I’ve already plotted my novel Cloak, but I am watching events unfold surrounding the Trump Administration with interest- some of the settings and details of what happens in the book toward the end will be informed by what actually happens on the world stage. I think the end result will be more entertaining, and make a lot of people wonder- what if?
In other news, I have had more dreams about Donald Trump- these keep recurring. The one that recurs the most is where he is talking to me as “Donny” on my phone in my office at the University of Guelph, wanting to get some advice on how to overthrow what he depicted as an “election, like for high school president” and how he settled on a two-pronged approach: disinformation, where he spread lies and rumors about his opponents, and actually stuffing ballot boxes. Not all of them- just the strategic ones he needed to win.
Now, I don’t actually know if there is evidence of vote hacking, but it certainly is possible if states that went for Trump used electronic voting machines. Even before 2016, hacker and cybersecurity conventions hosted contests for how long it would take to alter results in an electronic voting machine, and the result was that machines could be hacked and vote tallies altered within minutes. I believe someone named Mike Farb was looking into this possibility at UnhackTheVote.com, though there are questions about the validity of his research (and since he was not very forthcoming with sharing details, the questions could not really be answered).
I believe even wanting to throw an election and actually taking steps to do this would be a crime, especially if foreign agents were involved. I would suggest that if the phone call to me was real, that if Donald Trump were using an alias and trying to get opinions on how to overthrow a legitimate election to win it by cheating, and he were asking ME about this (I am Canadian), well, that would make him guilty of espionage with a foreign agent, even though I’m not an anti-American spy. And Trump certainly does seem to be very pro-Putin these days, is he not? It’s pretty clear Russians were involved in a disinformation campaign against Hillary Clinton to support Trump. I’m not clear on whether they or others were involved in “stuffing ballot boxes”, or how you’d prove it without paper ballots to go back to.
I hope that more states in America start using paper ballots. And I hope that if Trump did hack the election, if he knowingly took steps to alter the results, that he’s caught and impeached, then jailed. My husband thinks he should be shot for high treason if they can prove it sufficiently- wouldn’t that be a strong deterrent to politicians cheating and lying?