It was revealed on Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency had conducted a secret assessment which concluded Russia had not only interfered with the U.S. election but did so with the express purpose of trying to help Donald Trump get into the White House. In response to the revelation, Trump decided that he would pick a fight with the CIA. Because, of course he did.
The Trump transition team issued a statement on Friday night and it was everything you would expect from the billionaire bully.
“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement begins.
“The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history,” it continues (wrongly, I might add).
“It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again,'” it concludes.
That’s it. That’s all that our fabulous new commander in chief has to say about the fact that American intelligence agencies have discovered that a foreign power hacked into the DNC (and the RNC) then released data from the Democrats on Wikileaks to sway the U.S. presidential election. Despite hacking both committees, no information from the Republican hack was ever made public.
It would be irresponsible not to point out that Trump’s claim that his win represents “one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history” is complete and total bullshit. Trump’s Electoral College win comes in 46th out of 58. Not to mention the margin by which he lost the popular vote.
It is also worth noting that nowhere in this statement, masterpiece of prose that it may be (insert sarcasm here), does it deny that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump win.
Several prominent Republicans announced on Friday morning that they would be launching an investigation into the possibility that Russia was behind the DNC hacking and meddled in the election. Later in the day, President Obama ordered a “full review” of Russia’s interference in November’s election.
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