Talk to the average Donald Trump supporter and it is news to them that United States intelligence forces concluded years ago that Russia worked mightily during the 2016 campaign to get Trump elected. Just this week we have learned more news in this regard as the the Senate Intelligence Committee says Russia infiltrated at least one election system in each of the 50 states. As noted by the committee in 21 states, the infiltration was significant.
This morning on WGN radio the topic was discussed. Illinois was impacted when Russian hackers successfully penetrating their voter registration database, and accessed up to 200,000 voter registration records. One should be mighty concerned they took voter registration data.
Meanwhile over at the Trump White House one might hear crickets if it not for the narcissistic ramblings. Disdainful of reason, and prepared to allow the nation to be harmed, Trump has never given a speech on Russian involvement in the 2016 election. He can not call attention to the fact he was used by Putin, or honestly address that each state in our nation was targeted by Russian hackers working to elect him.
On the other side of the troubled Trump coin are his supporters who continually prove they are willing to sell the nation out for nothing more than a red hat with a slogan. On issue after issue, and most galling this week given the focus on Russian interference, they have demonstrated a disdainful view of being educated. They would not recognize reason and logic if it came wrapped in a Bud beer can rattling about in the back of a truck. What Trump and his truly addled supporters are not aware of is that election security is an issue of patriotism.
They rant and scream at rallies about America, and those they feel are not American enough. But when asked to show their true colors this collective band of misfits have no concern or knowledge about the need to protect the very integrity of American democracy from Russian interference. That is due to so many in the base of Trump’s support not having any sense of history or civics. The demographics that political scientists are using to understand this current phenomenon are most telling when it comes to levels of education.
What many experts in cybersecurity worry about at 3:00 A.M., when not being able to sleep, is the real threat that Russian hackers will be able to more capably interfere with the 2020 election. This week those fears were underscored when Robert Mueller in his congressional testimony stated that Russia is “absolutely intent on trying to interfere with our elections.”
The news this week about Russia and our elections is another gut punch. Therefore. hearing that Republicans in the senate have twice, in 24 hours this week, blocked the advancement of bills aimed at strengthening election security should almost set your hair on fire. Two of those bills would require campaigns to report to federal authorities any attempts by foreign entities to interfere in US elections, and the third is aimed at protecting from hackers the personal accounts and devices of senators and some staffers.
Clearly partisan measures! Right?
Would you believe that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to personally object to the measures! He labeled them partisan.
Can you imagine President Reagan, upon learning that United States intelligence forces concluded years ago that Russia worked mightily during the 2016 campaign, to not support strong measures to remedy the problem? Can you imagine Reagan allowing a nicotine stained majority leader preventing legislation for election security from Russian interference from moving forward?
What we have in this nation is Trump who has never accepted the intelligence community’s forceful conclusions about Russia’s threat to our democracy. He has instead embraced Putin and even joked with him about Russia’s election meddling. Trump has stated on the record he’d absolutely accept derogatory information from a foreign enemy about a political opponent. Furthermore, he said he would not tell the FBI should it happen.
In 2016 Trump and his supporters were labeled as deplorables. That term was criticized by some conservatives and Trump himself. But, pray tell, what other word. that is family friendly, would this group be called other than deplorables? After watching just this week regarding Russian interference, and how Trump and his ilk have responded, what else could we possibly say about them?
They have shown their colors. And their IQ. (Again.)