Someone is trying to make Lindsey Graham jealous!

From James Downie at the Washington Post (opinion):

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) showcasing the “typical shell game” of Republicans on impeachment: Eliminate the importance of the “quid pro quo,” muddy the waters of the president’s motive and distort the impeachment process itself. Since then, the senator from Louisiana has taken his pro-Trump spin to a new level: repeating Russian disinformation without a care.

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Kennedy began his interview with host Chuck Todd with a mea culpa for recently misstating that Ukraine, not Russia, hacked Democratic National Committee computers in 2016. One would think such embarrassment would lead one to be more cautious in his claims about Russia, Ukraine and the 2016 election. Not so with Kennedy.

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Unsurprisingly, Kennedy’s summary of those articles bears little to no resemblance to the actual facts. For example, the Politico article that Kennedy cited reported only that “Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office” and by highlighting former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s close ties to Russia.

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As Kennedy surely knows, foreign government officials’ public criticism of a U.S. presidential candidate is nowhere close to the hack of a political party or state-directed misinformation campaigns on social media. The former is expected; the latter all but unprecedented. Even Kennedy admitted as much: “Does that mean that the Ukrainian leaders were more aggressive than Russia? No. Russia was very aggressive and they’re much more sophisticated.”

 

But after that admission, Kennedy made his most extraordinary claim — that former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko himself “actively worked for Secretary Clinton.” Kennedy had no evidence to support this — and as Todd noted, “you realize the only other person selling this argument outside of the United States is … Vladimir Putin.”

 

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The term “useful idiot,” usually attributed to Vladimir Lenin to refer to Westerners unwittingly repeating Soviet propaganda, has often been applied too broadly since its first use. But Kennedy has amplified a Russian misinformation campaign and willfully ignored warnings about said campaign. The result? Moscow’s attempt to “get people like [Kennedy] to say these things about Ukraine” has worked spectacularly. As a phrase, “useful idiot” has never been more apt.

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8 responses to “Someone is trying to make Lindsey Graham jealous!

  1. Useful idiot those two are- Graham and Kennedy. The lies they tell are so ridiculous that I am surprised that no reporter has laughed them in the face Come to think of it, maybe they have been laughed at.

    • The sad thing is that neither is an idiot. They are highly educated men who choose to act dumb and push a bullshit narrative just so they can retain power. There is no sense of patriotism among the Goopers.

      • Well of course they are not idiots but they are behaving as such. To perpetuate such blantant lies makes them seem ridiculously inept akin to someone who believes in fairy tales. But come to think of it, maybe Trump and his followers are part of a fairy tale and I write this in jest.

        • They are play-acting. They are trying to come off as some good-ol’ boys to appeal to the people in their states. It’s actually an insult to those who vote for them, but they are either too stupid or brainwashed, or perhaps just too racist, to care.

  2. Very appropriate changing the bunnies into rats. Also the T necklace and the beanie propeller on Trump’s doubtless plastic, made-in-China crown.

    Graham will not fume alone for long. Trump’s favorites are always ephemeral. Idiots tend to lose their usefulness rapidly. Even a world-class idiot like Giuliani did.

    • I watched this movie (the real one) the other night, and I immediately thought of Lindseypooh. Kennedy cast himself as the other lead character after his Meet the Press interview.

      I was afraid you wouldn’t notice another addition. I didn’t want to make it super-obvious, but I guess I erred in the other direction and was too subtle. Kennedy is wearing kneepads. That’s his 5th set. I tried red, white and blue ones, gray ones, red ones, and other black ones before I settled on these. I highlighted them, but I knew it was a coin toss. I am very glad, however, that you recognized the propeller. That also went through several color changes.

      We are all going to have to pay for a brand new super-sized bus, big enough for all the people Twitler will throw under it. It’s always just a matter of time. I don’t feel sorry for any of them.

  3. therub

    lol! this is so perfect! love the addition of the golf clubs. the balls must have fallen off the spanking boys.

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