When it comes to the controversy over whether or not Russia helped Donald Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, every day seems to bring about new information. If you ask me, we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on determining how deep this rabbit hole goes.
One of the most peculiar (and alarming) aspects to this entire controversy has been Trump’s continued defense and/or praise of Russia and its president/dictator Vladimir Putin in the face of mounting evidence that they were behind the hacks of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign. We have a situation where the Russian government specifically set out to corrupt and manipulate a U.S. presidential election to get the results they wanted, and our president-elect couldn’t care less.
I’ve found it interesting that Trump seems to have no problem specifically throwing out China as a possible culprit — or basically anyone else — yet he continues to defiantly refuse to even consider that Russia was behind the whole thing.
It makes absolutely no sense why Trump — someone who’s often spoken negatively about NATO, Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, and Mexico — would clearly be going out of his way to avoid saying a single negative thing about one of the United States’ biggest adversaries: Russia.
Especially when our own security experts have informed officials that there’s more than enough evidence proving that Russia ordered these hacks with the clear intent to influence a U.S. presidential election.
So, the question then becomes: Why does Trump continue to deny the facts?
While there are all sorts of ways this can be spun, when you get right down to it, there’s really only three reasons why Trump refused to acknowledge that Russia was behind these hacks.
1. His Ego: The last thing an self-absorbed, arrogant egomaniac wants to do is admit that he needed help to do something — especially winning the presidency. Despite the fact that around 54 percent of voters cast their vote against him, and he’s going to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by around 3-4 million votes by the time everything is finalized, Trump’s been out there selling his victory as some unprecedented, historical mandate. When the truth is, he’s likely going to go down as the biggest “loser” to ever be elected to the presidency, in an election he won based on around 100k votes spread throughout three states.
He clearly doesn’t want to admit that Russia helped him win because that would make him look weak considering his “victory” was by electoral votes, not some sort of populist mandate.
Furthermore, being that it’s clear these hacked emails hurt Clinton this election, it could very well be argued (and rightfully so) that without them, Trump doesn’t win. Making his admission to Russia’s involvement in all of this even less likely because he would then be admitting that, without the help of Putin, he would have likely gotten crushed by Hillary Clinton.
2. He’s Too Incompetent to Understand the Facts: The underlying issue I’ve seen among many Trump supporters as it relates to this Russian hacking is their inability (or flat-out refusal) to comprehend that, if true, this is a really big deal. However, since Trump and his supporters got what they wanted, they seem okay with a foreign adversary trying to help elect our next president without any thought as to why a country like Russia might have really wanted that to happen.
I can guarantee you had Clinton won with the help of Russian interference, those same people would be going ballistic right now.
But it’s entirely possible that Trump’s incompetence is what’s behind this stubborn refusal to believe the truth. This could be a situation where Trump thinks Putin has a true desire to improve Russia’s relationship with the United States (plus he’s spoken quite highly of “The Donald,” something egomaniacs love), which is why he refuses to acknowledge that a Russian tyrant wanted him as our next president, not to improve relations between the two countries, but because Putin knew he’s incompetent enough to manipulate like a puppet.
And it could also be a situation where Trump’s simply too incompetent to understand that the evidence our security experts have gathered is indisputable, even if the facts aren’t what he wants to be true.
3. Because he may have committed treason in getting elected our next president: If Donald Trump did, in fact, coordinate in some way (either directly or indirectly) with the Russian government to undermine a U.S. presidential election, then that opens the door to a whole load of other questions:
- What was discussed?
- Why was Putin trying to help Trump?
- What’s in this for Trump?
- What deals might have been made between the two in order to facilitate this deal?
- Does Putin have information that he might be planning to use to blackmail Trump, which is why he wanted him elected?
The questions are seemingly endless. If Trump either directly or indirectly coordinated with a foreign government to try to undermine our democracy, while promising things to Russia that aren’t in the best interests of the United States (because it’s clear Putin would never help someone get elected unless it benefitted what he wanted), we could very well be looking at a situation where a president-elect committed outright treason.
If that were the case, it would be one of the biggest scandals in United States history and obviously a reason why Donald Trump has done everything he can to deny that Russia had anything to do with these hacks or helping him get elected.
Again, while I could list a few more reasons why Trump’s refused to admit Russia could be behind all of this, I think these are the three that make the most sense.