Russia helped Trump win in November, and the Trump campaign took advantage of it gleefully.
Numerous intelligence agencies have come forward, noting that the cyberattacks executed by Russia throughout the campaign cycle influenced the results of the elections, especially in regards to the various email leaks, which were specifically designed to harm the chances that Clinton would win — and they apparently worked.
So now, even if there’s nothing that’ll stop Trump at this point, we can hammer home how Russia interfered with our election all the same and hopefully history will remember Trump as the president appointed by the Kremlin — providing we have a future to remember us at all.
Although President Obama isn’t letting it end there. During an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep that was filmed on Thursday but aired on Friday, President Obama spoke on the interference, assuring Americans that we were going to take action as a result of it:
I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections … we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.
Throughout the interview, Obama was careful not to endorse the CIA review, all the while noting that there is a “whole range of assessments taking place among the agencies.” He was also careful not to blame the loss of the election on the emails or information leak, although he did say they likely had some impact, simply because of the sheer media coverage.
Obama also noted one huge irony as a result of this whole affair — one that we shouldn’t forget:
“The irony of all this, of course, is that for most of my presidency, there’s been a pretty sizable wing of the Republican Party that has consistently criticized me for not being tough enough on Russia. Some of those folks during the campaign endorsed Donald Trump, despite the fact that a central tenet of his foreign policy was we shouldn’t be so tough on Russia. And that kind of inconsistency I think makes it appear, at least, that their particular position on Russia on any given day depends on what’s politically expedient.”
I’m still sad that he won’t come right out and blame it on what the actual root of it is: racism and bigotry, the two forces that got Trump elected in the first place. Putin, after all, is white. Just like Trump.
Also, Putin is an autocrat. And Republicans need a dictatorial autocrat to make them feel good, safe, and punish people who don’t think or act like them, since that, above all else, is what these damnable cowards live for.