A “fact” is defined as “something that actually exists; reality; truth.” Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed, 2001, p. 691. There is no such thing as a “false fact.”
On the other hand, information can be “fake”: “a spurious report or story.” Id., p. 694. As The Washington Post reported almost a year ago, “Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery—including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human ‘trolls,’ and networks of websites and social media accounts—echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the internet ...” Timberg, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say,” The Washington Post, 11/2416.
Americans pride ours as “the land of the free.” Foremost amongst our freedoms are freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
These are freedoms Russia has used to its advantage. Russia blasted the internet with falsehoods. We cannot ban free speech, or else we lose the most important freedoms we have.
We can take back things others have obtained through falsehoods.
We also can take back things that others have obtained through illegal means.
Trump obtained the Oval Office through collusion with Russia. Inconsistencies between exit polls and the later vote counts from precincts, anomalies in vote patterns, and a person in the Oval Office who lost—LOST—the popular vote by over three million, at least, are indicia of Russia’s successful interference with our electoral system.
A burglar cannot keep items she or he stole during a home invasion. Trump (and Pence) should be able neither to keep the office obtained through illegal means nor to see work performed in office allowed to stand.
The election was void ab initio. The result of hacks on software, propaganda, and illegal leaks, the Electoral College tally for Trump is illegitimate. So, too, are the actions Trump has taken while in office.
Federal courts possess equitable jurisdiction to remove from office a President whose margin of victory was provided by illegal means. “Indeed, entirely foreclosing injunctive relief in the federal courts would invite attempts to influence national elections by illegal means.... ” Donahue v. Board of Elections, 435 F.Supp.957, 968 (E.D.N.Y. 1976).
Removal from office and recognition the election was void ab initio inherently means acts carried out by the illegitimate Trump are also void. To allow such acts to stand rewards, in part, the illegal conduct by which Putin delivered the Electoral College edge to Trump.
A person who adheres and gives aid and comfort to an enemy of the United States commits treason. U.S. Const. Art. III, sec. 3. Trump committed treason, it appears, in his quest for the Oval Office. He should be removed from that office and the spoils gained by Putin—any actions taken by Trump since January 20, 2017—should be declared to be as void as the results of the election.
The 2016 election results were delivered to the United States from Russia, but hardly with love.