Big media organizations, those obsessed with the harm caused by fake news, hyped up the possibility that enough so-called faithless electors could deny Republican Donald Trump the presidency.
All but two Trump electors held firm and didn't go rogue even while under pressure from the left, including protesters who showed up for the ceremonies at state house around the country. As discussed below, the effort backfired on runner-up Hillary Clinton, the Democrat.
With all the chatter about Russian hacking into the DNC emails and the John Podesta emails and the possibility that affected the outcome on Election Day, perhaps lawmakers can also find out why Hillary Clinton allegedly gave the Russians 20 percent of U.S. uranium while she was in office as U.S. Secretary of State, as the New York Times detailed in April 2015.
Many of the Trump-pledged electors received an unprecedented amount of harassment. "In the aftermath of a uniquely polarizing presidential contest, the once-anonymous electors are squarely in the spotlight, targeted by death threats, harassing phone calls and reams of hate mail," Politico explained. One Michigan elector also filed a police report about death threats in addition to massive amounts of spam email sent to him and his colleagues. Pennsylvania electors reportedly had state trooper bodyguards in the run-up to the Electoral College ceremony in the state capitol of Harrisburg.
Yet, it wasn't that long ago when Hillary Clinton and the media in unison blasted Trump for his unwillingness to pre-commit to accepting the results of the election. Liberals shifted gears pretty fast, however, as the New York Post observed.
"A major theme of the Democrats and the press during the election was the absolute imperative of accepting the results. This lasted as a bedrock principle of democratic governance all the way until roughly 4 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, when it became clear that Trump had won, and angry protests in the streets, pointless, harassing recounts and calls for an Electoral College coup became the order of the day."In the alternative, imagine for a second the outcry from the New York Times, Washington Post, and the alphabet networks about "hate crimes" if Trump supporters were inundating Hillary Clinton electors with pleas/intimidation to switch their Electoral College vote.
Team Trump could have also sought a recount in states like Nevada and Virginia where Trump/Pence narrowly lost.
In the clip below, stalwart North Carolina electors sing "God Bless America" as they made their way to the statehouse to vote for Donald Trump.Ironically, the media's favored candidate Hillary Clinton lost five electoral votes and but for states that don't allow it, would have lost even more. According to People's Pundit Daily, Hillary Clinton set a 104-year record for electors who defected from her column.
"The Electoral College has 538 members, with the number allocated to each state based on how many representatives it has in the House plus one for each senator. The District of Columbia gets three, despite the fact that the home to Congress has no vote in Congress...There is no constitutional provision or federal law that requires electors to vote for the candidate who won their state — though some states require their electors to vote for the winning candidate," AP recalled.
On Monday, Trump lost two Texas electors (one of whom received a wave of media coverage before the vote). Currently, 29 states bind electors to the winner of the state vote, as alluded to above. Look for Texas to join them and require that all electors follow the results of the general election in the Lone Star state.
No one wants pranks or hoaxes to masquerade as real news, so to that extent, fake news should be weeded out. Moreover, it remains to seen if the Trump administration will prove successful in carrying out its promises and initiatives.
Both being said, let's review some of the previous fake news that was breathlessly aired/published by mainstream news agencies and also to a lesser extent by globalist, #NeverTrump conservative outlets as fact as they portrayed every misstep, real or imagined, by the New York real estate mogul and former Democrat and independent in the worst possible light. This is the same media caught by WikiLeaks colluding with the Clinton campaign.
- Trump will not run for president
- Trump is just running as a publicity stunt
- Trump has a ceiling of primary votes
- Trump will drop out of the GOP primary
- Trump's campaign is self-destructing
- The GOP convention will be contested/brokered because Trump won't win enough delegates
- Trump could lose the red states of Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Texas, or Utah
- Trump has no chance to win Michigan or Pennsylvania
- Trump has no ground game
- Trump's campaign staff is too small
- Trump isn't spending enough money on commercials
- Trump controversies will doom down-ballot candidates and GOP control of Congress
- No woman, Hispanic, or African-American will vote for Trump
- Trump will drop out after the Billy Bush Access Hollywood scandal
- Hillary Clinton is winning early voting
- Hillary Clinton has a blue-state firewall
- Donald Trump has no path to 270
- The election could wind up in the House of Representatives on an Electoral College tie
- Celebrities will actually move to Canada or another country
- The Trump transition is in disarray
Added Mike Adams of Natural News about the fake news stories that fabricated faithless electors.
"All the desperate efforts to fabricate false intelligence sources, generate fake news on CNN and whip up mass hysteria across the country failed miserably. The Trump victory is now locked in, despite the ludicrous claims of a radical left-wing law professor who was widely quoted in the media, claiming 'as many as twenty faithless electors' would dump Donald Trump. Remember, these are the same delusional leftists who, before the election, almost universally proclaimed Hillary Clinton would be the landslide winner because she was winning in all the polls (which we knew all along were completely fabricated).Separately, Breitbart News distinguished the difference in coverage by the mainstream liberal media and the conservative #NeverTrumpers, in contrast to Trump-leaners on the populist, America-first right.
"[M]any analysts on the Right appeared to understand that Trump's bombast was always something of a mix between setting the stage for further negotiations on policy and hyperbole to drive the daily news cycle — a strategy that obviously worked given his election to the highest office in the land. In any case, they didn't join in the mainstream media pile on at every turn, unlike some others."While media pundits remind everybody that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote (that is, excluding third-party ballots), the presidency goes to the the first candidate to 270 electoral votes under the U.S Constitution in a state-by-state contest. As one observer pointed out, the World Series champion is the team that wins four games, not the team that scores the most runs.
And as Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explains in the clip below, if generating raw votes was the priority, the candidate would have barnstormed repeatedly in California, Illinois, and New York.Those three states also have no photo ID law.
Is it really over, though? The New York Post separately warns, however, that the "normally sedate affair" of Congressional approval of the Electoral College vote scheduled for January 6 could turn into a circus if Democrats have"one last emotional breakdown" and force parliamentary objections to the proceedings.
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