If You’re Still Calling the Russia Investigations “FAKE NEWS!,” Here’s What You’re Really Saying

For the sake of this article, I’m ignoring politics, partisan beliefs, or anything of that nature. As I recently wrote, my opposition of Donald Trump ceased being about politics long ago.

The bottom line is this: if you still support Trump and consider the Russia investigations nothing but “FAKE NEWS!,” then you’re basically admitting you’re a traitor to the United States.

Whether or not Trump or his supporters want to believe the truth, or even if they don’t care, Russia was behind the hacks against the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

That is a fact — end of story.

To put it bluntly, a foreign enemy attacked the United States using sophisticated cyber weaponry aimed at undermining the credibility of our election, and in turn, our democracy.

I don’t give a damn who or what party benefited from it, as Americans, we should all be against foreign adversaries attacking us, in any way. Whether we call ourselves Democrats, Republicans, or whatever other label anyone might want to use, before anything else, we should all be Americans.

For the sake of argument, let’s even say Trump’s campaign didn’t collude with the Russian government.

Guess what? At this point, that doesn’t matter.

This is no longer just about possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during last year’s election (though that’s clearly still a huge issue that needs to be fully investigated). This is about a so-called “president” and his reaction to the news that the country of which he’s supposedly the leader was attacked by a foreign enemy.

When it comes to that, in my opinion, Trump and those who support him have betrayed this nation. This current “president” has defended and praised an enemy, attacked the credibility of our own intelligence agencies, and has empowered more attacks against us by dismissing the severity of such action, mostly because he benefited from them.

In other words, Trump and the Republican party’s message to the rest of the world is this: Any enemy is free to attack the United States as long as Republicans benefit from it.

We currently have a “president” who, on foreign soil, blatantly casted doubt on the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies, trashed the American media, and criticized a former U.S. president in Barack Obama — yet wouldn’t say a single negative word about Russia or Vladimir Putin.

In fact, Trump never does.

A few months back, when Trump sat down for an interview with Bill O’Reilly, when the former Fox News host brought up the fact that Putin was a terrible person who’s had journalists killed, instead of condemning such disgusting behavior, Trump essentially said the United States was no better.

While many of Trump’s supporters might be ill-informed folks who don’t know any better, most of the elected Republicans in this country are not. These individuals know that Russia was behind last year’s cyber attack and that Putin can’t be trusted — yet they continue to support Trump anyway.

Which means, despite the fact that they know Trump’s public attacks against our own intelligence agencies are weakening this country, all while he often praises and defends an enemy that attacked us, they continue to sit back and support him.

It’s clear Trump’s loyalties don’t lie with the United States or defending Americans. He’s had no problem lashing out at former presidents, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, his own Justice Department, Congress, and the media — but the one person he won’t say a single negative word about is the same person who ordered an attack against this country.

By doing so, he’s emboldening them to do it again.

Why wouldn’t Russia launch attacks against future U.S. elections? As long as Trump’s in office, and Republicans are too spineless to stand up to him, why wouldn’t they try to influence and undermine our democracy?

Now we have a new report that’s exposed the fact that Trump’s oldest son, son-in-law, and then-campaign manager met with a Kremlin-backed lawyer on June 9th under the guise of getting dirt on Hillary Clinton. How is that not cooperating with an enemy to obtain information that could have been part of the cyber attack against the DNC or John Podesta hoping to influence a U.S. presidential election?

What’s even more scary is, if Trump did possibly collude with Russia, then why wouldn’t he do whatever he could to help Putin do it again? You know, like ordering a “voting commission” assembled that would then put pressure on all 50 states to turn over private voting information to Trump’s administration?

Let me repeat, this has nothing to do with politics. This is about basic patriotism and standing up for my country against an enemy and a man who shows more loyalty toward that enemy than to the United States.

Right now, we have a “president” who continues to undermine the credibility of U.S. intelligence agencies, as well as our own media for reporting on facts concerning an attack against us, simply because they dared to call Russia out for being the culprit behind it.

I’m sorry, but when you support someone who would rather criticize American intelligence agencies, weakening our standing in the world, actions that only encourage further attacks against this country, all while defending an enemy that attacked us and screaming “FAKE NEWS!” at anything he doesn’t like — in my book, that’s no better than being a traitor to your country.

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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.


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