In a number of ways, this election cycle has been truly bizarre. The Republican Party primary was a circus, which saw the fall of the Bush dynasty when former governor Jeb Bush got crushed. Other establishment favorites like Senator Marco Rubio didn’t make it very far either, even after they made small hand jokes and genitalia size implications about opponents. Instead, it was bombastic businessman Donald Trump who came out on top with more votes than anyone else in primary history.
On the Democratic side, no sooner did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brush off Senator Bernie Sanders than the hacking nightmare struck the Democratic Party. Leaks have enlightened us to a number of things about what party leaders really think of America, while going so far as to force out Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
And this is where Russia comes in, or so the story goes.
The Democratic Party has now officially reignited McCarthy-era tactics by using Russian fearmongering to distract from the actual content of the hacks. Democratic Party officials, afraid that people might turn away from them, know that we know who they really are, and are pushing anti-Russian rhetoric to try and taint the hacks.
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and a number of other prominent Democrats are pointing fingers at the Russians. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Ben Ray Luján even went as far as to say that using hacked contents would be considered as aiding the Russian government, essentially implying treason.
Now Russian President Vladimir Putin has chimed in on the string of leaks and allegations of Russian hands all over them. Despite claims that his country’s fingerprints are all over the actions, he denies it. But then he continues discussing why in the end it doesn’t matter who did the hacking.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Putin asked why it mattered who did the hacking. He then noted that there isn’t any reason why the significant content of the hacks should be ignored due to the distraction of who did it. Specifically, who committed the hacking is just a minor detail.
And Russian President Putin is absolutely correct.
He then goes onto note that hacking is so widespread and sophisticated that it makes it difficult to pinpoint the actors. Given that hacking is prominent now from government intelligence to high school and college computer pros, it really could be anyone. As we’re seeing with Guccifer 2.0, it’s probable that a hacker could mask their true identity and location.
The new Red Scare is in progress and the Democratic Party is trying to use Russian fear to distract from their hacks. Whether it’s rigging the primary against Senator Bernie Sanders or instructing party members that all lives don’t matter, we’ve been shown the true colors of Democratic leadership. If it were the Russians, it wouldn’t matter. Same if it was really the Chinese, a Republican operative, or some college kid. What Russian President Vladimir Putin gets right here is that who did it doesn’t matter, because the content is worse than any hacker themselves.
Don’t let the McCarthy Democrats scare you from learning about who they really are.