Journal 11/29/2016 (a.m.)

    • Roof told Gergel that he wanted his attorneys to continue sitting at his table during the trial and act as his “stand-by counsel,” according to the Post and Courier newspaper.

      Prosecutors say that Roof “self-radicalized” online, absorbing violent white supremacist beliefs through the Internet, rather than from any personal experiences or associations.

      After the church massacre, authorities found a manifesto online that belonged to Roof and was filled with racist characterizations of black people. It also contained images of Roof holding a Confederate battle flag and standing in front of a Confederate museum.

      Authorities say they have found two handwritten manifestos from Roof, one in his jail cell and the other in his car. They also say they located a list of churches.

    • Roof told Gergel that he wanted his attorneys to continue sitting at his table during the trial and act as his “stand-by counsel,” according to the Post and Courier newspaper.

      Prosecutors say that Roof “self-radicalized” online, absorbing violent white supremacist beliefs through the Internet, rather than from any personal experiences or associations.

      After the church massacre, authorities found a manifesto online that belonged to Roof and was filled with racist characterizations of black people. It also contained images of Roof holding a Confederate battle flag and standing in front of a Confederate museum.

      Authorities say they have found two handwritten manifestos from Roof, one in his jail cell and the other in his car. They also say they located a list of churches.

    • Trump was doing this to make the case that he didn’t actually lose the popular vote, which has become a Democratic rallying cry following Clinton’s loss. It’s clearly a sore spot for Trump.

      But the president-elect is also, unwittingly and amazingly, calling into question the results of an election that he won nearly three weeks ago. The logical extension of his argument is that all results should not be trusted. In effect, Trump is lending credence to the very same recount effort that he criticized as superfluous.

    • What I am saying is that, if the system was susceptible to the kind of pro-Clinton fraud that Trump is alleging, who is to say that it wasn’t also susceptible to manipulation that might have benefited Trump? Trump’s argument is that our electoral system was vulnerable to all kinds of shenanigans that could have changed the results in specific states. Why not shenanigans instigated by Russia, which experts say aided Trump during the campaign with fake-news propaganda? Or something else? There is also no evidence of this, but apparently evidence is not required for our next president to make a charge.
    • Given that he will lose the popular vote by as much as two full points, he’s in desperate search of an excuse for this fact.
    • But in doing so, he’s also calling into question his win. He can’t have it both ways, and he’s letting his pride get the better of him.
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