Indiana went so “red” for Trump that Russia expended no direct effort, here, to “fix” the election. It is difficult to understand how people can deny what evidence clearly establishes: Russia put Trump in the Oval Office, through millions of bots, a weaponized internet, hacked election software, and collusion with Trump campaign officials,, almost like a sci fi flick.
No one with the IQ of a fig and awareness of Putin’s proclivities for violence and murder would spend a ton of Putin currency only to tell Putin: sorry, boss, we came up short.
Denial that Russia stole our elections might be rooted in how scenarios of foreign takeover of the U.S. have been the stuff of movies, of which “The Manchurian Candidate” is a good example—but was, after all, only fiction. “The Twilight Zone,” “Star Trek,” and other TV shows aired episodes not inconsistent with a dictator, foreign or domestic, who subverts our democratic processes through technology. Americans have been conditioned to believe our political system is indomitable. The ultimate “reality” show is what people see each day on the news, and inured, after decades of fictional treatment of the theme, see the news as fiction. They can switch the channel to sports or the latest reality show.
Burns’s documentary “The Vietnam War” tells how Nixon, late in the1968 Presidential campaign, subverted U.S. negotiations with North Vietnam, by South Vietnam President Thieu being told Nixon would treat Thieu more favorably than Humphrey, whose poll numbers had risen as negotiations progressed. When South Vietnam withdrew, negotiations foundered. President Johnson, outraged, told Senator Everett Dirksen that Nixon had committed treason. Treason consists “only in levying War against [the United States], or in adhering to [United States] Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort....” U.S. Const. Art. II, sec. 3. Nixon denied interference. Nixon lied. Many people died because the War was prolonged.
Science fiction has become fact. Russia played Jedi mind games via a weaponized internet, etc. Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. Russia clearly interfered with the election. Mere removal, via impeachment or Amendment XXV, of Trump from an office he illegally occupies, allows people (Russians and some Americans) who benefitted to keep their illegal spoils.
A person who obtains office through illegal means can be removed by our Federal courts. “It is difficult to imagine a more damaging blow to public confidence in the electoral process than the election of 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). The Federal courts can exercise equitable powers to achieve this. 435 F.Supp. at 963.
Trump and Pence hold office through “adherence” to an “enemy” of the U.S. Some people simply believe this only is another TV show, not the democratic system of this Nation gone to Russian control. They cannot turn the dial to change channels—we no longer have dials. And, there soon will be only one channel.