Audio from a 2006 interview by the Jewish Press with then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton reveals that she was in favor of rigging the Palestinian election.
People in the media and political sphere have to act as if they’re absolutely horrified by the idea of the U.S. presidential elections being “rigged.” “How dare Donald Trump question the integrity of our Democracy!” some might exclaim. “He’s just setting the stage for when he loses. Then, he’ll just blame his loss on a ‘rigged election.'”
Their outrage is completely fake. In a way, they’re doing what they’re accusing Trump of. They’re setting the stage in case Hillary wins. They don’t want millions of people thinking that she won unfairly. So, they’re getting out in front of this and making sure everyone knows that Trump’s concerns are completely ridiculous. It’s not even possible for anyone to rig a presidential election in the U.S., they might say. Our electoral system is too massive and diffuse for anyone to be able to mess with it.
Of course, if Trump does win, the first thing the media will peddle is that it must have been rigged by the Russians.
So, while the media and political establishment posture themselves as being in favor of “free elections,” free from outside influence, and free for everyone to participate in – even dead people and illegal immigrants – they don’t seem to have a problem with messing with the elections in other countries.
Now, they peddle the same nonsense there too. They say we’re trying to make the world safe for Democracy, and make sure people in other countries can have a say in who they’re elected leaders are, and women’s rights, and all that. That way, they too can have safe and free elections like we do.
Don’t believe a word of it. Our government is so involved in foreign elections (particularly in the Middle East) – and has been for decades – that the last thing that our government would want is for people in foreign countries to be in control of their own elections. In fact, it’s not just the last thing they’d want, they’d never want it at all. It would totally defeat the purpose of our foreign policy, which requires that we control every aspect of those regions. For the “common good,” of course.
Audio from a 2006 Jewish Press interview with Hillary Clinton has conveniently emerged showing that the then-U.S. Senator didn’t think that we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories in the first place, and that since we did, we should have “done something” to ensure the outcome. In other words, it should have been rigged to make sure someone we could control won.
On September 5, 2006, Eli Chomsky was an editor and staff writer for the Jewish Press, and Hillary Clinton was running for a shoo-in re-election as a U.S. senator. Her trip making the rounds of editorial boards brought her to Brooklyn to meet the editorial board of the Jewish Press.
The tape was never released and has only been heard by the small handful of Jewish Press staffers in the room. According to Chomsky, his old-school audiocassette is the only existent copy and no one has heard it since 2006, until today when he played it for the Observer.
The tape is 45 minutes and contains much that is no longer relevant, such as analysis of the re-election battle that Sen. Joe Lieberman was then facing in Connecticut. But a seemingly throwaway remark about elections in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority has taken on new relevance amid persistent accusations in the presidential campaign by Clinton’s Republican opponent Donald Trump that the current election is “rigged.”
Speaking to the Jewish Press about the January 25, 2006, election for the second Palestinian Legislative Council (the legislature of the Palestinian National Authority), Clinton weighed in about the result, which was a resounding victory for Hamas (74 seats) over the U.S.-preferred Fatah (45 seats).
“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake,” said Sen. Clinton. “And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”
Chomsky recalls being taken aback that “anyone could support the idea—offered by a national political leader, no less—that the U.S. should be in the business of fixing foreign elections.”