It is increasingly becoming clearer that the U.S. presidential election held on November 8 was not fair.
By Rakesh Raman
As U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is in the process of building his administrative team, he said today that his ardent supporter and former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani is not a contender for the Secretary of State position.
Trump said that Giuliani has taken himself out of consideration for the State post. Although Trump has not yet selected the person for the position, speculations are rife that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who has been a fierce critic of Trump during the primary debates period is eyeing the coveted position.
.@RudyGiuliani, one of the finest people I know and a former GREAT Mayor of N.Y.C., just took himself out of consideration for “State”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2016
Romney has met the businessman-cum-President-elect at least twice. However, Trump has not yet gone beyond confabulations and dinner with Romney who was expected to tender an apology to Trump for his obnoxious – yet truthful – remarks on Trump’s lies about his business and hateful statements.
But with his eyes on the lucrative position, Romney demonstrated a complete volte–face a week ago when he said the President-elect can lead the country to a “better future.” This was a kind of apology.
Greed has blinded Romney, but he may still be ignored by Trump who is presumably asking his communications team to openly voice the concerns of Trump loyalists who are not in favor of Romney.
Meanwhile, it is increasingly becoming clearer that the U.S. presidential election held on November 8 was not fair. The Washington Post revealed Friday that Russia was trying to help Trump win the White House.
In a detailed article, the paper reported that the CIA has concluded in a secret assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win the presidency.
It is believed that Russian hackers had intruded the U.S. systems to steal information and pass it on to secret data site Wikileaks.
Surprisingly, Trump and his team are obstructing the recount request forcefully as Jill Stein has taken the matter to the court. Stein has alleged that Trump is trying to influence the court judges to get the recount stopped.
Besides the hacking of Democratic Party’s emails, the Stein campaign alleges that the touchscreen voting machines were also hacked and voters’ databases were stolen to facilitate Trump’s win.
It appears that Trump knew about the vulnerabilities of mechanized voting system and he exploited it to his advantage; Russia may be a part of this digital adventure.
That’s why when almost all pre-election polls were predicting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s victory in the election, Trump was confidently proclaiming that he will win. And he won. So, were the election surveys wrong? No. They were right but their only limitation was that they did not factor voting frauds in their data and analysis.
What next for America? If America is a true democracy, the American courts must order a thorough votes recount in all the states under an independent supervision. And if significant discrepancies are found in the recount in a couple of states, the entire U.S. presidential election must be held again sometime in 2017. That’s the whole point.
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