October 29, 2017

It's really bad form for someone from Our Revolution to choose to validate a groundless, factless, baseless right wing conspiracy theory by putting a lefty spin on it and tossing it into the Sunday show universe the way Nina Turner did today.

Really bad form. In the video above, Turner echoes the right-wing, but perhaps in a more careful way.

While discussing the process by which this deal came into being, Turner managed to hang it on Clinton too, this time by wondering aloud why Hillary Clinton did not weigh in on it.

"I think the bigger question -- and the State Department could not make the decision just alone. The question becomes, would Secretary Condoleezza Rice have done the same thing, you know? Or Secretary Kerry, would he have done the same thing in terms of being somebody that weighed in on this?," Turner wondered aloud.

SEE? Even CONDOLEEZA RICE probably would have weighed in, but not Hillary Clinton, Turner muses. I'm pretty sure I could hear the cheer over on the right-wing side of the field.

"But Secretary Clinton did not weigh in on this," she continued. "That's what the evidence shows. And the point -- I think the larger point is, other agencies, led by the Treasury Department, it's important that our viewers understand this."

Turner would like everyone to know she is very, very bothered by the idea that Clinton just simply did not weigh in! And look at the consequences of that!

"I mean, the fact that a Russian company now owns 20 percent -- or controls 20 percent of our uranium extraction, and has de facto and de jure exercise. They can control whether or not it's put -- you know, extracted or not extracted," she said.

That bolded statement is no different than what the wingers are saying. Without uttering the words, Nina Turner just repeated the crux of the right-wing fever swamp's claim: That Hillary Clinton sold (or allowed to be sold) 20 PERCENT OF OUR URANIUM.

Who needs Sean Hannity when we can have Nina Turner repeat it on a national cable television Sunday show?

Here are a couple of suggestions for Ms. Turner.

First, before going on any Sunday shows to talk about right-wing conspiracy theories, talk to your friend Joy Reid about them. She will help you debunk them in advance of you making a fool of yourself, just like she did this morning.

REID: Yes. Okay, second question. Who approved the sale? Because when any sort of uranium or any company sells that type product, and by the way the uranium that's mined is mined right, is for nuclear power. It's not for nuclear bombs. Right? But when that happens there is an organization called CFIUS that approves it. Do you know what CFIUS that stands for?

Here's my second piece of advice: Cure yourself of your Clinton Derangement Syndrome or else find another person to speak for Our Revolution. The one thing we DO NOT NEED on the left right now is this kind of ridiculous validation of right-wing fever dreams in the name of slapping around Hillary Clinton, which is exactly what you, Nina Turner, were doing.

Do better. Have some facts at your fingertips.

Here's another fact. Hillary Clinton isn't in office, running for office, or planning to run for office. She's a private citizen. It's bad enough the right wingers of the world are pretending she's the villain. We don't need it coming from the left, too.

Also, a protip for Jake Tapper: Stop trying to flog this when you know better. I know you know better, and you know it. This is just so you can feel good about the fact that you have some distractions from what Mueller is going to serve up in the Russia investigation tomorrow. More useless "both sides" crap.

Knock it off. Stick to facts or don't bother.

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