Never a winning strategy — it just spreads the pathogens, whether or not the pig knows what’s going on.
As recount begins, White House says it has seen no evidence of hackers tampering with 2016 election https://t.co/ExWX4zCFlG
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) November 26, 2016
… “We stand behind our election results, which accurately reflect the will of the American people,” a senior administration official told POLITICO late Friday.
“The federal government did not observe any increased level of malicious cyber activity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on election day,” the official added. “We believe our elections were free and fair from a cybersecurity perspective.”…
… On Saturday, the Clinton campaign broke its long silence on the issue with a statement from the campaign’s general counsel, Marc Elias.
In a post on Medium, Elias confirmed that independent experts had briefed the campaign on potential irregularities that could be the result of hacking, but he said that ultimately the campaign found no “actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology.”
Still, he said, the campaign is joining Stein’s challenge in Wisconsin and will do the same if she requests recounts in the other states.
The senior Obama administration official reiterated the government’s accusation that Russia had directed its hackers to go after U.S. political organizations and political operatives’ email accounts with the goal of interfering in the election.
Moscow, the official said, “probably expected that publicity surrounding” leaked emails and documents “would raise questions about the integrity of the election process that could have undermined the legitimacy of the president-elect.”…
Instead of talking about deliberate voter suppression by U.S. legislators, James Comey’s Repub-friendly publicity stunts, or targeted/doctored leaks by foreign agencies, “we” are letting ourselves get distracted by dark tales of SCIENTERRIFIC HAXXORS somehow screwing with the black boxes from a vast distance. Oldest magicians’ trick in the world!
The election was illegitimate (the Electoral College, FBI, Wikileaks), but Trump still winning the EC after the recounts will mask this.
— Scott Lemieux (@LemieuxLGM) November 26, 2016
And so, as the true stories about voter-ID monkey-mischief and undersupplying sites and equipment to ‘undeserving’ neighborhoods continue to accumulate, the GOP and its media enablers have been given a shiny gift-wrapped package of ‘Democrats and their dumb conspiracy theories‘ misdirection… by Jill Stein, her foreign backers, and a bunch of third-party-voting special snowflakes retroactively embarrassed by the success of their efforts to keep Hillary out of the White House.
But it’s very good news for the Trump team!