Fake News Claims Russia is Trying to Get Trump Re-elected
Fake News claims that Shelby Pierson, an intelligence official told them that Russia was trying to get Trump re-elected. Seriously? Go home fake news, you’re drunk.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 20, 2020
The hoax never dies, apparently. Shelby Pierson is an election security official who briefed Congress. The problem with that is what fake news claims and what is really said are often two different things.
From the CNN article:
“Last week’s briefing, led by election security official Shelby Pierson and first reported by The New York Times, addressed the overall picture of Russia’s efforts, including hacking, weaponizing social media and attacks on election infrastructure, one of the sources said.The briefers said Russia does favor Trump, but that helping Trump wasn’t the only thing they were trying to do as it was also designed to raise questions about the integrity of the elections process, the source added.”
Guys. Seriously. https://t.co/5H14FkL1A2
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 21, 2020
Many people responded to the tweet with hilarity. Will the lefties now call us all “Russian bots” like they did last time?
Let’s get this straight … Moscow wants Trump over Communist Bernie?? pic.twitter.com/laYFNL7dK1
— WestCoastConservative ?? (@WC_Conservative) February 21, 2020
People should try thinking.
Smells like Russian disinformation.
There is no way they would prefer Trump over Bernie–who said he would slash the military and loves the old Soviet Union possibly more than Putin.
— mallen (@mallen2010) February 21, 2020
— Miriam (@MiriamDeaza) February 21, 2020
— Peter LaVigna (@Jhensy2001) February 21, 2020
There is a more plausible way of reading her testimony:
“A more reasonable interpretation of the intelligence is not that they have a preference, it’s a step short of that. It’s more that they understand the President is someone they can work with, he’s a dealmaker. But not that they prefer him over (Bernie) Sanders or (Pete) Buttigieg or anyone else. So it may have been mischaracterized by Shelby.” Unnamed intelligence official
Pierson was appointed to the position of Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive (ETE) by former director Dan Coats in July of 2019. She is a “career intelligence official.”
She claimed that the “vector” of election interference is wider for the 2020 election than it was in 2016.
“We see a more complicated threat landscape. This is not just a Russia-only problem. Obviously the tenor of our bilateral relationships with countries worldwide is a factor in terms of whether or not countries look to 2020 as a moment with which they can accomplish some national objective…
…What we’re trying to do now is handle this in real time. And I think that’s something that I think is not only a tall task for us but one that I’d like the American public to have confidence in, that we’re not trying to simply intellectually look back on what occurs in 2021 past inauguration. What we want to do is be able to affect this in real time and so that we have fair, safe elections from foreign interference.” Shelby Pierson in an Interview with Michael Morell
Here’s the issue: As usual with the Democrats in the House, any testimony regarding intelligence or Russia sparks the hoax. They go off the rails with their imaginations. And with an anti-Trump bias, and the House Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff in attendance at her briefing, we are set for another round of leftist b.s..
Both the NYT and CNN stated that the President was unhappy at the testimony. Pretty understandable, given that the last time they spent 3 years perpetuating a witch hunt on Americans.