So, as we all know, Lyin' Trump (to borrow a friend’s term – let’s just call him LT from here on out) received the official, Top Secret report on the Russian hack operation today. Not only did he receive the actual report, he was also given a briefing to walk him through it. After the briefing, LT issued a statement on the report that what the NSA/CIA/FBI now believe Russia did (as they most certainly haven’t proven it to LT yet) had ".....absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.....".
Now, my first thought was: how can you possibly confirm that? I mean, the final report said one of the key areas of the Russian operation amounted to a propaganda campaign.
Let’s think about that for a minute. Propaganda typically = an attempt to influence people's actions by influencing their thoughts. Selected information (whether real facts, created lies, or a combo of the two) is distributed to the designated target group, with the plan that it may result in a desired action. Some of those targets believe the information and perform the desired action. Some of the believers influence others around them to believe and perform the desired action as well. Some of the targets don't believe the information, and don’t change anything or influence anyone. How could you possibly quantify that? Did the NSA/CIA/FBI interview every voter to find out why they voted as they did? Don’t think so – nobody talked to me anyway.
So, it's another case of LT exaggerating something to an absolute that really isn't. No big deal; it’s not like we haven’t seen that kind of thing from LT before.
The problem is - if you cross-reference LT's statement back to the actual report text - you find out that it's really something MUCH worse. An all-out, blatant, to-our-face lie. The actual intelligence report did not even attempt to quantify any potential impacts on the election - a fact that is stated quite clearly in the report.
In other words, what we have here is proof positive that our new President is clearly capable of looking us all right in the eye, and then proceeding to tell us a bald-faced lie. He states there was ".....absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election.....," but nobody ever told him that. Also, as we’ve already discussed – assuming LT understands what the word “propaganda” means and how it works – it would be impossible for LT to make that statement with any reasonable degree of accuracy.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: LT will never admit to any form of wrongdoing re: the 2016 election whatsoever. It wouldn’t matter if Colin Powell, Chuck Norris, Jesus, and Chris Kyle’s re-animated corpse all showed up with video of Putin himself at the keyboard – the DNC info showing on his screen with an “uploading to WikiLeaks” status bar showing. LT still wouldn’t admit to any Russian interference in the election.
Now, there may be any of several different reasons for this. Since we’ve still never seen LT’s taxes, he may have received an entire one of his purported billions for servicing Putin sexually. I mean we could never expect LT to say anything negative about his favorite john after all.
I tend to think there’s a much simpler explanation though. If LT admits to Russian interference, he invalidates his entire presidency before it even actually gets started.
One thing you can easily infer from LT’s history – whether he cheated to get something or not – it would gall him to the core to have to admit he cheated, as that would prove he didn’t earn it. LT wants everyone to think he earned everything he’s ever gotten - up-to-&-including his presidency. No cheating, no help from Daddy, no backroom special deals to curry his favor. Besides, anyone that’s ever attempted it unsuccessfully knows there’s nothing worse about cheating, than getting caught doing it (how embarrassing). Personally, I have absolutely no doubt LT most probably learned that lesson a long time ago.