I suppose the real question is what took them so long. It was only a matter of time, and we just flipped the calendar to the election year. Here come the Russians, hacking computers to boost Trump, again.
The New York Times is out with a breaking story that the Russian military hacked into Burrisma’s computers, going after dirt on the Bidens. It is just a coincidence that Trump wanted that exact same dirt in extorting Ukraine.
The hacking attempts against Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter Biden served, began in early November, as talk of the Bidens, Ukraine and impeachment was dominating the news in the United States.
It is not yet clear what the hackers found, or precisely what they were searching for. But the experts say the timing and scale of the attacks suggest that the Russians could be searching for potentially embarrassing material on the Bidens — the same kind of information that Mr. Trump wanted from Ukraine when he pressed for an investigation of the Bidens and Burisma, setting off a chain of events that led to his impeachment.
I will tell you what they found. Whatever the fck they wanted. These are the very same people that brought you the O.G. “fake news,” which as a term is only properly applied to fake websites, publishing fake pieces, purporting to be real. If the Russians are after something, they’ll either find it, or make it up themselves.
The article states that the Russians are using the exact same tactics, albeit stealthier, and during roughly the exact same point in time in the campaign as their hack of the DNC last time around.
The result has been a muddy brew of conspiracy theories that mix facts, like the handful of Ukrainians who openly criticized Mr. Trump’s candidacy, with discredited claims that the D.N.C.’s email server is in Ukraine and that Mr. Biden, as vice president, had corrupt dealings with Ukrainian officials to protect his son. Spread by bots and trolls on social media, and by Russian intelligence officers, the claims resonated with Mr. Trump, who views talk of Russian interference as an attack on his legitimacy.
Damn it. It is so infuriating.
This is why Trump must be impeached, and must be removed from office. There is no other way we’re going to get a fair election. Russians are already attempting to tip the scales and keep us at each others’ throats. What happens when it looks like Trump is in trouble, perhaps down in November?
A fake war? An attack on our civil infrastructure? An emergency declaration?
We cannot know, we only know that it will be something. Because the other thing we know is that Trump has no problem with anyone, anywhere, helping him win. Indeed, it appears that Trump is willing to start (or at least risk) war, where many people die, to get reelected. Not for nothing, but that is near the definition of an evil dictator, attempting to keep atop a corrupt banana republic.
Hear me, we are moving head-first into the ugliest, hardest fought, and perhaps most violent presidential election since at least 1968. Perhaps we can get through this one without any political assassinations, but I wouldn’t place money on it. If Trump is behind, you can bet that he’ll be talking-up a rigged and corrupt election process. If Trump loses, he will not step down willingly.
Imagine the typical MAGA-head on Facebook, and his reaction. That guy won’t be put off at all by calls for civil unrest, he’ll lead it.
It is coming. And I already shudder at the thought of a spark landing on our smoldering cold civil war, and the Russian manipulation which could take just about any form, most likely one not anticipated, nor obvious.
The Russians own a U.S. president, and they’ll be damned if they’re giving him up easily. Today is just that first tepid step – that we know of – and the Russians have every reason to think they’ll get away with it.
Perhaps they’ll be rewarded, again following the 2016 precedent.
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