“The Times continued: “’If you ask an intelligence officer, did the Russians break the rules or do something bizarre, the answer is no, not at all,’ said Steven L. Hall, who retired in 2015 after 30 years at the C.I.A., where he was the chief of Russian operations. The United States ‘absolutely’ has carried out such election influence operations historically, he said, ‘and I hope we keep doing it.’”
The U.S. will no doubt keep meddling in foreign elections. Russia will do the same, just as it did during the Obama administration and years prior.”
It’s worse than “hysteria”. It is, as we said in an earlier post, just disgusting. People are being manipulated into freaking out over Helsinki for nasty, largely domestic partisan reasons. Powerful people KNOW THEY ARE DOING WRONG. It’s truly shameful.
Democrats have joined forces with Republican hawks and neoconservatives to declare Trump “weak” for engaging Russia. One MSNBC pundit said Trump’s NATO criticisms were the president “doing Vladimir Putin’s bidding.” New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait went full Alex Jones when he suggested that Trump may have been a Putin agent since 1987—a Manchurian Candidate-esque spin reminiscent of the original Red Scare. #TraitorTrump even trended on Twitter.
In the midst of this hysteria, Senator Rand Paul was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday whether he thought Trump should demand that Putin acknowledge Russia’s meddling.
“They’re not going to admit it in the same way we’re not going to admit that we were involved in the Ukrainian elections or the Russian election,” Paul replied. “So all countries that can spy do. All countries that want to interfere in elections and have the ability to, they try.” Paul insisted that U.S. and Russian meddling are not “morally equivalent,” but said we must still take into account that both nations do this.
That’s when “Rand Paul” began trending on Twitter.
“Rand Paul is on TV delivering line after line of Kremlin narrative, and it is absolutely stunning to watch,” read one tweet with nearly 5,000 likes. Another tweet, just as popular, said, “Between McConnell hiding election interference and Rand Paul defending it, looks like Russia’s already annexed Kentucky.” A Raw Story headline on Paul’s CNN interview read, “Stunned Jake Tapper explains why NATO exists to a Russia-defending Rand Paul.”
I love how everything to come out of Helsinki from the #oldmedia is either “stunning” or “jaw dropping.” Bull. I watched the presser. The whole thing. There was nothing “stunning” or “jaw dropping” about it. It’s almost as if certain media outlets were working from the same script or something. But we know that couldn’t be true.