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Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results
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Posted on 10/10/2018 2:33:08 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Rejected 2016 Election Results

By Mattathias Schwartz

In October 2016, senior staff in the Obama White House discussed what they should do if Hillary Clinton won the November election and Donald Trump refused to accept the result as legitimate. They had cause to be worried. At that time, Trump had openly speculated that the election might be “rigged.” During his final debate with Clinton on October 19, he said that his opponent “should never have been allowed to run” and declined to answer the question of whether he would concede. “I’ll keep you in suspense,” the Republican nominee said.

“It wasn’t a hypothetical,” Ben Rhodes, Obama’s senior aide and speechwriter, told Intelligencer. “Trump was already saying it on the campaign trail.”

The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result. In the event that Trump tried to dispute a Clinton victory, they would affirm the result as well as the conclusions reached by the U.S. intelligence community that Russian interference in the election sought to favor Trump, and not Clinton. Some Republicans were already aware of Russian interference from intelligence briefings given to leaders from both parties during the chaotic months before the election. “We wanted to handle the Russia information in a way that was as bipartisan as possible,” Rhodes said.

The existence of the postelection plan has not been previously reported. A July 2017 op-ed by Obama’s chief of staff, Denis McDonough, refers to Obama directing his staff to “prepare possible responses” to claims of Russian interference in the election.

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1 posted on 10/10/2018 2:33:08 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

That pales in comparison to the attempted coup plan they hatched when Trump won.


2 posted on 10/10/2018 2:35:32 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama Had a Secret Plan in Case Trump Won the 2016 Election
3 posted on 10/10/2018 2:36:07 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Exactly!


4 posted on 10/10/2018 2:36:29 PM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: Sub-Driver

talk about counting your chickens !


5 posted on 10/10/2018 2:36:33 PM PDT by Reverend Wright (I am a Putin bot. (they, their, theirs))
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To: Sub-Driver

So, if Trump did what Algore did 16 years earlier, the Swamp was ready to respond.


6 posted on 10/10/2018 2:37:01 PM PDT by FirstFlaBn
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To: Sub-Driver

You can’t make this $hit up!


7 posted on 10/10/2018 2:37:29 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (I've Never Owned Slaves...You've Never Picked Cotton.End Of "Discussion".)
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To: Sub-Driver

Trump played mind games with them and they fell for it.


8 posted on 10/10/2018 2:37:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Refused to accept the results?

Ask AlGore what to do.


9 posted on 10/10/2018 2:38:31 PM PDT by Rio
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To: Sub-Driver

So what we’re seeing is Narrative B. The election was rigged by Russia with Trump’s collusion. It’s illegitimate. Impeat Foty Five! And wait for a big hurricane to be mishandled.


10 posted on 10/10/2018 2:39:07 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Russians should have opted to get Hillary in; they’d be walking all over her.


11 posted on 10/10/2018 2:39:23 PM PDT by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: Sub-Driver

I never thought for even half a second that he would put up a stink if he lost. Almost everyone thought he was going to lose, at least in the media.

On the other hand, has anyone seen such a sore loser as Hillary Clinton. Two years later and she is stil bitching.

Even Nixon didn’t complain this much.


12 posted on 10/10/2018 2:40:41 PM PDT by Vermont Lt
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To: Sub-Driver
In a remarkable statement that seemed to cast doubt on American democracy, Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he might not accept the results of next month’s election if he felt it was rigged against him — a stand that Hillary Clinton blasted as “horrifying” at their final and caustic debate on Wednesday.

So are we to believe her refusal to accept the election results is horrifying? That quote BTW, came from the New York Slimes writers Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin on Oct. 19, 2016.

13 posted on 10/10/2018 2:44:38 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: Sub-Driver

Ben Rhodes...bipartisan...those terms are mutually exclusive


14 posted on 10/10/2018 2:45:28 PM PDT by silverleaf (A man who kneels for the national anthem doesn't stand for much of anything)
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To: Sub-Driver

Democrats with their elaborate plodding schemes have the strategic thinking skills of a diplodocus dinosaur. Trump runs circles around them like a velociraptor.


15 posted on 10/10/2018 2:46:22 PM PDT by dynoman (Objectivity is the essence of intelligence. - Marilyn vos Savant)
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To: Sub-Driver

As scumbag as it gets.

But not surprised.


16 posted on 10/10/2018 2:46:48 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Sub-Driver

And not ONE mention of the MSM, which would have to be, again, co-conspirators.

I call treason.

5.56mm


17 posted on 10/10/2018 2:47:07 PM PDT by M Kehoe (DRAIN THE SWAMP!)
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To: Sub-Driver

What about when Obama and Hillary and Hollywood and Big Tech and the CIA and FBI refused to accept the outcome of the 2016 election???


18 posted on 10/10/2018 2:48:02 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Denounce DUAC - The Democrats Un-American Activists Committee)
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To: Sub-Driver
“The Obama White House plan, according to interviews with Rhodes and Jen Psaki, Obama’s communications director, called for congressional Republicans, former presidents, and former Cabinet-level officials including Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to try and forestall a political crisis by validating the election result.”

Wow. You understand more of the resulting “NeverTrump” Syndrome that occurred, now.

19 posted on 10/10/2018 2:48:16 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They rigged the election and they’re on their 3rd or 4th coup attempt.

Not one person in prison...What a country, eh?


20 posted on 10/10/2018 2:48:29 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (Jeff Sessions IS the insurance policy)
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