Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway took to television on Sunday, August 5, to explain President Donald Trump's repeated questioning of the fact that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, which ultimately resulted in Trump's rise to power. Every U.S. intelligence agency has confirmed that Russia meddled in our elections, and is interfering once again in the lead-up to the 2018 midterms, and yet President Trump continues to reference a "Russian hoax" on Twitter while taking no action to stymie Putin's ambitions.
What, one might wonder, could Kellyanne Conway possibly say to absolve the President this time?
Well, to hear Conway speak of the situation, it turns out President Trump is pretty blameless. Who should have dealt with this? President Obama!
.@KellyannePolls on the Russia probe: “This president wants to make very clear he was not the president in 2016 wh… https://t.co/wHhkAUhQ3X— Face The Nation (@Face The Nation) 1533480795.0
This argument isn't a new one from the Trump team:
Oh, except that President Obama DID deal with Russian meddling. When it was discovered, Obama's administration passed harsh sanctions against Russia and made the public aware of their findings in a press release. At that time, it was now-President Trump publically questioning the widespread interference, and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell who refused to sign on to a full-throated warning to the American people.
Even if President Obama had failed to take any action, it wouldn't excuse the Trump administration from dealing with Russia's continued interference.
Republicans in Congress call it the "bill from hell" - but there is no word yet on whether Trump agrees with the la… https://t.co/TxOjld8pyN— DW News (@DW News) 1533427500.0
A new bill has been circulating through Congress, but it's been unclear whether or not President Trump will be willing to sign it, even while he chides former administrations for coddling Russia.
Crushing new sanctions against Russia eminently deserved as punishment & deterrent. Senate should approve Graham-Me… https://t.co/lPVXKTLumS— Richard Blumenthal (@Richard Blumenthal) 1533307449.0
I wonder if Trump and Graham discussed the "sanctions bill from hell" against Russia while out on the golf course t… https://t.co/E1q44esz0t— Niels Lesniewski (@Niels Lesniewski) 1533514781.0
Fortunately, Twitter seems to remember what the truth is.
@FaceTheNation @KellyannePolls I had to skip this show this Sunday. I am no longer willing to support these choices… https://t.co/ZFG9dnGM5U— tony v. zampella (@tony v. zampella) 1533481417.0
@FaceTheNation @KellyannePolls Here's a headline: "@FaceTheNation Enables The Trump Regime To Continue Gaslighting America"— susani 🇺🇸 (@susani 🇺🇸) 1533481068.0
@FaceTheNation @KellyannePolls I couldn’t watch. I won’t waste my time with @KellyannePolls. She lies and gaslight… https://t.co/X7y95Qhikl— C. Deanne Rowe 👠 Author (@C. Deanne Rowe 👠 Author) 1533481799.0
@FaceTheNation @KellyannePolls He is President now, has been shown evidence of continued interference now, and cont… https://t.co/Uu8VKc1snA— JP (@JP) 1533481301.0
@FaceTheNation @KellyannePolls He was asking Russia in daylight in front of the world to find @HillaryClinton email… https://t.co/bu8Ef5eqmS— We’re living history do the right thing (@We’re living history do the right thing) 1533481276.0
@RawStory What she conveniently forgets to mention is how many times Trump complained before November that it was a… https://t.co/ricj0AbJi9— Jennifer (@Jennifer) 1533488000.0
It seems Conway's claims are somewhat short of the truth.
@RawStory Why would anyone ever talk to or believe her after she said there were #AlternativeFacts? She’s unreliab… https://t.co/k7G5MxRgqF— JW 🏳️🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 (@JW 🏳️🌈 ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜) 1533483661.0