This week the American people were treated to a spectacle in Congress as outrage continues to mount against Donald Trump after his Helsinki press conference with Vladimir Putin. Anguished cries of election interference continue to come from the left and now are joined by luminaries of the right such as Sen. Jeff Flake, who has truly lived up to his name. While President Trump’s cozy relations with Vladimir Putin do raise concerns at a time when Russia is seeking to expand its geopolitical influence, they do not in and of themselves prove collusion between the two during the 2016 Presidential Election.
Countries have interfered in each other’s elections ever since the creation of the modern state as a way to gain influence. The United States has repeatedly used both overt and covert methods to ensure that certain governments remained in power and others fell from grace. Vladimir Putin made no secret of his preference for Donald Trump throughout the 2016 election and per recent intelligence reports actively sought to help elect Trump. The mainstream media has attempted to use this knowledge to foster outrage among the American people in an attempt to delegitimize an administration that they refuse to accept as the will of the people. The outrage was nowhere to be seen in 2015 when the State Department actively sought to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud from maintaining their control of the Knesset.
In late 2014 senior administration officials spoke anonymously to The Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg saying, “The bad thing about him is that he won’t do anything to reach an accommodation with the Palestinians or with the Sunni Arab states. The only thing he’s interested in is protecting himself from political defeat. He’s not Rabin, he’s not Sharon, he’s certainly no Begin. He’s got no guts.” This type of criticism was unprecedented at the time for a country that was widely considered to be a strong US ally. The Obama Administration did not stop there with their interference though as a bipartisan investigation by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations showed. Presumably under the orders of the administration, the State Department provided a $350,000 grant to OneVoice Israel, which was run by former Obama campaign operatives such as Jeremy Bird. OneVoice actively sought to “elect anybody but Bibi [Netanyahu] by mobilizing center-left voters.” After Netanyahu’s March 2015 election victory, Obama took several days to call and congratulate him on the victory and relations remained frosty through the end of Obama’s term.
What the American people should take away from this is that the Democrats are not against election interference, rather they are against interference when it subverts their own political agenda. Once again, they have manufactured a scandal as a feeble attempt to undermine what has been a supremely successful presidency. President Trump warned that we would get tried from all of the winning. Democrats it seems, are getting tired from all of the losing.