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When you do successfully steal the election, act surprised and express faith in the judgment of the American people. Chide your opponent for being a sore loser.

How to Steal an Election in Seven Easy Steps – A Lesson from the Clinton Playbook


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By —— Bio and Archives November 28, 2016

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Hillary Clinton was clearly devastated by her defeat on November 8.  She was in such a state of shock that she was unable to speak to her supporters that night.  She had devoted her entire life to achieving one goal—the presidency of the United States.  She had suffered countless humiliations from her husband’s womanizing and predatory sexual practices.  She had obsequiously served Barack Obama, the man who had dashed her hopes of becoming president in 2008, when a Democratic victory was a sure thing.  Now Donald Trump, a man she despised, had kept her from getting the one thing in life for which she still had a burning desire. She could not allow his election to stand.

While the votes were cast on November 8, the election isn’t final until the electors votes are counted before a joint session of Congress on January 6, and the states do not submit the ballots of their electors until December 19.  So between November 8 and January 19, there is plenty of time to steal an election.  The last election that was stolen occurred in 1960 when Kennedy became president with the help of dead Chicago voters.  As she tossed in her bed that night, Hillary must have wondered if the dead could rise up again and overturn the results of this election.  It was time to institute the backup plan.  The election wasn’t over—with the Clinton’s it’s never over.

Step 1: Graciously Concede Defeat: Her concession speech sounded as heartfelt as Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sex with that woman” and it was just as truthful.  Graciously conceding defeat lulls your prey into thinking the battle is over, and he can focus on the transition.  He foolishly will think that he no longer has to watch his back.

Step 2: Organize Protests against the Winner:  Have George Soros fund protests aimed at delegitimizing the results of the election.  If enough people are shouting “He’s not my president” that will cause all but Trump’s most ardent supporters to wonder if the right person was elected.  Pretend to be uninvolved.

Step 3: Have Experts Question the Validity of the Election: If a group of supposedly disinterested political scientists question the results of the election because the voting patterns are different than those in prior elections, and a group of computer scientists opine that the voting machines may have been hacked, you now have grounds to ask for a recount.  This works so well because throughout the campaign you have been promoting the false narrative that the Russians were trying to influence the election, and Putin wanted Trump to win.  A compliant, complicit, and lazy media simply repeated your falsehoods—why do any investigative reporting to determine the truth of assertions that support the candidate of your choice.  Now you know, or should know that the Russians actually wanted you to win because having hacked your private server they have enough information about the Clinton Foundation/ State Department nexus to make you very uncomfortable about challenging Russian muscle-flexing.

Step 4: Change the Votes: Simultaneously with Steps 2 and 3, have Democratic Party operatives in Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia inflate your total vote.  This is actually not as hard as it sounds because since the vote hasn’t been challenged, no one from the Republican side is looking to see if dead voters are rising from their graves and quietly casting their ballots for you in the middle of the night.

Step 5: Call for a Recount:  Don’t do that yourself.  Have a disinterested third party candidate do it, and then support her efforts to insure the integrity of the election process. The best time to do this is the week of Thanksgiving since everyone will be watching football and eating turkey, not thinking about the results of an election that took place over two weeks ago.  Meanwhile make sure the media portrays this as no big deal—it isn’t going to change the election results.  We want the Trump camp to continue to focus on the transition and pay no attention to this, believing mistakenly that it’s simply a ploy by a third party candidate to raise money.

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Step 6: Use the Recount to Discard Votes for Your Opponent:  A recount gives local officials wide latitude.  For example, in Wisconsin, “all ballots (including those that were originally hand counted) are examined to determine voter intent before being retabulated. In addition, the county boards of canvassers will examine other documents, including poll lists, written absentee applications, rejected absentee ballots, and provisional ballots before counting the votes.”  The key here is voter intent—surely they didn’t intend to vote for Trump.

Step 7: Find Faithless Electors: If the recounts don’t get you to the magic number of 270 but move you within striking distance, for example by overturning the results in Wisconsin and Michigan so that you are only12 shy of the number needed, then find (bribe if necessary) some electors who being members of the Republican establishment weren’t thrilled with Trump’s election.

When you do successfully steal the election, act surprised and express faith in the judgment of the American people.  Chide your opponent for being a sore loser.

Al Kaltman -- Bio and Archives |

Al Kaltman is a political science professor who teaches a leadership studies course at George Washington University.  He is the author of Cigars, Whiskey and Winning: Leadership Lessons from General Ulysses S. Grant.

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