Dana Millbank writes:
By Dana Millback
Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset.
This doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but neither is it a flip accusation. Russia attacked our country in 2016. It is attacking us today. Its attacks will intensify in 2020. Yet each time we try to raise our defenses to repel the attack, McConnell, the Senate majority leader, blocks us from defending ourselves.
Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding.
Robert Mueller sat before Congress this last week warning that the Russia threat “deserves the attention of every American.” He said “the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in our election is among the most serious” challenges to American democracy he has ever seen. “They are doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign,” he warned, adding that “much more needs to be done in order to protect against these intrusions, not just by the Russians but others as well.” . . .
Yet McConnell blocks it all. Read on for the specifics.
Better still, watch this discussion.
The Republicans are blocking paper ballots! And all the other measures that would enhance the security and reliability of our elections!
Think about it! In addition to hacking and disinformation to adantage Trump, the Russians will very likely cause the losing side next year to doubt the validity of the outcome. Trump will almost surely say it was rigged, if he loses. Democrats will be skeptical if there is no paper trail and he wins. Either way, Putin wins: we will be at each other’s throats. He will have destroyed the foundation of our democracy: faith in free and fair elections.
This is so much worse than hanging chads or routine — albeit despicable — Republican voter suppression.
We so need a march on Washington — specifically, on the Senate — with the chant: DO YOUR JOB!
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