.

It’s too early to tell which direction this movement will take, but there are some similarities to the early days of the conservative tea party.

In early 2009, as unemployment approached 10 percent and the home mortgage industry collapsed, the tea party emerged in reaction to the Wall Street bailout. It grew throughout the summer of 2009 as the Obama administration and congressional Democrats pushed toward passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Many of the protesters were newly engaged, politically conservative but not active with their local GOP and often registered as independents. Their initial fury seemed directed exclusively at Democrats, given that they controlled all the levers of power in Washington at the time; the protesters famously provoked raucous showdowns at Democratic town halls over the August 2009 recess.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s first brush with the anti-Trump liberal movement came in a similar fashion to Boehner and McCarthy’s Bakersfield foray in 2009. Originally slated to deliver a brief speech at the women’s march in New York, Schumer instead spent 4 1/2 hours on the streets there, talking to people he had never met. By his estimate, 20 percent of them did not vote in November.

That, however, is where Schumer must surely hope the similarities end.

By the spring and summer of 2010, the tea party rage shifted its direction toward Republican primary politics. One incumbent GOP senator lost his primary, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) defeated the Kentucky establishment favorite, and three other insurgents knocked off other seasoned Republicans in Senate primaries (only to then lose in general elections).

One force that helped the tea party grow was a collection of Washington-based groups with some wealthy donors, notably the Koch-funded Americans For Prosperity, who positioned themselves as the self-declared leaders of the movement. For the next few years, they funded challenges to Republican incumbents, sparking a civil war that ran all the way through the 2016 GOP presidential primaries.

Boehner could never match the rhetorical ferocity of the movement. He was perpetually caught in a trap of overpromising and under-delivering. Republicans never repealed Obamacare, as they derisively called the ACA, and they could not stop then-President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. Boehner resigned in October 2015.

Democrats want and need parallel outside groups to inject money and organization into their grass roots. There are signs it is happening: The thousands of activists who protested at a series of raucous town halls hosted by Republican congressmen over the past week were urged to action in part by sophisticated publicity campaigns run by such professional liberal enterprises as the Indivisible Guide, a blueprint for lobbying Congress written by former congressional staffers, and Planned Parenthood Action.

What is less clear is whether such energy and resources will remain united with Democratic leaders — or will be turned on them, as happened with the tea party and the Republican establishment, if the activist base grows frustrated with the pace of progress.

There have been some signs of liberal disgruntlement toward Democratic leaders. Pelosi and Schumer (D-N.Y.) were jeered by some in a crowd of more than 1,000 that showed up at the Supreme Court two weeks ago to protest Trump’s executive order travel ban. Marchers showed up outside Schumer’s home in Brooklyn, demanding he “filibuster everything” and complaining that he supported Trump’s Cabinet members involved in national security.

But there are two key differences between the conservative and liberal movements: their funding, and their origins. Some anti-establishment liberal groups have feuded with leaders, but they are poorly funded compared with their conservative counterparts. And the tea party came of age in reaction not only to Obama but, before that, to what the movement considered a betrayal by George W. Bush’s White House and a majority of congressional Republicans when they supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout.

There is no similar original sin for Democrats, as the liberal protests have grown as a reaction to Trump, not some failing by Schumer and Pelosi.

Schumer remains unconcerned about the few protesters who are angry at Democratic leaders. “I think the energy’s terrific. Do some of them throw some brickbats and things? Sure, it doesn’t bother me,” Schumer said in a recent interview.

How the liberal activists respond to early defeats may be the next sign of which direction the movement takes. Their demand that Schumer block Trump’s Cabinet is impossible to satisfy, because a simple majority can confirm these picks. All Schumer can do is drag out the debate, which he has done to an unprecedented degree.

The stakes will be even higher for the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, whose lifetime appointment still requires a 60-vote supermajority to reach a final confirmation vote. A Trump victory on Gorsuch might deflate the liberal passion, and some think that was the main ingredient missing for Democrats in 2016.

“We just didn’t have the emotional connection,” Pelosi told reporters in Baltimore. “He had the emotional connection.”

By feuding with intelligence agencies, Trump is putting the world in harm’s way

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By feuding with intelligence agencies, Trump is putting the world in harm’s way

COLUMNS Updated: Dec 14, 2016 13:45 IST

Bobby Ghosh
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Hindustan Times
Highlight Story President-elect Donald Trump said he will announce his choice to fill the prized post of secretary of state on December 13, 2016, ending weeks-long speculation over the globally important vacancy. “I will be making my announcement on the next Secretary of State tomorrow morning,” Trump said December 12, using his favored medium, Twitter. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT (AFP)
Going home for the holidays should be an uplifting experience, something to look forward to. But as I pack my bags for my second visit to New York in as many months, I’m in an even gloomier mood than I was the last time. The last time, it was to vote in the presidential election involving two uninspiring candidates. This time, there’s the rebarbative prospect of having to watch, at close quarters, the horror show that is Donald Trump’s transition to the presidency.It’s been frightening enough to observe from a distance. Not only is Trump the least-prepared president-elect in American history, but he compounds this by showing no interest in preparing — if anything, he seems absolutely determined not to prepare — for the most important job in the world. Most worrisome of all is the news that he has been avoiding daily security briefings by the intelligence services. A man so plainly ignorant about the world should be asking for a double dose of briefings, but Trump has decided that he can do without them because… Well, why don’t you hear from the man himself, in this exchange in a TV interview:

INTERVIEWER: I just want to ask you about your skepticism about the intelligence community. You are getting the presidential daily brief only once a week.

TRUMP: Yes. Well, I get it when I need it.

INTERVIEWER: But, if there is some skepticism …

TRUMP: Look, first of all, these are very good people giving me the briefings. And I say if something should change from this point, immediately call me, I’m available on one minute’s notice. I don’t have to be told, you know, I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing and the same words every single day for the next 8 years. Could be 8 years, but 8 years. I don’t need that.

The sheer absurdity of his attitude is heightened by the third-standard syntax: “I don’t have to be told, you know, I’m, like, a smart person.”

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Worse yet, he has actively undermined his intelligence agencies by suggesting that they are in cahoots with Hillary Clinton, and making excuses for her defeat. (Never mind that Clinton herself attributes her defeat to FBI director Jim Comey’s pre-election statement about her email server.) Trump has dismissed as “ridiculous” a CIA report that Russia actively interfered in the election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee’s servers, and feeding material about Clinton to WikiLeaks. In a statement, he pointed out that the CIA “are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.”

He’s right about that, of course, but the CIA has also got plenty of things right, and such blithe dismissal suggests Trump is keen to draw attention away from the report. In any case, it ill behooves a president to display such open contempt of his own intelligence agencies — especially when he has nominated, as his national security advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn, an Islamophobe, racist and conspiracy theorist who has frequently clashed with those same agencies. In a world where threats to American interests come from State actors (Russia, China) as well as non-State entities (ISIS, Al Qaeda and sundry terrorist groups), the US can’t afford an open rupture between the intelligence community and the White House.

