But hey, let’s invite Vladimir Putin to the White House.
Courtesy of the Daily Beast:
The Russian intelligence agency behind the 2016 election cyberattacks targeted Sen. Claire McCaskill as she began her 2018 re-election campaign in earnest, a Daily Beast forensic analysis reveals. That makes the Missouri Democrat the first identified target of the Kremlin’s 2018 election interference.
McCaskill, who has been highly critical of Russia over the years, is widely considered to be among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats facing re-election this year as Republicans hope to hold their slim majority in the Senate. In 2016, President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by almost 20 points in the senator’s home state of Missouri.
There’s no evidence to suggest that this attempt to lure McCaskill staffers was successful. The precise purpose of the approach was also unclear.
“Russia continues to engage in cyber warfare against our democracy. I will continue to speak out and press to hold them accountable,” McCaskill said. “While this attack was not successful, it is outrageous that they think they can get away with this. I will not be intimidated. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Putin is a thug and a bully.”
Keep in mind that the Republicans have repeatedly rejected funding to strengthen election systems against foreign hackers.
And why wouldn’t they? After all, they are the ones most likely to benefit from foreign interference.
While we are on the topic of Russian interference I think it might be important to share this article from The Root that makes the allegation that there is proof the Russians actually changed votes in 2016:
U.S. officials will admit that Vladimir Putin interfered with the 2016 election. They don’t specifically deny that Russian operatives altered votes. They will only say they cannot confirm that fact. They will say that there is no conclusive evidence to support it.
That is simply not true.
When one dissects the publicly available information on Putin’s state-sanctioned campaign to elect Donald Trump, the same evidence that supports the intelligence community’s assertion that Russia wanted to elect Donald Trump also points to the inescapable fact Russian actors most likely changed votes.
Before you dismiss this premise entirely I suggest you read the entire article as it lays out some very compelling evidence.
It also supports my assertion that Donald Trump is NOT our duly elected leader, but rather a Kremlin installed Manchurian Candidate put in place to destroy America from within.
And if they get their way the Russians will undermine every Democratic candidate running for office in order to maintain a Republican majority that will protect Donald Trump from justice.
Count on it.