The full implications of the Trump-Putin alliance

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We now know for a fact that the government of Russia and Vladimir Putin is blatantly interfering in this year’s presidential election, most notably by hacking into and strategically releasing the emails and computer files of Democratic organizations and campaign officials. There has been no equivalent targeting by Russia of Republican organizations or the Trump campaign.

It’s also easy to see why Putin would take such steps, given that he and Donald Trump share mutual interests.

While Hillary Clinton says that Russian attacks on hospitals and other civilian targets in Syria amount to war crimes that require international investigation and accountability, Trump expresses personal admiration for Putin. He has excused the Russian dictator’s seizure of Crimea, has said economic sanctions against Russia should be reconsidered, has tried to pretend that Putin’s quasi-invasion of Ukraine never took place and has suggested that if Russia invaded NATO allies such as Latvia and Lithuania, the United States under a President Trump might stand by and let it happen. And when words like that are uttered by a major party’s presidential candidate, they dramatically undermine the credibility of the mutual defense provision that is central to NATO’s mission.

Yet when asked in Sunday night’s debate about Russia’s actions, Trump didn’t condemn them; he feigned ignorance:

“I notice, anytime anything wrong happens, they like to say the Russians are — [Clinton] doesn’t know if it’s the Russians doing the hacking. Maybe there is no hacking. But they always blame Russia. And the reason they blame Russia because they think they’re trying to tarnish me with Russia. I know nothing about Russia.”

Yes, he does know something about Russia. The U.S. intelligence community has made it clear in its face-to-face classified briefings for both Trump and Clinton that the evidence of Russian interference is quite conclusive, so Trump’s claim to the contrary has outraged U.S. analysts. As a senior intelligence official told NBC News, “To profess not to know at this point is willful misrepresentation…. both candidates have all the information they need to be crystal clear.”

In addition, in a statement two days before the debate, U.S. officials had formally and publicly accused “Russia’s senior-most officials” — i.e., Putin himself — of authorizing the effort to subvert our democracy:

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations,” the statement said. “These thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the US election process.”

It’s important to note that these conclusions are coming from our career intelligence professionals. Furthermore, Republican chairmen of intelligence committees in both the House and Senate have had access to the evidence and say that they fully accept the conclusion of Russian interference.

So when Trump publicly rejects the findings of the U.S. intelligence community and defends Russia’s innocence, despite being shown the evidence, he is basically welcoming the interference of a hostile foreign power in our affairs in order to further his own personal ambitions.

There’s a word for that.

 

 

 

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gadem
gadem

How did Pence get mixed up with Donald.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@FIGMO2 @StraightNoChaser I am a Bernie voter and in no way would I call for a revolution against the government, some are nut jobs and some are not but in Trump's case I have not seen a sane one yet except Pense.

Birddog1313
Birddog1313

@StraightNoChaser @Nick_Danger I think she has that right - she is just like Trump. Trump thinks, or at least says he thinks, that the election will be stolen from him if he loses.  The idea that most Americans are decent people who do not want someone for President who cozies up to Putin, attacks gold star families, is opposed to the constitutional right of freedom of religion, does not think a Judge can be fair based on his ethnicity, and goes around bragging about grabbing women's private areas, for President is impossible in Trump world.  


This lady is part of Trump world. Undoubtedly she and others like her will feel cheated when they lose by a landslid


Please...can this disgusting election just be over.  Let us pray that Trump crawls back into his computer free office in his Huge Tower to plan the next bankruptcy and never comes back out again.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@Donnie_Pinko 

I've often had a sneaking suspicion of people making targeted posts to 'juice' the discussion down in the AJC 'boiler room' from time to time.

Seems like that would be in violation of CIR's (Center for Investigative Reporting) ethical guidelines.

I've come to believe there are no ethics guiding our media these days. 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Donnie_Pinko per the article... U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is trying to undermine confidence in the integrity of the elections, an especially dangerous maneuver given that Trump has repeatedly warned that the only way he could lose in November is if the elections were “rigged” by government officials or voter fraud.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

Listening to Medved last few evenings, and Hewitt  mornings, they've both acknowledged that the Trump campaign is done, and are trying to convince Republicans to support down-ballot candidates. 

But the callers to both shows continually castigate them for "giving up on Trump." 

Interesting...

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

According to Trump, some people just aren't good for this country.  These include:

Less-attractive women 

Black people 

Muslim People

Disabled people 

Women who complain when he "touches" them 

People of Mexican heritage

People who don't do enough for Donald (like Ryan) 

People who complain when he lies 

Brown people 

Refugees 

Non-white people 

Have I missed anybody? 

