A Republican pollster insisted on MSNBC that the Russia investigation was prompted by Democratic excuses for losing the presidential election — but another guest set him straight.
Chris Wilson, a GOP strategist and CEO of WPA Intelligence, told MSNBC’s Chris Jansing that President Donald Trump recognized that Russia tried to interfere in the election, but he insisted it was unfair to fully investigate those efforts.
“Since the day after the election, this has become a process of Democrats trying to delegitimize his election, so it makes him very defensive,” Wilson said. “Frankly, it makes many Republicans very defensive about the entire process. Rather than accepting the results of the election, it becomes Democrats saying, well, it’s not fair because Russia got involved or it’s not fair because of what Vladimir Putin did.”
Jansing reminded the Republican pollster that officials put in place by Trump have confirmed Russian interference, and she asked how that was unfair for Democrats to point out and call for investigation.
“If you’re saying Russia interfered, and therefore he was elected — yes, that’s delegitimizing,” Wilson said. “That was part of the process of the Clinton campaign, immediately following the election, getting together to figure out, we have to explain why we lost an election we should have won.”
Jason Johnson, politics editor for The Root, stepped in to correct Wilson’s historically inaccurate account of the timeline for raising the alarm about Russian attacks on the election.
“Yeah, no, that’s not what happened,” Johnson said. “The White House literally talked to both — they talked to Mitch McConnell and Republicans, and said, ‘Hey, look, the Russians are trying to interfere.’ It happened before Trump got elected.”
Johnson said GOP lawmakers threatened to make the same argument as Wilson before Trump was even elected, and that gave Russia cover to continue interfering.
“Mitch McConnell and the Republicans said, ‘If you talk about this publicly, we will claim you’re trying to delegitimize Trump two months before the election,'” Johnson said. “That’s a problem.”
New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.
Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: