Operation Flip The Electors, Part 2, is thoroughly dishonest
We are witnessing nothing short of an attempt to steal the election by some Democrats and a very supportive mainstream and leftwing media, by causing Electors in the Electoral College to go rogue and vote for Hillary, or at least not vote for Trump.
The first excuse for this tactic after the election was made by people like Prof. Lawrence Lessig. At least he was honest in his call to have the Electors stop Trump because he didn’t like the result and thought Trump would be a horrible president on a host of issues.
Honest, but severely misguided.
Call that Operation Flip the Electors, Part One.
As it became obvious that the recounts demanded by Jill Stein and supported by Hillary would fail to change the outcome, a new and thoroughly dishonest media narrative developed — that Trump could not be allowed to take office because Russia “hacked the election.”
By hacked the election, they don’t mean that the vote count was corrupted, but that alleged Russian hacking of the DNC and John Podesta influenced the outcome. A variation on that theme is that Trump has some potential Russian connection that makes him potentially disloyal to the United States.
The claim is that this new information is so serious post-election, that the Electors must fulfill some alleged duty to protect the country from Trump. Call that Operation Flip the Electors, Part Two.
None of these allegations, however, are new. They were all aired to and considered by the voters. Here are just a tiny fraction of the major media headlines BEFORE the election:
- Investigating Donald Trump, F.B.I. Sees No Clear Link to Russia (NYT)
- How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History (Esquire)
- Private Security Group Says Russia Was Behind John Podesta’s Email Hack (NYT Times)
- Reasonable doubt in Russian hack: Column (USA Today)
The only allegedly “new” information is not new information, but anonymous leaks to the NY Times and Washington Post that the CIA has changed its assessment that the Russians intended not just to disrupt the U.S. elections but to “help” Trump.
Put aside the inadequacy of anonymous leaks to support the allegation, is that accusation really new? The media already made that accusation before the election, but now is acting *shocked* that a hostile foreign government would attempt to influence our elections. Because, you know, it’s not like we ever try to influence the elections in other countries. (Putin accused Hillary of doing that to him, and Bibi, remember Bibi?)
Put aside also the lack of logic claiming that the email hacks decided the election — maybe if Hillary were not such a horrible candidate she would have weathered the leak storm, much as Trump weathered the Access Hollywood video and numerous women who accused him of sexual assault. To say the Russians did it is to excuse Hillary of all responsibility for the loss — and to completely devalue American voters.
The voters took into account the swarm of accusations against Trump and Hillary, and elected him. Losing sucks, I get it, but it’s not an excuse to create a constitutional crisis and uniquely destructive result of the Electors flipping the election to Hillary, or even to the House.
But if there is one thing you must keep in mind when you consider the deluge of media claims supporting the Electors going rogue, it’s that Part Two of Operation Flip the Electors is thoroughly dishonest.
These are not, with few exceptions, people who actually believe that something has changed so dramatically since the election that the Electors need to intervene. Rather, this is a pure power play to undermine the electoral system by people who never thought Trump was fit for office for reasons unrelated to Russia, who now are using the Russian “hack” as an excuse.
Do you really think that Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, an Elector demanding a CIA briefing to vet the accusations against Trump, actually and honestly believes anything other than that she never wanted Trump to be president?
It’s one thing to say that allegations of foreign tampering should be thoroughly investigated. They should. But it’s quite a different thing to use that alleged tampering to overturn elections.
So yes, I am calling the overwhelming majority of people, particularly in the media, pushing Operation Flip The Electors, Part Two, of being liars about why they want the Electors to stop Trump.