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    Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support

    Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support - The New York Times - "A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure."
    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 cited the presence in the briefing of Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California, who led the impeachment proceedings against him, as a particular irritant.
    What a big baby Trump is.
    Though intelligence officials have previously told lawmakers that Russia’s interference campaign was continuing, last week’s briefing did contain what appeared to be new information, including that Russia intended to interfere with the 2020 Democratic primaries as well as the general election.

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    As expected, Trump is now calling the intelligence information about Russian interference in the 2020, a hoax made up by Democrats. This might not be unexpected, but the entire thing should be extremely disturbing to any American who realizes what Trump is doing to our country.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/21/u...gtype=Homepage


    President Trump said Friday that a disclosure by American intelligence officials that Russia was again meddling in a presidential election in his favor was merely another partisan campaign against him, dismissing the warning as a hoax cooked up by rivals.

    “Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Hoax number 7!”
    Mr. Trump has a long history of discarding assessments made by intelligence agencies that he has deemed unfair or unflattering. Multiple intelligence groups have determined that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and, before the 2018 midterms, delivered warnings that Russia was prepared to do it again. Early in his presidency, Mr. Trump grudgingly accepted those assessments before falling back on personal assurances from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

    “He said he didn’t meddle,” Mr. Trump said in November 2017. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”
    When are people going to wake up and realize how dangerous and deceptive this president is? If he is reelected, he will continue to abuse his power unless the Dems are able to take control of both branches of Congress.

    The man who Trump has just appointed as acting DNI is nothing but an unqualified Trump sycophant. He's been described as a nasty, incompetent hack by several people who know him.

    What type of people will even be willing to be a part of a second Trump Administration?

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    I guess Putin is hedging his bet?

    WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have reportedly told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, a revelation that follows U.S. intelligence officials briefing Capitol Hill that the Kremlin may also be attempting to help President Donald Trump in 2020 as they did in 2016.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TV and credit cards View Post
    I guess Putin is hedging his bet?

    WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have reportedly told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, a revelation that follows U.S. intelligence officials briefing Capitol Hill that the Kremlin may also be attempting to help President Donald Trump in 2020 as they did in 2016.
    Or simply thinks his orange boytoy will have an easier time "winning" if he faces Bernie instead of another contender. In any event I doubt that Bernie is going to feel indebted to Putin for his help like Cheato is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TV and credit cards View Post
    I guess Putin is hedging his bet?

    WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have reportedly told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, a revelation that follows U.S. intelligence officials briefing Capitol Hill that the Kremlin may also be attempting to help President Donald Trump in 2020 as they did in 2016.
    I remember in the previous election, intelligence reports say the same: Russia was backing Sanders and Trump. One out of two, I guess. Strategically, it may be that they reckon these two are the worst that could happen to the US, out of the realistic options left.

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    Russia trying to help Bernie Sanders's campaign, according to briefing from U.S. officials - The Washington Post
    “I don’t care, frankly, who [Russian President Vladimir] Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement. “My message to Putin is clear: Stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do.

    “In 2016, Russia used Internet propaganda to sow division in our country, and my understanding is that they are doing it again in 2020. Some of the ugly stuff on the Internet attributed to our campaign may well not be coming from real supporters.”

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    In that closed hearing for the House Intelligence Committee, lawmakers were also told that Sanders had been informed about Russia’s interference. The prospect of two rival campaigns both receiving help from Moscow appears to reflect what intelligence officials have previously described as Russia’s broader interest in sowing division in the United States and uncertainty about the validity of American elections.
    Like getting both Muslims and their opponents to rally on the same day in the same place.

    Joy Reid on Twitter: "And unlike Trump, @BernieSanders had the correct response:
    “I don’t care, frankly, who Putin wants to be president,” Sanders said in a statement to The Washington Post. “My message to Putin is clear: stay out of American elections, and as president I will make sure that you do." https://t.co/nVsHEDm9W2" / Twitter

    I agree with JR about that. Putin ought to just plain get lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elixir View Post
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    I guess Putin is hedging his bet?

    WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have reportedly told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, a revelation that follows U.S. intelligence officials briefing Capitol Hill that the Kremlin may also be attempting to help President Donald Trump in 2020 as they did in 2016.
    Or simply thinks his orange boytoy will have an easier time "winning" if he faces Bernie instead of another contender. In any event I doubt that Bernie is going to feel indebted to Putin for his help like Cheato is.
    Of course. I was likening Putin to a lobbyist playing both sides. But Putin must be pinching himself right now, struggling to believe this is actually happening. A handful of viable Democrats, any one of which would beat Trump in November, eating each other alive and one nonviable Socialist with enough delegates because of it, looking like the nominee. Bernie can phone it in on South Carolina (the GOP will elect him there) and focus on California. We're screwed. Bernie will do worse than Hillary. There is no way on God's green earth enough Americans get over the Socialist stigma. And as I've stated previously, even if Bernie looks viable come October, it will spook the markets, pushing fence-sitter into the Trump camp. Trump may actually win the popular vote.
    Remember when Moscow cheered when Trump got elected? Wait'll Bernie gets the nomination.

    Hopefully I'm getting ahead of myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TV and credit cards View Post
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    Or simply thinks his orange boytoy will have an easier time "winning" if he faces Bernie instead of another contender. In any event I doubt that Bernie is going to feel indebted to Putin for his help like Cheato is.
    Of course. I was likening Putin to a lobbyist playing both sides. But Putin must be pinching himself right now, struggling to believe this is actually happening. A handful of viable Democrats, any one of which would beat Trump in November, eating each other alive and one nonviable Socialist with enough delegates because of it, looking like the nominee. Bernie can phone it in on South Carolina (the GOP will elect him there) and focus on California. We're screwed. Bernie will do worse than Hillary. There is no way on God's green earth enough Americans get over the Socialist stigma. And as I've stated previously, even if Bernie looks viable come October, it will spook the markets, pushing fence-sitter into the Trump camp. Trump may actually win the popular vote.
    Remember when Moscow cheered when Trump got elected? Wait'll Bernie gets the nomination.

    Hopefully I'm getting ahead of myself.
    This is the basic Russian strategy. It worked last time. Keep the Democrats in turmoil right up to the election. A Sanders/Trump race would be a godsend for Putin, because he could get the same results for much less money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bronzeage View Post
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    Or simply thinks his orange boytoy will have an easier time "winning" if he faces Bernie instead of another contender. In any event I doubt that Bernie is going to feel indebted to Putin for his help like Cheato is.
    Of course. I was likening Putin to a lobbyist playing both sides. But Putin must be pinching himself right now, struggling to believe this is actually happening. A handful of viable Democrats, any one of which would beat Trump in November, eating each other alive and one nonviable Socialist with enough delegates because of it, looking like the nominee. Bernie can phone it in on South Carolina (the GOP will elect him there) and focus on California. We're screwed. Bernie will do worse than Hillary. There is no way on God's green earth enough Americans get over the Socialist stigma. And as I've stated previously, even if Bernie looks viable come October, it will spook the markets, pushing fence-sitter into the Trump camp. Trump may actually win the popular vote.
    Remember when Moscow cheered when Trump got elected? Wait'll Bernie gets the nomination.

    Hopefully I'm getting ahead of myself.
    This is the basic Russian strategy. It worked last time. Keep the Democrats in turmoil right up to the election. A Sanders/Trump race would be a godsend for Putin, because he could get the same results for much less money.
    It barely worked last time, and I suspect that conditions have changed in a manner that doesn't favor his effort. Vlad may have stepped in it BIGLY by promoting Sanders, or he may have calculated correctly. We'll have to wait and see; there's plenty of time rile up the moderates against him after the convention, but even most of those prefer Sanders to Trump. And there are the Bernie/Trump voters from 2016; most of them swallowed the anti-Hillary kool aid, and won't be so easily fooled this time. The worst possible outcome for the Pooter would be a Congress willing to make reforms to the electoral system and push legislation to make future interference more difficult and dangerous. That looks like a long shot right now, but again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angra Mainyu View Post
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    I guess Putin is hedging his bet?

    WASHINGTON – U.S. officials have reportedly told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign, a revelation that follows U.S. intelligence officials briefing Capitol Hill that the Kremlin may also be attempting to help President Donald Trump in 2020 as they did in 2016.
    I remember in the previous election, intelligence reports say the same: Russia was backing Sanders and Trump. One out of two, I guess. Strategically, it may be that they reckon these two are the worst that could happen to the US, out of the realistic options left.
    I don't think that's it--rather, Biden would be far more likely to beat His Flatulence than Sanders. Supporting Sanders is about getting His Flatulence reelected and the left is as usual dancing to Moscow's tune.

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