Robert Mueller announced indictments Friday of 13 people in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But even before Joy Behar could start dancing with glee, it was announced that the targets were all Russian nationals (plus three Russian entities). Their shenanigans had no effect on the election outcome, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the indictments include no allegations that any American was a knowing participant in the Russian troublemaking.
Presumably, that means there’s still no evidence that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to rig the election, so sit down, Joy. In fact, the indictment makes clear that the Russian meddling was all over the political map, in some cases boosting Trump, in others boosting Bernie Sanders. The Russians were behind organizing a pro-Trump rally and a He’s-not-my-President “Resistance” rally. Generally, they just used social media to stir up division, animosity and distrust in the US electoral system, which is pretty much what a lot of liberal news websites do for free.
Naturally, the Administration and its supporters are saying this proves the “Russian collusion” business is much ado about nothing; just a feeble excuse for Hillary Clinton blowing what she thought was a slamdunk election. She didn’t lose because of a Russian conspiracy; she lost because the liberal policies she championed were proven failures, she insulted her base, she didn’t campaign in swing states and she had a sense of entitlement bigger than the Clinton Foundation’s collection plate.
But conspiracy theorists have too much invested in their fantasy to let it go just because it's proven groundless, so the conspiracy always expands to take in any new information that threatens the narrative. In this case, the anti-Trumpers’ immediate reaction wasn’t chagrin at having wasted over a year of their lives watching Rachel Maddow do her “Beautiful Mind” impression by trying to piece together a web of collusion from rumors, news clippings and fever dreams. Instead, they insisted that these indictments must be just the “tip of the iceberg” and more will soon surely follow, at last bringing down that rascally Putin puppet, Trump. They’ve become like Wile E. Coyote, always believing that the very next gizmo to arrive from the Acme Company will finally catch the Roadrunner.
As for the Mueller investigation, after distracting our government from doing the people’s business, roiling the media and costing millions of taxpayer dollars, it’s managed to launch shaky indictments at a few Trump campaign associates (none of which have anything to do with the 2016 campaign) and indict a baker’s dozen Russians who will likely never face trial because (ta-da!) they’re in Russia. He’s also proven (big surprise) that Russia likes to meddle in other nations’ elections, as do many other nations, including us. But while they didn’t affect the election, they must be overjoyed at getting so much bang for their troublemaking buck, with the Democrats and the media spending over a year tearing Americans apart over a few Facebook ads, Twitter tweets and phony rallies. If Trump’s critics really think Americans shouldn’t be helping Russia undermine faith in the integrity of US elections, then maybe stop helping them do that.
PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW. I READ THEM!