by Clay Turner,
This is how a foreign power interferes in another sovereign nation’s election: A foreign government funds a private organization, which uses the money to sway an election in another country. It builds voter databases, organizes phone banks and places negative advertising. It sends local political activists back to the foreign power for training in get-out-the-vote tactics. It even hires the same political consultants used by the meddling government’s leadership. The year was 2015, the targeted country was Israel, and the meddling foreign power was the United States. The effort to unseat Benjamin Netanyahu was supported by a $350,000 grant from President Barack Obama’s State Department to the Washington, D.C.-based OneVoice Movement, which hired a political consulting group that worked on both of Obama’s presidential campaigns to bring down Israel’s sitting prime minister.
The determination by a bipartisan U.S. Senate subcommittee, that the Obama administration tried to sabotage Netanyahu’s re-election, makes Obama’s outcry over supposed Russian hacking of our own presidential election shockingly hypocritical. Yet the same Obama who ridiculed Trump for claiming the election could be rigged now wants Trump to sanction Russia for supposedly interfering in the election. This “interference” apparently amounted to no more than the release of embarrassing Democratic operative emails on previously revealed controversies. Still, Obama feigned outrage even though, as Andrew McCarthy of National Review noted, “The Russians did to Democrats exactly what the media does to Republicans—they subjected one side to intense scrutiny while giving the other side a pass.” If that was a crime, The New York Times would have been indicted long ago.
So why trump up this non-scandal? Obama might be looking for a scapegoat for his party’s loss, but it’s more plausible that it’s part of an ongoing effort to cast doubt on the credibility of Trump’s victory. Even more troubling, this effort to delegitimize the new president is part of a far larger effort that has been attempting to delay, distract and ultimately derail the Trump presidency since before he even took office. Toward that end, Obama left behind a rat’s nest for Trump to untangle—troubled international relationships, emboldened, guarantees—for our children, our grandchildren and future generations. global adversaries, overreaching regulations and last-minute executive actions. Obama created an international firestorm by allowing a U.N. vote to condemn our staunchest Middle Eastern ally, Israel.
n his final weeks, Obama also stepped up his rate of issuing executive actions (through November, he had already issued 242 more of these than his predecessor, George W. Bush). He designated two new national monuments in Utah and Nevada, locking up 1.65 million acres under federal control. His refusal to consult with state leaders virtually guaranteed a legislative battle to repeal this land grab; his insistence that no subsequent president could reverse him foreshadowed a protracted legal battle if they did. In another last-minute federal grab, he banned oil production in hundreds of millions of acres in the Arctic and Atlantic, again claiming his actions to be irreversible and begging for another protracted legal battle. Though this is like daring a bully to take his best shot as your mom drives you away from the schoolyard, undoing them could have the practical effect of tying up portions of the Trump administration for months—or years.
Obama has powerful allies in his efforts to deny Trump credibility. In Congress, Senate minority leader Charles Schumer has promised to oppose ... Trump.
The obstruction isn’t limited to Capitol Hill. Beleaguered Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has promised to defy Trump on immigration, vowing to continue his city’s “sanctuary” status. He was joined by mayors in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Boston; San Francisco; Los Angeles; Oakland; Providence; Santa Fe; and Denver. Going one step further, Democrat legislative leaders of California have retained the services of former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder in anticipation of opposing Trump on immigration, the environment and criminal justice issues. Outside of politics, there is little doubt that Trump’s opponents will file a conflict-of-interest complaint the minute a foreign diplomat plays a round on one of his golf courses, or attends a happy hour in one of his hotel bars. The progressive organization Common Cause is already gathering signatures on a petition to impeach Trump unless he sells all his 500 businesses and places them in a blind trust, which would seem redundant.
The press constantly reminds us that Trump lost the popular vote—a meaningless but useful fact meant to further delegitimize his victory.
The entertainment industry’s posturing over diversity is a shameful attempt to marginalize Trump. So-called “stars” lecture us with Internet videos, on awards broadcasts and even from the stage of “Hamilton.” Ironically, these privileged few pretend to be persecuted in order to justify tweeting #NotMyPresident from their seaside coffee shops. Taken together, the campaign to sabotage Trump is enough to make one long for the days when the departing Clinton staffers just pried the W’s off the computer keyboards before George W. Bush moved in.
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