Russian Senator: Obama Hurt U.S. Democracy, Not Putin

A top official in the Russian Senate proposed Friday that President Obama should look closer to home if he wanted to figure out who undermined American democracy. A lot closer to home.

On Twitter, Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov pushed back against Obama’s assertion that Russian hackers weakened the foundation of the 2016 election. “The U.S. democratic process was undermined not by Russia,” he said, “but by the Obama administration and mass media, which supported Clinton over Trump.”

Pushkov continued: “The danger to democracy is within the U.S. itself.”

Ugh, that feeling when Russian politicians make more sense than our own White House. This is the final, stinging insult of the Obama administration. A few weeks ago, he said that Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave at the thought of GOP voters approving of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Perhaps, though, he would stay settled if he knew how far down the path of self-destruction Obama had taken us. When liberals right here at home are gutting this country from the inside out, it’s tough to get worked up about the distant threat of a Russian dictator.

Pushkov said that Obama was also responsible for the deterioration of relations between Moscow and Washington.

“Obama took the course to isolate and undermine Russian positions, and Putin is to blame,” he wrote. “Compete nonsense.”

Pushkov scoffed at the U.S. intelligence community’s assertions about Russian hacking.

“All accusations against Russia are based on ‘confidence’ and assumptions. U.S. was just as confident in Hussein’s possession of WMDs,” he tweeted.

On these latter comments, you have to take them with a grain of salt. Neither Putin nor Obama are fully to blame for the deterioration of relations, and the hacking denials are inevitable. The U.S. intelligence agencies appear certain that Russia was involved to some degree, although their conclusions are being filtered through a political lens by Obama and the media. Duping a couple of dumb Democrats out of their email passwords is certainly not an “act of war,” as some have suggested.

Ultimately, we have two choices. One, we increase tensions with Russia and see how close we can get to nuclear war without accidentally stepping over the line. Two, we try to move forward for the sake of mutual preservation.

Perhaps the latter road will not be possible, but Trump is going to give it a try. For the sake of our future, we pray he succeeds.

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