Clinton was cheated in 2016, but not by Russians

Hillary Clinton was cheated out of her victory in 2016—not by Russians, but by Republicans.

Republican state governments changed the rules to make voting more difficult for categories of people likely to vote Democratic, and they purged thousands of legally-registered voters, mostly Democrats, from the voter registration rolls.

President Barack Obama and Attorney-Generals Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch had eight years to do something about this.

Yet they did little of nothing—that is, nothing that I know of, but I want to hedge the possibility that there was some minor effort I didn’t notice.

The Democratic Party had eight years to push back against this.  The Democrats could have started a grass-roots effort to get Democrats registered despite all barriers, and to reinstate voters who were illegally purged.  Yet they did little or nothing.

None of this is an excuse for what the Republicans did, of course, but the Republican motivation is clear.  Why weren’t Democratic leaders motivated to fight back?

One explanation is that Obama, Holder and Lynch, and also Hillary Clinton, have been afraid to do anything that might be interpreted as favoring black people.

Their strategy has been to win over moderate Republicans rather than rallying their core supporters and challenging the system that has served them so well.    That’s why we hear so much about Russia and so little about Crosscheck.

LINKS

Rigged: How Voter Suppression Threw Wisconsin to Trump by Ari Berman for Mother Jones.

The Election Was Stolen—Here’s How by Greg Palast.

Indiana’s vote-purging software removes voters without notice, is wrong 99% of the time by Cory Doctorow for boing boing.  [Added 10/4/2017]  Hat tip to Mike the Mad Biologist.

Dan Draper Rules: Russian Ads and American Madness by Chris Floyd for Counterpunch.

Russiagate is More Fiction Than Fact by Aaron Maté for The Nation.

“This anti-Russian campaign is horrible”: An interview with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan on the World Socialist Web Site.

 

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