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Article by Bryan Howard
October 10, 2018
A report released shows Barack Obama had secret plans for his administration to handle the situation when Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and Trump refused to accept the results.
Lucky for us that event did not transpire and we received one of the greatest Presidents in history with Donald Trump. The worry for the Democrats and Obama was Trump claiming the election was being “rigged” in favor of Hillary Clinton and the Trump base would riot in the streets if Trump refused to accept the results.
The Intelligencer reported, “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 Intelligencer continued, “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.”
Jen Psaki claimed that Trump supporters would riot and didn’t Trust Obama.
“There was recognition that we had a Democratic president who was quite popular but also divisive for a portion of the population,” she said. “For them, just having him say the election was legitimate was not going to be enough. We didn’t spend a lot of time theorizing about the worst thing that could happen — this isn’t a science-fiction movie. It was more about the country being incredibly divided and Trump’s supporters being angry. Would there be protesting? I don’t want to say violence, because we didn’t talk about that as I recall.”
Psaki continued, “I don’t think there is any indication to suggest that if that’s where things headed, he would accept it. “He’s laying the groundwork for delegitimizing the process now — questioning our institutions, attacking their leadership. This is all fodder for his supporters to work with in the event that things go down a dark path for him.”