No story in 2021 was more important than that of January 6th. It was the culminating event of Trump hatred gone nuclear, and provided the final catalyst to ban him and attempt to ban his supporters from society. Over the course of the year, we have learned what a lie and set up it was.
To ask a few rhetorical questions underscores the sheer absurdity of the day. Why was this the one Trump rally to absolutely lose it? Why were police killings at this rally intentionally ignored after a year of burning, looting, and murdering over other police shootings? Why was the death and funeral of Officer Brian Sicknick so falsified? Why are so many co-conspirators unindicted to this day, including ones clearly captured on camera instigating certain behaviors? How is it possible that American prisoners can be detained for a full year without charges brought against them and kept in miserable, filthy conditions? How does an insurrection take place without any weapons and end just a few hours later? Why did Democrat leaders deny additional police support for the rally? At the risk of typing a whole article of questions, I’ll move on. But my point is made.
While those lies are still coming to light, another monumental story (and egregious lie) was given a capstone in 2021. It is critical it doesn’t get memory-holed like so many other huge stories. Namely, it’s important to remember that the whole Russian Collusion narrative, to which we had to listen to and endure for years on end during the Trump presidency, was a gigantic con.
The next time you have a conversation with a leftist friend, ask them about Trump’s collusion with Russia. Then, be ready to drop a gigantic hammer on them.
In a projection of the actual problem, the entire Russian Collusion narrative turns out to have been a complete inside job of the Clinton campaign and its very own collusion with the federal Deep State. Buried amongst Covid conniveries and Biden blunders, though, few noticed or cared that several years and tens of millions of dollars were devoted to an absolute wild goose chase when it was reported this year.
The D.C. Uniparty framed a political outsider – and threat to their status quo operations – as a corrupt cheater and spent four years lying to the public about it. The seriousness and ramifications of this story cannot be overstated. You want democracy-ruining collusion? I’ll give you democracy-ruining collusion.
If anyone needs the reminder, living in 2017 vis-a-vis “Russia, Russia, Russia” was akin to Chinese water torture – drip, drip, drip – except the drip was a deluge of hyperbolic rhetoric and deceit. Russian prostitutes peed on the bed that Obama slept in. Remember that one? His campaign met with Russian assets in Trump Tower to get dirt on Hillary’s. Remember that one? Trump was Vlad’s right-hand man, right?
In reality, Clinton-associated operative, and recently-arrested, Igor Danchenko invented all of the salacious rumors, funneling them through shady and shadowy Clinton networks, and Clinton-associated operatives entrapped Trump officials in a meeting in a blatant attempt to catch them doing what they accused them of doing. (This last source citation is really insane; it is from a 2018 bombshell expose out of Real Clear Investigations titled “2016 Trump Tower Meeting Looks Increasingly Like a Setup by Russian and Clinton Operatives.” It is definitely worth reading in its entirety, and all the more maddening considering we sat on some really good information three years ago and the public conversation never shifted.)
Once in office, claims of collusion should have been really tough to connect the dots, because as president Trump armed the Ukrainians, dramatically increased military sales to Europe, sold the Patriot missile defense shield to Poland, crushed Russian mercenary forces in Syria, developed weapons pursuant to the new nuclear posture review that violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to counter Russia’s treaty-breaking efforts developed a missile defense strategy specifically oriented towards Russia; and countered the Russia-backed Iran Deal, according to a rundown of tough-on-Russia policies cited by The Federalist. So much for being soft on Putin.
The most damning element to all of these claims is that the FBI (and by extension all of the big players in D.C.) knew within weeks that nothing grounded the rumors. The FBI knew Danchenko was a fraud in early 2017, and yet the FBI’s own Robert Mueller conducted an investigation for two years that, not surprisingly, turned up nothing criminal. What’s more, there were unmistakable links to the Clinton campaign via various lawyers, companies, marriages, you name it.
The relentless headlines in the media and outright lying by bug-eyed or doughy politicians meant all we heard about was the fact that Donald Trump stole the White House, abetted by friendly Russian counterparts. It was the Covid panic porn of its day. Indeed, even if not as deadly, Trump Derangement Syndrome is certainly just as contagious and ruinous to a person’s general health as the Wuhan Flu. The same level of gas-lighting was there, with Pulitzers handed out to outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post for, in the words of the Pulitzer committee, “deeply sourced, relentlessly reported coverage in the public interest that dramatically furthered the nations’ understanding of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and its connections to the Trump campaign, the President-elect’s transition team, and his eventual administration.” That’s like giving a Nobel Prize in Science to the FDA for saying ivermectin is merely a horse paste.
Knowing that our 24-hour-news-cycle brains can barely remember the top headline from last week, it’s understandable that we forgot (or repressed) the incessant tattooing of the Russian drum. Life has moved on, hasn’t it? But we forget. And we can’t.
I get that the corrupt corporate media has chosen to largely stay quiet on matters of truth, but where is conservatives’ collective effort to make this story run the recently-resurrected Hillary off the airwaves for good? She claimed that the 2016 election was stolen. Remember that? She claimed that Trump was illegitimate. Remember that? They were all lies. Worst of all, if it can get worse, she knew they were lies and told them anyway.
Now, in doing some digging on this story, I happened to come across an interview that former Senator Rick Santorum (he of sweater vest fame) gave on Newsmax. I don’t often cite Newsmax, let alone Santorum, but what he said is spot on:
“This is where the rigging of the 2020 election really started…[i]t started with this false narrative and tainted the entire Trump presidency with it.” Bingo.
Election fraud must be meant to include far more than just double-counted ballots, misplaced ballots, dead voters’ ballots, insecure machines. – you know, actual fraud. This doesn’t detract from the obvious need of stringent voter identification measures and other means of guaranteeing free election, but it does add weight and merit to the claim that the 2020 presidential election was absolutely stolen.
The election was stolen not just by illegal ballot counting, but by every other effort to hide, distort, or rewrite truths. The claims of 2016’s illegitimacy enabled Democrats to lie about Trump, his character, and his presidency for four years. Add to that the admission of a bizarre Time story that accurately detailed insider collusion to frame narratives and stories as well as Big Tech’s efforts to squash the Hunter Biden story (that could have persuaded as many as 17% of Biden voters to rethink their choice).
From 30,000 feet, this is why the Russian Collusion scandal needs a good rehashing. From the moment he came down the escalator, to the moment he stood on the debate stage and stole the show with his barbs against all of the establishment’s picks, to the moment his David slew Hillary’s Goliath, Trump melted peoples’ brains. They just had to get back at him no matter what.
And they tried. But the truth is prevailing. Now we just need enough people to hear it.