So, Trump continues to trust Putin, hasn’t directed federal law enforcement or other departments to stop or counter Russian interference, and hasn’t imposed any sanctions. Yet, 81% of Republicans trust Trump to prevent foreign interference in the 2018 midterms.
The survey results shown below (from Axios) illustrate the trust divide between American voters regarding Trump and his intent and/or ability to prevent meddling in the upcoming midterm elections. Specifically, 81% of all Republicans trust Trump to prevent Russian interference in the midterm, as compared to 11% of Dems and 35% of independents.
What’s remarkable about this, of course, is the overwhelming evidence that Russia did meddle, and that Trump has not done anything to curtail these activities. This isn’t from left-leaning, “fake news” sources, these are facts. I’m even citing Fox News where possible to limit these objections.
Here’s what we know.
– June 21, 2017 – Homeland Security official says Russian hackers targeted voting systems in 21 states.
– September 22, 2017 – Facebook turns over 3,000 ads tied to Russian accounts used in the 2016 election.
– November 11 – Trump says he believes Putin when he denied involvement in the 2016 election. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/11/putin-and-trump-want-political-solution-to-syria-conflict-kremlin-says
– February 16 – Mueller indicts 13 Russians and three Russian organizations in connection with attacks on the 2016 election, including a budget of $1.25 million dollars.
– February 27, 2018 – In February, both FBI Director FBI Director Christopher Wray and Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers say that they “have not been granted the authority by President Donald Trump to disrupt Russian election hacking operations where they originate.”
– The Trump administration has refused to implement new, legally mandated sanctions against Russia.
So, Trump continues to trust Putin, hasn’t directed federal law enforcement or other departments to stop or counter Russian interference, and though he has the power to implement sanctions, he has not. Yet, 81% of Republicans trust Trump to prevent foreign interference in the 2018 midterms. Hmm?
Yet again, Griffith proves that it’s more important for him to protect Trump than his constituents in the VA9th. Is anyone surprised?
What about our staunch protector in the VA9th, Morgan Griffith? His last words indicate he believes that the highly discredited Nunes memo proves that Mueller’s investigation has no foundation. Yet again, Griffith proves that it’s more important for him to protect Trump than his constituents in the VA9th. Is anyone surprised?
None of this proves collusion between Trump and Russia. But at this point, proving collusion is secondary to preserving the integrity of our elective process.
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