How come Republican Congress members don't have any problem peddling Russian propaganda?

the watchman

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A lot of people like the frame the impeachment of Donald J. Trump as a partisan battle between Democrats and Republicans. But, the fact of the matter is that's just an illusion. We now have the facts. Democrats have proven their case against Trump beyond any legal standards typically applied in this country. So, why isn't that enough? Why do so many American's continue to cling to what Fiona Hill calls "a false narrative generated by Russian intelligence themselves". Is it because she has an English accent? How come Republican Congress members don't have any problem peddling Russian propaganda?

The answer is simple.

It's because we elected a Russia asset as president. Putin himself said so in Helsinki. They wanted Trump to win. Before that, Trump made no secret of wanting to cozy up the Russia. He hired Paul Manafort as his campaign manager. Who promptly lobbied to changed the RNC platform to be more Putin friendly.

He hire Michael Flynn as a senior adviser. Before being hired as a senior adviser , of course, Flynn was a proud recruitment alumni of the Kremlin. Flynn once told the Russians during one of his appearances at the RT gala, “And we have to try to figure out: How do we combine the United States’ national security strategy along with Russia’s national security strategy, despite all the challenges that we face?” ... “...we have to try to figure out: How do we combine the United States’ national security strategy along with Russia’s national security strategy, despite all the challenges that we face?” And he's been known to push Russian conspiracy theories.

Then, there's Maria Butina.

The point is Trump has been at this for a long time. He even used the Mueller Report in furtherance of Russian interest. There were 12 Russian agents indicted in the Mueller probe. But, no one ever even talks about that. No one, including the media, talks about the counterintelligence findings either. Trump has managed to divert attention away from that. He's managed to find a way to get American's to care less about all the contacts his campaign had with Russian operative. This he's done by selling his "no collusion" narrative. When, in fact, that's exactly what he did.

Then, the very next day after Mueller gave his public testimony, he did it again. Because, why wouldn't he? He's figured out how to brainwash enough of the electorate to believe what ever he wants them to. In doing so, he can then leverage his hold on enough of the Republican base to bend Republican elected officials according to his whim.
 
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Putie has extensive powers of persuasion plus he loves that oil standard that the GOP is afraid of losing.

Why should we be worried?


The U.S. holds more oil reserves than anyone else in the world, including Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Venezuela.

That conclusion comes from a new independent estimate from Rystad Energy, a Norwegian consultancy. Rystad estimates that the U.S. holds 264 billion barrels of oil, more than half of which is located in shale. That total exceeds the 256 billion barrels found in Russia, and the 212 billion barrels located in Saudi Arabia.




The findings are surprising, and go against conventional wisdom that Saudi Arabia and Venezuela hold the world’s largest oil reserves. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, for example, pegs Venezuela’s oil reserves at 298 billion barrels, the largest in the world. Rystad Energy says that these are inflated estimates because much of those reserves are not discovered. Instead, Rystad estimates that Venezuela only has about 95 billion barrels, which includes its estimate for undiscovered oil fields.
 
Jun 2014
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I think Putin has spent decades in finding exactly the right triggers to divide Americans. The hold he has acquired on this country as a result is terrifying, and I am most discouraged that so few prominent Republicans have condemned it.
 
Jun 2014
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They are running out of accusations...
No, they aren't. I continue to be baffled that Democrats refuse to widen the inquiry to include Trump's myriad financial crimes, in and out of office.

Not to mention, there are creditable claims of sexual assault against him, some made by women who were underaged at the time. Yet it's as if that shit doesn't matter.