Links II: Sowing Discord

Progressives ignore emerging facts to keep the canard alive that Trump was not legitimately elected.

To delegitimize the election of Donald Trump, one of the canards that our neo-Marxist left maintains is the distinct possibility that Russian meddling  may have swung the 2016 election.  If all things were equal, that would be impossible to assess.  Fortunately, it is finally becoming obvious that all things are not equal and the possibility that Russian meddling swung the election is virtually nil.

One, the Russian efforts were miniscule in the larger scheme of the primary and general election season.  The Russians spent, over a three year period, at a level that did not even rise in toto to 1% of the spending by the candidates and their PACs in a far more compact time period.

Two, as Powerline and Althouse point out – both with comic examples (I particularly liked Bernie Sanders as a gay icon) – the Russian political advertisements were ridiculously ham handed.  The picture at the top of this post is one such.

Three, Rob Goldman, VP of Advertising for Facebook, has weighed in on this, pointing out that the majority of Russian spending on ads came after the election.  Moreover, Goldman stated, “I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”

Lastly, even the NYT has recognized the obvious likelihood that Russian meddling did not swing the election.  In a recent article,  “Russian Meddling Was a Drop in an Ocean of American-made Discord” two NY Times columnists, Amanda Taub and Max Fisher, while polishing their reporting with proggie spin, still conclude that ““the false information and political advertisements that the Russians are accused of spreading could ring true only to those already predisposed to suspect the worst.”

None of the above will stop the progs from closing their eyes to the facts and, while speaking in generalities, claim otherwise.  Note that the leading opinion piece at where else but CNN, in the aftermath of the Mueller indictment, was a generalized assertion yhat Russia’s “multimillion dollar” effort of “surreptitious and illegal support handed Trump the presidency.”  And on a related note, at least one Democratic Senator, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, has called on Mueller to remain silent — and thus do no further harm to the neo-Marxist narrative — until after the 2018 midterm elections.  Shameless bastard.

It is impossible to have a rational discussion with such people.  The Russians may have planted a seed of discord in the 2016 elections, but it is our neo-Marxist proggies who have watered that tree, fed it Miracle-Gro and grade-A horse manure, then dressed it in the secular equivalent of tinsel and Christmas lights.  They aren’t interested in the truth of Russian meddling, only in using the DNC bought and paid for allegations relating thereto as a corrupt means to retake power.

The last word goes to President Trump, who tweeted yesterday:

If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!

I think, in light of the Russian ad at the top of this page, the only appropriate response to the Trump tweet is “Amen.”