According to the NSA, CIA, FBI, our spies, and practically the entirety of our national security network, Vladimir Putin ordered a cyber attack against the United States — more specifically the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign — in a direct attempt to undermine our democracy.
To put that in another way, a foreign enemy attacked the United States — end of story.
I don’t care if it was “just a cyber attack” against a political party and a campaign manager for a presidential candidate, it was an attack apparently ordered by a foreign government against Americans.
For those trying to downplay the significance of this, what if this had been launched against our power grid? What if a cyber attack shut down the power for an entire part of the country or targeted flood gates for a dam protecting thousands of Americans from almost certain death if they were to be unexpectedly opened?
Just because we’re not talking about a physical, tangible attack like a mass shooting or planes flying into a building, that doesn’t mean cyber attacks can’t be extremely dangerous.
That makes the following tweet from Donald Trump not only reprehensible but, in my mind, possibly outright treason:
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Those backing him can spin that tweet however the hell they want to, but make no mistake about it, that is our next president heaping praise on the leader of a country we just levied sanctions against because he ordered an attack against this country.
Again, let me reiterate here, that is the man who’s going to be our next president calling an enemy to the United States, an adversary who ordered an attack against this country, “smart.”
Then there’s this tweet he sent out on New Year’s Eve:
Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don't know what to do. Love!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016
Amazing isn’t it? Here’s a man who defends and praises a Russian dictator who ordered an attack on this country, who then basically calls 54 percent of Americans (literally tens of millions of Americans) his “enemies.”
Could you imagine what Republicans would have said if President Obama had called those who voted against him in 2008 and 2012 his “enemies” – all while praising and defending an actual enemy?
At what time in our country’s history has anything like this ever been allowed by someone who’s about to be our next president? When did it become acceptable for a soon-to-be U.S. president to:
- Bash the U.N.
- Question the usefulness of NATO.
- Say a foreign enemy is stronger than our own president.
- Basically say they believe the word of a serial-killing Russian tyrant more than they do the NSA, CIA, FBI, our spies, and our intelligence community.
- Referred to the majority of Americans — tens of millions of people — as his “enemies” just a couple of days after gushing over the intelligence of a foreign enemy who ordered an attack against this country.
When the hell did that become acceptable? When did it ever become “patriotic” or “American” to side with one of our enemies just because that enemy happened to attack Americans you don’t like? When has it ever been allowed for a president to call those who oppose him his “enemies”?
This was Donald Trump ignoring the overwhelming consensus among our intelligence agencies concerning an attack on this country, instead choosing to believe and praise the enemy who attacked us.
And based on Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution:
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
Well, I think having a president-elect who seems more concerned with cozying up to an enemy who attacked this country constitutes “adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Based on all the evidence we’ve seen thus far, it seems abundantly clear that something is going on between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. And if Putin’s involved — someone who is an enemy to this country — then it damn sure isn’t in the best interests of the United States.
That’s why, in my opinion, this tweet should constitute treason.
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