As much as I’d like to have respect for most Republican voters, it’s incredibly difficult based upon what I see from so many of them.
For instance, the renewed push to scandalize the Obama administration approving a deal that allowed Russia to buy Canadian-based company Uranium One in 2010. The reason the previous administration had to approve the deal was because Uranium One owned mines in the United States, therefore requiring approval by our government as well as the Canadian government.
Obviously the reason why Donald Trump, Republicans, and the conservative media are pushing this so heavily is to distract from the on-going investigation into whether or not Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia. The renewed interest in this story sprung up recently after The Hill published an article exposing that during the time this deal took place, the FBI was investigating Russia for trying to compromise U.S. contractors with bribes, kickbacks, and extortion schemes. The obvious implication by the right being that Clinton knew about all of this, accepted the bribes, and helped push through the deal.
The problem for Republicans is the fact that none of that makes any sense.
As I pointed out before, the State Department was just one of nine agencies that needed to sign off on this deal. Therefore, even if she took some sort of bribes or was influenced by Russia trying to secure this deal, she didn’t have the power to unilaterally approve the deal in the first place.
Furthermore, based on that same report from The Hill, it says the FBI kept the government and Congress mostly in the dark about their investigation, continuing to investigate matters for nearly more four years. Even former Republican congressman Mike Rodgers, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee at the time, said he didn’t know anything about the investigation. Former assistant FBI director Ronald Hosko has also said that he wasn’t briefed about the case.
There’s also the matter that, since Russia can’t export any of the uranium mined within the United States after their purchase of Uranium One, the claim by many on the right, Trump included, that Obama and Clinton gave “20 percent of the country’s uranium to Russia” also isn’t remotely accurate. That’s simply them fear-mongering and pushing misinformation to distract their followers while working them up into a frenzy.
However, for a moment, let’s ignore the facts of this case that easily debunk all the lies Trump, the GOP, and Fox News are pushing on their followers. Let’s just use a little common sense to explain why these ridiculous claims that “the Clinton/uranium scandal is the real Russian collusion story” don’t make any sense.
Based on the propaganda being pushed by the right, their “logic” seems to be that the Clintons are so evil, treasonous, and corrupt that they took bribes and kickbacks to help Vladimir Putin secure a deal for a Canadian-based company with mines in the United States so that he could acquire 20 percent of our uranium. Then, after helping the Russian president secure the deal — just a few years later — he proceeded to order a sophisticated cyber attack against Hillary Clinton’s political party and her campaign aimed at keeping her from becoming president.
Yeah, because that makes sense.
So, if she were so corruptible and close to Russia, as Trump and many on the right are insinuating by claiming that this is the “real Russian collusion story,” then why would Putin have worked so hard to ensure she didn’t become president?
If Clinton’s really this unethical and shady person who would sell her own country out for a little money thrown at her foundation and her husband for a speech, wouldn’t that make her the exact type of president a corrupt tyrant like Putin would have wanted in charge of the United States?
Of course, we all know that’s not what happened. Vladimir Putin did just about everything he could to make sure Clinton was not this nation’s next president, which makes these suggestions by the right that she was colluding with Russia completely ridiculous.