In a rather stunning, though not-at-all unexpected move, on Friday it was revealed that special counselor Robert Mueller issued indictments for 13 Russians and three Russia-backed agencies for being part of a deliberate and calculated cyber attack against this country during the 2016 election.
This news, of course, completely debunks the commonly-used talking point from Donald Trump, his supporters, and the conservative media that the Russia investigation is “fake news” and all a “hoax.”
Well, it didn’t take long after this news broke for Trump to address it on Twitter:
Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018
Ignoring the fact that this buffoon seems to believe that constantly saying “no collusion!” is somehow credible evidence that his campaign didn’t coordinate with Russians, I’d like to point out that Mueller’s indictments add even more evidence to the fact that the Russian government attacked the United States of America — and the current “president” spent his time trying to make himself look better, not issuing a single negative comment directed toward the enemy that attacked us.
This goes along with this White House’s decision to not enforce sanctions that were overwhelmingly passed by Congress (517-5) meant to punish Russia for the cyber attack they launched against the 2016 election.
And, actually, further proving how not-at-all credible anything he says is, Mueller’s indictment specifically says that the Russian interference was meant to boost Trump’s campaign and hurt Hillary Clinton. Therefore, while it doesn’t say the Russians directly impacted the results (as in changing votes or rigging machines) it’s clear that this calculated attack against our democracy, especially based upon how often Trump’s campaign specifically mentioned the information that was stolen by the Russians against Clinton, did, in fact, “impact the results of the election.”
I have absolutely no doubt that without this multifaceted Russian cyber attack, Hillary Clinton would have cruised to an easy victory over Trump. As I’ve asked many Trump supporters before, if Russia’s cyber attack didn’t help Trump, then why did he constantly reference the information published via Russia’s hacking to attack Clinton? Furthermore, why did many top campaign officials and surrogates join with Russians in repeatedly amplifying fake news against Clinton on social media?
Last I checked, politicians don’t typically levy attacks against political opponents that they don’t think help their chances of winning. Meaning that, without the information stolen by the Russians and the overwhelming impact of fake news being spread and amplified even by his own campaign, Trump wouldn’t have had many of the key attacks he used against Clinton during the election that he clearly felt would help his chances of winning.
Ipso facto, Russia helped Trump win.
Now, instead of condemning an enemy following more evidence that they launched a cyber attack against us, Trump made his response about himself and protecting his own ego from those who’ve rightfully suggested that without help from Russia he would have never won.