Republicans Don’t Want to Stop Russia’s Meddling in Our Elections Because it Benefits Them

Let’s face it, we have a good portion of the Republican party that couldn’t care less if Russia is trying to interfere in our elections, create chaos in this country, and undermine our democracy. While I’m sure there are still some who place more emphasis on putting the best interests of this country over their political party, the GOP’s embrace (and defense) of Trump proves that most of them place more loyalty with their political party than their country.

To make matters worse, most of Trump’s supporters couldn’t care less if he colluded with Russia, either. As sad and disheartening as it is to think about, there are tens of millions of people in this country who would be perfectly fine with Trump stating publicly that he colluded with the Russian government to undermine the 2016 election.

Sure, there would be legal ramifications, and that sort of announcement would probably lead to him being removed from office (though I’m still not entirely confident about that considering how spineless most Republicans are), but that wouldn’t negate the fact that the vast majority of his supporters wouldn’t care and would still believe he should be “president.”

That’s exactly why there’s not a huge push from Republicans to not only respond to Russia for interfering in the 2016 election, but to do anything to prevent them from doing the very same thing during the 2018 midterms.

Why would they want to stop Russian meddling? They’re the ones benefiting from it!

We’ve already seen numerous examples all across this country where Republicans are actively trying to rig elections through vote-suppressing voter ID laws, pushing absurd claims of “rampant voter fraud” (despite there not being any evidence to support those claims), and gerrymandering.

Time after time, Republicans have proven that they couldn’t care less about being ethical, moral, or even Constitutional — just as long as they win.

While I don’t think Vladimir Putin is a huge fan of the Republican party, and I certainly know he doesn’t want to see the United States prosper, he is well aware that the GOP is his “best bet” to weaken this country, divide Americans, and get what he wants. He knows conservative voters are more sheepish in their thinking and tribal in how they view facts and reality (that is, “facts and reality” for most of them change based on who’s in charge), and their politicians are more dishonest and corrupt, so if he’s going to try to undermine our elections hoping to bring this country down, Republicans being in charge is the best way to go about doing that.

Keep in mind that there’s still a very real possibility that Trump colluded with Russia during his campaign. So there’s really not going to be a big push from him to do anything to punish Russia, or prevent them from future meddling — because he knows they’re helping him.

As I’ve said numerous times before, the only thing Trump cares about is himself and doing what he feels is in his best interests. Whether or not those interests coincide with the nation’s well-being is seemingly irrelevant to both Trump and the Republican party as a whole.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and if you want to help me keep fighting political ignorance please head over to my Patreon page as well.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.