I’m not one to go all conspiracy theory, but I just read something online that joggled my brain – and not in a good way. Â Over on a message board I frequent called “DataLounge”, someone just posed this question:
OKay, what? Â Did Republicans – meaning Senator Mitch McConnell – NOT confirm Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court becauseÂ they knew the fix was in for the 2016 elections? Â Yes, that’s what this person is asking. Â And no, it wasn’t me.
So it made me think. Â And after I thought about it, I decided to look up the timeline of Russian influence in the 2016 election. Â And here we go:
- Russia started interfering in the 2016 election starting in 2015.
- Russian troll farms purchased ads to run on Facebook starting in June, 2015. (source)
- Russians hacked the DNC and maintained hacked access from July 2015 to June 2016. (source)
- SCOTUS Judge Antonin Scalia died in February, 2016 (source)
- Ten days after Scalia’s death, Senate Republicans told their leadership not to bring up any nomination by Obama. (source)
- President Obama nominated Merrick Garland in March, 2016. (source)
- In August, 2016, Senator McConnell said: “One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.'” (source)
Was the fix in? Â We knew about Russia hacking by that point. Â We knew about the influence in the election. Â We knew that Russians were trying to get Donald Trump elected.
But what we don’t know is, did Senator Mitch McConnell sell his country out? Â Did he commit treason by supporting Russian efforts in hacking so that he could deny a sitting president the right to fill a Supreme Court seat?
We don’t know. Â We know the timeline, and what it looks like. Â But we may never know the answer.