Donald Trump clinches vote in the Electoral College to secure the presidency of the United States

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 20 December 2016, 05:15 hrs, UTC, Post #55.


Accessed on 20 December 2016, 05:15 hrs, UTC.

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The Electoral College has certified the November 2016 general election and has declared Donald Trump the official winner of the highly contentious election. Mr. Trump, running as the Republican candidate, received 306 electoral votes, while Democrat Hillary Clinton got 232 votes.  Although Ms. Clinton received around 2.6 million more votes than Mr. Trump, she lost key states and slipped below  the magic number of 270 in the Electoral College.

According to the “New York Times”, there was “scant evidence of the anti-Trump revolt among states that some of his critics had hoped would occur.”

Disgruntled Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton, blamed a variety of factors for Ms. Clinton’s loss, among them a Russian disinformation and “fake news” campaign mounted by Russian military cyber warfare teams.

“New York Times” reporter Jessie McKinley said Bill Clinton clearly blamed Russian interference for his wife’s loss:

“In the end, however, Mr. Clinton suggested that his wife’s candidacy was undone by Russian hacking as well as an announcement just before the election by the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, that his agency would review new emails related to a closed investigation of her use of a private server. (Two days before the election, Mr. Comey reiterated an earlier finding that Mrs. Clinton’s activities had warranted no legal action.)

“At the end, we had the Russians, and the F.B.I. deal, she couldn’t prevail against that,” said Mr. Clinton, heading toward the elevators in the State Capitol. “But she did everything else. And still won by 2.8 million votes.”


It remains to be seen what President-elect Donald Trump will do once he assumes office on 20 January 2017.  News media are already proclaiming his victory as a socio-political disaster.

A recent Article in “Prospect Magazine” says “America’s political rot is infecting the world order. This could be as bad as The Soviet Union Collapse.” Reporter Francis Fukuyama believes the United States “will give up on global leadership” and contribute to the “unravelling of the liberal world order it has done much to build since the 1950s.”

Despite this wringing of hands over the unexpected victory of Donald Trump, the turn to more nationalistic, self-centered government is gaining traction in Europe with France, Germany, and Hungary facing a definite shift to the ultra right.  Mr. Trump may be only the proverbial “tip of the iceberg” when it comes to rearranging the world’s diplomatic and military relationships.  This is going to be a rough ride for many of us.

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Russell Roberts

Hawaii Intelligence Digest

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