Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Will Hillary Challenge Trump's Triumph?

Will Hillary Challenge Trump’s Triumph?

Through November 2016, America has had 57 presidential elections, some fiercely contested.

Yet peaceful transition always followed - except in 1860 when seven southern states seceded, forming the Confederacy. The Civil War followed, lasting until 1865, Lincoln assassinated weeks before it ended.

According to New York magazine, “Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump” - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The group led by voting rights attorney John Bonifax and University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society director J. Alex Halderman claims results in these states were “manipulated or hacked.”

Their allegation is circumstantial, not definitive, citing a suspicious pattern, based on statistical analysis of counties using electronic voting machines v. others with optical scanners and paper ballots.

They argued for an independent review since the Obama administration (wrongfully) claimed Russian electoral interference. Not a shred of evidence suggests it.

As of now, Trump won 290 Electoral College votes to Hillary’s 232 - Michigan’s 16 EC votes not included as results remain too close to call.

For results to be changed in her favor, she’d have to win Michigan and have Pennsylvania and Wisconsin totals overturned - an extremely unlikely unprecedented act, especially this late in the game. 

Trump is well along in forming his administration. Deadlines to challenge approach. In Wisconsin it’s Friday. In Pennsylvania, next Monday. In Michigan it’s November 30. According to New York magazine, it’s “unclear” if Hillary intends to challenge.

Bonifax, Halderman and others in their group “have only a circumstantial case that would require not just a recount but a forensic audit of voting machines,” a time-consuming task if ordered.

An unnamed “senior Clinton advisor” said the White House wants “a smooth transfer of power,” not a disruptive challenge, likely delaying transition well beyond the January 20 inauguration day.

Key issues I’ve discussed in previous articles are as follows:

Claims about Russia hacking DNC emails and other electoral interference are fraudulent, no evidence suggesting it, just baseless accusations.

At the same time, election rigging in America is longstanding, dating at least from the 1824 “corrupt bargain,” favoring John Quincy Adams over Andrew Jackson, a future US president.

Deep state power brokers decide who’ll hold high office and key appointed positions at the federal, state and local levels. Democracy is pure fantasy. Voters have no say whatever.

In my judgment, Hillary was considered damaged goods, too scandal-ridden to serve effectively - jettisoned for Trump, perhaps at the 11th hour.

Chances for his triumph to be overturned are practically nil. Despite all the disruptive sturm und drang following November 8, and likely continuing, on January 20, he’ll become America’s 45th president.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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