When Donald Trump wins US election, will Hillary Clinton nullify results because of Vladimir Putin?
7 September, 2016
Just a few short weeks after Hillary Clinton’s convention propelled her to an 8-point lead among registered voters in an early-August CNN/ORC Poll, Clinton’s lead has largely evaporated despite a challenging month for Trump, which saw an overhaul of his campaign staff, announcements of support for Clinton from several high-profile Republicans and criticism of his campaign strategy. Hillary on the other hand, has suffered from the latest FBI document release Snafu, which has further dented her credibility, while concerns about her health continue to spread among the general public.
Just days after the latest Reuters/IPSOS poll showed Trump jump to a surprising lead, and wiping away what some had said was an “insurmountable” Hillary lead, moments ago the first post-labor day poll by CNN/ORCshowed that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start the race to November 8 on essentially even ground, with Trump edging Clinton by two points among likely voters, and the contest sparking sharp divisions along demographic lines in a new CNN/ORC Poll.
Trump tops Clinton 45% to 43% in the new survey, with Libertarian Gary Johnson standing at 7% among likely voters in this poll and the Green Party’s Jill Stein at just 2%.
Among those likely to turn out in the fall, both candidates have secured about the same share of their own partisans (92% of Democrats back Clinton, 90% of Republicans are behind Trump) but independents give Trump an edge, 49% say they’d vote for him while just 29% of independent voters back Clinton.
“Russian hackers, under the control of the evil Vladimir Putin, have the capability to hijack US election systems, in order to secure a victory for Russian controlled candidate Donald Trump,” unnamed NSA officials said to CNN.
Hillary is now joining in on the “fear mongering tour” telling a rally in Illinois that there is “credible evidence” for U.S. intelligence officials “to pursue an investigation into Russia’s efforts to interfere with our election.” Per NBC News, when asked recently whether she thought Putin was interfering with U.S. elections in an effort to help Trump, Hillary responded with her favorite, folksy, Arkansas saying:
“If you find a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by accident. I think it’s quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee.”
Isn’t she just so down to earth and relatable? For some reason we’re suddenly reminded of another saying that involves glass houses and stones.
Hillary continued with the usual rhetoric painting Trump as just another of Putin’s “useful idiots.“
The Democratic nominee told reporters on her plane that Trump has “urged the Russians to hack more, and, in particular, hack me, and he has generally parroted what is a Putin-Kremlin line.”
The allegation against Russia by U.S. intelligence officials “raises further questions about Trump,” Clinton added, “and I think those are questions the American people should be asking and answering.”
The Republican nominee, she said, has “very early on allied himself with Putin’s policies … And he furthermore has praised Putin, he seems to have this bizarre attraction to dictators, including Putin.”
Ironically, Hillary’s comments came just hours after the Washington Post joined in on the accusations on “Russian plan[s] to disrupt November elections.” The report came despite a U.S. intelligence official cautioning the Post that there is no “definitive proof of such tampering, or any Russian plans to do so.”
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.
The aim is to understand the scope and intent of the Russian campaign, which incorporates cyber-tools to hack systems used in the political process, enhancing Russia’s ability to spread disinformation.
A Russian influence operation in the United States “is something we’re looking very closely at,” said one senior intelligence official who, like others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. Officials also are examining potential disruptions to the election process, and the FBI has alerted state and local officials to potential cyberthreats.
The official cautioned that the intelligence community is not saying it has “definitive proof” of such tampering, or any Russian plans to do so. “But even the hint of something impacting the security of our election system would be of significant concern,” the official said. “It’s the key to our democracy, that people have confidence in the election system.”
Seems that Hillary is more than willing to allege fire when it is politically expedient and despite no “definitive proof” while dismissing the many plumes of smoke surrounding her various personal scandals as mere “conspiracy theories” conjured up by “alt-right” nut jobs.
Certainly, any credible threat aimed at undermining the confidence of the American electorate in the election process is something that should be taken very seriously. However, propagating rumors and speculation of such a serious threat against our democracy without any “definitive proof” is wildly irresponsible.