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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 01:46 PM

Obama Had A Secret Plan In Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results

Intelligencer
By Mattathias Schwartz
October, 2018

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In October 2016, senior staff in the Obama White House discussed what they should do if Hillary Clinton won the November election and Donald Trump refused to accept the result as legitimate. They had cause to be worried. At that time, Trump had openly speculated that the election might be “rigged.” During his final debate with Clinton on October 19, he said that his opponent “should never have been allowed to run” and declined to answer the question of whether he would concede. “I’ll keep you in suspense,” the Republican nominee said.

“It wasn’t a hypothetical,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s senior aide and speechwriter, told Intelligencer. “Trump was already saying it on the campaign trail.”

The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result. In the event that Trump tried to dispute a Clinton victory, they would affirm the result as well as the conclusions reached by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian interference in the election sought to favor Trump, and not Clinton. Some Republicans were already aware of Russian interference from intelligence briefings given to leaders from both parties during the chaotic months before the election. “We wanted to handle the Russia information in a way that was as bipartisan as possible,” Rhodes said.

The existence of the postelection plan has not b*een previously reported. A July 2017 op-ed by Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, refers to Obama directing his staff to “prepare possible responses” to claims of Russian interference in the election.

Psaki said the plan was one of a larger set of “red-teaming” conversations to address how the White House should respond to postelection scenarios that did not have any historical precedent. “There was recognition that we had a Democratic president who was quite popular but also divisive for a portion of the population,” she said. “For them, just having him say the election was legitimate was not going to be enough. We didn’t spend a lot of time theorizing about the worst thing that could happen — this isn’t a science-fiction movie. It was more about the country being incredibly divided and Trump’s supporters being angry. Would there be protesting? I don’t want to say violence, because we didn’t talk about that as I recall.”

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:04 PM

Wow. Has there ever been this massive a case of projection in history as this?
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:21 PM

View PostBen Cranklin, on 11 October 2018 - 02:04 PM, said:

Wow. Has there ever been this massive a case of projection in history as this?

Canckles will be muttering about this with her last breath.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:30 PM

"There was recognition that we had a Democratic president who was quite popular but also divisive for a portion of the population,” she said. “For them, just having him say the election was legitimate was not going to be enough."
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I don't know why anyone would think that, I mean, everyone knows Obama's as pure as the driven snow, don't they? :coffeenpc:

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:49 PM

If Trump didn't accept the results of the election, then all he could do about it was file suit like Al Gore. And if Trump didn't like the verdict, he could simply lump it.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:47 PM

“Don’t worry, we’re gonna win.”

“And just to be sure, although it’s sure already, but to be double sure, we’ll create some sex scandals....like grabbing someone by the pussy, cause we have tape on it....so that’ll sink Trump.”

“And just to be sure, we’ll create a Russia collusion thing and blame it on Trump, so if he’s miraculously leading, he’ll drop like a criminal. And we’ll add some sex and urinating on beds where Obama slept. While we’re thenones colluding with Russians! Brilliant!”

“And just to be sure, we’re gonna make sure he doesn’t complain when he loses. We’ll let it be known that there was a movement against him anyway. It doesn’t matter if it’s fake or true! Just as long as it’s believable!”

“And just to be sure, we’ll keep opposing anything Trump does if he somehow were to win. He won’t win, but to be sure. We’ll oppose every initiative and every candidate and if he complains we’ll say that republicans were obstructionist under Obama.”
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 03:51 PM

View Postzurg, on 11 October 2018 - 03:47 PM, said:

“Don’t worry, we’re gonna win.”

“And just to be sure, although it’s sure already, but to be double sure, we’ll create some sex scandals....like grabbing someone by the pussy, cause we have tape on it....so that’ll sink Trump.”

“And just to be sure, we’ll create a Russia collusion thing and blame it on Trump, so if he’s miraculously leading, he’ll drop like a criminal. And we’ll add some sex and urinating on beds where Obama slept. While we’re thenones colluding with Russians! Brilliant!”

“And just to be sure, we’re gonna make sure he doesn’t complain when he loses. We’ll let it be known that there was a movement against him anyway. It doesn’t matter if it’s fake or true! Just as long as it’s believable!”

“And just to be sure, we’ll keep opposing anything Trump does if he somehow were to win. He won’t win, but to be sure. We’ll oppose every initiative and every candidate and if he complains we’ll say that republicans were obstructionist under Obama.”

You certainly have a vivid imagination. You should go into politics.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:47 PM

View PostLiz, on 11 October 2018 - 01:46 PM, said:

Obama Had A Secret Plan In Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results


Yeah, well, some of us had a secret plan in case Hillary rejected the same results.

I won't reveal the plan; That sort of goes with the whole concept of being "secret".
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