Biden Campaign Accuses Trump of Using “Russian Misinformation”
This week, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said, in no uncertain terms, that Hunter Biden’s laptop is not related to Russian intelligence, disinformation, or anything else in terms of Moscow’s election interference. But that didn’t stop Biden campaign adviser Symone Sanders from claiming Thursday that if President Trump brought up the laptop and the various other problems surrounding Joe Biden’s son that he would be trafficking in “Russian misinformation.”
“And let’s just be clear,” Sanders said on MSNBC. “If the president decides to amplify these latest smears about the vice president and his surviving son, that is Russian misinformation. That is what he is doing, and we should call it as such.”
Well, no, you shouldn’t, because that would be a lie.
But this is clearly the mission statement of the Biden campaign when it comes to the laptop, because Sanders’ remark echoed – nearly word for word – an earlier statement from Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield.
“If we see tonight from Donald Trump these attacks on Vice President Biden’s family, I think we need to be very, very clear that what he’s doing here is amplifying Russian misinformation,” Bedingfield said.
Only a few days earlier, Ratcliffe appeared on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo, who asked him point-blank if the laptop had originated from Russian intelligence sources.
“So, Maria it’s funny that some of the people that complained the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing intelligence and unfortunately in this case, it is Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who as you pointed out on Friday said that the intelligence community believes that Hunter Biden’s laptop and e-mails on it are part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” Ratcliffe replied on Monday.
“Let me be clear, the intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that and we shared no intelligence with chairman Schiff or any other member of Congress that Hunter Biden’s laptop is part of some Russian disinformation campaign,” he continued. “It’s simply not true.”
Put simply, Joe Biden does not want to answer the difficult and uncomfortable questions that arise from the contents of his son’s laptop – questions about why Hunter Biden had a high-paying job with a Ukrainian energy firm, why he, Joe Biden, told the media that he never talked to his son about the job and he never met with Burisma executives, and why the emails on the laptop appear to tell a much different story. He doesn’t want to address those thorny topics because they point to a pattern of corruption.
It’s far easier to blurt, “RUSSIA,” and hope that the media is docile enough to go along with it.
Which, so far, seems to be a safe bet. Unfortunately.