There is no longer any question as to whether or not the Russian Federation worked to elect Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin and his lackey goons launched a concerted campaign of misinformation and hacking to undermine former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an unprecedented attack on American democracy. The only real question remaining is whether or not — and to what degree — the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is working quietly behind the scenes to get to the truth of the matter, but there’s no real way to predict what would happen if it turns out that the Trump team was as complicit as they seem. It would bring about a constitutional crisis and throw our system into complete chaos.
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As part of the release of her new book What Happen, Hillary Clinton has been traveling around the country giving interviews. The newest one, conducted by Terry Gross of NPR, shows her addressing Russian interference and the failed Trump presidency.
Gross asks Clinton about possible outcomes of the Russia investigation.
“I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?” Gross asks.
“No. I would not. I would say —” Clinton replies.
“You’re not going to rule it out,” Gross says.
“No, I wouldn’t rule it out,” Clinton answers. She then goes on to add that there are no real clear means of challenging the legitimacy of the election since it would be uncharted waters.
She references a recent Kenyan election, in which the presidential results were thrown out after it was ruled the election itself was unconstitutional. The decision was made by the country’s Supreme Court. While she doesn’t outright say it, it appears that Clinton would consider appealing to the United States Supreme Court if it turns out Trump colluded with Russia. Perhaps, if they threw out the vote, another could be held.
While it may seem like wishful thinking, Clinton received far more votes than Trump. She’s the president America wanted and was denied. In the interview, she also advocates for the abolition of the electoral college, an archaic system that undermines the basic tenants of democracy.
Even if the Russia investigation leads nowhere, and Clinton doesn’t challenge the election, the electoral college is something the country needs to take a long hard look at and decide if a system originally designed to protect slavery has a place in our modern republic.