Was the 2016 election legitimate? It's now definitely worth asking the question

 President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16 Helsinki, Finland. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16 Helsinki, Finland. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)

From the LA Times. Written by Virginia Heffernon:  

"We need to talk about a forbidden subject: the legitimacy of the current president.

There’s been a code of silence around President Donald Trump’s shady victory in 2016. It’s one of those tiptoe-around-it things that the American family just doesn’t talk about. And with good reason. Whatever your politics, it’s perilous to question the soundness of an American election. 

aising the question of Trump’s legitimacy risks detonating a full-blown crisis of faith — kindling distrust not just in Trump, but also in the system that installed him.

But fear of facing the legitimacy question has not stopped Americans from harboring profound doubts, if only “deep down in places you don't talk about at parties,” in Aaron Sorkin’s phrasing from “A Few Good Men.”

As more and more facts about Trump’s incongruous victory emerge, the doubts gnaw harder — and grow harder to ignore.

A nation devoted to majority rule has a minority president. Who squeaked into office on an electoral college technicality. Against most data projections. Using dark money. Using voter suppression. Using Russian disinformation.

As more and more facts about Trump’s incongruous victory emerges, the doubts gnaw harder — and grow harder to ignore."  Continue reading