WH: Earlier today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, which began in 2014 before the President declared his candidacy.
PQ: There are a number of actual facts in this sentence. They almost get all the way to the end without any lying, spin or obfuscation — but, alas, their habitual mendacity rears its head. The fact the covert ops began in 2014, they clearly imply, means they cannot have been designed to help Trump.
This represents a wilful misinterpretation of what this timeline shows. For one thing, the troll farms cranked into operation after Trump hosted Miss Universe in Moscow, when he rubbed shoulders with a rogue’s gallery of oligarchs and Putin loyalists. At the time, it was widely known Trump was angling for a White House run.
More importantly, consider this: as laid out in the charges announced today, the Kremlin strategy was to sow discord in the US political system. It naturally morphed into a pro Trump effort given that his victory would achieve just that.
Simply put, sowing discord was the strategy; backing Trump was a tactic the service of that strategy. This proves nothing and exonerates no-one.
WH: President Donald J. Trump has been fully briefed...
PQ: Hold on: given he has the attention span and command of detail of an easily distracted toddler, Trump is incapable of being “fully briefed” on any subject other than “Mr Trump’s Awesomeness”.
WH: ...in this matter and is glad to see the Special Counsel’s investigation further indicates — that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.
PQ: This is flagrant dishonesty. The indictments are silent on the broader question of collusion, and whether or not the election result was affected is not a subject for Mueller to concern himself with. Let the political scientists work that one out. Not being named in a single indictment (of many to come) exonerates nobody. In fact, they don’t even touch on the DNC hack, a far more impactful event than social media trolling, and it’s the Wikileaks nexus where the Trump mob have always been most vulnerable. This indictment narrowly focuses on the Kremlin’s psyops/info warfare strategy, quite seperate from the hack of Clinton’s emails and the DNC. That is to come. Oh, and don’t forget obstruction (it’s in plain sight) and money laundering (it’s Trump, after all). .
The most relevant thing is that Russia tried to throw the election to Trump, and, ever since it came to light, Trump spent every waking minute calling it “fake news”, a “witch hunt” and a “hoax”. Instead of, say, accepting the unanimous assessment of in the intel agencies — who HAVE been vindicated in full by this set of charges — and defending US democracy against Russia’s hostile incursion.
WH: President Trump says, “it is more important than ever before to come together as Americans. We cannot allow those seeking to sow confusion, discord, and rancor to be successful. It’s time we stop the outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories...
PQ: Are you kidding me? Trump only knows how to “sow confusion, discord, and rancor”; his entire playbook is “outlandish partisan attacks, wild and false allegations, and far-fetched theories,” Think birtherism, Central Park Five, attacks on black athletes, Hispanic judges, the African American widow of a fallen soldier, and his tacit endorsement of neo-Nazis as “very fine people”. The brazen audacity of whoever wrote these words takes my breath away.
WH: ...which only serve to further the agendas of bad actors, like Russia, and do nothing to protect the principles of our institutions. We must unite as Americans to protect the integrity of our democracy and our elections.”
PQ: Why do Americans have to unite to do this? Protecting the integrity of elections is, you know, his job. In any event, every move he’s made with respect to voting rights has been designed to further Putin’s aims to divide and conquer by suppressing minority turnout in particular. Don’t make me laugh.