Read: Trump threat to jail Clinton borrows a dangerous practice from India

Instead of educating himself about the problems of the world, many of which will have a bearing on everything he does as president, Trump has spent a great deal of time using his Twitter account to attack his critics, and pass judgment on Saturday Night Live, a comedy sketch show that lampoons him. He seems to have left most important decisions to his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, an unabashed White-supremacist demagogue. Bannon’s hand is plainly visible in most of the nominations to Trump’s cabinet, from Jeff Sessions (soon to be attorney general, a man who was denied a judgeship because he was found to be too racist) to Andrew Puzder (the next labour secretary, a man who is opposed to minimum wage laws), to Scott Pruitt (a climate-change denier who will be the next head of the environmental protection agency).

Read: The fragile ego and dreams of the US president-elect

Should Indians care about this faraway circus? Yes, absolutely. As I’ve argued in these columns before, any American president who represents a danger to his own country and to the world order also poses a danger to India, which now has a great deal at stake in both. But the threat from a Trump presidency is much more specific than that. For all his claims to “love the Hindu,” the president-elect’s protectionist impulses — he wants to bring jobs back to the US, and to punish American companies that take jobs out — can only be bad for India. At an event in Iowa last week, be made his position perfectly clear: “My administration will follow a simple rule — buy American, hire American… We love our companies, but we don’t love them when they go out of our country.”

Then, sending a chill down the spine of the Indian IT industry, he went on to fulminate against the misuse of the H1-B visa, referring to the specific example of Walt Disney World in Orlando, involving Indians hired on that particular visa. You have to be an incorrigible optimist to harbour any lingering hope that Trump might be good for India. Or you have to believe that, contrary to all evidence, he is… “like, a smart person.”

Bobby Ghosh is editor-in-chief of Hindustan TimesTwitter:[email protected]

My Views On How ‘To Fix’ Israel’s ‘Broken’ Political System

 

For those of you who do not know me, I am a 60-year-old white American man who is a fundamentalist Christian who is also a huge fan of the Nation of Israel. I am a person who is not an anti-Muslim or anti-Persian. Even though I do believe that the Jewish people are missing the reality that Yeshua (Jesus The Christ) and Yahweh (Jehovah The Father) I have no doubts about Israel and the Hebrew bloodline being very special to God The Father and The Son. The Christian faith is born out of the Jewish faith and the Arab people are descendants of the Father of Israel, Abraham through his son Ishmael. Whether it is a Nation, a people, or a singular person, it is a great sin to fight against the Nation of Israel. It is an old saying and a truthful one that I have heard several times throughout the years that the Palestinian people would have peace any time they decide they actually want it by simply laying down their arms and quit fighting against Israel. It is also a true saying that if Israel was to lay down their arms, there would be no Israel. The majority of Israel’s politics is based around the security issues of its people and of the State from attacks by people who believe that Allah is God. Think about it, who else is attacking Israel?

 

This article tonight is one I thought of as I was reading the Times of Israel News Paper online. The names and the math figures are ones that I gleaned off of those articles so hopefully they were correct. As I said earlier, the single biggest issue in Israeli politics seems to always be about security issues. Within any government there is always many other issues that the leadership is responsible to make sure are addressed and taken care of for their people. There is always the issues of jobs, housing, power grids, transportation, garbage pickup and disposal and the list goes on and on. If the Leaders of a Nation or of a group of people are channeling their time into one issue like lets say President Putin is doing with Russia’s military, the people of your own Country suffers. For any Nation, any People to flourish the Leaders need to address the issues that affect the daily lives of their population. Just look at the situation in the Gaza Strip with Hamas as their ‘Governors’! The people of the Strip could have their own Country and be living in peace but Hamas will not allow it. They spend the majority of their income on military issues in their ‘struggle’ with Israel yet it is a ‘struggle’ that they themselves create.

 

In Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, you have some members who would build a very high wall to block off all of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and I am sure that there are some who would take all of this land they were given in the Land for Peace deal of  2005 if they were allowed to by Israeli law. The only way for that to happen is if these ‘hard lines’ can gain political control of Israel’s Government and elections are the only way to do this. There are other issues that would have to get involved in their Democracy like Israel’s Court system as well as considerations of U.N. sanctions and the such. In the Knesset Isaac Herzog who is the leader of the ‘Zionist Union Party’ (which is the second largest party as far as members of the Knesset) spoke yesterday of his opposition to Israel’s current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu perceived plan to partition off the West Bank or at least big sections of it as being a mistake because of the issue that in doing so would bring in millions of Arab voters thus giving them more control of Israel’s political system. You need to remember that there are Arab Islamic believing members of the Knesset, if Israel partitions off the West Bank, there will become many more Islamic believing members of the Knesset.

 

The Chairman of the Likud Party, which is the Party of the Prime Minister, Mr. David Bitan said that he would like it if Israel’s Arab population were not allowed to vote. This brought many critical comments toward him because he said this but his response, in my opinion, was appropriate. Think about this for a moment before you judge him. He said that any political party would like it if their competition were not allowed to vote. Don’t you think that Hillary Clinton would have liked it if no Republicans had been allowed to vote last month in the U.S. elections? Was what Mr. Bitan said actually racist? I don’t know, I don’t know this man’s heart, do you? If you do, you may have a more informed opinion.

 

Before I make a book out of this article via giving too much time to the ‘set up’ material I am now going to address the political operation of the Knesset and the election of their Prime Minister’s position. Yesterday the Leader of the Yair Lapid Party Mr. Yesh Atid was calling for early Elections in an attempt to over through the current Government led by the Prime Minister’s Likud Party. Mr. Atid was using a recent poll showing that He and his Party were even with the Prime Minister’s Party in the poll. The next National election is scheduled for November 5th of 2019. In the Knesset for a Bill to pass it must get a majority of the votes which is a minimum of 61. Israel’s Governments require a Ruling Coalition to have at least 61 Seats. This gives very small political parties a large amount of power if they are part of the Ruling Party Coalition. As an example, the ruling Likud Party  currently has 67 Seats through their Coalition. In this coalition you have the Jewish Home Party with 8 Seats and the Kulana Party with 10 Seats. Under the current political setup if either one of these Parties decided to leave the Coalition, the Government of Prime Minister Netanyahu would fall and a new election would have to quickly be set up, the November 5th of 2019 date would mean nothing.

 

Here is my suggestion that I wish Israel would consider because the people of any Nation need to know that their Government is secure so that the people themselves can make long-term decisions in their own lives. Here in the U.S. we the people know that our next Presidential election will be in November of 2020, it is set every 4 years, no matter what. I believe that for the Nation of Israel the people would be better served if the next elections aren’t held until the scheduled date in 2019. From that election forward I believe a better system would be that they keep the 61 votes for the purpose of passing any Bill’s yet drop the 61 Seat requirement for the Ruling Party. Hold your election in November of 2019 and if no Party gets above the 50% level (61 Seats) then have another election about 3 days later where only the top 2 vote getter are on the ballot. This election must be by the people, not the Politicians doing backroom deals. Then the Party who gets the most votes of the 2, wins. But, before the elections each Party must put forth who their Leader is so that the people decide whom they want to be their next Prime Minister. Even if the Ruling Party only has lets say 30 Seats like what Likud has now this leading vote getter will be the Ruling Party. Instead of the Prime Minister having to have 61 Seats they would only have to work with all the Members of the Knesset to get the other votes to help pass the Bill. I believe that this system would give the Government of Israel and the People of Israel more stability. Any economy, any people, need stability to be able to live in physiological peace and any Country that has ‘snap elections’ reeks of weakness which is never a good thing for the people the Government is supposed to be representing.

