Sunday, April 24, 2022

Delusional Democrats Still Believe Russia Changed the Outcome of the 2016 Election resulting in Trump's win.

by Rod Williams, April 24, 2022 - It is a shameful fact that lacking any evidence, many Republican continue to believe Democrats stole the election in 2020. Lawsuits challenging the elections have gone nowhere. Recounts confirm the vote count was right.  Crazy social media reports of fraud have been debunked. Republican state Secretaries of State or other officials responsible for conducting elections have said the election in their state was a clean election. Republican governors and congressional leaders have said the 2020 election was a fair election and that Joe Biden legitimately won. While there has been the occasional incident of fraudulent voting, as there is always, there has been no evidence of widespread election fraud.  Yet, Trumpinistas continue to claim the election was stolen. They are simply dilutional. 

Unfortunately, they are not the only ones who believe a lie and are delusional.  Democrats believe if not for Russian efforts on behalf of Trump, Hillery Clinton would be president.  

How did Russia change the election? No one even claims Russia changed any votes that were cast. They did not harvest absentee ballots. They didn't control the voting machines from Moscow and change the results. They didn't have election officials counting ballots who put the Trump ballots through the counting machine twice. There was no late unloading of a truckload of ballots that favored Trump that had just been discovered. 

So, how did Russia steal the election? They illegally spend some money on targeted advertisements on behalf of Trump on social media and robots gave anti-Hillary memes lots of "likes."  That is about it.  We are subjected to advertising all day long.  Hopefully, we are not mindless victims who are incapable of thinking for ourselves because we saw some lame ad. I agree we do not want Russia spending money in our elections but that level of activity hardly amounts to stealing an election. If American democracy is so fragile that juvenile amateurish Facebook memes by an unknown poster can change the outcome of an election, then the dumbing down of the American people is the problem, not Russian interference. 

According to a recent Rasmussen poll,  Democratic voters overwhelmingly agree with Hillary Clinton that Russia is to blame for her defeat in 2016. In a July 2020 interview with Joy Reid on MSNBC, Clinton said, “It's very clear that Russia succeeded. They believe that they were able to influence the minds and even votes of Americans, so why would they stop?” 

Seventy-two percent (72%) of Democrats believe it’s likely the 2016 election outcome was changed by Russian interference, but that opinion is shared by only 30% of Republicans and 39% of voters not affiliated with either major party. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Republicans who claim the 2020 election was stolen and Democrats who claim the 2016 election was stolen, are delusional. Unfortunately, it seems most people believe what they want to believe and facts are irrelevant. The mantra of many of both parties is, "my mind is made up; don't confuse me with facts." 

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