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? 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. Just watch the video below and you’ll see that it took two men on the debate stage to effectively shout down the Democratic nominee, but her haunting conclusion you can rely upon:
“[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 told American voters plainly at the third and final presidential debate about Russia’s blatant interference in this year’s election but she 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. It was her most direct factual attack on Donald Trump of the 2016 debate cycle. She accused Donald Trump of crossing a red line. Then Fox News’ first ever presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace cut her off.
Partisan messaging as espionage is a technique long perfected by Soviet, and later Putinist 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 that Putin has been using propaganda to interfere in America’s election and only to attack longtime rival Hillary Clinton who famously spoke the truth about the Russian dictator, and who is vehemently against Trump’s appeasement plans.
Trump took the opening and began talking loudly and rudely over Clinton while she delivered the facts of the moment, the gravity of invoking seventeen intelligence agencies releasing a statement overwhelmed by the blustered denials of a guilty man. 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 because it’s a message that Trump needed to shout down, because it was true then as it is today.
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. After all, 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.
Watch it here:
Hillary dropped this exact same info about Russia in front of 66 million viewers in October. But I guess no one listened because… emails pic.twitter.com/HCe7oqfknv
— Ess (@ScottyLiterati) December 10, 2016
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.