For a year now, the mainstream press and high-ranking Democrats have been telling the American public that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. President Trump and President Putin beg to differ.
While talking to reporters onboard Air Force Once, President Trump said that he believes Putin’s claim that he did not interfere in the election.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ I think he is very insulted by it, if you want to know the truth. Don’t forget. All he said was he never did that, he didn’t do that. I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country,” President Trump told the media.
American academics have rushed to denounce President Trump for taking President Putin at his word.
“I am disturbed that our president believes a KGB agent and continues to refuse to believe the CIA. I can never remember a time in our history when this was so. I hope Trump’s national security team will be more forceful in convincing the president of the basic facts of Russia’s violation of our sovereignty last year,” said Michael McFaul, a professor of political science at Stanford University.
The comments are despite the fact that no evidence has been produced to show that Russians interfered with America’s “sovereignty” at all in 2016.
While US intelligence claims that Russian hackers were responsible for leaking the DNC emails, WikiLeaks, who published these emails, remains adamant that their source was non-Russian.
Similarly, the hacks themselves are not as much of an attack on American sovereignty as what the emails themselves showed. In fact, one former DNC operative has come forward to say that the leaked emails showed that the DNC was completely controlled by the Clinton campaign.
This means that votes for Bernie Sanders were virtually worthless because the DNC, which relied on Clinton cash in order to keep operations going, had thrown in with Clinton as early as 2015.
The other piece of evidence showing Russian “interference” in 2016 is the fact that Russian hackers purchased thousands of Facebook ads. Many of these ads were pro-Democrat or were at least designed to appeal to Democrat voters.
The reality of this is that Russian hackers did not change a single vote. Therefore their “interference” amounts to the type of propaganda that the US routinely uses in foreign elections around the world.
Russia cannot compete with private actors like George Soros, whose various NGOs have poured millions of dollars into European candidates and pro-migrant causes on the continent.
President Trump expressed that he believes Russian President Vladimir and Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Do you believe that Russia interfered?
While it is naive to believe that Mr. Putin is an honest man, President Trump’s other option is believing an American intelligence apparatus that has conspired against him. It really has come down to a battle between two monumental liars.
The best outcome would be a strengthened US-Russia relationship, which could go a long way toward ending the war in Syria and de-escalating the conflict on the Korean Peninsula.