We have propped up dictators (Diem, the Shah, Pinochet); We have tried to overthrow foreign leaders (Noriega, Fidel Castro); We have promoted "regime change" (Assad, Hussein). We have also tried to influence democratic elections on many occasions-- Obama tried to help Ehud Barak in his anti-Netanyahu efforts, and Trump has tried to help Netanyahu.... Some with aid, some with electioneering. There are many other examples. This seems to be a common element of American Foreign policy, regardless of whether the occupant of the White House is a Democrat or a Republican.
So, why are we so upset that the Russians were trying to do the same thing?
Irwin, I don’t think the question has ever been about being ‘ upset.’ The issue has always been about ignoring and not taking aggressive actions to prevent it in the future. Period.
The clinically ill president knows it benefited him. He knows that there were 10M more people that didn’t vote for him than did vote for him. He knows he won the election by capturing a razor thin margin in specific states where the interference was also targeted by having generational democrats vote republican. He also knows he needs the same interference again in 2020 as his base is not going to grow. Research the last time an incumbent lost 40 seats in the house. 40 seats!
Putin’s poodle per his own current chief of staff says you can’t even bring the subject up as the poodle will throw a temper tantrum, so clearly aggressive actions will not be taken.