Russia and the 2016 election

This is, without a doubt, the most politically charged story of 2017 and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere in 2018.

Lets get a couple things out in the open:

  • Russia absolutely attempted to interfere with our election.
  • Russia has absolutely attempted to interfere with our elections in the past.
  • Russia will absolutely attempt to interfere with our elections in the future.

That seems like a decent place to start. If you don’t believe any of those three facts, please educate yourself on Russia and how they meddle in elections all across the globe. Understanding that might allow you to have an educated discussion about the Trump/Russia hysteria.

Now that we have that established, lets concede a few things:

  • The Trump campaign had communication with Russian officials during the election and transition of power.
  • The Obama campaign had communication with Russian officials during the election and transition of power.
  • The Bush campaign had communication with Russian officials during the election and transition of power.
  • The Clinton campaign had communication with Russian officials during the election and transition of power.
  • The Bush campaign had communication with Russian officials during the election and transition of power.

If you think the Trump Campaign was the first campaign in history to have communication with Russian officials during an election, you’re sadly mistaken. I’m not suggesting past elections have been decided by collusion or that past campaign officials should be hauled in front of congress and the FBI and thrown into federal prison. I’m not even suggesting that members of The Trump Campaign have done anything wrong. I’m simply here to say that this is sort of how it goes:

World leaders talk to other world leaders before, during and after political campaigns. They make back room/back door deals all the time. They say things to win favor in “private” that they would never say in “public” (see: Obama to Putin caught on a hot-mic when he said “I’ll have more flexibility after the election”). I’m not saying this is right, but I’m not saying it’s wrong either. I’m just saying this is how things are done in Washington and around the world. If you want that to change moving forward,  make your case, I’m open to that…but make sure you make your case knowing that eventually “your side” is going to be “in power” and they’ll have to answer the same questions The Trump Campaign is being forced to answer right now.

 

WITH THAT BEING SAID.

It would appear that at the very least, members of the Trump campaign have not been forthcoming about their interactions with the Russians (or Russian companies) during the campaign and transition. I’m not sure they have done anything different than their predecessors, but we live in a very partisan news era where that stuff simply will not go unnoticed and they need to be more careful and forthcoming when taking account of their interactions with foreign leaders.

 

Let’s see how this plays out. If there was collusion I want the guilty parties to pay for it. If there wasn’t, I want the countless hours I’ve spent listening to partisan news anchors tell me about Russian collusion back. If you don’t want the exact same thing then you’re part of the problem and I thank you for that. Because without people like you, there would be no reason for a site like this to exist.

 

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