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

November 24 at 8:27 PM
The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health problems and preparing to hand control of the nation to a shadowy cabal of global financiers. The effort also sought to heighten the appearance of international tensions and promote fear of looming hostilities with nuclear-armed Russia.

Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem.

There is no way to know whether the Russian campaign proved decisive in electing Trump, but researchers portray it as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in U.S. democracy and its leaders. The tactics included penetrating the computers of election officials in several states and releasing troves of hacked emails that embarrassed Clinton in the final months of her campaign.

“They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who along with two other researchers has tracked Russian propaganda since 2014. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”

During a Facebook live discussion, reporter Caitlin Dewey explained how fake news sites use Facebook as a vehicle to function and make money. (The Washington Post)

Watts’s report on this work, with colleagues Andrew Weisburd and J.M. Berger, appeared on the national security online magazine War on the Rocks this month under the headline “Trolling for Trump: How Russia Is Trying to Destroy Our Democracy.” Another group, called PropOrNot, a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds, planned to release its own findings Friday showing the startling reach and effectiveness of Russian propaganda campaigns.

The researchers used Internet analytics tools to trace the origins of particular tweets and mapped the connections among social-media accounts that consistently delivered synchronized messages. Identifying website codes sometimes revealed common ownership. In other cases, exact phrases or sentences were echoed by sites and social-media accounts in rapid succession, signaling membership in connected networks controlled by a single entity.

PropOrNot’s monitoring report, which was provided to The Washington Post in advance of its public release, identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.

Some players in this online echo chamber were knowingly part of the propaganda campaign, the researchers concluded, while others were “useful idiots” — a term born of the Cold War to describe people or institutions that unknowingly assisted Soviet Union propaganda efforts.

Consider these points before sharing a news article on Facebook. It could be fake. (Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)

The Russian campaign during this election season, researchers from both groups say, worked by harnessing the online world’s fascination with “buzzy” content that is surprising and emotionally potent, and tracks with popular conspiracy theories about how secret forces dictate world events.

Some of these stories originated with RT and Sputnik, state-funded Russian information services that mimic the style and tone of independent news organizations yet sometimes include false and misleading stories in their reports, the researchers say. On other occasions, RT, Sputnik and other Russian sites used social-media accounts to amplify misleading stories already circulating online, causing news algorithms to identify them as “trending” topics that sometimes prompted coverage from mainstream American news organizations.

The speed and coordination of these efforts allowed Russian-backed phony news to outcompete traditional news organizations for audience. Some of the first and most alarming tweets after Clinton fell ill at a Sept. 11 memorial event in New York, for example, came from Russian botnets and trolls, researchers found. (She was treated for pneumonia and returned to the campaign trail a few days later.)

This followed a spate of other misleading stories in August about Clinton’s supposedly troubled health. The Daily Beast debunked a particularly widely read piece in an article that reached 1,700 Facebook accounts and was read online more than 30,000 times. But the PropOrNot researchers found that the version supported by Russian propaganda reached 90,000 Facebook accounts and was read more than 8 million times. The researchers said the true Daily Beast story was like “shouting into a hurricane” of false stories supported by the Russians.

This propaganda machinery also helped push the phony story that an anti-Trump protester was paid thousands of dollars to participate in demonstrations, an allegation initially made by a self-described satirist and later repeated publicly by the Trump campaign. Researchers from both groups traced a variety of other false stories — fake reports of a coup launched at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey and stories about how the United States was going to conduct a military attack and blame it on Russia — to Russian propaganda efforts.

The final weeks of the campaign featured a heavy dose of stories about supposed election irregularities, allegations of vote-rigging and the potential for Election Day violence should Clinton win, researchers said.

“The way that this propaganda apparatus supported Trump was equivalent to some massive amount of a media buy,” said the executive director of PropOrNot, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers. “It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked.”

He and other researchers expressed concern that the U.S. government has few tools for detecting or combating foreign propaganda. They expressed hope that their research detailing the power of Russian propaganda would spur official action.

A former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael A. McFaul, said he was struck by the overt support that Sputnik expressed for Trump during the campaign, even using the #CrookedHillary hashtag pushed by the candidate.

McFaul said Russian propaganda typically is aimed at weakening opponents and critics. Trump’s victory, though reportedly celebrated by Putin and his allies in Moscow, may have been an unexpected benefit of an operation that already had fueled division in the United States. “They don’t try to win the argument,” said McFaul, now director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. “It’s to make everything seem relative. It’s kind of an appeal to cynicism.”

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election or hacking the accounts of election officials. “This is some sort of nonsense,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Putin, said last month when U.S. officials accused Russia of penetrating the computers of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

RT disputed the findings of the researchers in an e-mail on Friday, saying it played no role in producing or amplifying any fake news stories related to the U.S. election. “It is the height of irony that an article about “fake news” is built on false, unsubstantiated claims. RT adamantly rejects any and all claims and insuations that the network has originated even a single “fake story” related to the US election,” wrote Anna Belkina, head of communications.

The findings about the mechanics of Russian propaganda operations largely track previous research by the Rand Corp. and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

“They use our technologies and values against us to sow doubt,” said Robert Orttung, a GWU professor who studies Russia. “It’s starting to undermine our democratic system.”

The Rand report — which dubbed Russian propaganda efforts a “firehose of falsehood” because of their speed, power and relentlessness — traced the country’s current generation of online propaganda work to the 2008 incursion into neighboring Georgia, when Russia sought to blunt international criticism of its aggression by pushing alternative explanations online.

The same tactics, researchers said, helped Russia shape international opinions about its 2014 annexation of Crimea and its military intervention in Syria, which started last year. Russian propaganda operations also worked to promote the “Brexit” departure of Britain from the European Union.

Another crucial moment, several researchers say, came in 2011 when the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin was accused of rigging elections, sparking protests that Putin blamed the Obama administration — and then-Secretary of State Clinton — for instigating.

Putin, a former KGB officer, announced his desire to “break the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on the global information streams” during a 2013 visit to the broadcast center for RT, formerly known as Russia Today.

“For them, it’s actually a real war, an ideological war, this clash between two systems,” said Sufian Zhemukhov, a former Russian journalist conducting research at GWU. “In their minds, they’re just trying to do what the West does to Russia.”

RT broadcasts news reports worldwide in several languages, but the most effective way it reaches U.S. audiences is online.

Its English-language flagship YouTube channel, launched in 2007, has 1.85 million subscribers and has had a total of 1.8 billion views, making it more widely viewed than CNN’s YouTube channel, according to a George Washington University report this month.

Though widely seen as a propaganda organ, the Russian site has gained credibility with some American conservatives. Trump sat for an interview with RT in September. His nominee for national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, traveled to Russia last year for a gala sponsored by the network. He later compared it to CNN.

The content from Russian sites has offered ready fodder for U.S.-based websites pushing far-right conservative messages. A former contractor for one, the Next News Network, said he was instructed by the site’s founder, Gary S. Franchi Jr., to weave together reports from traditional sources such as the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times with ones from RT, Sputnik and others that provided articles that often spread explosively online.

“The readers are more likely to share the fake stories, and they’re more profitable,” said Dyan Bermeo, who said he helped assemble scripts and book guests for Next News Network before leaving because of a pay dispute and concerns that “fake news” was crowding out real news.

