Arizona’s Republican U.S. Senator John McCain says that it’s crunch time for addressing the threat of Russian meddling to the United States and other Western democracies.
Appearing on ABC this Sunday morning, he dismissed the supposed seriousness of the issues that the president is focusing on, asserting that, no, the “real story” isn’t surveillance and leaking, as Trump claimed in a tweet on Sunday morning.
Rather, McCain says, the most pressing issue is to fully explore what Russia has done and is doing in their efforts to shape Western political systems to their liking. Concurrently, there remains no indication that Trump’s claims of being wiretapped by the Obama administration are accurate.
Sure, if you redefine wiretapping to mean all types of surveillance, then the allegations may or may not be accurate, but that’s a feat of mental gymnastics that defies basic laws of logic. You don’t just get to redefine words on a whim without facing the consequences of you looking like a complete idiot.
As to the pressing nature of the real issue at hand — Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election — McCain commented to host Martha Raddatz:
‘The fact is that we know for a fact the Russians tried to change the outcome of our election, attacking the very fundamental of democracy. We need to know how, we need to know why, and most of all we need to know what to do to prevent this kind of activity, which they continue to carry on in free nations around the world.’
Indeed; McCain, who has decades of experience dealing with this sort of thing, is correct in that the threat that Russia poses to our electoral processes isn’t past. Rather, the Russians “continue to carry on in free nations throughout the world” with their efforts to thwart anti-totalitarian political movements.
McCain eventually added a curious, and yet fitting analogy in his description of the scope of the issue that the United States is facing in the ongoing FBI criminal investigation into the Donald Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
‘Every time we turn around, another shoe drops from this centipede. We need to examine every aspect of it: President Trump’s priorities, and the other priorities many of us believe exist.’
President Trump has shown his priorities to reflect Russia’s will in openly touting plans to lift sanctions against the nation and in an overall attitude of praise for the KGB head turned leader of Russia, Vladimir Putin.