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6 Reasons The Election Wasn’t Rigged

The left still hasn’t come to the grips with the fact that Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump in a stunning upset, so they’re attempting to conjure up scapegoats. Their latest one: they’re adopting Trump’s old line that the election was rigged.

Alleged economist and former Enron adviser Paul Krugman tweeted out the following insanity:

Krugman eventually tweeted this:

Here are six reasons why the election wasn’t rigged.

1. There is no evidence that voting machines were hacked. The left has been circulating this piece from New York Mag in which “computer scientists and election lawyers” are pushing Clinton to challenge the results in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Their evidence: “Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots.” And yet, the group has admitted they haven’t found any evidence “of hacking or manipulation; they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review — especially in light of the fact that the Obama White House has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee,” per New York Mag.

Challenging the results based on speculation doesn’t seem like a wise move.

2. Clinton doesn’t really have an advantage in paper ballots. Nate Silver proved this in a quick tweet storm:

The New York Times‘ Nate Cohn came to the same conclusion:

In other words, Silver and Cohn’s point is that Clinton’s paper ballot advantage is actually due to demographics, not to some sort of conspiracy of voting machines being hacked. The fact that Michigan completely relies on paper ballots further proves this point. This makes sense given…

3. The same pattern occurs in other states that aren’t in question.

There is a very simple reason for this.

4. Clinton won urban areas, Trump won rural areas.

That’s not exactly a new phenomenon–Democrats have held an advantage in urban areas for many years now. And Trump was able to win in the rural areas because…

5. Clinton was an awful, terrible candidate. Between Clinton’s awkward, robotic delivery, her myriad of scandals and corruption and elitist snobbery, she was unable to bring in the same legion of voters that President Barack Obama was. Furthermore, Trump was able to reach out to former Obama voters by making it cleared he cared about them–something Clinton was unable to do. That’s why she lost, not because of a hacking conspiracy.

6. Not too long ago, leftists were mocking the idea of a rigged election. The Federalist‘s Sean Davis highlighted some examples on Twitter:

The left also screamed rigged when they lost the 2000 and 2004 elections as well, so being gracious losers is not their strong suit. They would be wise to abandon the “rigged” rhetoric, just as they had denounced Trump for it not too long ago.

(h/t: Townhall)

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