A year ago today, the US eagle flew beak-first into a pile of lurid muck. Happy Birthday, Mr President, and may I be among the very first to bemoan your improbable landing, one made possible in no small part by the campaign of your nominated rival. Certainly, there is hard evidence that the Clinton campaign actively sought to elevate Trump. Still, there’s really not much evidence about the Kremlin.

The Clinton campaign’s so-called pied-piper strategy, detailed here in a leaked document sent to the Democratic National Committee in 2015, urged that the press be instructed to take Trump, and two other Republican candidates with bigoted views, seriously. The reasoning went: if “communities of color, millennials, women” heard from a sexist, racist, ageist candidate often, they would be more likely to vote for Clinton.