The word “treason” shouldn’t be used lightly considering what committing treason actually entails. That being said, I feel like we’ve reached a point where we really need to start discussing this term as it relates to Donald Trump and a good chunk of the Republican party, because a lot of their reactions to this Russian hacking scandal simply don’t make any sense.
Donald Trump is someone who’s never shied away from attacking anyone or anything. Throughout his campaign (and even after his victory) he’s criticized NATO, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, China, and even our own generals. Now he’s going after our intelligence community, specifically the CIA, not because he actually has any facts to disprove their findings concerning Russia being behind the hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign — but because what they’re saying isn’t what he wants to hear.
Throughout his campaign, Trump hasn’t just defended Russia and Vladimir Putin, he’s often praised them both.
It would also be foolish to overlook the rather extensive list of individuals with which he’s surrounded himself who have links to Russia. Including his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, someone who abruptly resigned from that position within hours of the release of an Associated Press report that linked him to pro-Russian groups working to weaken U.S. influence in Europe. Now he’s apparently going to nominate Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, a man who has close ties to Putin and Russia.
You add all of that up (plus more, actually), along with the obvious reality that Wikileaks was releasing these hacked documents given to them by Russia in a blatant attempt to influence our presidential election to help Trump, and I feel there are more than enough red flags linked to our president-elect to warrant a thorough investigation. Especially as more information surfaces proving that Russia did, in fact, target an American political organization and presidential campaign in a calculated cyber attack to influence a U.S. presidential election.
Yet despite this growing mountain of evidence proving that Russia was behind all of this, Trump has been extremely defiant, refusing to even entertain the idea that any of this is true.
That makes absolutely no sense. What Trump’s saying right now — our next president, by the way — is that he trusts Putin more than he does U.S. national security experts.
Just let that sink in for a moment.
Then, on Monday, former ambassador John Bolton suggested that these hacks might have been a “false flag” orchestrated by the Obama administration. Because, you know, it’s sane and rational to believe that President Obama would have worked against Clinton to help elect a man who he absolutely loathes.
Furthermore, president-elect Trump also abruptly cancelled a planned press conference in what seems like a clear attempt to avoid taking questions about this scandal. As of now the “date” being given for when he’ll hold this press conference is January, though something tells me it’ll be after he’s sworn in.
But it’s not just Trump who’s acting very suspicious about all of this — the Republican party is, as well. I’ve not seen a great deal of urgency by congressional Republicans to look into the possibility that an enemy of the United States might have helped undermine our democracy. Sure, a few have publicly called for an investigation, but the majority of the party still seems rather disinterested in actually doing that.
This is the party that spent years on pointless “investigations” about the Benghazi attack, then vowed to spend years investigating Clinton’s emails had she won. However, now that same party seems, at best, very indifferent about looking into intelligence concerning a possible cyber attack the Russian government carried out against an American political party and presidential campaign in a blatant effort to manipulate a U.S. election.
Which is why I feel that we need to investigate more than just Trump — we should include any member of the GOP who’s in a position to do something about this, yet refuses to do so. Not only does Trump’s behavior seem to imply that he’s hiding something, but the resistance by many members of the GOP to investigate a possible Russian cyber attack against the United States tells me that they’re:
- Either refusing to do their sworn duty to protect this country from enemies both foreign and domestic, putting party and their political careers over the best interests of this country, in an effort to help put a man into the White House who could have possibly betrayed the United States. – or –
- They know that if they open an investigation into all of this, what would be discovered would be an absolute disaster for their party. That would clearly implicate them as possible accomplices to treason for knowing Trump had potentially done something that would disqualify him from the White House, yet they did everything they could to protect him. Once again, putting party over country.
The way I look at it is this: If Donald Trump’s so confident that Russia wasn’t behind these hacks, and Republicans aren’t worried about what they may find, then why is our president-elect going out of his way to defend the Russian government and why are many members of the GOP doing just about everything they can to avoid investigating any of this?
We’re not dealing with a typical “political scandal” we’ve seen get brought up during almost every administration. If even some of these allegations turn out to be true, this has the potential to be far bigger than Watergate.
This is a situation where the most pro-Russian presidential candidate in our nation’s history, an individual who’s surrounded himself with quite a few people who just happen to have ties to Russia, clearly benefitted from a cyber attack that was carried out against his political opponent. An attack that many experts say was orchestrated by the Russian government in an attempt to influence our election to help elect the candidate Vladimir Putin wanted to win. The same candidate who’s not only gone out of his way to defend Russia against practically any and all criticism, but has praised its leader on several occasions. The same person who’s now aggressively bashing our own intelligence officials, while continuing to defend a foreign government and its leader who likely ordered a cyber attack against the United States.
We’ve never seen anything like this.
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