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What the Durham Report Teaches Us About Election Denial

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For years, twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been credited with "conceding" the 2016 election to President Donald Trump. At the same time, Trump has been vilified for his refusal to acknowledge a loss to President Joe Biden. 

But Clinton's trip to the lectern on November 9, 2016, was simply an errand without any meaning. 

"Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country," Clinton said. "I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans...We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead." 

When she said those things, she was lying and didn't mean them. 

Clinton conceded in statement only, while the FBI — and other members of the deep state in Washington, D.C. — worked on behalf of the Democratic Party to undermine not just President Donald Trump's campaign but to rabidly attack his time in the White House. In 2019, she finally came clean when she told CBS News, "Trump knows he's an illegitimate president." This is how she and her allies in the federal government felt all along. 

With the release of the long-awaited results from Special Counsel John Durham's investigation into the FBI's targeting of the 2016 Trump campaign, the sobering reality of the rot embedded inside U.S. federal "law enforcement" agencies has become crystal clear yet again, especially given the Clinton campaign's coordination with the Obama administration, including CIA Director John Brennan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to tie Trump to Russia in the minds of the American people. 

"The objective facts show that the FBI's handling of important aspects of the Crossfire Hurricane matter were seriously deficient. Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the (Justice) Department and FBI failed to uphold their important mission of strict fidelity to the law," Durham wrote in his final report. "FBI records prepared by [Peter] Strzok in February and March 2017 show that at the time of the opening of Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI had no information in its holdings indicating that at any time during the campaign anyone in the Trump had been in contact with any Russian intelligence officials."

And yet, the false accusations of "Russian collusion" continued for years. 

Once the FBI failed to stop Trump from getting into office — with FBI Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Special Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Attorney Lisa Page leading the way — they wanted revenge and to redeem themselves. The FBI's 2016 spying was only the beginning and the first step of endless, snowballing and false accusations. Crossfire Hurricane was the first step toward a fruitless yet destructive Mueller Special Counsel investigation — which was launched in May 2017 to investigate Russian collusion, months after the FBI admitted there was no Trump connection to Russian collusion — and eventually, two impeachments. It tore the country apart and made our politics and distrust of public institutions more toxic than ever. 

The left and their allies in the media never accepted Trump's 2016 victory and worked for years – by using the power of federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies – to undermine and damage his presidency, not to mention the people who voted for him. And yet, they somehow get away with classifying themselves as election realists and "saviors of democracy." In reality, they're just liars who are perfectly fine with undermining elections for their own political benefit. 

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