The CIA says the Russian government deliberately threw the election to Donald Trump. Hacking the Podesta emails was only part of it.
Those of us who said so at the time were told we were “paranoid” and “McCarthyist.”
The Russians also hacked Republicans, but somehow those files never leaked.
In response, the Trump campaign issued a three-sentence statement:
These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.
That’s two flat-out lies – the campaign ended a month ago and Trump’s EC margin ranks well below the historical average (21st out of the past 25 results) – and an utterly unjustified slam at the intelligence community, which was much more cautious on the WMD story that the Bush White House.
Trump is not honest, not competent, only marginally sane, and in cahoots with a hostile authoritarian foreign regime. He will occupy the White House and hold the legal powers of the Presidency. But he deserves none of the respect, deference, and presumption of goodwill that we conventionally accord a legitimately elected President (and which his Republican allies so spectacularly denied to President Obama). Trump cheated his way to the Presidency, and the rest of us owe him nothing but contempt. We owe our country sustained and implacable resistance to everything he tries to do.
Yes, I know Trump won’t actually be President-elect until December 19, and that if the Electors did their originally-intended job by rejecting a candidate committed to violating the Constitution from Day One he never would be. But they won’t, and he will, and the rest of us need to deal with it.