Rigged

The latest media deluge of complaints about Donald Trump’s “rigged election” rhetoric and subsequent “Republican” backlash needs to be given some context. Arizona Senator John McCain, the failed 2008 GOP presidential candidate has had a tough time coexisting with Donald Trump as the front man for the Republican Party…mostly because Trump proves how weak, ineffective, and not so conservative politicians like McCain, Paul Ryan, and John Kasich actually are. I lived in Arizona for a decade. John McCain has been in the senate for 30 years and he claims he is now facing his most difficult re-election bid thanks to Donald Trump. While visiting Arizona a few months ago, I couldn’t help but notice McCain’s primary ads sounded as if he were running on Trump’s agenda. If the Donald is so bad, why did he win his AZ primary by 22 points? Why did John McCain ask for Donald Trump’s endorsement, only to renounce his own endorsement of Trump? Do I smell a hypocrite? Maybe if over the past 30 years in the US senate McCain had actually listened to his constituents and sealed the southern border, the demographics of Arizona voters wouldn’t be turning against him. Donald Trump, one should note, generously campaigned and raised money for John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, but after Trump’s first campaign appearance in Arizona where McCain said Trump “brought out all the crazies,” their relationship went sour. Trump, in turn, said John McCain was a “war hero because he was captured.” The honest truth: I sadly have to agree that John McCain isn’t much of a hero. I respect and thank John McCain for his military service, but let’s look at the bigger picture: At the time of John McCain’s release from a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp, the US made a deal to get the remaining POW’s, who weren’t as lucky as the son of a naval officer, out of Vietnam. Our country never paid the agreed amount and there could still be US POW’s living in Vietnam today. Their families meet annually in Washington DC for a motorcycle rally and peaceful protest. Donald J. Trump is the first presidential candidate ever, of any party, to address this group. Have you ever heard Senator McCain bring this issue up during his 30 year career in the US Senate? Senator McCain has bloviated about the Veterans’ Administration for years, but has it resulted in any progress? Dear veterans, what has John McCain done for you? Is this the measure of a hero? Now Senator McCain is complaining that Donald Trump didn’t concede the election to Hillary Clinton before a single vote has been counted! Newsflash: Al Gore, to this day, does not accept the results of the 2000 election (judging by his own comments on the campaign trail with Secretary Clinton), John Kerry claimed the Ohio voting machines were “rigged” against him in 2004, and Hillary Clinton agreed with both of them, stating “George Bush was selected, not elected.” In 2008 she claimed the Democrat primary was “rigged” against her in favor of then Senator Obama. We later learned thanks to Wikileaks (which BTW has a 100% accuracy rating over its ten year history) that the DNC and the Clinton campaign colluded to “rig” the 2016 primary against Senator Bernie Sanders. The implicated DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Shultz stepped down, only to be hired by the Clinton campaign, officially. Thanks to Wikileaks and Project Veritas, released documents and videos prove the corporate media, the DNC, the Clinton campaign, and the American government right up to the White House, FBI, and DOJ are indeed “rigged” in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Donald Trump has every right to call out the “rigging” going on and withhold accepting the results of the election when we have video proof that Democrat operatives, in their own words, “have been doing it [“rigging” elections] for the past fifty years and we won’t stop now.” After all, President Obama forewarned America about Hillary in 2008: “She will say and do ANYTHING to get elected.” Donald Trump and I will take the Reagan approach, “Trust but verify.”

Ryan A. Workman

Williamsport

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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