“We’re 5 wks from Inauguration & the President Elect is completely unhinged. The electoral college must do what it was designed for,” Himes wrote Sunday night on Twitter in response to Trump’s gripe that NBC “Nightly News” is “biased, inaccurate and bad, point after point.”
In an interview Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” Himes said that Trump’s refusal to say that the Russians hacked Democrats during the election was what prompted his plea to the Electoral College.
“What finally pushed me over the edge was when the president-elect of the United States criticized the CIA and the intelligence community. Can you imagine what the leaders in Beijing and Moscow and Tehran are thinking as they watch the next president of the United States delegitimize and criticize his own intelligence community and stand up for the defense of Russia, one of our prime adversaries,” said Himes.
“The Electoral College, if you read the Federalist Papers and understand why it is there, it is a group of people. It is not an algorithm. It is not a set of ballots. It is a group of people that our Founding Fathers, you know, to whom supposedly we all sort of defer to, pledged the idea that if someone gets elected that is manifestly ill equipped to be president … that the Electoral College can step in,” he said.
Himes, who said the Republican isn’t qualified to be “mayor of a small town in Connecticut,” admitted that “under the rules, President-elect Donald Trump won fair and square.”
But Himes, who wants to abolish the Electoral College, said the only reason it does exist is to prevent someone like Trump from getting into the Oval Office.
Well no, Jimbo, it also exists to prevent the minority from being ruled by the majority: in this case, to prevent California and New York running the country. But that doesn't address the issue that's "pushed you over the edge" of sanity: Trump's criticizing the CIA.
Dare to criticize the CIA? Jimbo, going back at least as far as the Church Committee in 1975, your party has not only criticized the CIA, it has hamstrung it, to the point that we no longer have the "human intelligence" assets to keep up with what's going on in the land of our enemies.
Criticize the CIA for intelligence failures? What, the organization that was reporting on the continued strength of the Soviet Union while the Berlin Wall was falling? The organization that the 9/11 Commission found was wanting in almost every aspect of the surveillance of terrorists?
The CIA has had its successes, but it's also had its failures: the Bay of Pigs and Castro not losing his beard are just two instances that come to mind, but trust me on this, Jimbo: there were more. If you really, truly believe that a politician who criticizes our intelligence services, if you're saying that out of conviction, and not from your desperate ambition to elevate your status from a two-bit congressman from an irrelevant state to a leader of your fellow Democrats, then you, not Trump, are too mentally unsound, and ignorant, to be "mayor of a small town in Connecticut."