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Malcolm Nance Shares “Ground Truth” about the 2016 Election

Counter-terrorist expert urges audience to not believe in alternative facts in his “Welcome to Cyberia” presentation

Counter-terrorist expert urges audience to not believe in alternative facts in his “Welcome to Cyberia” presentation

 

By Staff


Malcolm Nance went from villain to hero in a matter of days.

The MSNBC terrorism and intelligence expert is known for his insightful analysis. However, his candor about the Trump Administration’s entanglement with Russia during the 2016 election marked him as an enemy by many in president Trump’s circle of supporters.

“I realized very very quickly last year that something was wrong with our election,” said Nance, who is the New York Times Bestselling author of “The Plot to Hack America.” “On July 25, I was the first person in the entire U.S. media…. I went on television and begged them for three days to let me on TV because I said this Russian hacking of the DNC has been weaponized. And now what you have is a direct attack on democracy.”



For about a week, Nance said he endured criticism and death threats until Trump “got him out of trouble” during a press conference. Trump asked Russia to release former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s emails. From that point, excerpts from Clinton’s emails were publicly released and eventually Trump won the White House.

But while negative attention was diverted from Nance, it was only for a moment. He soon became the voice on all matters linked to the Trump Administration’s relationship with Russia pre and post the 2016 election.

Nance’s visit to Dillard as part of the president’s signature Brain Food Lecture Series drew an audience of approximately 300 people. Some attendees were fans of Nance and others were curious about his journey from being a college student who studied Arabic to being a spy and now a counter-terrorist and intelligence expert.




"I thought it was a very relevant and thought provoking Brain Food,” said Lauren Uddyback, a Dillard senior studying finance from Detroit.” I enjoyed everything from the jokes to the solid "Intelligence." Before this Brain Food, I didn't know how deep the ties were between Trump and Russia."  

Nance’s book “Defeating ISIS.” (2016)  is on The New York Times Best Seller list. His most recent book is “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin's Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.” Nance is a former United States Navy senior chief petty officer specializing in naval cryptology.

Nance served from 1981 to 2001, and was involved in numerous counter-terrorism, intelligence, and combat operations. He garnered expertise within the fields of intelligence and counterterrorism. Nance became an instructor in wartime and peacetime SERE, training Navy and Marine Corps pilots and aircrew how to survive as a prisoner of war.

“I decided earlier this year that I wanted to get the smartest man to speak on any of these shows,” Walter Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. “And not the smartest Black man, but the smartest man.”

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