It would appear as though the liberal media and haters of President-elect Donald Trump will need to find a new avenue of attack with which to bash him, as the titular head of the Democrat Party just pulled the rug out from under their current narrative.
Speaking seriously in a serious-minded interview with that paragon of serious journalism, Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” President Barack Obama downplayed the allegations of Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election to sway the results toward Trump.
“We were frankly more concerned in the run up to the election to the possibilities of vote tampering, which we did not see evidence of,” Obama explained, according to Breitbart. “And we’re confident that we can guard against.”
Though Obama did acknowledge some interference by hackers purportedly directed by Moscow, he also downplayed the effect of the hacks and questioned the media’s focus on them.
“What’s happened to our political system where some emails that were hacked and released ended up being the overwhelming story, and the constant source of coverage — breathless coverage — that was depicted as somehow damning in all sorts of ways when the truth of the matter was it was fairly routine stuff?” Obama remarked.
Obama also stated that the recent news really should come as “no surprise,” as Russia has been trying to influence American elections since the days of the Soviet Union, according to Vulture.
“What is it about the state of our democracy where the leaks of what were frankly not very interesting emails, that didn’t have any explosive information in them, ended up being an obsession?” Obama asked. “And the fact that the Russians were doing this was not an obsession?”
As for the intelligence review he ordered regarding the allegations of Russian hacking, Obama stated that was mostly just to tie together all of the “loose threads” revealed in prior investigations, as his administration has been looking into the notion for the past several months.
“When the DNC (Democrat National Committee) got hacked, we immediately assigned our intelligence community — our law enforcement — to investigate what had happened,” explained Obama, according to The U.K. Telegraph.
“And we determined — and announced — in October that it was the consensus of all the intelligence agencies in law enforcement that organizations affiliated with Russian intelligence were responsible for the hacking of the DNC materials that were being leaked,” he said. “That was a month before the election. This was not a secret.”
To be sure, Obama didn’t let Russia off the hook for supposedly hacking the DNC or political operatives, though he also didn’t offer any sort of concrete evidence.
He was also sure to take a shot at Trump by recalling his joke that Russia should search for the deleted emails of failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, since the American media seemingly had no interest in finding them.
Nevertheless, the media narrative that Russia hacked the election and somehow stole it from Clinton on Trump’s behalf has pretty much been run into the ground — without a shred of evidence.
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