In July last year, Donald Trump called upon the government of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to attack the communication systems of political leaders in the United States in order to destroy them. Then, it happened. Russia attacked, exactly in the way that Donald Trump asked them to.
Now, Donald Trump and his aides are asking Americans to forget that it ever happened.
Preparing for New Year’s Eve, Donald Trump declared that, rather than investigating the Russian attacks or retaliating against them, “I think we ought to get on with our lives.”
This weekend, when he was asked about the conclusion reached by all of the federal government’s intelligence agencies that Russian spies sent by Vladimir Putin attacked the United States in order to gather information that was then used to throw the presidential election of 2016 to Donald Trump, incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to answer, but would only ask rhetorical questions in return: “Why aren’t we talking about the other influences on the election?”
Instead of supporting an investigation of the links between Donald Trump and Russian spies who attacked the United States, Spicer resurrected the “Lock her up!” mantra of the Trump campaign.
“What did Hillary Clinton do to influence the election? Is she being punished?” Spicer demanded. There isn’t a scintilla of evidence that Hillary Clinton did anything to illegally influence the 2016 presidential election.
Donald Trump has shared a conspiracy theory promoted by Alex Jones, who also advanced the PizzaGate conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza parlor in Washington D.C. According to Trump and Jones, three million votes in the 2016 presidential election were cast illegally by undocumented immigrants. Trump has been completely unable to provide any information to substantiate this allegation.
To ring in the new year, Donald Trump has made a promise regarding his involvement in Russian spying against the USA: Trump promised that on Tuesday or Wednesday this week, he would produce secret evidence that it wasn’t the Russians who attacked the 2016 presidential election on his behalf at all – but that someone else committed the crime to benefit Trump.
In the past, Donald Trump has failed to keep such promises. This week, as Trump creeps closer to taking the Oath of Office, America will be watching to see whether Trump is able to back his words with deeds.