Arizona Sen. John McCain has curtly dismissed claims by President-elect Donald Trump that reports of Russian hackers having interfered with the 2016 presidential election were bogus.
“I don’t know what to make of it because it’s clear the Russians interfered,” McCain said Sunday on “Face the Nation.” “Whether they intended to interfere to the degree that they were trying to elect a certain candidate, I think that’s a subject of investigation. But facts are stubborn things. They did hack into this campaign.”
McCain, chairman of the of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, also teamed up with fellow committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham and a slew of notable Democrats to publish a statement that same day warning of Russian interference.
“Recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” the statement said. “This cannot become a partisan issue.”
These statements were in direct contradiction to what Trump himself stated on Fox News earlier Sunday morning, when he said, “I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t believe it.”
What’s more, Trump’s transition team published its own statement Friday slamming recent findings by the CIA that “individuals with connections to the Russian government” had indeed interfered in the election, as reported by The Washington Post.
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement said. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’”
The president-elect’s concern — one shared by many Republicans — was that the Democrats (and a few rogue Republicans) were merely trying to steal the election from him and the other conservatives who came out on top during the election.
It also seemed as if the Democrats were desperate to deflect from the way their own behavior cost them the election.
Looking back, you have to wonder how Russia tricked Donna Brazille into giving Clinton the debate questions.
— Deplorable B Monkey (@brassmonkey3434) December 10, 2016
Either way, the chances of the election results being overturned, regardless of whether the Russians did interfere, was practically non-exist. So buckle up, Democrats, because Trump is not going away — no matter what scheme you try to pull.
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