Russia’s efforts to get Trump elected were “plucked from the KGB’s (now FSB’s) playbook for installing world leaders sympathetic to Moscow.”
“President-elect Donald Trump has continued employing a private security and intelligence team at his victory rallies, and he is expected to keep at least some members of the team after he becomes president.” This is a thing that dictators do.
“It’s playing with fire,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who worked on President Barack Obama’s protective detail during his 2012 reelection campaign. Having a private security team working events with Secret Service “increases the Service’s liability, it creates greater confusion and it creates greater risk,” Wackrow said.
Megyn Kelly says, “Fox was not without sin” in 2016 campaign coverage. Ya think?
“Newt Gingrich said Monday that President-elect Donald Trump could simply pardon members of his administration who may break anti-nepotism laws.” He’s so rich, the laws don’t apply to him. Nice.
Transition Team & Cabinet Appointees
“The leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party has signed what he called a cooperation agreement with Russia’s ruling party and recently met with Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the designated national security adviser to President-elect Donald J. Trump of the United States.” The Austrian far-right = Nazis.
Trump’s choice for Commerce, Wilbur Ross is a business partner of Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch whose donation to the Clinton Foundation was the source of Trump’s accusations that Clinton had “close ties” to Putin.
(Vekselberg is not the same guy who donated to both the Clinton and Trump Foundations; that’s Viktor Pinchuk, from the Ukraine.)
Ryan Zinke, Trump’s choice for Interior, “brings troubling ties to organized hate groups to the Republican president-elect’s inner circle.” He’ll be in charge of Native American relations, so… yeah.
Did voter ID laws contribute to Clinton’s loss? (Spoiler: yep, sure did.)
Estimated number of votes by which Trump won Wisconsin: 27k
Of registered WI voters who lacked voter identification: 360k#HarpersIndex
— Harper's Magazine (@Harpers) December 19, 2016
The Electoral College confirmed Trump, as expected. A few electors did break ranks, but they were mostly Democrats.
Other Fascist Nonsense
“It takes willful blindness not to see the parallels between the rise of fascism and our current political nightmare.”
“We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale.”