The real bad actors undermining elections are American citizens, not foreign hackers.
There’s been a lot of fearmongering about Russians undermining elections in America. While there’s no evidence that the Russians were behind the Wikileaks releases of John Podesta’s emails, there’s a real assault being perpetrated against our system that the media is encouraging. The ones undermining elections in the states are American Leftists, not Russians.
The Washington Post explains,
Pressure on members of the electoral college to select someone other than Donald Trump has grown dramatically — and noisily — in recent weeks, causing some to waver but yielding little evidence that Trump will fall short when electors convene in most state capitals Monday to cast their votes.
Carole Joyce of Arizona expected her role as a GOP elector to be pretty simple: She would meet the others in Phoenix and carry out a vote for Trump, who won the most votes in her state and whom she personally supported.
But then came the mail and the emails and the phone calls — first hundreds, then thousands of voters worrying that Trump’s impulsive nature would lead the country into another war.
“Honestly, it had an impact,” said Joyce, a 72-year-old Republican state committee member. “I’ve seen enough funerals. I’m tired of hearing bagpipes. . . . But I signed a loyalty pledge. And that matters.”
Such is the life these days for many of the 538 men and women who are scheduled to meet Monday across the country to carry out what has traditionally been a perfunctory vote after most every presidential election.
Notice how perverse and hypocritical this is. The Russians, if they did everything that anonymous leaks allege, merely gave American voters information. They didn’t do anything to manipulate or alter the election results. They didn’t hack the touchscreen voting machines. They didn’t commit voter fraud. They didn’t change the rules or break the rules of the election. They didn’t intimidate voters.
But now there is a concerted and well-financed campaign of harassment and intimidation being carried out against the members of the electoral college! Unlike the allegations against the Russians that are entirely based on the claims with no evidence, the attempt the change the outcome by tampering with the Electoral College is being done openly.
Just to add to the irony, RT News broadcast a story about what is going on.
It is really weird that the mainstream media is treating this attempt at undermining elections as legitimate political action while a Russian-owned news agency defends the American system. Meanwhile, the same mainstream media is accusing Russia of “hacking” the election because it (allegedly) informed the American public about Hillary Clinton.
How intense is the pressure on electors? According to Philly.com,
One elector, Ash Khare, said he and all of the 19 others have been assigned a plainclothes state police trooper for protection.
“I’m a big boy,” said Khare, an India-born engineer and a longtime Republican from Warren County, who estimates he receives 3,000 to 5,000 emails, letters, and phone calls a day from as far away as France, Germany, and Australia. “But this is stupid. Nobody is standing up and telling these people, ‘Enough, knock it off.’ “
No, they’re too busy accusing Russia of undermining elections.