On Friday, an editorial in The New York Times warned that other foreign governments could use special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as a road map to interfere with other US elections.
The report said that President Donald Trump’s campaign did not criminally conspire with Russia, however, the editorial explained that Putin won on a different front.
“It is obviously difficult for this president to acknowledge that he was aided in his election by Russia, and there is no way to gauge with any certainty how much impact the Russian activities actually had on voters,” the editorial said.
Adding, “But the real danger that the Mueller report reveals is not of a president who knowingly or unknowingly let a hostile power do dirty tricks on his behalf, but of a president who refuses to see that he has been used to damage American democracy and national security.”
The editorial explained that Russia won by creating division in America.
“But if the main intent was to intensify the rifts in American society, Russia backed a winner in Mr. Trump,” the editorial said.
It then went on to explain how this is dangerous for America, and what lawmakers must do to protect our democracy.
“A perceived victory for Russian interference poses a serious danger to the United States. Already, several American agencies are working, in partnership with the tech industry, to prevent election interference going forward,” the editorial noted. “But the Kremlin is not the only hostile government mucking around in America’s cyberspace — China and North Korea are two others honing their cyber-arsenals, and they, too, could be tempted to manipulate partisan strife for their ends.”
“That is something neither Republicans nor Democrats should allow. The two parties may not agree on Mr. Trump’s culpability, but they have already found a measure of common ground with the sanctions they have imposed on Russia over its interference in the campaign,” the editorial board wrote.
Read the full editorial here.