Associated Press stories have said that hackers “disrupted” last year’s presidential election. Did they disrupt or try to disrupt the election? The election went pretty well as planned and on schedule.

Is it factual to say the election was disrupted? According to the dictionary we have, disrupt means to “break apart . . . to throw into disorder . . . to interrupt the normal course of unity of —”

The hackers did none of that!

It is a fact that Hillary Clinton backers, including the liberal media and its writers, have never accepted the outcome of the election. They still can’t believe that Donald Trump won.

The main question is, did the hackers, from Russia or the ones who sold information to Russia, influence the outcome of the election? So far there is no evidence that happened. Whether Russia influenced American voters to vote for Trump is not known, and may never be known. We don’t doubt that Russia may have tried to disrupt the election but it didn’t happen. The election overall went rather smoothly and Trump was elected.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the hackers had ambitions beyond Hillary Clinton’s campaign, “targeting emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defense contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin, according to a previously unpublished digital hit list obtained by the Associated Press.” The data collected was a master list of individuals whom Russia would like to “spy on, embarrass, discredit or silence,” the AP reported.

Who did the Russians want to win the election? Probably Trump because of the business ties he has with Russian companies in the past. But Clinton, while secretary of state, several years ago, approved the transfer of 20 percent of our uranium supply to a Russian company that in turn made a large donation to the Clinton Foundation.

Coming to light now are the links between lobbying firms and Russia.

The swamp that is Washington, D.C., needs more draining.