In just the past 90 days — a period that has included the closing weeks of the campaign, Election Day and its aftermath — the YouTube audience of Next News Network has jumped from a few hundred thousand views a day to a few million, according to analytics firm Tubular Labs. In October alone, videos from Next News Network were viewed more than 56 million times.

Franchi said in an e-mail statement that Next News Network seeks “a global perspective” while providing commentary aimed at U.S. audiences, especially with regard to Russian military activity. “Understanding the threat of global war is the first step to preventing it,” he said, “and we feel our coverage assisted in preventing a possible World War 3 scenario.”

Correction: A previously published version of this story incorrectly stated that Russian information service RT had used the “#CrookedHillary” hastag pushed by then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. In fact, while another Russian information service Sputnik did use this hashtag, RT did not.

This Is My Opinion How To Make U.S. Presidential Elections Much More Fair And Honest

 

Folks, I floated this idea by my wife on Election Night a couple of weeks ago and after giving it a lot of thought we decided that it sounds like a pretty good idea, now see what you think of it. When I was a kid and I first learned of the Electoral College I thought that it sounded like a horrible idea. Then after studying the history of the issue it really ticked me off. The Founding Fathers thought that ‘We The People’ were actually to stupid to elect our own Officials so they put in a ‘cheat formula’ sort of like the current day Democrats do with their ‘Super Delegates’.  The Democratic leadership has proven that they have no interest in letting the people, Democrats or otherwise to get to elect their party’s nominee. In my honest opinion, this is why Donald Trump is the President-Elect today and not Bernie Sanders, it is the fault of the Elite who run the DNC. When I was a kid back in the 1960’s I remembered studying to find if the people had ever voted one way just to have the Electoral College vote another person into the Presidency. I was only able to find one time where it had happened and it was back in the early 1800’s, I remember thinking how irate the American people would be if this ever happened in these ‘modern’ times. I honestly thought that it never would, then the 2000 election came along and Al Gore beat George W. Bush by about half a million votes but the Supreme Court gave the election to Mr. Bush by one electoral vote. The people sat on their hands and did nothing. Now just 16 years later it has happened again. It looks like Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over two-million votes but she got her butt kicked in the Electoral College vote. You know, when the Founding Fathers set up our political system maybe they were right, the American people do seem to be ignorant sheep. Remember though that when they put in the phrase ‘All People Are Created Equal’ they were only referring to ‘White Male Landowners.’ You know, our ‘Founding Fathers’ had some serious issues.

 

Okay, now I will get to the meat of this article which is the idea about how to make the Presidential Elections more fair. I don’t like the Electoral system because I do not believe that it creates equality Nationwide. Yet if we only count the popular vote then Presidential hopefuls would only visit or care about the States with the biggest population centers, in fact they would only concern themselves with the biggest cities. Why would they bother wasting time and money on States like Wyoming, North or South Dakota or Alaska, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada or Utah? You can see where the current Democratic Party has been doing this in recent elections, this time, it cost them the White House. Here is my suggestion for your thoughts. So as to make the Presidential Elections much more equal and fair so that every State has equal representation like we all do with Federal Senators (2 each) no matter how big, small, or populated a State is, or not. Keep an Electoral College (sort of) but with this huge change, every State gets one vote. Whomever wins a State’s popular vote gets that State’s one vote. We have 50 States, if there is a tie of 25 each then and only then we look at the ‘popular vote’ to see who won the most votes Nationwide, then give the Election to the one who won the most total votes. If our political system ever gets to where we have more that the two big contenders let’s say a viable third, fourth or fifth political party to where their Candidate’s win States but no Candidate won at least the 25 States then one week later have another election with only the top two finishers on the ballot. I personally believe this system would be better than what some Countries do with their ‘Coalition’ Governments. That system is a train wreck because it causes too many elections and gives way to much power to a very small Party that happens to be part of the Ruling Coalition, they know that all they have to do is to threaten to leave the Coalition and they can bring down the whole Government. Okay folks, that’s it, what do you think of this idea?

Clinton’s loss exposed the impotent elitism of liberalism

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Neoliberalism’s epic fail: The reaction to Hillary Clinton’s loss exposed the impotent elitism of liberalism

Faced with a Donald Trump presidency, the privileged elite vowed to flee the utter Democratic collapse they caused

Neoliberalism's epic fail: The reaction to Hillary Clinton's loss exposed the impotent elitism of liberalism(Credit: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

By the time last week’s presidential election was finally called for Donald Trump during the wee hours of Wednesday morning, the initial disbelief felt by the millions of Americans who had been assured of a Clinton victory by the media had turned into shock and panic — if not yet full-blown despair. As pollsters collectively changed their predictions and news pundits started to resemble confused and dejected children, the fight-or-flight response kicked in for countless viewers. Hearts pounded, stomachs turned and some of the more privileged liberals started seriously considering whether to flee the country in the face of a national nightmare that had just become a reality (privileged, because the average American doesn’t have the resources to just pack up and run at will).

The surreal night concluded with Canada’s immigration website crashing from too much traffic, as if every alt-right Twitter troll’s fantasy had come true.

Although the instinct to flee from a Trump presidency is understandable, it reveals a great deal about the impotence of modern liberalism and its monumental failure to stop an unhinged and thoroughly unqualified demagogue like Trump.

Elite liberals who vowed to leave America if Trump was elected, which includes a slew of celebrities, are those who would be most insulated from the impact of a Trump presidency — unlike working people and seniors who stand to lose their healthcare, children of immigrants who may soon see their families torn apart, or poor people of color who could face heightened persecution under the already racist criminal justice system. Sadly, fleeing is not an option for the most vulnerable Americans. Their only option is to keep fighting; yet the first impulse that many of their professed allies felt was to do the exact opposite: to escape.

Of course, most of the “limousine liberals” who promised to leave America before the election didn’t actually believe that Trump could win. It was an impossibility. Not in their wildest dreams could the racist, sexist, misogynistic and xenophobic buffoon defeat the most qualified and deserving presidential candidate in history — no less the first women candidate. He had denigrated women, scapegoated minorities and immigrants, offended veterans and mocked the disabled. Not only that, but it was her turn! “It was supposed to be her job. She worked her whole life for the job. It’s her job,” wrote Clinton surrogate Lena Dunham (who had said she would move to Canada if Trump won) in a recent article recounting her grief-stricken reaction to the election, in which she admitted she “never truly believed” that Trump could win.

Besides all this, Clinton had received all the coveted endorsements — the editorial pages of every major newspaper, the biggest celebrities, the neoconservative intellectuals, the former presidents and statespersons. The Washington establishment was clearly with her. And then there was the Democratic Party’s supposed secret weapon: demographics. How could a candidate running on white-identity politics possibly win in an increasingly diverse country that had elected Barack Obama just four years before?

These liberals were borderline delusional — a delusion evinced by Chuck Schumer, the establishment senator from New York who was hoping to become majority leader, but has had to settle for minority leadership. “We’re going to have a Democratic generation. [President Obama] helped create it. But it’s just where America’s moving demographically, ideologically and in every way,” said the senator in an interview with Politico Magazine during the Democratic National Convention last summer. In July, Schumer made another rosy prediction at a forum hosted by the Washington Post: “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”

Turns out it was blue-collar voters who made all the difference. Trump won white voters without a college degree by a whopping 39 points, compared to Mitt Romney’s 26-point win in 2012. And in the industrial North (Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa), where the blue-collar vote went to Obama in 2012, Trump made huge gains and won decisively.

