December 17, 2016

Joy Reid took on the ridiculous claims by some that President Obama buried the news of the Russian hacks until after Election Day, based upon one tweet that the Twitter-President-elect sent out suggesting he did so.

With that one tweet, Joy notes, the entire narrative shifted from the hacks benefiting Trump to President Obama squelching the news of the hack.

Except, of course, he didn't. If anyone squelched it, it was Mitch McConnell, who refused to be a patriot and put power and party below his country.

As Kurt Eichenwald notes in his commentary, it wasn't a secret before the election. The news of the hack was buried under all of the furor over Trump grabbing women by the p*ssy, but it was still out there.

Here on the site, we wrote about it numerous times ahead of the election, in real time, as it was happening. We didn't make those reports up. They came from reputable media sources, or Trump himself. Apparently the short memory of Beltway Villagers includes forgetting that Trump invited more Russian hacks in July of this year.

Yet the conversation still tilted, post Trump tweet, to something worse. Her panel destroys that narrative.

However, David Corn did hit on something that I think we're all feeling, and that's the sense that even as we're lighting our hair on fire outside the Beltway, Obama's usual cool-headedness isn't sufficing for those of us who really do feel as though we're facing Armageddon.

"Turning to Barack Obama, I mean, I do think there's a little bit of a challenge or dilemma for him," Corn opined. "Right now there are over 60 million Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton, and who are saying, what the heck happened? How come there wasn't more media coverage and how come the Administration did not make a bigger deal of this publicly? They did put out a statement, but in the grand scheme of things, it was sort of low-key. Not a hair-on-fire type of thing."

I understand why they didn't do that before the election, but I'm at a loss to understand why this isn't a bigger deal now? I want warrants and searches and to watch Roger Stone, Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump be led away in handcuffs, not sarcastic denunciations of media narratives.

I want pitchforks and torches. I want Mitch McConnell publicly shamed. I want to see this play out the way it should, which means identifying those inside our government who conspired to put a puppet in office and holding them to account.

Saying "Cut it out!" isn't going to be enough for me and millions of others. If it doesn't break before January 20th, it's doubtful it ever will, simply because I'm not seeing a lot of principled Republicans willing to put their country ahead of their allegiance to oligarchs and oil barons who stand to gain plenty with our new Russian overlords.

Between the FBI interference and Russian interference and a convergence of the two, this is bigger than Watergate, and the truth must come out. FAST.

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