Let’s Call the Russian Collusion ‘Hoax’ What it Really Is

Let’s Call the Russian Collusion ‘Hoax’ What it Really Is, by Roger Kimball.

Use of the term “hoax” got a big boost in the aftermath of the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the question of whether there was actionable cooperation, coordination, or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Two years, $34 million, and a wide swath of debilitating rumor, innuendo, and unrelated indictments and prosecutions later and we know that the answer to that question is “No, there was no cooperation, coordination, or collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.” …

But a couple of friends have pointed out how inadequate the term “hoax” is for what just happened and — to at least some extent — is still happening in the machinery of our government. … The word “hoax” implies something jocular or prankish. The joke might be malicious, but it is still intended to be humorous. …

But when we step back and consider what actually happened over the past three years — and, more, what almost happened — it is clear that the word “hoax” does not begin to cover the reality of what I have been calling for many months the greatest political scandal in the history of the American republic. …

I think [“coup“] is a better word in this context because it expresses the malign intention behind the multifarious activities directed against candidate Trump and then President Trump. …

I know that that is a dramatic, maybe a melodramatic, word. But I think it accurately expresses the deliberate effort by actors in the Obama Administration, including by President Obama himself, to assure Hillary Clinton’s victory by destroying the reputation of Donald Trump. …

We should face up to that unpleasant fact and call things by their real names.

The actions taken by the Obama Administration threatened not just Donald Trump and his presidency but the very processes and protocols by which the peaceful transition of power has been effected in the United States.

As L.J. Keith observed, “Even in the most contentious elections and after disputed results, there was never been this sort of dangerous, systematic, deliberate rejection of the will of the people. The abrogation of the constitution to use extrajudicial methods to destroy the incoming president. It is the very definition of a coup.”