Demographic optimism proved to be the Democratic Party’s undoing. And it wasn’t just because of the white working class; according to exit polls, Clinton received six points less of the Hispanic vote than President Obama did in 2012, while the black and 18- to 29-year-old votes both both dropped by 5 percent.

Trump’s victory was a rude awakening for Democrats who have become all too complacent within the Washington power structure, and who mistakenly assumed that changing demographics, identity politics and sheer celebrity would be enough to stop the right-wing populism of Trump. Trump didn’t win the election because of a Republican insurgency; he won because of a Democratic collapse. He won because neoliberalism failed.

And now, as we enter a terrifying and uncertain new period in American history, the last thing liberals should do is double down on the failed politics that allowed this tragedy to occur. The Clinton campaign tried to make this election all about Trump’s hatefulness (“Love Trumps Hate”) and his “basket of deplorables,” while offering no real vision of progressive and populist change. And when those on the left raised legitimate concerns about Clinton’s uninspiring message or her political baggage during and after the primaries, they were ridiculously labeled sexist or racist “bros” by establishment figures (even though some of Clinton’s harshest progressive critics were in fact women and people of color). In a February essay, former Salon writer Daniel Denvir described this cynical political strategy in Salon as “peak neoliberalism, where a distorted version of identity politics is used to defend an oligarchy and a national security state, celebrating diversity in the management of exploitation and warfare.”

Of course, there is no doubt that the Trump campaign has rejuvenated racism and sexism in America, and no one can call themselves progressive without tirelessly combating any and all bigotry. But there is a difference between a Trump “supporter” and someone who reluctantly voted for the Republican because of their distrust or dislike of Clinton, or because he or she truly believed the billionaire could bring change to Washington (according to exit polls, “can bring needed change” turned out to be the most important candidate quality for four in 10 voters, and 83 percent of them voted Trump).

If Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” comment accomplished anything, it was to push away irritated or bitter voters who are tired of being called Islamophobic when they criticize radical Islam or racist when they contemplate voting Republican. Consider a reader over at the Atlantic, who started in the “NeverTrump” camp and claims to still “deplore” the president-elect, yet ended up voting for him anyway. His reason? What he views as left-wing identity politics run amok. “Accusations of racism are being thrown about as political weapons (mostly by white liberals) in a way that belittles the seriousness of bigotry,” writes the reader, who is white but married to a Mexican-American. “When everything is about identity politics, is the left really surprised that on Tuesday millions of white Americans, for the first time ever, voted as ‘white’? If you want identity politics, identity politics is what you will get.”

The repugnant white identity politics and faux populism of Donald Trump must be repudiated and defeated; but it is now clear that only a Democratic Party that advances a strong populist vision of universal economic and social justice stands a chance at accomplishing this. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich has called on the party to return to its roots and become the party of the people, rather than the party of the professional elite and donor class.

“The Democratic Party as it is now constituted has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. This must change,” observes Reich. “The election of 2016 has repudiated it. We need a people’s party — a party capable of organizing and mobilizing Americans in opposition to Donald Trump’s Republican Party… What happened in America Tuesday should not be seen as a victory for hatefulness over decency. It is more accurately understood as a repudiation of the American power structure.”

Of course, the American power structure will not change under Donald Trump — in fact, the corruption and divisiveness will only intensify and the plutocratic class will only grow fatter. The millions of working-class Americans who voted for Trump over Clinton hoping that he would clean up Washington, bring back jobs and unite the country will be sorely disappointed. In two months, Trump and his GOP will officially become America’s governing party — the establishment, that is — and every single problem this country faces will become their responsibility. And make no mistake, Trump and the Republican majority will be an utter disaster (the real uncertainty is just how painful this disaster will be for working people, minorities, immigrants, etc.).

By the time Trump is up for reelection, the supposed populist outsider will have become the establishment insider, and the broken and divided state of the nation will be his responsibility (though he will no doubt find a way to blame Obama for everything). This will present a golden opportunity for Democrats to come back strong as the anti-establishment ticket and do what should have been done in 2016: stomp out Trumpism once and for all. But the party’s ability to do this will hinge on what it does over the next several years, and whether liberalism can return to its fighting roots.

 

 

Conor Lynch is a writer and journalist living in New York City. His work has appeared on Salon, AlterNet, Counterpunch and openDemocracy. Follow him on Twitter: @dilgentbureauct.

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PDav22 minutes ago

As long as you want to discuss reality, how about a dose or two.

There is no possible way Sanders could have been elected to office.   The GOP would have eaten him alive.   Sanders has WAY too much history, chanting “Down with America” with Ortega, shaking hands with Castro – those alone would have doomed him.   Which all us “old” (and from your article I guess we’re supposed to be stupid as rocks)  liberals knew perfectly well.   The party failed by making it a choice between Clinton and Sanders – both with TONS of baggage and decades of oppo research on them.

The party has failed miserably by moving so far to the right.   This is a Clinton fault, the notion that democrats who govern like moderate Republicans can always win.   This pushed the repubs into the weird place they currently inhabit, and they dragged about 46% (by current count) of the country with them.   If we got nothing else from this mess, we got this, the Clinton philosophy of “go to the middle right on everything but civil rights” is gone.   Thank God.

As for the party MEMBERS, they also failed.   They failed by simply not voting.   Muslims who get on the registry, Blacks who find themselves unable to get into anything but a Black college, Asiatics who suddenly find there’s prejudice against them on college applications – tough cookies.   You decided it wasn’t important.   Whose fault is that?

As for Trump, he’s got a problem.   Blaming failure on a party that has managed to put itself totally out of power is not going to work very well.   And his program as currently stated (seems to change hourly) will not work, apart from billions for billionaires.   That seems to be firmly in place.

Currently (see above caveat) the proposal is for a trillion dollars for infrastructure – based on tax forgiveness of several kinds.   While this puts dollars into the pockets of those with PROFITABLE bits of infrastructure to build, such as hyperloop, it does not one damn thing for such items as public highways, dams, bridges, municipal water supplies, sewer systems and so forth.

Moreover, these profitable bits of infrastructure are all on the coasts.   Every single one.   Flyover country is going to be passed over.  Again.

Coal?   There’s a magic wand in the presidents desk that can make worked out mines fill up with anthracite again?   Really?

The fact is that O&M costs (and if you don’t know what that means, go look it up) for natural gas, solar, wind and hydro have all gone under the costs of coal since 2012.  China has passed extreme pollution restrictions that are going into effect right now.   Same as above, look it up.   The market for dirty coal is going away rapidly, because it costs too much.   Tilting at that windmill may be REALLY satisfying, but you won’t get anything out of it.

Bring back the factories – they’ll come in with jobs for 100 software engineers, 100 mechanical engineers, and 10,000 robots.   Plus one guy hired as night watchman who also sweeps the floor.  He’s the blue collar job.

