I don’t really want to get into politics here anymore, but I read about a remark from Mitch McConnell just now that made my fists involuntarily clench. McConnell, oddly enough, had warned Obama’s people that any action taken against Russian interference in the 2016 election would be denounced as a partisan political act.
The president recently lashed out at his predecessor, Barack Obama, for not doing anything to stop Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Reports came out that U.S. intelligence agencies briefed Obama on this meddling in the summer of 2016 and that he failed to adequately protect the election from it. Trump blasted Obama with a few harsh tweets, as is his style, dating back to his Birther days.
One reason there was no bipartisan action taken to protect the 2016 election from foreign influence was that Obama was politely but firmly told to fuck himself when he asked GOP lawmakers for their support. Mitch McConnell, a smug man with a face only his mother could resist punching, reportedly told the president no when Obama’s people asked for bipartisan support of an aggressive response to Russian interference in the 2016 election. As the Washington Post reported:
In a secure room in the Capitol used for briefings involving classified information, administration officials broadly laid out the evidence U.S. spy agencies had collected, showing Russia’s role in cyber-intrusions in at least two states and in hacking the emails of the Democratic organizations and individuals.
And they made a case for a united, bipartisan front in response to what one official described as “the threat posed by unprecedented meddling by a foreign power in our election process.”
The Democratic leaders in the room unanimously agreed on the need to take the threat seriously. Republicans, however, were divided, with at least two GOP lawmakers reluctant to accede to the White House requests.
According to several officials, McConnell raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.
Hey, McConnell should know. Just ask Supreme Court justice for life Neil Gorsuch. Like our current president, McConnell is a man who has never been wrong, certainly not on matters of partisan politics.