Donald Trump has claimed that Democrats “made up a story—RUSSIA” in order to cover for their loss in the 2016 presidential election.
“The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story—RUSSIA. Fake news!” Trump tweeted, referring to the number of electoral votes he won.
The Democrats had to come up with a story as to why they lost the election, and so badly (306), so they made up a story – RUSSIA. Fake news!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2017
It is unclear which particular story Trump is referring to, but in recent days it has been reported by The New York Times and CNN that top Trump advisers had frequent contact with Russian officials during the campaign.
Trump has also been briefed on Russia’s attempts to launch cyber attacks in order to influence the outcome of the election, which U.S. intelligence agencies believe was done with the goal of propping up Trump and damaging Hillary Clinton.
The danger in Trump’s remarks is a complete denial of any Russian involvement in the election, this contributes to a Conservative narrative of denial. As a result we have a political discourse where the Republicans are more closely aligned with the Russians than their fellow countrymen. We are now in a situation where the Democrats have legitimate concerns that the election was corrupted, meanwhile the Conservatives continue to insist that Trump not only won, but that there was massive voter fraud – a claim which has no evidence to support it.
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