Wonder if those people in Wisconsin are going to feel really bubbly about Trump in four years?   I kind of doubt it.

edc12322 minutes ago

All people do is repeat what they are told and sold. You will not find any person who reflects on life and their place in it, voting for this regardless of what the Clintons did or did not do.  Stop fooling yourselves it is really getting tiring to listen anymore.  God the world is so bad, my life is so bad I think I will try the Devil and see if he can fix it.

Hicksville Kid23 minutes ago

More BS from the unhinged left living in their bubble. They should get out it and visit the Deplorables and get the real story. And stop using the term “fly-over country.” As was just proven, the left knows nothing about this country.

PDavjust now

@Hicksville Kid Aww, and here I was born in Ohio County Ky, and worked in coal mines for 17 years before seeing the handwriting on the wall and going to a new trade.    Gee, if I can’t use “flyover country”, who can?    ROFLMAO – don’t make stupid assumptions.

gardener27 minutes ago

Much like the failed  pollsters you are making predictions of the future based on liberal name calling. Do not write like you are are free thinking when indeed you are not. You are not a journalist. You are a writer doing the bidding od the DNC. You will never justify a “Bad Candidate.”

Oscar27 minutes ago

  Who the fúck decided to put AUTO-PLAYING, NOISE-MAKING SHÍT ON THIS PAGE?

Are you STUPID? You decided to disturb coworkers, wake up companions, and basically invade your readers’ space with OBNOXIOUS BULLSHÍT?

What a bunch of ássholes.

funboy31 minutes ago

So how many hollywood celebs have actually left?  Why are they still here?  I’m sure the Canadian immigration website is back up by now.  Please do what you said you would do and leave!

fieldsjj42 minutes ago

seriously.  what sort of opiate is the choice of this author.

and how in the wide wide world of sports does the author think they are qualified to make the judgements and pontifications that fall from the tongue like waste from a rectum.  IMHO you need therapy

mickeymat1 hour ago

As Mr.Lynch described Trump’s lack of qualifications, it did not make me think of him. Who do you suppose it DID make me think of?

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

@mickeymat The current President.

Oscar25 minutes ago

@MainelyDoc @mickeymat

Ah yes, the current president, who has a law degree and served as a senator. Unlike the upcoming president, who just had to shell out $25 million in settlements for ripping off students, and who doesn’t understand the basic principles of government.

But keep your head buried firmly in the sand (or your āss) for the continued descent of our country into the toilet, traitors.

danny700001 hour ago

Too cerebral and convoluted by far. Clinton lost because she couldn’t excite the Democratic base, which is young, diverse and craves charisma: Too old, too white and too boring. They stayed home and she lost.

mickeymat1 hour ago

@danny70000 Deciding to vote for a candidate based on the color of their skin is racist. But you must have known that since even Democrats used to say that themselves in a world of long ago.

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

There is no mention of the open corruption of the Clinton Family with Bill acting as bag man for Secretary of State and President-to-be Hillary and Chelsea indulging herself to the profits of the Clinton “Foundation”.   There is no mention of Hillary’s incessant lying. There is no mention the disastrous campaign strategy of the Clinton campaign… they didn’t even try to win 270 electoral votes… simple.

giacomo0071 hour ago

@MainelyDoc

Clinton tried to lose? That’s a new one.

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

@giacomo007 @MainelyDoc She didn’t try to win.  All she needed was 270 electoral votes….  You know, of course, that she never personally campaigned in Wisconsin after her PRIMARY victory there.   Yet she went to Nebraska… NEBRASKA..  repeatedly and she went to Arizona.. repeatedly.  It made NO sense to ignore populous states that were much easier to win.  That was simply stupid!  KelleyAnne Conway can count unlike, apparently, Podesta, Mook and Company.  But, ultimately, the decision of where to campaign falls to the candidate herself.  She ran a stupid campaign.

Hicksville Kid16 minutes ago

Winnng an election in a constitutional republic is a difficult chess game. Trump and Kelly-Ann played it like grand masters of the game. PAIPS, Podesta and Mookie were playing checkers and going for the landslide win. It showed but the author of this piece still doesn’t know it.

Velocitorjust now

@Hicksville Kid Arrogance explains this. They were so self-assured that Hillary couldn’t lose, they set a ridiculously lax campaign schedule, whereby Hillary was often not visible for days at a time, when Trump was doing several large rallies each day, in diverse areas. The mainstream print and broadcast media no doubt bolstered Hillary’s delusion of inevitability, with their overweighted polls, and their smug underestimating reporting of Trump’s chances.

Clinton ran a campaign premised on the idea that it was “her turn”, and expected the general population to go along with that. They didn’t.

danny700001 hour ago

@MainelyDoc  All true, but irrelevant, because the Democratic base doesn’t follow the news or reality. They think SNL and Colbert are news shows.

MainelyDoc1 hour ago

@danny70000 @MainelyDoc Frankly, all the Ted Knights on the “mainstream” media shows (including Fox) continue to think that they’re serious “journalists”. I think they’re funnier to watch than SNL and Colbert.  (Well, at least as funny!)

Oscar21 minutes ago

@MainelyDoc

“There is no mention of the open corruption of the Clinton Family”

Right, because day after day, comment after stupid comment, there IS NO “corruption.” That’s the hallmark of Trumptards: empty accusations with NO citations, NO facts, NO evidence. And yet Trump is a proven liar almost DAILY. He rips off contractors who work for him, rips off students (and just had to pay $25 million to them), and embarrasses our nation with infantile tweets and a total ignorance of world affairs and government.

So… what’s your problem again? What is all this confirmed “corruption” you’re babbling about?

edc1233 minutes ago

@Oscar @MainelyDoc They will see what corruption is in the next four years.  I mean do people really think that a wise guy can change.  They think hardworking people that pay their taxes are dupes and losers. The master is in charge now and he will show you how it is done.  Things may look better for a while to a lot of people but eventually reality will and has to be dealt with.  How will you know let us start with how many bullshit promises will not be kept as a start.

John Spray1 hour ago

Hey…up here in the ‘great white’ we can only laugh and point fingers. I for one feel like I’m watching a reprise of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’. Trump’s promise of ye ol’ ‘big rock candy mountain’ will make he and his cronies richer, but the coming bigge recession caused by his goofy trade ideas will further gut the middle class. Trump will create a grand total of minus millions of jobs…unless bubba  and his ilk want to crawl out of their rusting Airstreams, put down their Budweisers and take the cucumber picking and dishwashing positions now open as the deportation cops sally forth.

Sufferd4 hours ago

From the other side of the pond: this will be fun to watch! To paraphrase Will Rogers: “A fool and his money are elected”.

jeffersons words4 hours ago

wow– another member of the “clown posse” heard from. how about the fact that she honestly told one of her core constituencies, they she planned to do away with their jobs and since they weren’t college educated, need not apply at the “Clinton foundation” for work unless they were willing to sweep floors or make a run to starbucks. now all the government jobs checking water and air and who’s wearing their bicycle helmet can apply at the foundation for the next Clinton circus.

Oscar16 minutes ago

@jeffersons words

Huh, what a shocker: No citations, no evidence, no proof. Standard for a Trumpling. And yet the world has been treated to almost daily proof of Trump’s lies.

I mean… he said the Electoral College is “a disaster for democracy.” Direct quote. And yet he LOST the popular vote, and only stands a chance to ruin our country because of the Electoral College. So I’m sure he won’t mind if the EC votes along with the rest of the nation and elects Clinton president.

