As Joe Biden takes over, the Democrats are still running scared as resurgent Russophobia reaches peak insanity
Robert Bridge is an American writer and journalist. He is the author of 'Midnight in the American Empire,' How Corporations and Their Political Servants are Destroying the American Dream. @Robert_Bridge
Once again, and despite major victories at the polls, the Democrats just can’t stop fretting over Russia. Indeed, the Russians must feel as if they’re trapped for all eternity in a remake of Groundhog Day, where one theme continually repeats itself: Russia is to blame for absolutely everything that befalls the Democratic Party. In a radical departure from the original 1993 hit comedy, however, nobody ever learns any valuable lessons from the previous day so as to secure a better future. To quote a popular wit, ‘same shit, different day.’
Even before Joe Biden has been able to escape from his basement and into the Oval Office, the hysterical wails and lamentations against Moscow are already being heard. The latest ‘blame Russia’ barb came from none other than Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama’s former Secretary of State, who can’t shake the idea that she was denied the presidency because Donald Trump was apparently Vladimir Putin’s secret ‘Manchurian Candidate,’ or something like that.Also on rt.com ‘Stolen election’ hysteria is the new ‘Russian interference’ – and both are the result of US institutional erosion
In her podcast, called ‘You and Me Both,’ Clinton interviewed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about the ‘invasion’ of the Capitol building by Trump supporters on January 6. Without mentioning, of course, that the majority of Republican voters truly believe that the presidential election was stolen, Clinton tossed out yet more conspiracy-theory nonsense instead.
Good evening. Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton are calling for a 9/11 Commission on conservatives to declare them agents of Russia.— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 19, 2021
“I would love to see his phone records to see if he was talking to Putin the day the insurgents invaded our Capitol,” Clinton said, before asking Pelosi if she thought there needed to be a “9/11-type commission” to investigate what happened on January 6.
Without pausing to consider the possible ramifications of dragging a nuclear-powered third party into a discussion over an ‘insurrection’ in Washington, DC, Pelosi happily ran with the insanity.
“These people, unbeknownst to them, they are Putin puppets,” the Speaker crowed. “They were doing Putin’s business when they did that [stormed the Capitol], at the incitement of an insurrection by the president of the United States. So, yes, we should have a 9/11 commission, and there is strong support in the Congress to do that.”
It is almost impossible to wrap one’s brain around such psycho-babble. More difficult to comprehend is how so many Americans actually believe it. Somehow the thought never penetrates their soft skulls that, just maybe, after four years of being completely mocked and ridiculed by the mainstream media, and brazenly censored by Big Tech, Trump’s 75 million supporters finally reached the end of their patience.
That’s not an apology or justification for what transpired on January 6, of course, but rather a much more plausible explanation than the ridiculous ‘Putin did it’ narrative.
In any case, there appears to be good reason why Clinton and Pelosi are so desperate to rekindle the legend of the Russian bogeyman. That’s because these two women share a common trait, which is their tendency to do very stupid things with their personal computers.
To briefly rehash ancient history, back in early 2015, it was discovered that then Secretary of State Clinton had been using her private home computer to transmit sensitive government documents, a federal offense. This marked the beginning of the anti-Russiagate juggernaut that has wrecked bilateral relations between Washington and Moscow.Also on rt.com Snow job! SolarWinds ‘Russian hack’ story proves the media writes US foreign policy, not the White House
As the question of Clinton’s emails – specifically the 31,000 that were said to have been deleted – took center stage in the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump quipped during a rally: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” As Trump went on to learn the hard way, never make a Democrat the butt end of a joke when they’re cornered.
Not only did the Democrats use that offhand remark to say that Russia had hacked Clinton’s email server, but they took the absurdity one level higher, spreading the dangerous conspiracy theory that Russia had colluded with Trump to defeat Clinton in the quest for the White House. As a result, Trump spent the bulk of his four years in office defending himself from the fanatical Russiagate inquisition.
Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, whose laptop went missing from her office during the Boomer Selfie Tour 2021, which the Democrats are at pains to label an ‘insurrection,’ finds herself in a similarly uncomfortable situation. According to retired Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, Pelosi, and her fellow Democrats were “terrified” about what might be discovered on the missing laptop. So frantic, in fact, that, according to McInerney in the aftermath of the Capitol incident, “Pelosi called the Chairman of the Chiefs General Mark Milley and they’re trying to get him [Donald Trump] out on the 25th Amendment or to impeach him.”
Whatever the real reason for the Democrats pushing for yet another impeachment, it does seem very strange that they would waste the time and energy to punish Trump yet again unless they were motivated by pure fear.
In any case, as fate would have it, it has been reported that Pelosi’s laptop has been found. The suspect has been identified as Riley June Williams, 22, a native of Pennsylvania, who has since been arrested. For those who may be thinking, ‘Wow! No sign of Russian intrigue,’ you would be advised to control your premature ejaculations. According to the FBI affidavit, a ‘former romantic partner’ of Williams said the woman devised a plan to ship the laptop to a friend in Russia, who then planned to turn it over to the SVR – Russian intelligence.
UPDATE: Riley Williams is still not in federal custody at this time, a senior law enforcement official tells NBC's Mike Kosnar. https://t.co/4fxSEe9nJd— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) January 19, 2021
Does that story sound even remotely plausible? If the woman was truly a Trump supporter, wouldn’t the obvious course of action be to simply turn over the device to the nearest Republican representative office? Why this incessant need to drag Russia into yet another American political scandal?
The reason, by now, is obvious. In the event that something truly disturbing from Pelosi’s laptop is revealed, the Democrats will pounce on the ‘Russia did it’ narrative. Then, instead of the media focusing on the real story – whatever may or may not be found on the laptop – the media will provide cover fire for the opening of yet another anti-Russia witch hunt.
Any future ‘Russiagate 2.0’ scenario, however, may have one major difference from the original. Following the ‘insurrection’ at the Capitol building, Democrats are itching to introduce ‘domestic terrorism prevention’ legislation, which will, if passed, have a chilling effect on the most basic freedoms, including the ability to gather in protest without being labeled ‘domestic terrorists.’Also on rt.com Do you realize now what you have done? US gets the kind of ‘democracy’ it championed overseas
The already drafted Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act opens with the following statement, which shows clearly who will be mostly targeted by such legislation (hint: not left-wing agitators, such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter): “Recent reports have demonstrated that White supremacists and other far-right-wing extremists are the most significant domestic terrorism threat facing the United States…”
Although Russia, surprisingly, is not mentioned in the legislation, it does not take much imagination to foresee a day when some right-wing supporter, much like Riley June Williams, will find himself or herself embroiled in a high-profile criminal case involving the Democrats that has extremely dubious connections to Russia. Suddenly, an act of ‘domestic terrorism’ will magically morph into a ‘state-sponsored’ – i.e. Russia – act of terrorism.
Tragically, what started off as an innocent joke by Donald Trump about Russia and Clinton’s emails has snowballed into the most dangerous scenario for average Americans: being pulled into a grand conspiracy theory that imagines a Russian hand behind everything the Democrats view as a ‘crime’.
In a rapidly approaching future, average Americans, portrayed as ‘extremist,’ as well as distant Russia will become the new ‘usual suspects,’ albeit with a possible ‘terrorist’ charge to boot. This descent into sheer madness must end before it reaches peak insanity.
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