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Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in 2016 Presidential Election | 28 comments

Blaming Russia for Trump’s Victory

Boris Badenov image by post’s author

Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale finally scored a victory for their side. They and their Fearless Leader are being accused of helping Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.

For the sake of argument, suppose that Russian hackers did acquire information about Hillary Clinton through illegal means. Suppose that the Russians then publicized that information through another party.

How could the publication of data about Clinton harm Clinton if the the data didn’t show Clinton doing something wrong?

If the data did show that Clinton did something wrong, then who’s fault is that? Did the Russians make Clinton do wrong stuff?

Sure, I am in favor of federal officials investigating cyber-crime committed by foreign agents.

Yet, this fussing about alleged Russian hackers is akin to fussing about who took the photo of Clinton with her hand in the cookie jar.

What exactly did alleged Russian hackers expose that helped Trump?

Hackers couldn’t expose Clinton’s misdeeds if there were no misdeeds to begin with. There would be no photo of Clinton with her hand in the cookie jar if Clinton hadn’t stuck her hand in the cookie jar.

This situation is like a scene in the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In that scene, Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco are given detention because the four of them were outside of the castle when they were not allowed to.

It is Draco who exposes the rule-breaking of the other three, but in doing so, he exposes his own rule-breaking.

Yes, Draco is an antagonist, but the other three still broke the rules. Draco’s misdeed was not an excuse to let the other three off the hook for their misdeed.

Considering how crazy this election year has been, anything could still happen between now and the time that the Electoral College meets to formally elect the next POTUS. However, all hell would break loose if Electors used alleged Russian hacking as an excuse to throw the election to Clinton.

If Trump’s election still stands after the Electoral College adjourns, then perhaps Clinton can hire Rocky and Bullwinkle to go after Boris and Natasha. Clinton could even offer a monetary reward for the latter’s capture.

As for Trump remaining the President-Elect . . . well, that’s how the cookie crumbles.

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