I’m sure the “liberal media” made up Trump’s tweets, right: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2016/11/15/trumps-flip-flop-on-the-electoral-college-from-disaster-to-genius

RIGHT?

PMac55635 hours ago

Decades of lies about Hillary are what killed her chances.  And, unsurprisingly, the less educated were the ones who believed them.  I cringed at the outset of her candidacy knowing the extent of anti-Hillary sentiment that’s been brewing for decades, fueled constantly by the Right. The constant sloganeering of “crooked Hillary,” “emails” “Benghazi” had an effect when shouted every day, though most Trump supporters couldn’t explain what any of those issues are about.  I can’t tell you how many times people have explained their disdain for Hillary with a simple “I just don’t like her,” unable to elaborate in the slightest when pressed.

My own problem with Hillary is that she ignored the rather obvious hatred against her and decided it was her turn.  And the DNC ignored this, too, and put a thumb on the scale.  The writer blames neoliberalism, and Democratic “elites,” (a label which seems to fit himself) but I blame propaganda, plain and simple.  Bernie Sanders came with no such baggage, and was a better candidate certainly.  But his and Clinton’s platforms were nearly identical.

This is not meant to be a defense of Hillary Clinton.  I’ll hold a black spot in my mind for her, not for anything she’s done wrong, but for the hubris that led us all to this.

The article above is nonsense, I believe, as are so many of these “day after” told-you-so’s. If the writer felt this way he should have said it BEFORE THE ELECTION.  It just seems pathetic now.

kcwookie5 hours ago

@PMac5563 You are full of it. Hillary did this to herself and now her actions are going to really hurt a lot of people who don’t deserve to be hurt. This isn’t a game, real people are going to have their live trash, or further destroyed. Hillary has a long history of forgetting who was the base of the Democratic party, then again so have the DNC for most of the time.

Hillary helped gut the Aid to Dependent Families with Children so it could be replaced with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  Hilary was heavily involved in creating that welfare reform bill. Why did she and America’s First Black President do that? They did it to pander to white voters so that Bill would be re-elected. Why did she have to be shamed into supporting Fight for $15, pandering for white votes. Why was she silent when DWS got in bed with the Godless Conservatives to kill regulation on Pay Day Loans?

Hillary was a garbage candidate who believed she was entitled to the office because it was her turn. Instead, she is going to destroy the Obama legacy and hurt a lot of people.

This is not a game…

PMac55635 hours ago

@kcwookie @PMac5563 Do you honestly believe that Clinton lost a single vote due to the reasons you state?  Ridiculous.  I assume you didn’t read my entire post, since you disagree with me by repeating my own points

I’m curious – did you vote for Trump?  Not vote?  Or did you vote for the candidate that you think is garbage?  We all had a crappy choice to make on November 8.  At least stand behind that decision.

KevJ12 hours ago

What seems pathetic, are your reasoning skills. Clinton’s LIES, not LIES about her, did her and her pathetic party in. Since 2009, under Barack Hussein Obama’s liberal ideology, the Democrats lost more than 1200 political seats across the country. Defeat after defeat, your party was so sure that their message was right, the messenger was right, but as Johnny Gruber pointed out so elequently, the people are just too stupid to know what’s good for them. The party became so good at lying, the minions bought into it.

President Elect Donald J Trump, like myself, was a Democrat. He played the. game and beat the two covetted political parties and the liberal media in just 18 months. I sorta feel sad for the liberal snowflakes, who were never taught the meaning of the word NO. Poor things. They are so unprepared for the real world. Yet the Idol’s they need now for guidance can’t teach them something that they themselves don’t know.

🇺🇸20 Deplorables Matter 16🇺🇸

Oscar8 minutes ago

@KevJ1

Once again, another know-nothing mewling about Clinton’s “lies,” with NOT A SINGLE EXAMPLE. It’s pathetic. Trump’s lies were documented and proven almost DAILY; and yet after months of hype and analysis of these world-threatening E-mails, they found… NOTHING. Nothing to harm our country. Nothing of consequence at all.

Hm, kind of like Iraq. Remember the last time we elected a dumb-shít president? Yeah, apparently the willfully ignorant traitors in “red” states have decided to forget, and to disrespect the thousands of American soldiers killed for nothing in a war based on LIES.

Yeah, so the “red” states (which from which a great many servicemen and servicewomen hail) have elected a grossly unqualified blowhard WHO MOCKED THE PARENTS OF A DEAD SOLDIER. Who MOCKED A DISABLED REPORTER. This scumbag would be a shame on an elementary-school playground, let alone as the president of a once-great nation.

Do you think about how far we’ve fallen, that this infantile turd now represents “American values?” If you’re cheering this, you are a traitor. You can wail and moan all you want, but you can’t avoid that truth: You are cheering the demise of the USA.

Hippolyte Vermeer6 hours ago

CLINTON YUPPIE TRAITORS AND THE MEDIA DID THIS TO AMERICA! HOLD A NEW US ELECTION NOW!

“Trump’s alleged popularity was based on the presidential primary results, in which the Republican candidate won a total of 785 votes.

785 voters were enough to paint McDowell County as the poster child of regressive right-wing populism.

Nowhere was it mentioned that Bernie Sanders won 1,488 votes in the same primaries – almost twice as many as Trump!”

Trump’s victory came from many segments of America, including some who embrace his proto-fascist rantings. But for millions of Americans who have been suffering due to the policies of both parties over the last few decades, many of their votes were a direct result of his promises, regardless of how bogus they are, to attack trade deals that hurt the working class, bring back jobs, and protect Social Security, along with his middle finger allegedly aimed at the elites and their establishment politics.

The Democratic leaders made his job easy for him by derailing Sanders’ bid for the nomination and doubling down on their anti-working-class neoliberal agenda, aided inexplicably and shamefully by most of the top leadership of the unions.

Well, the media got what it wanted. On November 8, McDowell County, in the absence of a left alternative, voted 75% to 23% for Trump.

https://lawcha.org/wordpress/2016/11/15/misrepresenting-white-working-slass-self-fulfilling-prophecies-mcdowell-county/

jeffersons words4 hours ago

@Hippolyte Vermeer she ran on her resume’ which was very thin on accomplishments. she felt it was “her turn” and spent most of her life running against a so-called “glass-ceiling” rather then discuss what she might do for millions of jobless Americans. as rick says at the end of “Casablanca”, she’ll always have little rock.

David of 34th6 hours ago

I have two points to proffer.   The second point, denominated the “Final but unfinished idea,” is more interesting.  The first point centers on economics; the second point on similarities between Trumpism  and Hitlerian Europe.

1)Toward the latter part of this essay, the author expects Trump to fail the working class.  Given Trump’s abominable traits, one would normally expect that to be true.  However, I think working class whites may see a surge in their weallth — Trump might exploit matters in a manner similar to the way Reagan exploited the situation when he took power.

When Reagan ran for president, he assailed Carter for allowing the federal deficit to increase (Republicans always ran against deficits).  However, economists knew that the country could use more, not less, fiscal stimulus — however most people, and the mainstream media, never heard of John Maynard Keynes and shun deficits.  When Reagan took power he did the thing which would boost the economy but which no one would let Carter do.  Reagan increased deficits enormously, and the economy boomed.  When Obama took power, everyone who really knew economics understood that a huge increase in the deficit was needed.  Obama increased the deficit, but he was prevented from giving us a deficit that was as big as we needed.

