Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed that Russian hackers supposedly altered vote totals in the 2016 election to ensure Donald Trump’s victory. Reid makes the sensational claim in an upcoming book previewed by a Washington Post reporter.
“I think one reason the elections weren’t what they should have been was because the Russians manipulated the votes. It’s that simple,” said the former Senate Democrat leader. “It doesn’t take a math expert to understand that by changing a few votes, the outcome will be different. So, I have no doubt.”
Reid’s conspiracy has no basis. Even former President Barack Obama spoke before the 2016 election on the impossibility of such an election “hack,” pointing out that the decentralized nature of the American electoral system would render such an electronic operation beyond possibility.
While Reid’s conspiracy on the election is without merit, there’s data that suggests that his views on the matter are shared by a significant percentage of Democrats.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 25, 2020
Progressives had accused President Donald Trump of undermining the integrity of the election for raising concerns of voter fraud before the election, a routine they continue to carry out today. It seems commitment to democratic elections starts and stops with contests that Democrats(upper-case D) are victorious in.
Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement
Will Mitch retire?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.
Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.
McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.
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