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

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Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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