Email #14, Subject: Russian crisis

The FBI and CIA agree that Russia interfered in the election. If you voted for Trump, this doesn’t mean you’re a traitor. It doesn’t even mean Trump is a traitor. It means Trump and Trump voters were pawns in Russia’s successful attempt to prevent Hillary Clinton from becoming President. If this had happened during the Cold War, we’d be at DEFCON 5 now. Since our President-elect not only benefitted from Russia’s interference but is also denying what both the CIA and FBI are telling him are facts, he appears to be incapable of dealing with this crisis. He lost the popular vote by 2%, and his margins in the three deciding states, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, were all under 1%. Do you sincerely believe that he would have won those states if Russia hadn’t hacked DNC emails and strategically released them in the lead up to the election? If the Electoral College appoint him President on Monday, how will you, as a leader of the GOP, deal with this crisis?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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