"CIA Says Russia Is Boosting Bernie To Undermine His Campaign"
The Jimmy Dore Show (February 24, 2020)
Jimmy Dore: “Here’s the New York Times:
Russia is aiding President Trump in the 2020 election, intelligence officials told lawmakers. Trump complained Democrats might exploit the news.
Jimmy Dore: "Do you think? You mean the intelligence community is going to manufacture a bunch of bullshit that’s negative against a guy they want to get rid of? And then the Democrats are going to weaponize it? I don’t fucking see that happening." [end snark]
"This is what the New York Times is reporting."
In a February 13 briefing, intelligence officials warned House lawmakers that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get Trump re-elected, 5 people familiar with the matter said.
The day after, Trump berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing director of national intelligence for allowing it to take place, people familiar said, Trump cited Rep. Adam Schiff’s presence in the briefing as a particular irritant.
Jimmy Dore: “And so, this is what I say to the New York Times. [shows his own tweet]:
There’s a billionaire literally buying up one of our two major political parties, but OK, everyone will pretend this is real.
[shows screen shot of Rachel Maddow looking nonplussed]:
"Sorry but I have to ask. These “Russians” – Are they here in the room with us right now?"
[1:21] Ron Placone: "No. They’re not in the room right now. But they are trying to turn off the power."
[shows screenshot of tweet]
Your Russia bullshit is ludicrous.
Why would Russia want Trump to be re-elected?
What part of Trump giving defensive weapons to Polan/Ukraine, rebuilding our military, going all in on energy, or killing Solemeini do you think strikess Putin's fancy?
[1:41] Jimmy Dore: "Every fucking thing Trump's doing is anti-Putin. Every thing you can say he's doing for Putin, I got ten things he's doing against him. So it's all fucking made up. And this is how the "intelligence community" captures the narrative. And now ... Oh, by the way, they don't tell you this:" [shows screen shot of Politico headline]
Facebook, Twitter: Russian actors sought to undermine Trump after election.
"Where was that story? That was one time in Politico. And that was October 31st, 2017. That's fucking Halloween. But this is such made-up fucking bullshit. I've showed you over and over again. How much did Russia spend on Google ads on every Google platform? Four thousand dollars. The price of a used Taurus. How much money did they spend on Facebook? They spent a hundred thousand dollars. Half of it after the fucking election. So, fifty thousand dollars on Facebook and four grand on Google. And that's what swung our fucking election? And now you know how stupid they think you are, that you're going to buy this shit. And the fucking New York Times and the Washington Post is doing it fucking again. You know who the biggest fucker of elections are. The United States is the biggest fucker of elections that there has ever been in the history of the world."
[3:03] Steph Zamorano: "Hey, Jimmy. The last slide. I really just hope that the Russian actors are part of the union." [Jimmy shows slide]
Oh, the irony!
The US has a long history of attempting to influence presidential elections in other countries - It's done so as many as 81 times between 1946 and 2000.
Levin says the side assisted by the U.S. took power in 59% of the 81 elections.
Jimmy Dore: "We've been doing this forever. In 2012 we started our cyberforce, the United States did. This is not new. This is not strange. This is not unique to Russia. This is something every fucking country does but the DNC and the establishment donor class want you to think it's fucking specific, spectacularly specific to Russia. And we can't have an election, so when Bernie wins, they can fucking tell you it was because of Russia and we gotta have a recount. You think I'm kidding? "
[shows screen shot of Washington Post headline]
Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his campaign.
"That's the CIA planning bullshit and the Washington Post reporting it. And why would they report it a day before the Las Vegas election? I don't know why they fucking do that. I don't want to be a tinfoil hat mother ... [end snark] [shows screen shot of Aaron Mate tweet]
US intelligence officials are trying to undermine Bernie Sanders' campaign & credulous media outlets will help them. @MaxBlumenthal warned long ago that Russiagate would be weaponized against the left. This is an escalation of that.
Jimmy Dore: "Right fucking now.
[4:38] "Here's what they say in the story:
Though intelligence officials have previously told lawmakers that Russia's interference campaign was continuing, last week's briefing included what appeared to be new information: that Russia intended to interfere with the 2020 Democratic primaries as well as the general election.
Although the intelligence conclusion that Russia is trying to interfere in the 2020 Democratic primaries is new, in the 2019 report of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, there is a reference to Russian desires to help Mr Sanders in his presidential primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2016. The report quoted documents from the Internet Research Agency, a troll factory sponsored by Russian intelligence, in an order to its operatives: "Use any opportunity to criticize Hillary and the rest except for Sanders and Trump -- We support them."
One of Moscow's main goals is to undermine confidence in American election systems, intelligence officials have told lawmakers, seeking to sow doubts over close elections and recounts. American officials have said they want to maintain confidence in the country's voting systems, so confronting those Russian efforts is difficult.
