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If this is found to be the case, what is the solution?

By Joe Rothstein

Donald Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign warning us that the result of the presidential election would be rigged. Events of the last few weeks suggest he may have been right and that his presidency is illegitimate.

Here’s what we have learned in those last few weeks:

1. The Republican and Democratic co-chairs of the Senate Intelligence Committee endorsed the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that Putin’s government engaged in propaganda and hacking campaigns to influence the outcome of 2016 U.S. election. The use of “hacking” in their assessment is significant for reasons I’ll discuss in a moment.

2. The Russian propaganda campaign mirrored the way the Trump campaign itself used Facebook advertising to target voters, strongly suggesting collusion.

3. The National Security Agency and Equifax, two of the most secure data repositories in the world, reported that they were successfully hacked, undermining claims that state and county voting systems, many built on consumer software, were impenetrable to outside manipulation.

Let’s first consider the propaganda question.

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So on the day when this happened:

‘Russia’s Senior-Most officials’ Ordered DNC Hack

It wasn’t low-level flunkies or some “400-pound” hacker, as Trump suggested. Top Kremlin officials directed the hacks on America’s political system, U.S. intelligence publicly said.

Shane Harris Nancy A. Youssef 10.07.16

The Obama administration has concluded that “Russia’s senior-most officials” ordered hackers to break into the computer networks of American political organizations in order “to interfere with the U.S. election process,” intelligence and security agencies said in a joint statement Friday.

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Also this happened.

AP Top News

APNewsBreak: UN criticism of Trump draws Russian complaint

GENEVA (AP) — Russia lodged a formal complaint last month with the United Nations over a top U.N. official’s condemnations of Donald Trump and some European politicians, an intervention that underscores the unusual links between the Republican presidential nominee and the Kremlin.

There is no evidence Trump sought Russia’s assistance, or was even aware of the criticism by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, told The Associated Press on Friday that he complained to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon about Zeid’s remarks.

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Of course, Trump does not even need to request this kind of defense from Russia since it is clear that they are interfering and on whose behalf.

Hillary’s campaign responded to the administration’s announcement.

Hillary For America Statement On U.S. Government Formally Naming Russia Responsible For Election-Related Hacks

John Podesta, Chair of Hillary of America, released the following statement Friday in response to the U.S. government formally naming the Russian government as responsible for recent hacks intended to interfere with the U.S. presidential election:

“The world now knows, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was carried out by the Russian government in a clear attempt to interfere with the integrity of our elections. The only remaining question is why Donald Trump continues to make apologies for the Russians. Trump’s initial reaction to the hack in July was to invite further intrusions by the Russians. Even after he was reportedly briefed on the very findings that were just announced publicly by U.S. government officials, he stood on a debate stage one week ago and played dumb about Russia’s role in this hack. He has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin, outlined a list of pro-Putin policies, and has done hundreds of millions of dollars of business with Russian interests. Even his own running mate has criticized Putin yet Trump continues to refuse. It should concern every American that Russia is willing to engage in such hostile acts in order to help Donald Trump become President of the United States. But even worse, Trump’s own actions suggests he welcomes the help. If he wants to reassure American voters, he must not only acknowledge and condemn Russia’s role in this outrageous intrusion against U.S. interests, but he must finally disclose the full extent of his ties to Russia and divest any Russian-linked assets.”

And certainly by now you have all heard about this.  We will leave what The Hill characterized as his “rare half-apology” out of this because it was no apology at all.  Rather, it was an attempt to wipe mud off himself and sling it at Bill Clinton.

Trump caught on hot mic in lewd conversation about women

It is high time the media stopped treating Trump as any kind of serious or qualified candidate and this election cycle as if there were anything normal about it.  That any foreign power, much less Russia, would so boldly attempt to influence a U.S. election is outrageous enough.  We remember, however, that candidate Trump in fact invited them to hack U.S. accounts.  When anyone reminds him of this, he denies he said or meant it or plays the sarcasm card.

There is room for humor, to be sure. JFK was a witty, funny guy, but he’s the one who stared down Khrushchev and the other guy blinked.  The job is not one for a stand-up comic, and the Oval Office is neither a locker room nor a frat house.  Trump’s affect is time and again inappropriate to the event.  His outreach to Putin is intolerable and his off-the-cuff comments about women are sleazy, disgusting, and despicable.

Ironic that our candidate, the most qualified to run perhaps ever, has to combat Trump’s misogyny and sexism as well as antagonism from a foreign adversarial source favoring her opponent. How is this happening in this country?


Show Hillary you stand with her on her principles!












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