Kushner says ‘a couple of Facebook ads’ didn’t swing the election, Democrats go crazy
In an interview with Time magazine, Kushner said Russia's alleged effort to interfere in the US election was “a terrible thing,” but added that “the investigations and all of the speculation that's happened for the last two years has a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple Facebook ads.”
Kushner’s comment was met with instant outrage from Democrats and the media, who claimed he was trying to downplay Russia's supposed interference.
NBC's Ken Dilanian tweeted that Kushner was “amplifying Russian propaganda” and “arguably undermining efforts to protect future US elections.”
By falsely saying Russia's covert campaign to interfere in our election added up to "a few Facebook ads," White House senior official Jared Kushner was amplifying Russian propaganda and arguably undermining efforts to protect future US elections from foreign interference.— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) April 23, 2019
Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic Party’s chief Russiagate aficionado tweeted that Kushner's comments showed there was “no patriotism” in Trump's administration. He also hit out at senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway for failing to “acknowledge” that Russia “helped Trump” win the election.
On Sunday, Kellyanne Conway wouldn’t even acknowledge Russia helped Trump.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 23, 2019
And Rudy Giuliani effectively said it was fine if they did.
Today, Jared Kushner said the attack was no more than a few Facebook ads.
There is no patriotism in Trump’s GOP. Only cowardly opportunism. https://t.co/hYYgLUlUpN
CNN's Josh Campbell, a former FBI agent tweeted that Kushner was “minimizing the impact of a foreign adversary working to upend a presidential election.”
Kushner is minimizing the impact of a foreign adversary working to upend a presidential election. How can we expect the White House to take 2020 election security seriously when a senior adviser’s talking points sound like they were written by the Kremlin?https://t.co/5pBNNtv7oD— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) April 23, 2019
The Twitter meltdown came despite the fact that there is no evidence to suggest that any alleged Russian “interference” had an impact on the outcome of the election.
While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released last week, declared no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, it did claim however, that Russia had interfered in the election — including by hacking the DNC in order to release embarrassing Clinton campaign emails in order to help Trump — although the evidence for that part was fairly shaky itself.Also on rt.com Mueller report takes ‘Russian meddling’ for granted, offers no actual evidence
The report offers Mueller's mere indictment of 12 alleged Russian GRU agents as its best proof of interference and claims Russia spent a paltry $100,000 on Facebook ads and got Trump campaign affiliates to promote only “dozens” of tweets created by the so-called Russian ‘Internet Research Agency’ — hardly the stuff that brings down empires.