Both Republicans and Democrats asked the intelligence agencies to hand over the underlying material that prompted their conclusion that Russia is again favoring Mr. Trump's election.
The Russians have been preparing -- and experimenting -- for rthe 2020 election, undeterred by American efforts to thwart them but aware that they needed a new playbook of as-yet-undetectable methods, United States officials said.
[5:28] Jimmy Dore: "What the CIA is saying is, 'They’re doing new shit but we don’t know what it is. How do you know they’re doing new shit if you don’t know what the fuck it is. It’s because you’re fucking making it up to sink Bernie Sanders’ campaign, you fucking liars."
Ron Placone [doing his imitation Russian accent]: “Jimmy. I can tell you what it is tonight. We’re going to make 2020 sex toys. The Hillary dildos were great. We’re doing it this time. But if anybody, we like Biden. Gets ready for no malarkey anal beads. Now you know.
Graham Elwood: “I would buy those. Don’t judge me.”
[Shows Tweet by Aaron Mate]:
The fear-mongering about Russian disinformation & “undermining confidence in American election systems” is straight-up projection. The Russians are so spooky that their playbook comprises “as-yet-undetectable methods” & “more creative use of Facebook & other social media.”
What could be bigger disinfo than ceaseless fear-mongering about Russian bots, & what co uld undermine confidence in elections more than politicians , media, intel officials, & “experts” constantly screaming that Russia elected Trump; hacked voting systems; & will do it again?
[7:00] Jimmy Dore: The only people undermining our elections are our own intelligence community and our own fucking elite media. That’s who is undermining our election because Bernie Sanders is winning our elections and they don’t want you to think he is.
Graham Elwood: “And nobody spends more money on intelligence than the United States of America. Nobody. By ten times the amount.”
[7:19] Jimmy Dore: “And so here is Bernie Sanders today having to respond to this on CNN. [shows screen shot of “BREAKING NEWS headline] Bernie Sanders: “Here is the message to Russia: Stay out of American elections. … That is what they did in 2016 and that is the ugliest thing they are doing, is they are trying to cause chaos, they are trying to cause hatred in America – cnn.it/2PfD93T
[audio voice over of Bernie Sanders speaking to reporters: “Whether they acknowledge it or not, they did interfere in 2016. The intelligence community is telling us they are interfering in this campaign right now in 2020.”
Jimmy Dore: “So Bernie, instead of debunking that shit, he repeats it. Instead of saying, “Of course they’re saying that. They don’t want me to be President. That’s why they’re saying that.” He doesn’t say that. He props it up. Watch:
“Well. I say to Mr. Putin, if elected President, trust me, you are not going to be interfering in American elections.” [When asked when he first heard of this, he said]: “I'm guessig about a month ago.” [When asked what he planned to do about it, he said]: “Well, I it was not clear what role they’re going to play. We were told that Russia and maybe other countries are gonna get involved in this campaign and, look, here is the message. To Russia. Stay out of American elections. And what they are doing, by the way, the ugly thing that they are doing – and I’ve seen some of their tweets and stuff. They try to divide us up. That’s what they did in 2016, and that is the ugliest thing they’re doing. They’re trying to cause chaos. They’re trying to cause hatred in America. It’s an ugly business. And all of us have got to say, ‘Sorry. You’re not going to do this in this election.”
[8:39] Jimmy Dore: “No. The people who are sowing discord and division in America are the people who are taking money from the corporatist billionaires, like Neera Tandon and Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and every other motherfucker at MSMBC. Those are the people who are sowing division in the country, Bernie. It’s not some motherfuckers with four thousand dollars in Google ads, OK? So stop fucking saying that shit.
[9:08] “He’s undermining his own fucking candidacy by doing this. And what is he doing? He’s propping up the very thing that is now being weaponized to take him down. And I said this was going to happen four fucking years ago. I said, you know when you do Russia-gate, the first person they’re going to use this against is anybody who goes against the establishment. And here the fuck they are doing it right now. The front runner is being fucking accused of being a puppet of Russia. Right now it’s happening.
[9:41] “And the weird thing about it is that Bernie knows that this is happening. They ask him and here’s what he says: “Again, as President of the United States, OK, Mr Putin, you will not interfere ...” They told him a month ago and this lady says where the intelligence community told you a month ago that this was happening. Why do you think this is coming out now? And watch what he says: “I’ll let you guess. One day before the Nevada caucuses. Why do you think it came out? It was the Washington Post? Good friends.”
[10:32] Jimmy Dore: “So we all can see why this came out the day before the Nevada caucus and so can Bernie. So it’s weird that he can see that they’re doing this bullshit Russia shit to undermine his campaign but he can’t help but also prop-up and validate the bullshit Russia stuff that they’re using to fucking try to undermine his campaign. He should be debunking this shit, saying “This is the intelligence community coming at me because I’m going to end the wars that they want to keep going. I’m going to end Syria, Libya, Afghanistan. I’m going to bring people home. That’s what he should be saying.”