Russian dictator Vladimir Putin holds one very large annual press conference per year, unlike America’s new
President-elect Puppet-elect Donald Trump who has avoided the press excepting the cocktail circuit. However, Putin’s public statements today suddenly sound almost exactly like Donald Trump’s lies.
In a stunning twist, Putin threw a series of partisan political barbs at the Democratic Party, and mixed them with a blatant deception about our recent elections. Congressional Republicans benefitted from a major hack of the D.C.C.C., which is the Democratic Party’s main congressional fundraising arm. It resulted in targeted Russian leaks in key races for the House this year, which one of Paul Ryan’s Super PACs even turned into TV advertising:
The Kremlin leader pointed out Republicans had won the House and Senate, remarking “Did we do that, too?”
“Democrats are losing on every front and looking for people to blame everywhere,” Putin said in answer to a Russian TV host, one of 1,400 journalists accredited to the marathon session. “They need to learn to lose with dignity.”
Chillingly, Putin channeled his inner-Ted Cruz to hypocritically mock the Democratic Party after his hacking turned our democracy on its head. Then the Russian strongman repeated Trump and the Republican Party’s line about heavy-set people on couches being hackers and finished by crowing about how much he believes in Donald Trump. The Washington Post reports:
On Friday he borrowed from Trump’s dismissal of the accusations, remarking “maybe it was someone lying on the couch who did it.”
“Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him,” Putin said, adding with a grin. “Except for you and me.”
For the record, even the right-wing media company Fox has concluded that Russia was behind the hacks of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, the DNC and D.C.C.C., and not some guy on a couch. The CIA, FBI and 15 other American intelligence agencies have the same conclusion, though perhaps with inside information Putin is indicating that he purchased home furnishings for the hackers, in addition to their salaries in the Russian Army’s GRU.
After he was done fibbing and gloating, Vladimir Putin turned to serious business, specifically instructing Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in plain sight exactly why it is so crucially important for the Kentucky lawmaker and his party to obstruct a bipartisan investigation of Russia by a Select Committee from both Houses, which a growing group of bipartisan Senators demand:
“And it’s not important who did the hacking, it’s important that the information that was revealed was true, that is important,” Putin said
The Senate Majority Leader McConnell, like far too many card-carrying Republicans, swears an oath of allegiance to both the GOP’s partisan gain and his Dear Leader Donald Trump, and Russia and its dictator Vladimir Putin, but most importantly to unending greed.
There’s far too much to gain by supporting Putin for someone like Sen. McConnell, whose wife will get a plum cabinet-level job and control over the industry regulating her own family business -even after she abused her prior government job illegally for partisan purposes.
That’s probably why Senator McConnell quashed the full release of information about the Russian hacks during the campaign, he’s been trying to sweep what some call a “digital Pearl Harbor” under the rug with a secret Senate investigation by its Intelligence Committee, instead of a fully public report.
If you believe it’s just a “hyperpartisan”* issue seeking to Investigate Russia’s cyber-crimes to bring them to justice and send a message to others who might do the same, then you are part of the problem facing the United States.
In America, solving crimes used to be the law, which ya know, us taxpayers pay generously to have enforced by agencies like the FBI. In Ameria, all members of government – including politicians, FBI agents, Senators and even the President – used to swear an oath to defend the United States Constitution and this great nation from all enemies foreign and domestic.
Now, our Congress works hard all through the holidays to stall national security investigations while awaiting guidance from Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference about why it’s best not to pursue an investigation into the most public thefts of our entire lifetimes since the Watergate break-in derailed Republican President Richard Nixon in 1974.
Will history repeat itself here and punish the criminals? If the system works: yes.
Author’s note: Hyperpartisan is an undefined word invented by corporate media to describe independent media outlets.
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, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition