For close to a year now, candidate Trump and President Trump have denied, denied, and denied when it has come to Russia’s possible meddling in the U.S. election. When evidence was clearly in front of us all, instead of taking a pro-active approach to putting an end to what may be the worst attack on American democracy since 9-11, he deflected and deflated the entire idea that Russia was at all involved.
When 17 intelligence agencies pretty much stated that Russia was behind the 2016 election interference and that it appeared their goal was to harm Clinton and help Trump, instead of attacking Russia, Trump attacked the intelligence agencies. It was almost as if the man was too concerned about his ego to even entertain the idea (at least publicly) that his election win may have actually been attributed to interference in our democracy. He even went as far as to attack Democrats such as Senators Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi because they had been photographed in the past with Putin and/or his associates.
“We should start an immediate investigation into @SenSchumer and his ties to Russia and Putin. A total hypocrite!” he tweeted on May 3, “I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it,” he continued in a second tweet.
On multiple occasions, President-elect Donald Trump and President Donald Trump were briefed by high ranking members of the intelligence community, presenting him with solid evidence that Russia had interfered in our elections. After each and every briefing, Trump tweeted, gave interviews and even held press conferences stating the contrary, or at the very least blowing such claims off, and never once admitting that Russia was the culprit.
It wasn’t until Thursday, in an odd turn of events, that the President began to publicly consider that Russia may have actually been involved.
“By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin. Why didn’t they stop them,” he tweeted.
On Friday things took another turn into the Twilight Zone as Trump continued blaming President Obama for Russia’s interference, this time lashing out at the former President for not taking action.
“Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?”
The ironic thing about all of this is that Trump also knew about Russia’s role well prior to November 8th and has been pushing his administration and fellow Republicans to ease the sanctions Obama put in place to penalize Russia at the end of December. Meanwhile, up until last week, he had been denying, or at least shedding doubt, that it was Russia that was involved. All the while he had been trying to get closer to the country which stabbed our democracy in the heart.
To cap things off, in a series of two tweets yesterday, Trump continued attacking Obama, even going as far as suggesting that the former President did not act on information, in an effort to prevent Clinton’s chances at the Presidency from being damaged.
“Since the Obama Administration was told way before the 2016 Election that the Russians were meddling, why no action? Focus on them, not T! Obama Administration official said they “choked” when it came to acting on Russian meddling of election. They didn’t want to hurt Hillary?”
It now appears, that not only is Trump admitting that Russia did in fact meddle in our election process, but he is blaming Obama, who did in fact act, for not acting. Meanwhile over the last 5 months he has done absolutely everything in his power to aid and abet the Russians. By admitting that the Russians did in fact hack our democracy, he in essence is admitting to aiding and abetting them. The President was clearly warned of what was going on, yet instead of fighting back, putting up protective mechanisms, he deflected attention elsewhere, blamed Democrats for the ‘Hoax” and continued to push his administration to ease the very punishments that Obama placed on Russia right before leaving office. If this is not a clear definition of aiding and abetting, then I don’t know what is.
If Trump really did not believe that Russia was behind the attacks, then his actions could have been justified in a court of law. Trump, however, decided to make it apparent, via these recent Tweets, that not only does he now believe Russia attacked our election, but he thinks President Obama should have done more to prevent the attacks. That’s telling!