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President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff admitted that Russia was behind last year’s hacking and leaking of internal emails from top officials at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, Reince Priebus acknowledged that Trump “accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia,” but argued that the DNC should be criticized for not taking cyber security more seriously.
“I think he accepts the findings, Chris,” Priebus said of Trump. “But here’s the thing that everyone needs to understand. When this whole thing started, it started from the Russians 50 years ago. In other words, this is something that’s been going on in our elections for many, many years. The Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians — it happens, every election period.”
Trump and Priebus have evidently resolved their differences. Reince Priebus previously was reported to be “furious” with Trump. Priebus was previously livid with Trump over his remarks toward the parents of the soldier, a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in the Iraq war. Priebus was also reported to have been livid over Trump’s refusal to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator John McCain.
Priebus was reported to “ feel like a fool,” as a result of ever trusting Trump.
Priebus feelt “burned” by Trump’s string of self-inflicted wounds and his refusal to observe basic decorum by giving Ryan his support. Now that Trump is President-elect, it seems that Priebus is willing to defend anything Trump says or does. How could any American defend the hacking of information to impact an election by a foreign government by saying that the opposing party had known about hacking in the past and failed to try harder to stop it. It’s like saying that when Russia launches a nuclear weapon, it’s not ideal but Obama knew they had nuclear weapons and didn’t go to war with Russia to force them to relinquish their nuclear arsenal. An attack on the American election system is never O.K. The day we stop fighting to put an end to Russian interference with our elections is the day that we turn over control of our country to Russia….Oh wait, we already did that!
Michael Jackson reminded us that if you want to change the world, you have to start by looking in the mirror. The clear message is that we all have the ability to make the world a better place, by beginning with ourselves. However the video that accompanied this powerful song conveyed an additional meaning. Images of the KKK and MLKing Jr. conveyed the need to address the discrimination that still exists today. Donald Trump’s bigotry is only one of many defects in his character. People around the country demonstrated yesterday as the electoral college cast their votes for Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. Protesters turned out in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Utah and Texas. However they were not successful in changing the vote of electors to make a difference.
The question now is what the Democrats will focus their efforts on to limit the destructiveness of a Trump Presidency. Progressives will be forced to decide how much money and attention to devote to Mr. Trump’s cabinet, his White House appointments, his pick to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court, his financial conflicts of interest, his stated plan to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act, and address any unexpected foreign or domestic crises that may arise.
Gara LaMarche, the president of the Democracy Alliance explained:
“In terms of needing to fight Trump and get back on track in the states, the left is unified,” …“the harder question is how you fight intelligently and strategically when every house is burning down.”
The House and Senate must vote to confirm the electoral college vote. That will happen on January 6, 2017. That means we have 16 days to make Congress aware of the tragedy of a Donald Trump presidency.
Donald Trump ASKED Russia to intervene in the 2016 Presidential Election.
His request was so outrageous that Trevor Noah of Comedy Central dedicated an entire segment to it on his show:
Almost 2 million people have watched this clip of the Comedy Central video of Jul y 27, 2016 regarding Trump’s “Shady Ties to Russia.” Now the CIA had concluded that Russia intervened in the election to help Trump win! It was more than an effort to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system. Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman.
“It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. “That’s the consensus view.”
The Obama administration has been debating for months how to respond to the alleged Russian intrusions, with White House officials concerned about escalating tensions with Moscow and being accused of trying to boost Clinton’s campaign.
Even some Republicans consider Russian interference with our elections to be dangerous, and worth investigating. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said this:
Maybe that’s the reason the Trump sought her endorsement?