Harry Reid Claims Russians “Manipulated” 2016 Vote Totals in Baseless Conspiracy Theory
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.
More than half of Democrats believe this completely fraudulent, false, and dangerous conspiracy theory. They believe it because our media vehemently pushed it because they couldn't accept the 2016 election results. They continue to work with other partisans to perpetuate it. https://t.co/73wo22TtiH
— 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.