Never mind that the Russian ad campaign was a paltry $100,000 and that most of it was spent AFTER the election. Never mind that Rosenstein made it clear that the attempts had NO effect on the 2016 election. This guy wants to compare what amounts to a handful of pranksters to an attack where over three thousand Americans lost their lives in horrific fashion?
Max Boot, the Never Trump pundit and unrepentant Iraq War proponent who was recently added to the Washington Post’sroster of “conservative” opinion contributors, slammed President Donald Trump for “ignoring” what he argues is the “worst attack on America since 9/11” in his Monday column.
The “attack” to which Boot refers is Russia’s 2016 election meddling as alleged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals last week. Boot suggests President Trump’s reaction to the allegations, and the nearly 15-month media-driven frenzy over Russian “meddling” that preceded them, is equivalent to a president ignoring the September 11, 200, attacks by Islamist terrorists that killed almost 3,000 Americans.
“Imagine if, after 9/11, the president had said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon could have been attacked by ‘China’ or ‘lots of other people,’ Boot writes. “Imagine if he had dismissed claims of al-Qaida’s responsibility as a ‘hoax’ and said that he ‘really’ believed Osama bin Laden’s denials.”
The Russian scheme, with apparent links to the Russian government, is alleged to have set up social media accounts and organized street-level activism to spread discord in the 2016 election cycle at various times, supporting eventual winner Donald Trump as well as fomenting opposition to him after his victory.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein emphasized that the indictment makes no allegation the election outcome was affected.