Russia 2.0

“Lawmakers are warned that Russia is meddling to re-elect Trump”. That is the heading of a recently published NY Times article. It doesn’t take a genius to see where this article is going. What we are witnessing is the reincarnation of the Mueller probe, the genesis of the Trump election win in 2016, the source of blame when a look in the mirror won’t suffice. It’s Russian election meddling 2.0.

Before I go down the rabbit hole and act as your guide to deflection rooted conspiracies let us indulge with some deep state spin. What greater source for entertainment than the sanctimonious purveyors of political propaganda, the Gray Old Lady, The New York Times. Here is an excerpt from the February 20, 2020 report.

WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

The day after the Feb. 13 briefing to lawmakers, the president berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place, people familiar with the exchange said. Mr. Trump was particularly irritated that Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the leader of the impeachment proceedings, was at the briefing.

During the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee, Mr. Trump’s allies challenged the conclusions, arguing that he had been tough on Russia and that he had strengthened European security.

Some intelligence officials viewed the briefing as a tactical error, saying the conclusions could have been delivered in a less pointed manner or left out entirely to avoid angering Republicans. The intelligence official who delivered the briefing, Shelby Pierson, is an aide to Mr. Maguire and has a reputation for speaking bluntly.

Though intelligence officials have previously told lawmakers that Russia’s interference campaign was continuing, last week’s briefing included what appeared to be new information: that Russia intended to interfere with the 2020 Democratic primaries as well as the general election.

On Wednesday, the president announced that he was replacing Mr. Maguire with Richard Grenell, the ambassador to Germany and an aggressively vocal Trump supporter. And though some current and former officials speculated that the briefing might have played a role in that move, two administration officials said the timing was coincidental. Mr. Grenell had been in discussions with the administration about taking on new roles, they said, and Mr. Trump had never felt a kinship with Mr. Maguire.

Spokeswomen for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its election security office declined to comment. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A Democratic House Intelligence Committee official called the Feb. 13 briefing an important update about “the integrity of our upcoming elections” and said that members of both parties attended, including Representative Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the committee.

The article goes on and is pretty lengthy. It’s worth a read if you like indulging in fact-based fantasy. Similar to the tabloid’s you read while waiting at the supermarket checkout line. Here’s a paragraph that caught my eye. It speaks volumes to where this story is going and the very nature of the primary results thus far.

Although the intelligence conclusion that Russia is trying to interfere in the 2020 Democratic primaries is new, in the 2019 report of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, there is a reference to Russian desires to help Mr. Sanders in his presidential primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016. The report quoted internal documents from the Internet Research Agency, a troll factory sponsored by Russian intelligence, in an order to its operatives: “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest except for Sanders and Trump — we support them.”

That last sentence summarizes the entire defensive talking point strategies for the DNC. This is after all the NY Times. A paper whose editor hasn’t found a left-leaning anti-Trump report it doesn’t like.

At first glance, you will notice the article is filled with adjectives and assumptions. As if the “sources” were in the room with the president when he had his conversations with senior-level executives. That aside, let’s get to the heart of the spin and break down the political playbook.

Here’s where we are currently.

The Democratic Party is having the 2016 election season déjà vu with Bernie Sanders. Instead of having to contend with the pre-determined first female president of the United States, Sanders has been competing with 23 other candidates. The half a year front runner and all but assured lock to face Trump in November, Joe Biden has struggled to finish in the top five in Iowa and New Hampshire. To say the DNC is having a mini-meltdown would be an understatement.

Speaking of mini, the Trump-branded billionaire latecomer to the party, Michael Bloomberg has bought his way onto the debate stage. Besides having spent over $416 million thus far and then failing to take simple measures to prepare for his disastrous debate performance, Bloomberg’s advertising blitz has produced lackluster results. A recent post-debate poll taken by Axios.com shows him garnering 17% of Democratic primary voter’s support. This places him in third place behind Joe Biden who received 19% support and Bernie Sanders who came in first at 30%.

This should serve as a lesson on vanity and what not to do with close to a half a billion dollars. Before the Las Vegas debate, Bloomberg was positioned to be the DNC’s plan B to an aging former Vice President whose best days are behind him. Maybe it was political rust with not having debated since 2009. Maybe Bloomberg thought his competitors would roll over in a fetal position and not attack him on his record and recent revelations of past statements. Maybe he thought his billionaire status was enough to have everyone else around him give up their political aspirations and say ‘all hail King Mike!’ Either way, he now finds himself with a 35% unfavorable rating amongst Democratic primary voters, 10% higher than prior to the debate. Let the panicking begin.

The timing and release of this article is not a coincidence. The debate happened on February 19th. Bloomberg collapsed after being slaughtered by everyone else on stage and most effectively by Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders is still on top of the leader boards. The very next day Russian conspiracy to rig the elections is recycled only this time to include favoritism for the Independent Socialist Senator from Vermont. Yes, according to the NY Times and Robert Mueller, Putin wants to “Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest except for Sanders and Trump”… because they “support them.” Forgive me if I’m not a little skeptical.

The overwhelming narrative in the media since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election was Russia meddled in favor of Trump. Previous reports of interference in favor of Sanders have been made public but were hardly covered by the press and most certainly did not dominate the headlines as this most recent article has. Ask yourself why?

Bernie Sanders, if the DNC has their way, will never be the face of the Democratic Party. It doesn’t matter that he has millions of die-hard “Bernie Bros” supporting him with small-dollar donations. Bernie represents socialist values. The kind of socialism that is the epitome of government-run everything where no one has to pay unless you’re in the top one percent. College is free and single-payer healthcare rules the day. When he’s asked how much it will all cost, he’s honest and say’s nobody knows.

That’s why the primaries were rigged against him in 2016 and why the media is labeling him in the same category of Russian backed favorites as Trump and Tulsi Gabbard. The DNC knows they cannot control Bernie or Tulsi. They know American voters are not ready for the hard left policies that Bernie favors and that fundamental change will only be tolerated in small doses. 

Moderate voices like Biden and Bloomberg have always been more appealing to the majority of the country. The whole premise behind a political party is to win elections. The king and queen makers behind the scenes see Bernie as a loyal soldier but will never make him their number one. By creating the narrative of Russian collusion in favor of Trump and Sanders, they birth a mea culpa, an acknowledgment of one’s fault or error, in case their efforts to block Bernie from becoming the party’s nominee fails. They still have time to change course and trust me, they will do everything they can to sway public opinion in favor of someone else. If the impossible happens and Bernie is on stage against Trump at the finish line it will be in spite of the DNC’s efforts and not because of it. Either way, they will always have Russia to blame.

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