Monday Open Thread | The real reason the Republicans are suddenly starting to admit Russia rigged Florida for Trump in the 2016 election

Hat tip- Palmer Report
No way Ron DeSantis or Rick Scott won in Florida.  And DeSantis sure as hell didn’t win the Black women vote.

If you’ve been paying attention for the past two and a half years, or if you’ve been awake and conscious during that time, you’re well aware that Russian government hackers took steps to alter the vote totals in Donald Trump’s favor in key swing states in the 2016 election. The only people not willing to acknowledge this are Trump and the Republicans – yet suddenly, the leading Republicans in Florida are acknowledging it.

You don’t have to take our word for it that Russia rigged key swing states in Trump’s favor in 2016. The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee quietly released a bipartisan report in May of 2018 which acknowledged that Russian government hackers penetrated the voter registration databases of these swing states, and were in a position to delete voter registration data. This essentially exposed how Russia managed to alter the outcome: by strategically deleting the voter registrations of people who were most likely to vote for Hillary Clinton.

This crucial Senate report got very little media attention at the time, even though it’s the closest we’ve gotten to a smoking gun when it comes to Russia having rigged the election so that Donald Trump “won” instead of Hillary Clinton. Marco Rubio, a Republican Senator from Florida, is on that committee, so he knows full well what really happened. Finally, a year later, he’s suddenly talking about it.

Mario Rubio admitted in an interview yesterday that Russian hackers were “in a position” to change voter roll data in Florida during the 2016 election. In fairness to Rubio, he has stated multiple times in the past that America should be worried about Russian election interference in general, citing the rationale that for all he knows, next time some other foreign country could try to meddle in the election for the other side. But it’s nonetheless eye popping that Rubio is suddenly putting a focus on the fact that Russian hackers broke in and gained the ability to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.

At first blush, one might suspect that Marco Rubio – who has long had presidential ambitions of his own – has taken a look at the inevitable impeachment of Donald Trump and is now trying to position himself as the 2020 Republican nominee for president. One efficient way to do that would be to help expose that Trump didn’t actually win in 2016. But the kicker is that Rubio isn’t the only prominent Florida Republican who suddenly cares about this issue.

While the 2016 election saw statistically suspicious results in numerous key swing states, the 2018 election was different in that these kinds of suspicious results were largely limited to Florida. In fact Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and Republican Senator Rick Scott both won in Florida in 2018 in bizarre upsets that stood in sharp conflict with the overall voting and polling accuracy trends that played out across the rest of the nation.

Yet suddenly, DeSantis and Scott – two politicians who appear to have directly benefited in 2018 from Russia’s ongoing pro GOP election hacking efforts – are expressing earnest concern about how Russia hacked Florida. These are the last two Republicans, other than Donald Trump, who would want anyone focusing on Russian election interference. So what are they up to?

Generally speaking, you only start to show “concern” about this kind of thing if you think it’s about to get a whole lot uglier, and you’re trying to get out ahead of it. If it’s about to come to light that someone cheated on your behalf, the best thing you can do is try to act like you’re really upset that someone cheated at all. That way you can then claim that you had no idea anyone was trying to meddle in your favor. This whole thing strongly suggests that we’re about to see another shoe drop in the Russian election rigging scandal, specifically with regard to what the Russians did in Florida in 2016 an 2018. Stay tuned.

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58 Responses to Monday Open Thread | The real reason the Republicans are suddenly starting to admit Russia rigged Florida for Trump in the 2016 election

  1. Ametia says:

    Director John Singleton dies at 51. Known for ‘Boyz N The Hood,’ he was the first African American nominated for best director, the Associated Press reports

    Mr. Singleton had been hospitalized in Los Angeles after having a stroke on April 17.

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  2. RIP John Singleton………..

    Boyz n the Hood

  3. rikyrah says:

    Alexis Zotos (@alexiszotos) Tweeted:
    BREAKING: St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger indicted on federal charges, will resign office according to his attorney #STL @StengerSTLCo

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    I found myself thinking about the waterfall of shots in the wake of one of the more dramatic ones in recent N.B.A. history: Damian Lillard, of the Portland Trail Blazers, hitting the game-winning, series-ending shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five. He shot the ball from thirty-seven feet out, with 1.7 seconds on the clock, over the outstretched arms of Paul George, one of the league’s best defenders, and it splashed through the net as the buzzer sounded.

