Chuck Todd Catches Sen. Kennedy Again Making Putin’s Argument

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As Charlie Pierce noted on Twitter, “woke” Chuck Todd arrived in the Meet The Press studios this morning to greet Senator Kennedy from Louisiana. Remember that it was Kennedy who said last week that he didn’t know if it was Russia or Ukraine that interfered in 2016? Todd seemed better prepared to handle the right-wing talking points today.

It started out well enough, with Kennedy walking back what he had said last week on Fox:

“Well, Chris Wallace was interviewing me and he asked me a question. I answered it. I thought he had asked me if Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election,” the Republican senator replied, reiterating previous excuses he had given. “He didn’t, he asked me if Ukraine was responsible for hacking the DNC computer, which is, of course, a form of meddling. I went back and looked at the transcript and I realized Chris was right and I was wrong so I said I was wrong.”

Kennedy is full of shit, of course. He tried to come across as some country-bumpkin who got confused by the wily Chris Wallace. Kennedy is a Rhodes Scholar, folks. He wasn’t confused or fooled by anyone. (As we prove here in a moment) Kennedy was attempting to get away with obfuscating the truth and conflating Russian interference with Ukrainian action.

Fully believing that he’d redeemed himself, Kennedy then went and … did the exact same thing as last week, perhaps worse!


“Russia was very aggressive and they’re much more sophisticated, ”But the fact that Russia was so aggressive does not exclude the fact that President Poroshenko actively worked for Secretary Clinton …

Here comes Todd!

“Actively worked for Secretary Clinton?! My goodness, wait a minute, Senator Kennedy,” Todd shot back. “You now have the president of Ukraine saying he worked for the Democratic nominee for president. C’mon. You realize the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin!”

Slow clap.

“The only other person selling this argument outside the United States is Vladimir Putin.”

Clap. Clap. Clap.

This needs to become a much more common retort among journalists:

Weakening NATO?

“The only other person selling this argument outside the United States is Vladimir Putin.”

Pulling out of Syria?

“The only person selling this argument outside the United States is Vladimir Putin.”

Not spending money to fight for election security?

“The only person selling this …”

How many Republican talking points could be rebutted with the retort: “Congressman, you know that outside the United States, the only people in favor of this policy are the Russians, correct?”

A lot.

One could spend an entire day noting how Republican positions have aligned completely with Vladimir Putin’s plans for the world, and it is not the Democrats’ fault that “pointing it out” seems “partisan.”

Nice job, Chuck.


Peace, y’all

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He may be a rhodes scholar but he sure does play one of the bigliest rubes I’ve seen in a while

chris whitley
chris whitley

He’s probably the dumbest Rhodes Scholar on the planet. I put him with another guy. The very stable genius. Both to stupid to come in out of the rain.