Trump Victory: FBI 1 – Democracy 0


In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 US election heads around the world are shaking. If not spinning. How could this have happened? How could so many pollsters get it so wrong? What happens next?

It seems to me, sitting north of the United States, that a mere ten days ago Hillary Clinton was cruising to a substantial victory. Analysts and pollsters were illustrating just how difficult it would be for Donald Trump to get the 270 required Electoral College votes. Well, what caused the wheels to fall off?

And there’s some little jerk in the FBI
A keepin’ papers on me six feet high
– Rolling Stones, Fingerprint Files

Evidently a late campaign, October surprise, Hail Mary attempt proved successful when FBI Director James Comey issued a letter to Congress regarding more emails having been found. That’s it, no details, no explanation of what the emails contained, just that there were more. As irresponsible as a pilot stating over the intercom mid-flight that there is no need to panic, thereby essentially guaranteeing panic, the mysterious emails were spun by the Trump team. The letter to Congress came as a surprise to all but the Trump campaign who, I believe, were integral in its release.

From the moment the letter was made public and elaborated upon by Trump, Hillary’s numbers went into free-fall and never recovered. Even with a subsequent ‘all clear’ letter from Comey with a few days left, the damage was done and there was no time to drive home the truth.

Unfortunately dirty pool won the day: FBI 1 – Democracy 0.

See also: Did the FBI’s James Comey really win the election for Donald Trump?

DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

2 thoughts on “Trump Victory: FBI 1 – Democracy 0

  1. I am no fan of Hillary Clinton but a President Trump really scares me. I truly fear for the US and the world. I would have preferred Bernie Sanders.

    What the FBI director did certainly had an impact on the results but there does seem to be a real schism in American society with the Democrats underestimating the power of the disenfranchised working class white Americans.

    I guess we can only pray and hope for the best now.

  2. I don’t like it at all, but what won Trump the election is the vast number of unhappy people who voted for him. maybe Comey helped — a little — but i think (and have thought all along) that the polls were vastly over-estimating Hillary Clinton’s numbers. That they were failing to consider how unenthusiastic her base was and how many of them weren’t going to bother to vote because they SAID so, but nobody was listening.

    That’s the thing. Nobody has been listening to a lot of people and there’s this huge cultural chasm that’s been growing wider with each year since shortly after World War II. I doubt that Trump will be the cure unless he’s got some kind of plan that no one knows about. I think there’s going to be an even deeper sense of betrayal amongst these same people when they realize to whom they have handed the power.

    But in this country, there’s no going back to fix it.

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