Trump Says Warning About Russian Interference In The 2020 Election Is A “Hoax”

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President Trump said warnings of Russian election interference are "another misinformation campaign" by Democrats.

Nearing the end of his first term in office, President Donald Trump apparently has no greater confidence in his intelligence officials than he had at the beginning. On Friday, the president said new warnings of Russian interference in the 2020 election are nothing but a hoax perpetrated by the Democrats, The New York Times reported.

“Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa,” Trump tweeted. “Hoax number 7!”

The president was referencing the intelligence briefing delivered to the House Intelligence Committee on February 13, when intelligence officials said Russia intends to interfere in the primaries and general election — and that the Kremlin appears to favor Trump.

Trump decided to remove acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire after learning of the briefing and replace him with U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell — a known Trump loyalist.

The Times noted that “Multiple intelligence groups have determined that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, and, before the 2018 midterms, delivered warnings that Russia was prepared to do it again.”

But Trump has been loath to accept those findings; instead, he has relied on the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has insisted his country did not interfere in the 2016 election.

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By Hook Or By Crook

Most folks adhere to some form of moral standard. For some, this standard may be based on a religious or political belief. For others, this standard may simply be based on some form of acceptable social ethics. But some folks’ standards are not based on religion or politics or any form of acceptable ethics. Some folks’ moral standard is based on the old adage, ‘by hook or by crook.’ Which means ‘by any means necessary.’
This is a standard that has been followed by pirates, gangsters, con-artists, grifters, and thieves, of all stripes, since time immemorial. Those who follow it have been the bane of law-abiding, God-fearing, and morally upstanding people since people first formed into social groups. They have been feared, despised, hated, loved, admired, and emulated. They fill our police blotters, pulp-fiction, action movies, and news broadcasts. They walk the streets of the hood, they haunt the halls of Congress, and they inhabit the boardrooms of big business. They may be your co-worker, next-door neighbor, or even a family member.
It is hard to say what kind of child, or when and how a child will pick up this standard of behavior. For some, it may be due to a form of trauma. For others, it may be due to how they are raised. For many, it is probably a combination of both. Donald Trump was raised by his father with this standard, and he, in turn, raised his children in the same way. His father taught him that the only thing that matters is winning and in order to win one has to be a killer. In other words, one has to win ‘by hook or by crook.’
What does this mean? It means that all other standards of behavior, be they religious, political, or ethical in any socially acceptable way, are secondary. It means that honesty, fairness, and compassion are seen as signs of weakness, while dishonesty, double-dealing, and cold-heartedness are seen as signs of strength.
In the world of the pirate, gangster, con-artist, grifter and thief, to outsmart, con, take, buffalo, hoodwink or rip-off the common citizen, mark, John, or sucker is not only a sign of success but confirmation of one’s own superiority over the ordinary human being. Because at the core of a criminal’s cynical rationalizations and justifications for doing what they do is a belief that the ordinary human being is stupid and the moral beliefs and standards of ordinary human beings are foolish. And so, ordinary human beings deserve what they get.
Donald Trump and his family have carried these cynical rationalizations and justifications of the common criminal into their adult lives and into the White House of the United States. And they have succeeded, with the help of corrupt politicians, disgruntled Americans, and a foreign government, in pulling off one of the greatest political cons, economic heists, and social grifts in human history. And the American People, the American economy, and the American political system are now being held hostage by a virtual gang of pirates who are busy ransacking the coffers of the American government and wrecking the American ship of state for as long as they can get away with it.
The American people must now wake up to what is happening and muster all of the weapons the legal system has to offer, in order to launch a full-frontal assault on these marauders and drive them out. And we must drive them out because these pirates, gangsters, con-artists, grifters, and thieves care nothing for the standards of democracy we value. They do not care about democracy and they have no business being involved in the management of our government. They only seek to satisfy their insatiable and prideful need to win ‘by hook or by crook,’ and they will destroy our constitutional democracy in the process if we let them. We must not let them.



This is concise and well-presented. Therefore will probably be called another "hoax".

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