It seems a majority of Americans believe that Hillary Clinton, having won the popular vote by some three million ballots, should be the president of the United States, not Donald J. Trump.
There's a problem for the Giant Orange Bloat. On vote tallies alone a majority of his public see his presidency as illegitimate before he's even sworn in.
Then there's the FBI scandal that's still simmering but may eventually erupt as evidence of state corruption to skew the election in Trump's favour. That's pretty blatant. It's not going away and, for DJT, it's not going to help his claim to the Oval Office.
There are indications that some Electoral College electors may vote their conscience and support Hillary. That sort of break would further undermine Trump's legitimacy.
There's Trump's Clown Car cabinet picks. Word is out today that their aggregate net worth exceeds that of the entire lowest third of American households. At an average household size of four people and a total population of 325 million, that means Trump's cabinet is wealthier than about 30 million households. I don't think there's been that sort of disparity since Versailles.
Let's not forget the Gullibilly Bait, Trump's inflammatory campaign promises that didn't even last a couple of weeks after the election before DJT told his faithful that he was only bullshitting them all along. There ain't gonna be no wall. Hillary ain't gonna go to jail. All those jobs won't be coming back. But the rich will get plenty richer. Ooh, that's gotta sting.
And now it's Obama's turn to deliver his parting gift to The Donald which may take the form of a cyber war on Russia. America's intelligence community, the CIA and the other agencies, are sticking by their guns. Russia meddled in the elections to skew the outcome in favour of Trump. That's something that has even Republicans choking a bit. A foreign government, one that Americans have seen as their natural enemy since the late 40s, flips their election.
Now Obama has thrown down the gauntlet, vowing retaliation against Russia for its cyber-perfidy.
According to extracts of an interview due to air on National Public Radio on Friday morning, the US president said he was waiting for a final report he has ordered into a range of Russian hacking attacks, but promised there would be a response.
“I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action,” Obama said. “And we will – at a time and place of our own choosing.
“Some of it may be explicit and publicised; some of it may not be.”
The CIA has judged that the Russian cyber attacks, including the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee, were intended to influence the election in Donald Trump’s favour. The FBI agrees that there was Russian hacking but has not as yet concluded it was intended to favour the Republican contender.
Senators from both parties have called for a congressional enquiry, while Trump himself has rejected the reports and his office has derided the CIA.
If Obama is going to act against Putin, he's got about four weeks to do it, and, whatever he does, it will fall squarely into Trump's lap on January 20th. Sweet.