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.”
‘There is no managing Donald Trump’: White House Republicans blasted for their myth of ‘adults in the room’
Republicans who thought they could manage Donald Trump were taken down in The New Yorker on Tuesday.
The Susan Glasser article was titled, "The spectacular failure of the Trump wranglers."
"On Tuesday, nearly seven hours into the marathon third day of public impeachment hearings, Kurt Volker tried to explain to the House Intelligence Committee what it was like to carry out the nearly impossible task of wrangling U.S. policy toward Ukraine during the Presidency of Donald Trump," Glasser wrote. "Volker, a veteran Republican diplomat who had been serving, since 2017, as Trump’s Special Representative to Ukraine, said that he realized last spring that he had a 'problem,' and that it was Trump himself.
BUSTED: Trump’s White House sent out anti-Vindman talking points — trashing their own staffer
President Donald Trump's war on his own employees escalated on Tuesday when the White House spread talking points designed to result in a coordinated attack on a decorated active-duty Army officer.
"The Trump White House has taken the extraordinary step of distributing talking points to allies of the president trashing one of its employees," The Daily Beast reported after obtaining a copy of the document.
"On Tuesday morning, White House aide Julia Hahn emailed Trump surrogates under the subject line, “Vindman’s Complaints Are Nothing More Than Policy Disagreements,” according to messages reviewed by The Daily Beast. Hahn, a Steve Bannon protege and one of his former allies in the White House, works on outreach and communications involving pro-Trump talking heads and other players in conservative media," The Beast reported.
Don Lemon notes the GOP panic after their own witnesses gave testimony harming Trump: ‘Worried much?’
CNN anchor Don Lemon explained how witnesses called by Republicans in the impeachment inquiry destoryed the defenses employed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
"Now, let's just be honest, the shakedown -- that's exactly what it is -- the shakedown is exposed, people," Lemon said.
"And the evidence comes from the Republican's own witnesses," he noted. "The former envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker -- who resigned just one day after the release of the whistleblower's report -- telling the president's defenders exactly what they did not want to hear."
"They called him apparently expecting him to say what he said in his closed-door testimony, that he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo, or let's call it for what it is again -- a shakedown," he continued. "Well, now he says he was wrong."