In a televised event on C-SPAN last week former president Jimmy Carter laid down some truth that is still making headlines and being talked about rigorously. This is what he said:
I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016,” Carter said at a panel discussion hosted by his eponymous Carter Center in Leesburg, Va. “He lost the election, and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf.”
Asked whether he was calling Trump an illegitimate president, Carter didn’t back down: “Based on what I just said, which I can’t retract.Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
So many of us know this to be true. Many in the media, many in Congress, I would argue damn near half the country knows this to be true. I would even contend that some in the Republican party know this to be true although they would never say it. We are two and a half years into this disaster of an administration and given everything that we know and that has been reported in the press, capped off by the Mueller Report, we know that Donald J Trump is an illegitimate U.S. President. This isn’t news per se, but what is making headlines, is that more and more people are not only thinking it but they are saying so, out loud, in public, when asked.
While it was never studied or investigated what Russian interference might have looked like in terms of numbers and voters but let’s play games here or be coy in our common sense analysis. I’m a communication major and from a messaging, marketing, and political rhetorical point of view it’s not a huge leap of faith to come to the same valid conclusion. If you take away the money and the hacking and the adbots and the trolling and the false ads and news headlines (and the list goes on for sure) if you take all of that away then we know that Hillary Clinton wins. I think it is high time to not just think this privately it’s past time for more and more leaders from all walks of our great American society to say so louder and more frequently.