1. In a December 2017 interview with Joy Reid, authoritarian expert Sarah Kendzior reminds audiences that Russia hacked the RNC but never publicized the contents they pilfered from it.
2. Kendzior suggests that Republican lawmakers are being blackmailed and this explains why they are so solicitous to both Trump and Russia.
UPDATED JULY 6 , 2018
Sarah Kendzior, a journalist and expert on authoritarianism, appeared on MSNBC Thursday telling host Joy Reid it is possible that President Donald Trump is blackmailing certain Republicans with help from Russia. Kendzior also chided top level GOP officials for their submissiveness to the president.
According to Raw Story, one Republican senator singled out by Kendzior was South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, who mysteriously went from calling Trump a "kook" early on to blasting the media for attempting to "label the guy some kind of kook not fit to be president."
The uncomfortably effusive praise of Trump by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the cabinet, as well as an unctuous speech by long-serving Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) led Kendzior to speculate that Trump might even be blackmailing some officials.
Kendzior brought to bear the fact that the RNC was hacked and that numerous Republican politicians cashed in on 2016 donations from Russians living in the U.S.
“We don’t know what happened with those e-mails. We know that Lindsey Graham’s personal e-mails were also hacked and we know that Trump has a long track record of blackmailing and threatening those who he sees as his political opponents. That goes back throughout his entire career.”
“I think what concerns me most is that they seem afraid,” she said of the Republicans gathered to heap compliments on Trump this week. “They seem unable to stand up for themselves. They lack all dignity.”
UPDATED JULY 7 , 2018
Sarah Kendzior responded to this article on Twitter.