During the third presidential debate in October, Secretary Hillary Clinton told 71.6 million viewers about Russia’s interference with the U.S. election, on Donald Trump’s behalf.
Clinton blasted Trump, “Will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past?”
But the media didn’t seem to care, because Hillary Clinton hadn’t told us about her secret pneumonia for 24 hours and she had those non-criminal emails on a private server like every other Republican who ran for president in 2016 and had also been in an executive branch.
Watch and weep for your country that this most qualified person, the person of whom Putin is most afraid, not only “lost” an election to this Putin puppet, but then had to listen to the media deciding that she was a “flawed” candidate, she with all of her boring knowledge and refusal to bow down to Putin.
Hillary Clinton said, “But you are very clearly quoting from WikiLeaks. And what’s really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans.
They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions. Then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet.
This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government, clearly from Putin himself, in an effort – as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election.
So I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past?
Those are the questions we need answered. We’ve never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.”
There you have it.
Variety reported the final viewership numbers for the third and last debate, which by the way don’t include streaming numbers, “The total across 13 networks, including PBS, Spanish-language channels Univision and Telemundo and Azteca, stands at 71.6 million viewers.”
71.6 million people saw that and yet we have Donald Trump as our President-elect and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who not only created a Constitutional crisis with his unprecedented SCOTUS blockade, but actively worked to hide the fact that Hillary Clinton was right about Russia’s interference from the American voters prior to the election.
There is a sickness afloat and part of that sickness has been to question everything we know to be true in order to justify this election result, which didn’t fit the data or common sense. This is why we had Democrats deciding that they really needed to chase after the Trump voters and accusations that Hillary Clinton dropped her economic message and “it’s the economy, stupid” and suggestions that Hillary Clinton was a flawed candidate, as if Donald Trump were not The Flawed Candidate from Central Casting.
No, the problem is that reality and evidence all pointed to the Russians but instead, too many tried to stuff this election result into a more palatable package. Fact: The Russians interfered in order to help Donald Trump win.
Never question everything you know to be true in order to justify something that makes no sense.
Hillary Clinton was right in October, and she was right because this is a person who is prepared for the office of the presidency. She understood Putin’s motives years ago and she is the person of whom he is more afraid precisely because she doesn’t back down.
“Clinton was a more skeptical voice on the reset,” former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told Politico in July. “She was tougher on the Russians. She pushed back. She was a difficult interlocutor with both [foreign minister Sergei] Lavrov and Putin — and I say that as a compliment.”
We all knew this about Clinton’s relationship with Putin, and we knew he harbored resentment against her because Putin blamed Clinton for 2011 protests accusing Putin of having rigged elections.
It really doesn’t require a psychology degree to see the glaring motive.
Donald Trump is not only no match for Putin; Trump’s childish ego makes him a willing puppet who thinks he’s in charge. If Trump doesn’t know it already, it should be a given that Putin has the goods on Trump and can and will drop them at any time to send a similar warning to Trump: Get in line or else.
Putin tried this with Clinton and she didn’t back down. Like a boss. Like the person who should be President of the United States of America.
Thank the media for hyperventilating about Hillary Clinton’s emails and running with Republican accusations, which proved to be unfounded, and reporting on emails that were hacked and possibly doctored, per Russia’s usual dirty tricks — while pretty much glossing over the fact that Russia was interfering in a U.S. election.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA.
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