This is How Putin is Going to Win the U.S. Presidential Election

And how we are helping him do it

Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform c. 1980. Source: Kremlin Archive. Unknown author
Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform c. 1980. Source: Kremlin Archive. Unknown author
Vladimir Putin in KGB uniform c. 1980. Source: Kremlin Archive. Unknown author

The most likely election night(mare) scenario

Because of the pandemic, an unprecedented number of Americans will be voting by mail. In fact, they already are. More than 84 million absentee ballots have been sent out for the 2020 election, 40 million of which had been returned by October 26.

Who does Putin want to win?

Putin has always denied he had anything to do with the 2016 election meddling, but he did admit he wanted Trump to win, “Because he [Trump] talked about bringing the U.S.-Russia relationship back to normal.”

  • Take everyone’s guns.
  • Pack the court with liberal justices to push through abortion up to a month after birth.

Could Putin actually hack the election?

It’s not impossible. Hackers could break into voting machines, state and local computer networks, and other voting-related systems in order to change voter registration information or even vote tallies. In fact, F.B.I. and Homeland Security officials say in some ways the Russians already have.

So what is Putin going to do?

If history is any guide, the Russians are going to try and sow doubt, doubt, and more doubt. They are going to flood social media with disinformation, misinformation, outright lies, everything to making the losing side believe they didn’t actually lose.

So what can we do?

Hands down, the best thing to do would be to close down all social media for the entire month of November. I’d say Mark Zuckerberg and his fellow social media moguls have made enough money off of our petty differences for a while. Let them do something to help America for a change, instead of continuing to enable bad actors to push us further into the swamp.

Author of History That Changed the World (Odyssea Publishing, 2017). Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, on CNBC, The Hill, Quartz, and other media.

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