    The blocking of the play resembled a mostly empty chessboard at the endgame stage: Lillard is alone near half court while the four other Blazers and their defenders are spread out on the perimeter, far away. Lillard looks toward the teammate nearest to him on his left, Al-Farouq Aminu (the speaker of the most chillingly profound remark I have ever heard directly from an N.B.A. player: “Your body is your business”), and summons him. The conventional play here would be to set a screen so that a lesser defender has to switch over to Lillard.

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  5. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : April 29, 2019

    Accolade: noun AK-uh-layd

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    Damian Lillard’s sister reaction to the game winning shot at the buzzer….


  7. rikyrah says:


    Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) Tweeted:
    Writing about #Biden’s role in mass incarceration this week.
    Congress’s mandatory sentencing laws during the Reagan-Bush years were the most Draconian in modern US history.
    That’s something Biden will have to explain if he ever campaigns outside white working class enclaves.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Marching Onward to President Harris in 2020 (@Marching_Onward) Tweeted:
    I was sexually assaulted as a child. Many of us were.

    When I saw people saying, “Kamala is a COP! She locked up black men!”

    I looked to see what she specialized in.

    Child Sexual Assault.

    It means a lot to me that she put MONSTERS that hurt kids in JAIL.

    She knows our pain.

    • majiir says:

      I adopted my Lab- mix Penelope in 2017. When I let her out into the backyard to potty, she will knock on the storm door to let me know she wants to come back in. My daughter was home for a visit earlier this year. We were in the kitchen preparing our dinner when Penelope knocked on the storm door. My daughter asked, “What is that, mama?” and I told her that it was Penelope letting us know she wanted to come back inside. I don’t know where she learned to do that, but she does it all of the time. I keep telling her she needs to get a job so she can earn her keep, but she pays no attention to me when I say it. The doggie child gets fresh-cut chicken with her kibble every, single day. If I’m sitting on my bed on my laptop and she thinks I’m not fixing her dinner on time, she’ll get right up in my face to remind me of my alleged responsibility to fix her dinner at a certain time everyday. Yeah, she’s spoiled, and I spoiled her, but she’s also a very good doggie.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Cajun Rogue🌊🌊⚜️#TeamPelosi #KDH (@janrobinjackson) Tweeted:
    “Both President Trump and Attorney General Barr are now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas and simply not show up

    William Barr Directs DOJ Official to Defy Congressional Subpoena to Testify About 2020 Census

  10. rikyrah says:

    Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) Tweeted:
    If Barr’s a no-show, put his name plate on the table in front of a chair. Vote to issue a subpoena. Then Dems use their time to read: (1) each misleading statement from Barr letter v. actual report; and (2) facts (not analysis) from Vol. II. Don’t waste time responding to GOP.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) Tweeted:
    W/o getting into other critiques Meghan McCain is both completely ignorant abt anti-Semitism and, to put it mildly, not Jewish. How does she keep getting called on to discuss anti-Semitism? What the actual fuck?

    Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) Tweeted:
    2/ And to be clear, many people have very strong criticisms of her. I’m not getting into those. She’s the daughter of a famous senator. She’s carved out a niche for herself on The View. Great, good for her. But how the F did she become the anti-Semitism person.

    Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) Tweeted:
    3/ It’s truly Kafkaesque. We wake up one day in our American promised land and we’re not only being gunned down in synagogues. But our communal spokesperson is suddenly some shiksa bonehead with some spasmodic crying issue.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) Tweeted:
    We’ve got antisemitism drippin’ from social media, shootings in synagogues, black church burnings and mosques bein’ vandalized. It the midst of this violence and chaos, Trump shuts down the domestic terrorism intelligence unit.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Reclaiming Our Time (@raising_hill) Tweeted:
    I have yet to see a supporter of Kamala Harris or Elizabeth Warren ask me to “Vote Blue, not matter who”.

    It’s just the supporters of the male candidates who are doing that, and it’s weird.

    Please don’t ask me that question until the primary is over. I’m voting for the best.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer Malinchalk 🌊 (@jennmalinchalk) Tweeted:
    I have a serious question. Beto, Buttigieg, Biden, Ryan, Hickenlooper and Delaney all own guns. No one has told them it disqualifies them from running as a Dem. No one has even written an article about it. WHY IN THE FUCK IS IT DIFFERENT FOR @KamalaHarris????????

  15. rikyrah says:

    Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) Tweeted:
    Dem message to women and minorities: You don’t have a choice. The other guys is a misogynist and a racist. You have to vote for us. Also, aren’t we friends?

    Dem message to working class white voters: What do you want? We’ll give it to you. We know you have a choice, but chose us

  16. rikyrah says:

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  17. rikyrah says:

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