While the list of those who may have colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election keeps growing, there are also those who just didn’t care. And leading that charge was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. As The Washington Postreports:
“The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.
Key Democrats were stunned by the GOP response and exasperated that the White House seemed willing to let Republican opposition block any pre-election move.
This rhetoric Trump would come to use after he won the election, trying to discredit the intelligence community as much as possible. But what’s also troubling is that President Obama’s Administration went along with McConnell’s “concerns.” However, Obama wasn’t facing an easy challenge—regardless of when he revealed the Russians’ meddling in the election, the integrity of the results would be jeopardized.
But McConnell made sure it was jeopardized in his favor. To him, Russia wasn’t doing anything more than helping his party, so he fought to let them compromise our democracy—and he succeeded.