Election 2016 Fallout

Flag of the United States of AmericaBeginning in 2016, the year of the U.S. government's IANA Stewardship TransitionDomain Mondo began maintaining this page on the U.S. Presidential Election and the fallout following--page editor & analyst: @UnderMyPalm (opinions are his alone)--note: for older entries see Election2016 archive (pdf) & recent archive (pdf).

Recent articles of interest:
The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate | washingtonsblog.com: "An irony of the escalating hysteria about the Trump camp’s contacts with Russians is that one presidential campaign in 2016 did exploit political dirt that supposedly came from the Kremlin and other Russian sources. Friends of that political campaign paid for this anonymous hearsay material, shared it with American journalists and urged them to publish it to gain an electoral advantage. But this campaign was not Donald Trump’s; it was Hillary Clinton’s ..."

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) open hearing on its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign 10:00am - 1:00pm ET, Monday, March 20, 2017, room 1100 of the Longworth Building. Livestreamed above and on the HPSCI website here and c-span.org. The hearing witnesses include James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Mike Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency.

Episode 32 (audio) - Robert Costa, Reporter, Washington Post, NBC News, by The Golden Mean | soundcloud.com: "Washington Post national reporter Robert Costa is the "insider" when it comes to covering D.C. and President Donald Trump. As a journalist and NBC analyst, he offers people a front row seat to the inner workings of the Trump presidency. On this episode of the "Mean," Bob talks to Michael about the "one-man hurricane" in the White House, what "Trumpism" is, why the president lies, and how the media can remain true to its mission when covering the administration."

Joint Session of Congress, Feb 28, 2017: President Trump addresses a joint session (video) of the U.S. Congress on Feb 28, 2017.

Democrats still in denial (Feb 26, 2017): Key Question About DNC Race: Why Did Obama White House Recruit Perez to Run Against Ellison? | theintercept.com: "... it’s hard to conclude that a party that has navigated itself into such collapse, which deliberately and knowingly chose the weakest candidate, who managed to lose to Donald J. Trump, is one that is thinking wisely and strategically ... Democratic leaders prioritize ensuring that the left has no influence in their party over strengthening itself to beat the Trump-led Republicans ... If the plan to sink Ellison succeeds [it did!], the message that will be heard — fairly or not — is that the Democratic Party continues to venerate loyalty to its oligarchical donors above all else, and that preventing left-wing influence is a critical goal. In other words, the message will be that the party — which to date has refused to engage in any form of self-reckoning — is steadfastly committed to following exactly the same course, led by the same factions, that has ushered in such disaster." (emphasis added)

CPAC 2017 video - A Conversation with Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, & Matt Schlapp:
February 23, 2017, CPAC 2017 video.

UPDATE: Feb 20, 2017: Trump picks McMaster--somehow, Trump dodged a bullet (John Bolton--Thank You Rand Paul!), and turned a lemon (see 'worst mistake' below) into lemonade, picking the eminently qualified Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be National Security Advisor. Dereliction of Duty by H.R. McMaster
Trump's worst mistake as President to date (Feb 19, 2017)? Asking for, and accepting, the resignation of Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn on Feb 13, 2017, a profound strategic error that Trump may never fully recover from:
The problem is that Trump threw Flynn “under the bus,” and by doing so, gave credence to everything false the media is publishing. Who would go to work for Trump now? Perhaps if you were desperate for a job. Flynn did nothing wrong, and he actually supported and worked for Trump in a long, hard campaign. But Trump just tossed him aside. By doing so, all of Trump’s enemies “won” and all the false media allegations were instantly “validated.”
Mike Flynn & FBI Investigation: Bureau Had No Basis for It | NationalReview.com"There appears to have been no foreign-intelligence or criminal-investigative purpose served by the FBI’s interrogation of General Flynn. It is easy to see why Democrats would want to portray Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador as worthy of an FBI investigation. But why did the FBI and the Justice Department investigate Flynn — and why did “officials” make sure the press found out about it?"

The Political Assassination of Michael Flynn | Bloomberg.com: "... it's strange that Flynn's "lie" to Pence would get him fired. It doesn't add up ... In the end, it was Trump's decision to cut Flynn loose. In doing this he [Trump] caved in to his political and bureaucratic opposition. Nunes told me Monday night that this will not end well. "First it's Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus," he said. Put another way, Flynn is only the appetizer. Trump is the entree."

MacroView: A Political Assassination, Yet Major Indexes' 5th Record Close | DomainMondo.com

US Presidential Inauguration: Friday, January 20, 2017 (video): LIVE Stream 1/20/17: The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th U.S. President.

RSBN Trump Tower Elevator Camera- Wednesday, 11/30/16

#ElevatorCam photos:
Kellyanne Conway in Trump Tower Lobby | 28 Nov 2016
Trump Tower Lobby Street Entrance | 28 Nov 2016
Election 2016: The Consensus View Is Not To Be Trusted Anymore:
Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist -- Note: at time of publishing the infographic, Michigan and New Hampshire were very close and leaning Republican (New Hampshire was later declared for Clinton).

The point still stands. Every pollster said these states were “likely” or “leaning” Democrat. The day before the 2016 US Presidential Election, most pollsters and statistical models had pegged Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning at greater than 90%.

The consensus view is not to be trusted in a post-Brexit world. For Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania – not a single source gave an edge to Trump – a 100% fail for the pollsters!