Obama, October 2016: The Russians Can’t Hack Our Elections
Apr 18, 2019
RUSH: Back to the phones we go. Deposit, New York. This is Joanne. Great to have you. I’m glad you called. Hi.
CALLER: Hi. Thank you for taking my call. I probably know the answer to this anyway, but my question is, they’re always giving Obama credit for the economy, everything that Trump is doing. Why are they not giving credit to Obama now and saying, “Hey, Obama was right, when he was out on the White House lawn giving a press conference and saying, hey, there’s no way Russia could hack our election and, you know, Trump should be busy with his campaigning”?
RUSH: Very simply, because it doesn’t fit the narrative. Look, actually this is a good question, and I’m gonna answer it with two things. She’s right. I forget the year, it might have been 2016 in April, ’cause this Russia hacking, that got started with the DNC hack and the Podesta emails and things before that. And so there was all kinds of talk, the media was talking about the Russians interfering, the Russians this or that, and Barack Obama publicly stated that it would be impossible.
We have this in our sound bite archive, the Grooveyard of Forgotten Sound Bites. We’ve got it somewhere. And I’ve played it before, where Obama says and describes how it would be impossible for the Russians to rig or a foreign power to affect a presidential election. And he describes how it’s too complex. There are state elections. There are states, there are precincts. Voting machines are not attached to the internet. You wouldn’t know. You couldn’t tamper with every precinct election. Where would you go?
We got the Electoral College that elects people. How would you tamper with this? He made it clear that it’s not possible. Well, they’re not gonna revive that. That doesn’t fit the narrative that Russians affected the election and helped Trump win. But I want to ask you to remember this. When Mueller indicted those Russian troll farms, these Russian organizations that were never, ever going to face trial. They’re in Russia. They’re not gonna be extradited.
And Mueller releases a bunch of PR indictments, essentially, just to show that there are Russians involved here. Folks, on the day those indictments are announced, Rod Rosenstein did the announcement of those indictments, those 13 Russian troll farms. Do you remember what he said at the end of his press conference? He said, “Nothing in these indictments suggests that any American was involved, and nothing in these indictments suggests that a single vote was changed or tampered with.”
The day Mueller announces those Russian troll farm indictments, Rosenstein makes it clear, “No American is being accused, no American is involved, and not a single vote was –” That was not reported. It was totally ignored. It didn’t fit the narrative. I, of course, have never forgotten it.
RUSH: We drug it up out of the archives. Grab audio sound bite number 4. For some reason I think this happened in the spring of 2017. This actually happened in October of 2016. This happened like three weeks before the election. That makes it even better. This is Barack Hussein O in the Rose Garden, October 18th, 2016.
OBAMA 2016: There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even — you could even rig America’s elections, in part because they’re so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved. There’s no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time.
RUSH: There you have it. Barack Hussein O three weeks before the election telling everybody what is obvious. It would be impossible to rig a presidential election, and yet what have we been doing the past two years? A bunch of bogus investigators have been looking for any kind of evidence they could lay off on Trump having not won the presidency legitimately, or worse that he’s a Russian agent and a traitor.
RUSH: I’ll tell you something else. If the Democrats really believed the Russians could tamper with elections, they would never want to do away with the Electoral College and have the presidency decided by a national popular vote. That’d be a lot easier to rig than 50 separate state elections. But nevertheless, here’s Obama admitting that it couldn’t be done. And remember then after the last debate Trump and Hillary had — it was Chris Wallace, I think — “Mr. Trump, will you accept the results of the election on election night?”
“I’m not gonna tell you that sitting here today. We’re still two weeks out. I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I’m not gonna –” Remember the reaction to that? Hillary and all, they lost their lunch, “He’s threatening democracy. This is beyond the pale. He’s saying he will not accept the results.” And then look who didn’t.