Jared Kushner, speaking today in New York City, made a fairly controversial claim regarding the Russian interference into the 2016 election.
In the wake of the Mueller report, one thing was made perfectly clear: The Russian government tried very hard to interfere with our democracy. They did so by attempting to infiltrate the Trump campaign, but were rebuked.
They also ran extensive “troll farms”, who attempted to push the narrative of online discourse in a certain direction.
Kushner acknowledged today that the Russian did place “some Facebook ads”, but then he made a claim that could wake Americans up to the truth, saying that the Mueller report did more to damage our democracy than the Russians did.
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“Now the media spent so much time focusing on it and quite frankly the whole thing’s just a big distraction for the country,” Kushner said.
He dismissed the notion that Russia swayed the election by spending $160,000 on Facebook ads, noting that the Trump campaign spent that much in just a few hours.
“It’s a terrible thing, but I think the investigations and all the speculation that has happened for the last two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy than a couple of Facebook ads,” he said.
In the words of every 90’s sitcom ever: No duh.
But here is where Jared Kushner and others are missing an enormous point: The Russians are the reason for the Mueller report.
The Russians may have been attempting to compromise our political establishment, certainly, but they did so in order to disrupt our way of life and our democracy.
Their end goal is damaging the United States – that is a fact that everyone can agree on. If the Mueller report damaged America, the Kremlin is counting that as a win. The media conflation of the entire debacle has been the gas on the fire that Russia set by even attempting to meet inappropriately with the Trump campaign.
It may very well have been no mistake that these Russian assets were caught in the act, as the ensuing political chaos will surely tear this nation apart.
And that’s just what Russia wanted.
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