It’s been nearly two years since Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his long-awaited report on the Big Question: Did the Trump campaign work with Russian intelligence to steal the 2016 election? Mueller’s report was clear and unequivocal: It never happened. The media and the Democrats had been pushing an outright hoax for the previous two years; there was no reason to believe that the Russians “had something” on Trump, and there was certainly no reason to think that our president was secretly beholden to Vladimir Putin.
But here we are, eighteen long months later, and the Washington Post apparently still hasn’t gotten the memo. In an op-ed this week, reporter Tim Weiner said that Trump’s allegiance to Russia remains a “crisis” that must be reckoned with.
“Despite the investigation by former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, despite the work of congressional intelligence committees and inspectors general — and despite impeachment — we still don’t know why the president kowtows to Vladimir Putin, broadcasts Russian disinformation, bends foreign policy to suit the Kremlin and brushes off reports of Russians bounty-hunting American soldiers,” Weiner wrote. “We still don’t know whether Putin has something on him. And we need to know the answers — urgently. Knowing could be devastating. Not knowing is far worse. Not knowing is a threat to a functioning democracy.
“Once in the White House, Trump was shielded in the invisibility cloak of presidential power,” he lamented. “If the counterintelligence agents wanted to follow the money, and they did, how could they get to Trump’s tax returns or the records of his 500-odd limited liability companies? And how could they do it in secret — an imperative for a counterintelligence investigation?”
Papers like the Washington Post won’t dare run anti-Black Lives Matter columns because they might be called “racist” by woke staffers, but they’ll print this garbage without a second thought. Readers are expected to walk away shaking their heads, convinced that – despite all the evidence to the contrary – that there really is a “pee tape” somewhere in the Kremlin. That Trump and Putin really did hatch a scheme to thwart democracy in 2016…and that they’re probably getting ready to do it again in November. Hell, they probably cooked up the coronavirus together during some top-secret meeting in the Seychelles.
Weiner has no problem maintaining these conspiracy theories long past their expiration date, and he has no problem pointing out what he considers the “problematic” aspects of Trump’s position on Russia. What he does have a problem with is mentioning that Trump has signed off on more new sanctions against Moscow than his predecessor ever did.
That…that wouldn’t quite fit the narrative.