As a Southern Boy, from when I first became aware, I have watched as racists rewrite history so as to blame the victimized for being victims. Hell, from my first lessons in Virginia history in elementary school in the 1950’s, where the arrival of the first African slaves at Jamestown in 1619 was taught as part of “the Red Letter Year,” I was subjected to such rewritten racist propaganda–it was only later that I started to winnow out the lies (a process which, by the by, continues).
Consequently, I can say from first-hand experience that this is nothing new.
The kerfuffle of Russian hacking has been something to watch, but it’s just a sideshow–a distressing one, perhaps, but one that likely had only marginal effects on the election. I consider it unlikely that it affected the votes of a significant number of persons; it might have solidified some wavering Trump supporters, but I strongly doubt it caused even one Hillary vote to move into the Trump column. (Note that that is just my opinion based on years of being a political junkie.)
As Gary Fifield points out in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, there are far greater threats to our democracy much closer to home. Here’s a bit of his article:
In addition, the majority party in the Senate is scheduling hearings for several of the Cabinet nominees in a fashion to undermine the ability of the committees to fully evaluate the candidates, even if the ethics panel information were available. There are six hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday — one on Tuesday and five on Wednesday — a day that is also scheduled for a process of nearly continual votes on the federal budget requiring attention by senators also involved in committee hearings. It seems likely that this will result in less than full and transparent vetting of the nominees. Is that the intent? Does this threaten our democracy?
Follow the link for the rest.