Russia turned itself into an opposition research Super PAC and Donald Trump isn’t denying it today.
How could we have known this was happening?
“[Trump] would rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us.” - Hillary Clinton, 3rd presidential debate of 2016
Hillary Clinton tried to make the case in the third presidential debate, but was overwhelmed by two men who practically shouted her off the stage.
Partisan messaging as espionage is a technique long perfected by Soviet, and later Russian intelligence agencies known as “active measures,” and it was used to assist Donald Trump in this year’s election, according to a new CIA report.
But it was obvious to political observers long before today.
She told American voters plainly at the third and final presidential debate about Russia’s blatant interference in this year’s election, but did so in the collegial, high-minded spirit of American politics without directly accusing her opponent or threatening to lock him up as did the demagogue Donald Trump.
Well, Hillary Clinton tried to tell us anyhow.
It was her most direct factual attack on Donald Trump of the 2016 debate cycle.
In the formal communication of American politics, she accused Donald Trump of crossing a red line.
Then Fox News’ first ever presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace cut her off.
Trump took the social cue and began talking loudly and rudely over Clinton while she delivered the facts of the moment, the gravity of the meaning of seventeen intelligence agencies releasing a statement.
The two men might as well have screamed in a high-pitched voice, “Nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah,” at Hillary Clinton at that moment, because for the next 16 seconds it’s a mess of cross talk obscuring the debate as you can see in the video below.
Then, Trump and Wallace piped down and Clinton used the last five seconds the pair of men would allow her, to deliver the line that is - finally - troubling America’s mainstream media today.
But nobody paid a second thought to Clinton’s accurate warning in October, because she was nearly shouted off the stage, at all times, while trying to deliver one of the most important messages of the 2016 campaign:
“He [Trump] would rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence professionals who are sworn to protect us.”
It started with this widely discussed debate moment:
Trump: Putin from everything I see has no respect for this person. [referring to Hillary Clinton on stage]
Clinton: Well, that's because he would rather have a puppet as president of the United States.
Trump: No puppet. You're the puppet.
The Republican nominee’s blatant accusation of Clinton was a classic narcissistic projection and deflection of the real situation - which not a single mainstream media outlet decided to report or really understood.
Hillary Clinton delivered her next words in the icy manner of a world stateswoman, expressing not only the gravity of the situation, but the favoritism and the danger that it represented.
It’s a message that Trump needed to shout down.
Because it is true.
It is pretty clear you won't admit that the Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America. That you encouraged espionage against our people. That you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do. And that you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race. So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17, 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyber attacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin. And they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.
Donald Trump is compromised by Russian influence and availed himself knowingly of their direct help in his electoral college victory.
In July he openly asked them for help!
Hillary Clinton put her finger on the very pulse of what was happening, told the American people, but was immediately cut-off in the largest public forum for discussion.
And our media failed entirely to pick up the gauntlet and fervently investigate Trump’s Russian ties.
Manterruption Prevented Clinton From Making Her Point, Now Our National Security Is Being Threatened
Instead of a clean presentation of Clinton’s point, viewers were treated to this symphony of manterruption. No wonder the American voter is uninformed about Russia’s involvement in this year’s elections:
Wallace: Secretary Clinton-
Clinton: And I think it is time --
Trump: She has no idea whether it is Russia, China or anybody else.
Clinton: I am not quoting myself.
Trump: You have no idea.
Clinton: I am quoting 17, 17 -- do you doubt?
Trump: Our country has no idea.
Clinton: Our military and civilian -
Trump: Yeah, I doubt it, I doubt it.
After Fox’s Wallace completed stopping Hillary Clinton from making an important point about Donald Trump’s un-American abuse of our political system, Trump got to broadcast his lies without much problem.
Apparently, the Fox News host who said before the debate that he didn’t believe in fact checking, also doesn’t believe in an old quotation by the father of authoritarian Communism Vladimir Lenin: “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”
Not only did Wallace fail to stop Trump, or fact check him, Wallace instead asked him to repeat the lie.
Trump: She doesn't like Putin because Putin has outsmarted her at every step of the way.
Wallace: Mr. Trump-
Trump: Excuse me. Putin has outsmarted her in Syria, he’s outsmarted her every step of the way.
Even then, Trump refused to condemn Russian interference in America’s general election, plainly because he was gaining massive assistance by turning the number one policy question of the campaign into Hillary Clinton’s emails and his inner circle knew it.
Wallace: I do get to ask some questions. And I would like to ask you this direct question. The top national security officials of this country do believe that Russia has been behind these hacks. Even if you don't know for sure whether they are, do you condemn any interference by Russia in the American election?
Trump: By Russia or anybody else.
Wallace: Do you condemn their interference?
Trump: Of course I condemn, of course I condemn - I don't know Putin. I have no idea-
Wallace: I'm not asking you that.
Fox’s Chris Wallace did work hard to present a fair debate, but unintentionally helped Donald Trump interrupt Hillary Clinton while she made a key presentation to voters.
Mainstream Media Refused To Believe Video Evidence Of Trump’s Connection To Putin, From The Donald Himself...
To answer Fox’s Wallace, there’s a good reason why Trump answered your question by saying, “I don’t know Putin.”
Because Trump does have a relationship with Putin.
He’s admitted it.
It’s downright shameful that the mainstream news media has lost its compass in 2016, forgetting that there are in fact, certain red lines for which any political candidate crosses and no matter how “objective” the journalist, a line must still be drawn and communicated.
Promoting violence, accepting foreign influence into domestic politics, or political association with America’s homegrown terrorist groups, all of them are major red lines in America’s politics.
But our media decided to stop enforcing those red lines.
Enforcing them by talking about them.
Informing Americans of the serious nature of the threat of foreign influence inside the councils of a man seeking the highest office.
Now, America faces an existential threat by the foreign influence held over the man who would become our President.
The Democratic Coalition found video evidence, indisputable, freely given video evidence.
Watch it below.
MSNBC confirmed Trump’s statement as legitimately offered and recorded.
And that is how democracy dies, when journalists are afraid to tell the truth for fear of the truth being so horrible that a demagogue like Donald Trump can accuse them of bias.
But America’s objective media has set a standard for concluding that fact which is so high, even a video of the candidate himself admitting it, which is confirmed by another mainstream outlet, still is not enough for them to reach a factual conclusion.
Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump was getting assistance from Russia, all of the factual reports said it, but cable TV news and network television news refused to read the memo.
Now we have a President-elect who is defending Putin and slamming the CIA.
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