From the breathless reporting after the third presidential debate, you would think that Donald Trump announced that he would merge the United States with Russia following the election.
“Unprecedented,” they gasped.
“Disqualifying,” they moaned.
“A threat to democracy,” they wheezed.
Of course, they were talking about that moment in the debate when moderator Chris Wallace challenged Trump over his assertions that the election might be rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Asked if he would accept the results, Trump said, “I’ll look at it at the time.”
Pressed by Wallace, Trump refused to give an inch.
“I will tell you at the time,” he said. “I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?”
Trump explained that in a fair system, Hillary wouldn’t even be the Democratic nominee.
“She’s guilty of a very, very serious crime,” he said. “She should not be allowed to run. And just in that respect, I say it’s rigged.”
The media fell all over themselves to condemn Trump’s comments, fearing that the nation would be thrust into a second Civil War if Hillary were projected the winner on November 8th. As though Trump’s supporters are made of solely of blind reactionaries who take everything the Republican nominee says as the gospel.
It’s strange, too, that they should present a disputed election as an unprecedented thing.
“Horrifying,” said Hillary on the debate stage.
Well, she was just in Miami with Al Gore last week, smiling and nodding as the crowd chanted, “You won! You won!”
“I don’t want you to be in a position years from now where you welcome Hillary Clinton and say, ‘Actually you did win, it just wasn’t close enough to make sure that the votes were counted,’ and whatever. Elections have consequences,” Gore said.
Well, what does that mean, other than, “Yeah, I won, but they stole it from us”? What does that mean, other than, “We have to win by such a margin that they can’t cheat us out of our rightful victory”? And what does all of that mean, other than, “Sometimes the vote count isn’t enough”?
When Trump says the election is “rigged,” he’s not talking about some nefarious plot to invalidate votes and predetermine the election regardless of the actual turnout. That’s not the deal.
What he’s talking about is a system of overwhelming thought control imposed on the American people by the Washington, D.C. establishment in conjunction with the media – a potent example of which could be found immediately after he made his comments at the debate. That control is what rigs the system. That control is why Americans seem willing to shrug off Hillary’s crimes. That control is why Trump is struggling in the polls, and that control is why Obama’s approval numbers are higher than ever. When everything you see or hear from the “mainstream” is twisted to support a lie, the powers-that-be don’t have to physically “rig” an election. The people will vote as they are persuaded to vote.
At least…that’s the way it’s always been.
Maybe in three weeks, we will indeed see something new under the sun.