Washington Post: How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked
President Trump continues to reject the evidence that Russia supported his run for the White House as part of an unprecedented assault on a pillar of U.S. democracy.
We should all be horrified by the national reaction to Russia successfully damaging the US election process.
Michael Hayden, the CIA director under George W. Bush, has called Russian interference the “political equivalent of 9/11″. What happened in 2016 is an existential crisis for America, a fear that, unless we do something, elections will be continually tainted by cyberwar.
America is doing nothing about this. Nothing. There are sanctions against Russia, sure, but the President refuses to acknowledge that Russian interference happened. Why? Some say it’s because he colluded with Russia to direct the interference. And maybe that’s true. Who knows? There was certainly quite a bit of dialogue between Trump’s team and the Russians during and after the election. It’s possible. But, at the very least, we know that Trump’s vanity has made it impossible to even discuss Russian interference. He wants to believe that the election victory was entirely of his doing, that he had the charisma and raw power to be victorious of his own accord. And the notion of Russian interference makes him feel insecure.
Even more unnerving is the intelligence community placating him, feeding his insecurity. Russia isn’t brought up during the PBD, for fear that it will derail the briefing. How insane is that? The President cannot handle hearing about Russia because those that work for him are afraid that it will rile him up for the day.
Trump, for whatever reason, is enamored with Russia and Putin, to an extent that is peculiar, unexplainable, and alarming. And while we try to figure out what is going on, America is only getting weaker and weaker.