I’m not sure which report Tucker Carlson was referring to, but it wasn’t difficult to locate a Washington Post article from 2014 about the top ten countries that try to influence U.S. policies. Surprisingly absent was Russia.
That doesn’t mean that Russia doesn’t try to influence our policies. Of course they do – like most other countries, and like the U.S. does to foreign countries. It just means that Russia didn’t make the top ten.
At the top of the list was United Arab Emirates, which apparently spent $14.2 million in 2013 to influence U.S. policies.
2. Germany $12 million
3. Canada $11.2 million
4. Saudi Arabia $11.1 million
5. Mexico $6.1 million
6. Morocco $4 million
7. South Korea $3.9 million
8. Republika Srpska (Bosnian Serb Republic) $2.4 million
9. Georgia $2.3 million
10. Azerbaijan $2.3 million
This goes to show how much of a political game the Democrats have been playing with regards to Russia in attempting to foment public fear and paranoia as a means of distraction and derailment of the Trump administration.
As with most allegations, the truth is somewhere in the middle. There’s no doubt that Russia – as well as many other countries – have been involved in trying to shape U.S. policy to their respective political and geopolitical advantages. It would also be naive to think that the U.S. stays above board in this area. The point is, practically every country does it, and every country knows that every other country is doing it.
You’d think though – by listening to the Democratic talking points – that Russia is our arch nemesis because of the way they tried to “undermine our Democracy” in the 2016 presidential election. The studies have shown that even if Russia were behind the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email account, the release of those at-times damning documents actually had little to no effect on the outcome of the election. Besides, just consider how much dirt they had “leaked” about Trump in the run-up to the election. Leaks were coming from both sides.
So, even if one accepts the unsubstantiated claim that Russia was behind the [alleged] hacking, it didn’t do anything to affect the outcome of the election.
Regardless, it hasn’t stopped the Democrats from using this red herring as a way to pick off Trump’s cabinet picks, call for investigations into “Russian collusion,” and try to get Jeff Sessions to resign. And this is really only the beginning.
To top it all off, even the Democrats will concede that they have no hard evidence to prove any nefarious connection between Trump’s administration and Russia. They have little more than politically motivated “suspicions.” But they claim their suspicions should be sufficient as a basis to open an investigation to “get to the bottom of it,” “just in case.”
Tucker Carlson brought this up with Representative [score]Sean Patrick Maloney[/score] (D-NY):
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