savvy to be influenced by fake ads on social media.
I think what people need to keep in mind is that there’s a distinction between people trying to sway American elections and succeeding in swaying American elections. I think one of our responsibilities is to make sure that people understand, you know, what the risks are, but also that they make their own determinations. You know, American citizens are pretty savvy, and they decide who to vote for. I don’t think they’d be influenced by ads posted by foreign governments. I think people are more thoughtful about that in the way that they make their decisions. But, nonetheless, you know, if we have foreign countries that are seeking to interfere in our elections, I think we need to take appropriate action in response.Really Rod? Too savvy? Americans?
A year ago, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had this to say:
“Personally, I think the idea that fake news on Facebook ― of which it’s a small amount of content ― influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.”Zuckerberg has since recanted and apologized, now knowing full well that Russia paid for three thousand targeted ads, which were estimated to reach 126 million Americans, as well as an additional 80,000 Facebook posts, linked to 120 actively managed Facebook pages. There were said to be an additional 20 million Americans who saw the content on Instagram. This amounts to about half the American voting population.
I want to be on record here - Americans aren't that savvy, they are that stupid and could be convinced that the world was flat, sky was pink and Jesus rode a pet dinosaur with a minimal amount of time and effort. I am disappointed in Rosenstein for going ostrich and burying his head in the Kremlin's sand. At one time I thought that he was beyond running political interference.
deny Russian collusion and influence. Why? Because he looked his bromantic pal Putin in the eye and Vlad said so. Three times. This of course cuts across what American intelligence services unanimously know, that there was definite Russian collusion but Trump is still not buying it.
HANOI — President Trump said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin again denied that Moscow tampered in the U.S. presidential campaign last year.And this:
The two men had brief conversations during a larger meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam, before Trump flew to Hanoi for a bilateral meeting Sunday with Vietnamese leaders.
Trump said that he had “two or three” brief conversations with Putin mostly centered on the war in Syria, but added that he pressed the Russian leader on Moscow’s role in attempting to interfere in the 2016 election.
“He said he didn’t meddle,” Trump said, answering questions in the press cabin on Air Force One. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. . . . He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”
Trump said that he believed Putin was “sincere” in his denials, and that Putin seemed to find the question insulting. Suggesting that what he called the “artificial Democratic hit job” of investigations of his campaign were preventing U.S.-Russian cooperation on a range of issues, including North Korea, Trump said that it is “a shame, because people will die because of it.”
President Trump on Saturday lashed out at U.S. intelligence leaders for their conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, calling them “political hacks” and slamming the investigations into Russian interference as a “Democratic hit job.”The current CIA director is obviously not quite as convinced as Trump. Mike Pompeo issued this statement today:
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump blasted former U.S. intelligence officials by name, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey.
"I mean, give me a break, they are political hacks," Trump said, according to White House pool reports. He was discussing the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election in favor of Trump.
"So you look at it, I mean, you have Brennan, you have Clapper and you have Comey," he continued. "Comey is proven now to be a liar and he is proven now to be a leaker.”
“So you look at that and you have President Putin very strongly, vehemently says he had nothing to do with them," he continued, referring to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"The Director stands by and has always stood by the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment entitled: Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections," the CIA said in a statement when asked for reaction to the president's remarks. "The intelligence assessment with regard to Russian election meddling has not changed."I have a lot of Republican and conservative readers and appreciate you all very much. Fess up. You down with Trump making all these goo goo eyes at Russia? You going to pretend that none of this Russia stuff ever happened too?
Is it impossible to be pissed off when you so much prefer to get pissed on?
Why would a guy who insults everybody else and always talks so tough somehow manage to, excuse the phrase, piss himself every time someone brings up Soviet shenanigans? Unfortunately the more I hear the more plausible the sodden possibility seems.