CHINA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING ...
Hillary Clinton was on the Maddow TV show last night, and she was on FIRE.
The entire interview is worth watching, but we want to zero in on a really good hypothetical Clinton shared, to illustrate just how BATSHIT it is that the entire Republican Party seems to be OK with hostile foreign powers intervening in American elections, as long as they're intervening on behalf of the Republicans.
What if, instead of Donald Trump standing in public on a stage and saying "RUSSIA IF YOU'RE LISTENING," and asking the Russians to go find Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails (in response to which the Russians attempted to hack Hillary personally that very night!), WHAT IF a Democrat did something like this?
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Imagine that you had one of the Democratic nominees for 2020 on your show. And imagine that person said, "you know, the only other adversary of ours that's anywhere near as good as the Russians is China. So, why should Russia have all the fun? And since Russia is clearly backing Republicans, why don't we ask CHINA to back us? [...]
"And not only that, CHINA IF YOU'RE LISTENING, why don't you get Trump's tax returns? I'm sure our media would richly reward you!"
It's funny because THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT DONALD TRUMP SAID TO RUSSIA ABOUT HER EMAILS. Remember? Of course you do! It was a LODESTAR that guided the way to the impending hell in which we now reside!
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So if after this hypothetical Democratic candidate says this on your show, within hours, all of a sudden, the IRS offices are bombarded with incredibly sophisticated cyber tools looking for Trump's tax returns, and then extracts them, and then passes them to whatever the new WikiLeaks happens to be, and then they start being unraveled and disclosed, nothing wrong with that!
And then she made this face, which is her "HEY I GUESS THAT'S NO BIG DEAL" face. It is a very good face.
I mean, if you're going to let Russia get away with what they did, and are still doing, according to Christopher Wray, [...] so hey, let's have a great power contest! And let's get the Chinese in on the side of somebody else.
Just saying that shows how absurd the situation we find ourselves in.
Hillary would say that, wouldn't she? As if we are dumber than a common Russian uranium and do not realize that Hillary Clinton is A) incognito running for president, and B) LITERALLY JUST ASKED CHINA TO HACK THE IRS AND GET TRUMP'S TAX RETURNS.
LOL, we are kidding. (OR ARE WE? HEY CHINA, IF YOU'RE LISTENING! JUST KIDDING, BUT HI ANYWAY, CHINA! 'SUP!)
Anyway, the point -- which is sort of an obvious point -- is that if Democrats had accepted one-thousandth of a percent of the Russian interference and assistance as Republicans did, the last two years of DEMOCRATIC DEEP STATE WITCH HUNT would look like child's play in comparison to how they'd respond. It's sorta like how if Democrats had pulled that Merrick Garland shit ... holy shit. The point is that "IOKIYAR" is one of the most ancient internet traditions for a reason.
Robert Mueller may not have been able to prove a specific conspiracy between Trump and the Russian government beyond a shadow of a doubt -- though he might have been able to if he had worked longer, or if people like Paul Manafort hadn't deleted their communications on a daily basis. But even aside from all that, a big running question these days has been asking Republicans if they really think this is OK.
Adam Schiff became the most famous person of the internet recently when he started a committee meeting focusing on the mantra, "You might think it's OK that ... but I don't." Senator Mazie Hirono nailed Bill Barr's ass to the wall yesterday, asking him if he thinks it's OK that Trump fired the FBI director to protect himself from an investigation, or ordered his White House counsel to fire the special counsel, and then ordered that same White House counsel to lie about that.
And also yesterday, Senator Chris Coons had to pull teeth to get Bill Barr to admit that if, HYPOTHETICALLY, North Korea offered an American candidate dirt on their opponent, they should probably go the FBI, instead of saying "If it's what you say, I love it!" like Donald Trump Jr. did.
As we said above, Hillary Clinton's entire Maddow appearance is worth your time. They talked about her op-ed, where she prescribed a path forward in dealing with the unique constitutional crisis of Donald Trump, in light of the release of the Mueller Report and everything else we know about Trump, and using our Watergate history as a guidepost. (Or a LODESTAR, if you will.)
And they talked about how we're positioned going into 2020. Robert Mueller seemingly didn't investigate too much regarding Russia's on-the-ground election hacking in 2016 and what they're likely to do in 2020, because he was under the impression the FBI was on that case and would put whatever counter-intel he passed them to good use. But of course, we've found out recently that dearly departed DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wasn't even allowed to talk about protecting our elections in front of President Foreign Agent, because (let's be honest) he doesn't want to protect our elections from hostile foreign interference. He wouldn't have "won" the first time without it.
So ... yeah. Fucked up times!
In summary and in conclusion, it was a good Maddow interview and we bet Hillary Clinton sitting there looking radiant and cracking jokes (and rocking a stunning black ensemble, if we may take a moment of gay personal privilege, yes we may) just really pissed Trump and a lot of Republicans the FUCK off.
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