Significant and Important: Donald Trump, Russians Hackers, and the 2016 US Presidential Election

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There’s a lot of talk over Russian hackers and the 2016 US presidential election. But is any of it important or significant?

 

 

One of the pervading storylines of the 2016 presidential contest had been the initial rumblings that Russian hackers were behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee email server (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s former campaign manager Leon Podesta, then publishing them through Wikileaks. Over the weekend, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported that Russia was trying to in fact actively get Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential contest.

 

Since then there have been a lot of conflicting reports and responses to the story. Some you really should know about, some not so much. So let’s try to separate what you need to know (and what you really don’t) as we decide what’s significant and important.

 

 

  • For months now there had been evidence that Russian hackers were trying to affect the outcome of the US presidential election. The White House even formally accused the Russians of doing so. However the most recent CIA report puts the subject in an entirely new light by having Russia interfere with the US elections with the sole purpose of getting Donald Trump elected as president! For that reason, the most recent CIA findings is both significant and important.

 

  • Apologies, for some reason we didn’t give the last statement the proper inflection it deserves. A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT WAS ACTIVELY TRYING TO UNDERMINE THE US’ ELECTORAL PROCESS BY PROMOTING A CANDIDATE IS EXTREMELY SIGNIFICANT AND IMPORTANT!!! OH, AND ALSO FUCKING TERRIFYING!!

 

  • This tweet by Donald Trump explaining how hacking works – and being wrong and ignorant about it – is not significant, nor is it important.

 

 

  • However, this Trump tweet brushing off the CIA report as just a desperate political scheme from Democrats is significant and important!

 

 

  • Trump’s allies claiming that the Russian hacking story is just an undermining effort from the Democrats and the Obama administration to plant seeds of doubt in Trump’s electoral win is disturbing. It’s also very significant and important!

 

 

  • Donald Trump still pushing Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State even though he has close ties to Russia – so much so that he won the Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin back in 2013, one of Russia’s highest honors to foreign citizens – is very significant and important.

 

  • Republican Sen. Marco Rubio put out this tweet essentially questioning Trump’s appointment of Tillerson due to his close ties with Russia. Until Sen. Rubio (and other Republicans) do more of a push-back on Tillerson, then for right now, his tweet is not significant, nor important.

 

 

  • Since news on the Russian email hack, there have been stories like the one below. To be frank these are poorly written headlines that mislead readers into thinking Russians hacked election results and not clarifying that the hacks occurred to email servers at the Clinton campaign and the DNC. For that reason, these badly written headline should not be significant, nor important.

 

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  • Democrats demanding a “full investigation” of the CIA reports is pretty much what you would expect. So while important, it’s not significant.

 

  • Some GOP lawmakers – that have a history with opposing Russia – are joining Democrats like Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer in calling for an investigation into the CIA reports as “essential.” Republicans like Senators Jon McCain, Lindsey Graham, and others have voiced their concern over the hacking incident. What they’re hoping for is if they can push the Trump administration enough on the issue that eventually they can pressure him into getting in-line with the GOP when it comes to dealings with Russia. This is both significant and important.

 

 

  • Others in the GOP however have been hesitant to push for a full investigation, mostly because many are hoping Trump will “play ball” when it comes to domestic policy (ie GOP-aligned tax laws) if they downplay some of Trump’s more controversial aspects (conflict of interests regarding his businesses, his friendly stance in dealing with Russia, ect). The most prominent example of this comes from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who has said while foreign intervention in elections is “unacceptable”, he refuses to go into any substance regarding the subject. Some in the GOP not pushing for deeper investigations over the CIA reports is both important and significant.

 

 

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