After thousands of unhinged leftists browbeat electors from states Donald Trump won to vote for someone else, he expanded his lead over Hillary Clinton.
“Most of the pleas to reject Trump are coordinated, automated, professionally generated, and, for those reasons, none too persuasive,” noted The Associated Press.
“We got a stack of letters from idiots,” said Arizona elector Edward Robson. “They don’t seek to understand or persuade — just to insist,” said Kansas elector Ashley McMillan Hutchinson. “As a mother of two small children, I know how to handle that.” Some electors reported death threats. Pennsylvania electors got police protection.
The recount of votes in Rust Belt states backfired too. Mr. Trump gained votes in Wisconsin. “Irregularities” benefiting Ms. Clinton were uncovered in Wayne County, Mich. (Detroit), giving Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions more reason to make vote fraud a priority.
“Clearly the left hasn’t figured out how disgusting are its crybully tactics to normal, emotionally healthy adult voters,” wrote John Hayward of Breitbart.com.
The excuse leftists gave for attempting a coup is “Russia meddled in our election.” They’re referring to emails phished from the Democratic National Committee made public by WikiLeaks, a front for the SVR, which is what the KGB calls itself these days.
The “bombshells” in the phished emails were that the DNC rigged the primaries for Ms. Clinton and that she was leaked debate questions in advance. You can count on fingers the votes swayed by these disclosures.
Those fussing about WikiLeaks now shrugged off cyberattacks when the target was the United States.
President Barack Obama was “briefed regularly” on Russian efforts to hack servers at the White House, the State Department and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but chose not to respond, said The New York Times.
Mr. Obama did nothing after the DNC hack because he expected Ms. Clinton to win. So, in all likelihood, did the Russians.
Mr. Trump’s bromance with Vladimir Putin is a legitimate concern. But Mr. Trump’s plans to develop America’s energy resources and to rebuild our military are not in Russia’s interest.
Ms. Clinton figured to be as soft a touch as the supine Mr. Obama. (After a big donation to the Clinton Foundation, Ms. Clinton as secretary of state approved the sale of 20 percent of our uranium reserves to the Russkies. After more donations, she approved the transfer of dual-use technologies (military and civilian) to Russia’s Silicon Valley.)
Intelligence officials suspect the Russians have the emails Ms. Clinton deleted from her private server.
“Of course the SVR got it all,” an ex-KGB operative told former National Security Agency counterintelligence officer John Schindler.
If the Russians wanted Ms. Clinton to lose, why wouldn’t WikiLeaks have made those emails public? They aren’t of much use to the Kremlin now, but could have been used for blackmail if Ms. Clinton had won.
More likely, the Russians meddled to cast doubt on the integrity of our electoral process. Which is exactly what “progressives” are doing.
Ms. Clinton transmitted classified information over an insecure server, then lied about it. She ignored the Rust Belt to campaign in states she had no chance to win and spent millions to boost turnout in Chicago and New Orleans, which was irrelevant.
If the SVR engineered Team Clinton’s boneheaded mistakes, Mr. Putin is the Svengali of our times. If not, this is much ado about little.
And a brazen example of leftist hypocrisy. Many “progressives” cheered when WikiLeaks published disclosures by traitors Edward Snowden and Bradley (Chelsea) Manning. They saw no threat until WikiLeaks embarrassed Democrats. Leftists applauded when Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton made overtures to Mr. Putin, who was as evil and nasty then as he is now, and ridiculed Mitt Romney for calling Russia an enemy. It’s time for these ill-mannered, hysterical hypocrites to get to the fifth stage of grief.
“Even as a Trump skeptic, I cannot overstate how gratifying it is that these people lost,” wrote conservative Guy Benson. “Their entitled, bitter blamestorming is sadlicious.”
Jack Kelly is a columnist for the Post-Gazette (firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1476).