How can this hater "unite America"?

forexbomb
forexbomb

@Nick_Danger and you make my point.. How can people this uninformed be allowed to vote...

forexbomb
forexbomb

@Nick_Danger @forexbomb I really don't expect you to understand.. I guess my question to you...  Do you really believe all that gibberish you spouted..?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@forexbomb @Nick_Danger 

I stand by the point that Trump has disparaged a sizeable percentage of Americans, and is unlikely to represent their interests well.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@Nick_Danger @forexbomb Don't believe everything you read or hear..  Nobody is that bad... I mean really.  There are other dynamics working here.. 

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@forexbomb @Nick_Danger You said something different earlier...


forexbomb 47 minutes ago@gadem @forexbomb Right, I am a fool for NOT supporting a pathological LIAR.  A person devoid of any moral decency..  Look past your democratic skew.. Look at the facts.. They are there BOLD and in view of all to see... This is way more important than a black/white, democrat/republican issue.. Hillary is EVIL.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

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days to go......and the average donation, in “dollahs”, that Bernie Sanders received from his supporters 

Also the average price for 3x pound and a half live lobstahs at Market Basket.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Normally I don't mind if my questions go unanswered. Without an answer to this one:

Jay, please do a piece on the reporting from the Newsweek reporter (Kurt Eichenwald)

Who posted that? I thought an online name was required.

jay is my prime suspect. Him or someone in the AJC's inner sanctum. 

honested
honested

@FIGMO2 

Here's to blue posted the article below.

I would like to see some expanded coverage as well.

Maybe FauxNewz will keep it on the front burner till November.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@FIGMO2 @honested 

I've often had a sneaking suspicion of people making targeted posts to 'juice' the discussion down in the AJC 'boiler room' from time to time.

honested
honested

I do wish somebody could resurrect the slobbering old fool, ronald ray gun, and ask him what he thought about a republiklan Presidential Candidate who took talking points and guidance from russians!!!!!


I'm sure he would think it's a wonderful idea, don't you?

gadem
gadem

Donald is burning the Republican party to the ground. I stand by and cheer. Could not happen to a more deserving bunch.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@gadem 

Not gonna bother to defend your claim that Wikileaks documents are doctored?

forexbomb
forexbomb

@gadem Both parties should be burned to the ground.  Both are corrupt to the core.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@rimsky @forexbomb @gadem Whatever the replacement.. We have got to find a way to throw out all the corruption.  Trump is just one man, he has yet to get the chance to instill change.  He may never get the chance, because people vote on emotion,ignorance..  He may be a bigger problem than what we have, although that would be hard to achieve.  We have 40 years of a two party system that is fighting tooth and nail to keep this man out...  you really have to read between the lines and wonder why..  But hey, you have to start somewhere.. If Hillary is somehow elected, just more of the same.. In time it will all implode and force the system to evolve.

gadem
gadem

@forexbomb @rimsky @gadem Donald is a psychopath and a blatant liar. Change can be implemented, but it has to come gradually.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@gadem @forexbomb @rimsky ok, knowing what we ALL can read and find out about Hillary.. Volumes of verifiable data, where she has lied over and over.  Committed crimes, and made a mockery of our Justice system.. We must respectfully agree  to disagree.. Donald may be a lot of things.. But he is not on the same psychopathic level with Hillary. Blatant liar, Hillary defines the word, LIAR.   

gadem
gadem

@forexbomb @gadem @rimsky what crimes, and why is she not in jail? Donald lies and then turns around and lies about what he lied about just before. If that isn't blatant, I don't know what is.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@gadem @forexbomb @rimsky Really.. If it were a snake you would be dead.. I can lead you to the water, but I can't force you to drink.. again, I say, If you or I had done the things she has done.. We would be LOCKED up... Why should there be a law for common people like us, and another set of laws for the elite...? Come on, even a 5th grader can understand the double standard that exists.

honested
honested

jreb "who stole them and made them public doesn't matter, the content is all that matters"...


That the content has been MODIFIED to pretend it says something it doesn't is at the heart of the CONTENT.


Willful ignorance has become the standard of the republiklan party!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

 you LibProgs loved Snowden when his stolen docs came from Wiki,

Where do RWers get their information?  FFS - Snowden didn't leak a damn thing to Wikileaks.  He gave his information to a bunch of reporters, foremost among them Glenn Greenwald, then with The Guardian, currently with The Intercept.

rimsky
rimsky

Give it a break Mr. Pinko.  You have proved to be a RW hack and a mouth piece and an excellent liar.

Anything coming out of you is suspect.

rimsky
rimsky

Your "evidence" that the emails were modified is suspect, to say the VERY least.

Right now anything coming out of wiki/Pooootan is cooked up.

gadem
gadem

@rimsky a normal person would ask, why is Russia/wikileaks so interested in this election? 


If an enemy of mine was providing me information that my wife may be being unfaithful, I would wonder why, and what is his angle. 


apparently deplorables don't ask those questions. Intellectually lazy!

honested
honested

@gadem @rimsky 

Forming a 'reality' that fits the preconceived notion is ALL that matters.