The New York Times tweeted this yesterday afternoon...
I think this is a BFD (big fucking deal)! No way around it. If it's to be believed, then, well, yes, not only did Trump lose the Popular Vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes, and sneaked in via the Electoral College - but Putin helped him do it.
Does it "delegitimize" his win?! Yep. For sure. Is it bad for America? Yep. For sure.
Should we be surprised that Trump will madly spin this info? Nope.
You can read the declassified Intelligence Report here. This "annotated" version with notes and clarifications is a really helpful and informative read. Also Zach Beauchamp, who has emerged as a tremendous resource for me over at Vox, has a nice recap of the report.
So yes, if all this is true, it's a bombshell. Alternatively, if it's just an elaborate hit-job by U.S. Intelligence on the incoming President, well, then, maybe, that's an even bigger bombshell.
Is it really possible that "no drama" Obama would endorse and release this if he thought it was a lie? Not on your fucking life!
I think our incoming President is finding out that soon he will not be controlling the narrative. Maybe tweeting in the middle of the night has worked wonders during the election and pre-inaguration period, but soon, he will learn the lesson that all other Presidents had to learn - yes, being President is a position of power, but reality is bigger and deeper and more complicated than one man's little story.
Reality bites deep and hard. Never fails.
BTW - I do think this is the way the New York Times screams that something really important went down, Saturday's front page...
- Defining Days!
- Human Beings Are Often Wrong!
- "No Donny, these men are Nihilists."
- Sometimes We Underestimate the Power of Hate.
- Those Who Resist, the Resistance - The Yossarians!...
- Those Who Follow Are Fools, Sick & Mad Too!
- Bumpy Ride!
- Unsound Mind...
- "The Largest Protest in U.S. History!"
- A Soviet-Era Shit-Show. This was Not a Well-Attend...
- Sounds Like a Cheap Marvel Comic Ripoff!
- January 20, 2017 - Inauguration Day - A Day of Mou...
- "Fear & Loathing in Washington D.C."
- "Every one I know is pretty much freaking out..."
- Paul Krugman Says It Better Than I!
- Walking Backwards & in Circles - A Sign of the Tim...
- The U.S. Cannot Have a Russian Dupe or Asset in th...
- So, It's Judgement Day, Every Day!
- Just the Tip of a Big Whomping Iceberg!
- Barack Hussein Obama - A Balm for Our Weary, Batte...
- British & U.S. Intelligence: Mr. Big Little Baby-M...
- The Village Idiot Experiment: Every Village has it...
- Meryl Streep Speaks the Truth About the Little Bab...
- That, in the end, is always the killer...
- A "BFD." No Way Around It!
- "No to the Tin-Pot Despot!"
- Yes, We Have Entered Weirds-Ville!
- A Sick, Twisted, Solitaire!
- The Full-On Creep is Full-On Display!
- Trump's Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune!
- I Vow to Be More Joyful!
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