Did Russia hack the Democrats and drip feed that information to wikileaks to impact the US election?
Watching Russia and America accuse each other of rigging the election is like two bald men fighting over a comb. Russia has always attempted to influence elections around the world, but the true master of electoral fraud is the CIA. To have America whine about Russia influencing their election when you consider the global ballot boxes the US have manipulated seems churlish.
Some elite liberal commentators have declared that nothing of interest was revealed from the hacks while in the same breath claim it was the media focus on those leaks that impacted the election.
You can’t have it both ways.
I think the leaks were damaging in that they showed the gross level of abuse the Democratic establishment went to kill off Bernie Sanders candidacy. The Democratic nomination process was rigged in that it was always Hillary who the establishment wanted.
Did that eventually have an impact on the final result, well no I don’t think it did. Trump didn’t squeeze out a win because Bernie Sander supporters didn’t vote for Clinton, Trump won an unblinkingly astounding victory because he resonated with white working class American’s who have been damaged by neoliberalism and free market globalisation.
This simple, grim truth, that white working American’s rejected Clinton’s free market economics is something liberals in America are grappling to comprehend and accept. Instead of blaming themselves for putting forward a neoliberal establishment figure who was simply going to continue with a failed free market globalisation agenda, they have blamed almost everything else for the shock Trump win.
It’s because Trump voters are racist (despite those same voters voting for Obama twice before)
It’s because Trump voters are sexist (despite over 50% of white women voting for Trump).
It’s because Trump voters are rich (despite 50% of union families voting for Trump).
Then it was Bernie Sanders, the FBI, voter fraud and now it’s Russia.
The truth is that it was a deeply racist vote cleansing system that eliminates black voters and the working white poor walking away from the promise of globalisation that ended Clinton. This desperate attempt to find anything other than their own failed candidate selection, structurally racist electoral processes (which have been around for decades) and the white working poor rejecting neoliberalism risks dooming Democrats into a self righteous irrelevance.
So how far are Liberals in America prepared to go to stop Trump? Rather than pausing to appreciate how Democrats failed, they are focused on attempting to rip away any legitimacy Trump will have when inaugurated.
That is a dangerous path.
The millions and millions of Americans who voted for Trump will not allow their leader to be destabilised and disrespected and I fear angry protests will simply cement those voters into voting for Trump again in 4 years.
I despise Donald Trump. I think he is a fascist and his current selection for Cabinet is a ghoulish carnival of right wing mutant circus freaks whose capacity for stupidity matches their ability for evil.
Trump must be fought every day of his 4 year term, but that battle can only begin once Democrats understand why they lost the election this year and smug cultural elitism and cosmopolitan arrogance will only serve to enrage Trump’s base and risk dangerous destabilisation.
How far are liberals prepared to go for a civil war?