For Democrats foreign interference is fine as long as it targets Trump
The selective outrage from the left surrounding foreign interference in U.S. elections is beyond hypocritical -- it's absurd.Democrats were more than willing to use foreign interference against Trump and even use it as part of their coup attempt against the President. I have yet to hear a convincing explanation for their hypocrisy.
Take President Trump's interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday. When asked by the TV anchor if his campaign would accept information from foreign nations, including China or Russia, that could damage his opponent, Trump said, "I think you might want to listen. There's nothing wrong with listening." He continued. "If somebody called from a country, Norway -- 'We have information on your opponent' -- oh, I think I'd want to hear it."
The president downplayed the notion that such a gesture amounts to foreign election interference.
The response, however, from scores of Democratic presidential hopefuls was piercing. They excoriated Trump's comments, with several candidates amplifying calls for impeachment. Frontrunner Joe Biden tweeted: "President Trump is once again welcoming foreign interference in our elections. This isn't about politics. It is a threat to our national security. An American President should not seek their aid and abet those who seek to undermine democracy."
Sen. Bernie Sanders said, "We have a president who thinks he is above the law. The House should immediately begin impeachment inquiries."
California Sen. Kamala Harris said on MSNBC, "what we hear tonight is that he is yet again open to the idea of working with foreign governments to undermine the integrity of our election system. It's outrageous."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren also reiterated calls for impeachment while other 2020 Democratic candidates including Beto O'Rourke tweeted, "When the President of the United States openly welcomes foreign help to win an election, he threatens the very core of our democracy. If we are to secure justice and ensure this never happens again, we must impeach him."
Many other prominent Democrats, lawmakers and biased media made similar utterances.
Of course, there was no such outrage from the left or the #FakeNewsMedia when the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign paid millions for Russian disinformation against Donald Trump. Former British spy Christopher Steele procured the propaganda from foreign "informants" for what's known as the "dirty dossier." That foreign-sourced opposition research wasn't just obtained and listened to by Team Hillary. It was used by former FBI Director James Comey, Democratic lawmakers and the highest echelons of the justice system to derail the Trump campaign and current administration via counterintelligence investigations and other underhanded tactics.
Two sets of rules? Clearly.