Although Obama wasn’t allowed to do what most economists knew was the proper thing, i.e., increase the deficit enormously, Trump, like Reagan, will be allowed to do this — many news reports relate that Trump plans to spend ONE TRILLION DOLLARS on infrastructure, roads, bridges, etc.

Although incomes for construction workers might soar, most consequences of Trump’s victory will be abysmal.  We are treading closer to fascism every day.

FINAL BUT UNFINISHED IDEA:

The author refers to the “impotent elitism of liberals.”  This eerily resembles something Hannah Arendt said in her epic analysis on Totalitarianism.  She said that there was an upsurge in anti Semitism  because people saw the Jews as being rich but essentially weak and impotent and that this incited a desire to destroy the Jews.  I was never sure exactly what Arendt was trying to say.   Given the fact that today the nativism and bigotry of Trumpism resembles Germany in the thirties in so many ways (And any one who doesn’t think so hasn’t read enough history), I think we should further examine Arendt’s claim that the weakness of wealthy Jews fueled anti Jewish bigotry and this author’s contention that liberal elites are impotent.   Is there something common to both situations. Does weakness generally incite rage or revulsion.

PMac55635 hours ago

@David of 34th As to your second idea:  I don’t think that perceived weakness played a part.  Any good fascist leader understands the value of a scapegoat, and Hitler was no exception.  When things are going bad for the masses it’s handy to have someone to blame their problems on. There was a false idea spread that the Jews hadn’t earned their wealth through honest labor, which helped to incite hatred against them.

Critical 13 hours ago

@David of 34th – right, Obama added more to the National debt than any president in history by a long shot. You want to add more?  Do you realise what happens when the fed prints money?  Do you have even a basic understanding of macro economics? You are exactly the reason why the Democratic party hasn’t been this irrelevant in a century. Schumer and Pelosi should grease the skids into extinction by the mid terms in 2 years.  Add more debt? Unbelievable.

No More Lies6 hours ago

Decent article but fails to mention Bernie Sanders and the massive fraud and suppression committed against his campaign and most importantly, against his supporters. We were demonized and lied about by not only Clinton’s campaign but her entire mainstream media propaganda machine (including Salon), vilified as the exact opposite of everything we stand for, and day after day cheated and bullied as we tried to voice our concerns and vote.

Even after the primaries, they tried to insult and extort us into voting for her even though her policies, record, entourage, lack of integrity, and incessant threats of war are our worst nightmare. Now after her loss, we’re blamed by the establishment for not coming out in droves for their monarch.

And they just don’t bloody learn. They’ve been too privileged for too long; they don’t know how to take responsibility for their own actions and failures, blaming everyone but themselves.

Sorry, neoliberals. Stop destroying the people and planet, and stop causing Trumpism in the first place, and then we’ll talk.

SlapOfTruth6 hours ago

@No More Lies

Not to mention crying wolf…they accused all us Bernie fans of being sexist…completely wrong and now Trumpsters are using that by saying all accusations of racism and sexism are wrong when a big part of his base clearly is racist and sexist. The Clintonistas failed by attacking the wrong people.

Hippolyte Vermeer5 hours ago

@No More Lies

CLINTON YUPPIE TRAITORS AND THE MEDIA DID THIS TO AMERICA!

HOLD A NEW US ELECTION NOW!

“Trump’s alleged popularity was based on the presidential primary results, in which the Republican candidate won a total of 785 votes.

785 voters were enough to paint McDowell County as the poster child of regressive right-wing populism.

Nowhere was it mentioned that Bernie Sanders won 1,488 votes in the same primaries – almost twice as many as Trump!”

Trump’s victory came from many segments of America, including some who embrace his proto-fascist rantings. But for millions of Americans who have been suffering due to the policies of both parties over the last few decades, many of their votes were a direct result of his promises, regardless of how bogus they are, to attack trade deals that hurt the working class, bring back jobs, and protect Social Security, along with his middle finger allegedly aimed at the elites and their establishment politics.

The Democratic leaders made his job easy for him by derailing Sanders’ bid for the nomination and doubling down on their anti-working-class neoliberal agenda, aided inexplicably and shamefully by most of the top leadership of the unions.

Well, the media got what it wanted. On November 8, McDowell County, in the absence of a left alternative, voted 75% to 23% for Trump.

https://lawcha.org/wordpress/2016/11/15/misrepresenting-white-working-slass-self-fulfilling-prophecies-mcdowell-county/

Zingen635 hours ago

Hold a new US election now! Seriously? Like….a Mulligan? I know that when I was in school they held civics classes. Apparently not in your school.

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DNC’s (Super Delegates) Are THE Reason That Mr. Trump Won The Election!!!

 

Here in Eastern Kentucky in the USA it is just past 2 AM on November 11, 2016, Veterans Day. As a registered Independent voter and as a Service Connected Disabled Veteran I am very disappointed in how my fellow countrymen and women are acting now that the Presidential election is over. Even though I did not vote for Mr. Trump for President (I voted for Gary Johnson) I do have to admit that I am glad that he won over the habitual lying War Hawk Hillary Clinton. As a person I do not believe that I would like either Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton even though I actually applauded the day her husband took the oath of office and George H.W. Bush got on the plane and left Washington. As a former resident of the state of Arkansas I was well aware of the many flaws of the Clintons but I felt Bill Clinton was a better choice than any of the Bush boys. Kentucky is a very Republican leaning state so I knew that Mr. Trump was going to easily carry the state whether I voted for him or not. I just had a very difficult time with the concept of voting for either of the ‘big two’ and even though I am not a Libertarian being I knew Mr. Johnson wouldn’t win, I voted for him. Otherwise I did vote for a straight Democratic ticket for the first time since 2000 when I lived in Florida and voted for Al Gore. I wrote this first paragraph for those of you whom do not know me so that you would know where I am coming from and so you would not mistakenly just take it for granted that I am a staunch Republican and or a fan of Mr. Trump.

 

In the state of Kentucky if you are a registered Independent voter you are not allowed to express your Constitutional right to vote, in any of the primaries, for or against anyone or against or for anything. If I and my family had been allowed our one person one vote we were all going to vote for Bernie Sanders, but we weren’t allowed to thanks to the DNC. It is my personal belief that if the DNC were an honest group of people, there would be no such thing as (Super Delegates) as it is the obvious intent of the leadership of the Democratic Party for they themselves to say who is going to the the Democratic Nominee, not the democratic voters. I totally believe that if the people’s choice had been allowed to win, it would have been Mr. Sanders, not the bought and paid for habitual liar Hillary Clinton. But, the multi-millionaires of the Democratic leadership had no intention of letting ‘the people’ decide. It is my total belief that if Mr. Sanders had been the Democratic Nominee that he would have easily beaten Mr. Trump this past Tuesday as there were many millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump because they loathed Mrs. Clinton. So, it is definitely my opinion and belief that all of these (Haters) that are protesting the results of the election should turn their wrath toward the very people that caused this outcome, and that is the DNC leadership itself. Before the next Presidential election  people who say they are Democrats should insist that there no longer be such a thing as a (Super Delegate) within their Party anymore at all, ever again. As I said, they are the reason that Mr. Trump is the President Elect!!!

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