Reminder: Three times Democrats were okay with Russia intervening in U.S. elections

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Democrats and their propagandists in the media are apoplectic with claims that Russia intervened in the 2016 election, but, Ben Shapiro wrote at the Daily Wire on Monday, Democrats were just fine with Russians intervening in at least three U.S. elections.

According to Shapiro:

Go all the way back to March 2012, when Obama met with Putin stooge and then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Obama was caught on a live microphone telling Medvedev, “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.”

Medvedev replied, “Yeah, I understand, I understand your message about space. Space for you…”

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To which Obama said, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”

Medvedev answered genially, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

“Democrats were fine with that one,” Shapiro said.  “In fact, they then proceeded to spend the rest of the election cycle mocking Republican candidate Mitt Romney for stating that Russia posed the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States. Obama himself mocked Romney by stating that ‘The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.’ He then handed control of Syria to Putin, and followed by doing little as Russia invaded Ukraine.”

In 1983, Shapiro added, “Senator Teddy Kennedy (D-MA) wanted to run for president, and so he sent a friend, John Tunney, to Moscow.”

According to Forbes:

Kennedy’s message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. “The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” the memorandum stated. “These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.”

“He offered to help Andropov get TV interviews in the US, and he offered to visit Moscow,” Shapiro noted.  “The deal didn’t work out. But Democrats ignored the reports when they finally broke in 2009.”

Then there was the 1960 election.

According to Craig and Andrew Shirley:

…the Soviets would use every tool at their disposal to ensure Nixon did not win. In 1960, they held U-2 pilot Gary Powers after his plane crashed illegally in Russia, and specifically delayed his release until after the presidential elections. They used Powers as a bargaining chip, and, according to Khrushchev himself, it worked. In his memoirs, the Soviet leader stated, “We kept Nixon from being able to claim that he could deal with the Russians; our ploy made a difference of at least half a million votes, which gave Kennedy the edge he needed.”

Shapiro concluded:

Democrats complaining about Russian elections interference are breaking with historical precedent. It is also worth noting that so are Republicans, who suddenly don’t seem to care about Russian involvement so long as it benefits their guy.

Strange, I don’t remember Democrats ever being concerned when Russia was actually involved in our elections…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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