During an interview on Face The Nation, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said what the majority of America was thinking when he reacted to the president-elect’s dismissal of Russian election hacking by saying that Trump makes no sense.
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: Well, I think, when you have the intelligence agencies saying that that happened, when you have John McCain, when you have Democrats, when you have a bipartisan effort saying that we need an investigation, because this is very serious stuff, I think we go forward.
But I don’t want to go backwards. I think we have got to go forward. We have got to take a hard look at the role that the Russians played in this election process. We will see where the investigation goes.
But for Donald Trump to summarily dismiss all of this makes no sense to me at all.
Sanders also gave an answer to a follow-up question that suggested that the Russia election meddling story is not going to go away, “And once we get the facts, I think we go forward. But the word has got to go out to Russia, any other country on Earth, that we are going to protect our democracy, that cyber-security is very, very dangerous stuff, and we will not tolerate other countries interfering in the democratic process in this country.”
Trump’s dismissal of bipartisan concerns about Russia meddling in the presidential election made absolutely no sense. Trump tried to claim during an interview on Fox News Sunday that it wasn’t the intelligence community, but Democrats who were spreading the story that Russia meddled in the election as an excuse for losing.
The problem is that the assessment came from the CIA, not the Democratic Party and seventeen other intelligence agencies have also concluded that Russia interfered in the election. Sen. Sanders was right. Trump’s answer made no sense, and his denial should make it clear to every US Senator that a bipartisan investigation must be done into potential Russian interference with a US presidential election
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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