During former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy’s debut on Sunday as a CNN contributor, his left-wing colleagues accused him of peddling “completely inaccurate and factually wrong” conspiracy theories.
Ironically, this attack occurred just hours after a left-wing CNN guest peddled a blatant conspiracy theory about President Donald Trump being broke …
The accusation against Duffy was lobbed right after a panel discussion on CNN’s “State of the Union” about the Republican Party’s future. While Duffy felt that the future looked good, every other member of the CNN panel of course felt differently.
Pivoting the discussion to the ongoing impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, CNN political contributor Amanda Carpenter argued that the president is to blame for it, not the congressional Democrats actually leading the informal inquiry.
“There is increasing distrust of the president when it comes to foreign policy because his decisions are so erratic, if not verging on corrupt,” Carpenter opined. “There is no way to stop it. People cannot be responsible for this. And, as of now, we’re looking at everything through the lens of impeachment.”
This remark inspired Duffy to point out that the basis for the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is as dubious as the basis for the since-debunked Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory.
“So hold on a second!” Duffy interjected. “So we spent two years on a Russia investigation, right, and Democrats and the media were all about what happened in the 2016 election. What Mick Mulvaney said was Donald Trump said, ‘Let’s look and, say, let’s get the server, this is the DNC server that had everything ….'”
Before he could continue further, fellow CNN contributor Jen Psaki, a former Obama administration official, interrupted him to accuse him of entertaining conspiracy theories.
“This is a disputed, absurd conspiracy theory you’re talking about,” she blurted.
But that wasn’t the point, Duffy replied.
“It may be, but [Trump] says, ‘I’m investigating the 2016 election and the [Democrat National Committee] server’ … the FBI never got the server. It went to CrowdStrike, and CrowdStrike is partially owned by a …,” Duffy attempted to reply before being cut off again.
“What you’re stating is completely inaccurate and factually wrong,” Psaki shrieked. “It’s a conspiracy theory on the right-wing blogs.”
Again, that wasn’t the point. The point, the former congressman continued, is that the president is trying to root out potential collusion between the Ukrainians/Russians and the Democrats. And given that Democrats spent nearly three years trying to root out alleged collusion between Trump and Russia, why can’t Trump now do the same to the Democrats?
“Why does this table disagree with the point we should look at 2016 Russia collusion?” Duffy asked in exasperation.
“Because we already know what happened. We already know what happened. It’s said and done,” Carpenter replied.
The actual facts regarding the server and its ties to the impeachment narrative are a bit complex.
The basis for impeachment is specifically an otherwise noncontroversial phone call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky over the summer in which he asked his foreign counterpart to look into credible allegations that certain corrupt officials within his government had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of the Democrats.
The request was made in part because of allegations surrounding CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity investigation firm that the Democrat National Committee hired after its servers were hacked in 2016. The firm concluded that Russian operatives were responsible for the hack. But not everybody believes this story.
Critics have claimed that the DNC’s server is now effectively “missing.” They’ve also called attention to the fact that CrowdStrike was founded by Dmitri Alperovitch, a Ukrainian man who was born in Russia but is now an American citizen.
In defending the president’s request that Zelensky look into the matter, earlier this week acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney admitted that the request had been driven in part by Trump’s concerns over the “missing” DNC server.
Whether there’s any legitimacy to the server theory remains unclear. What’s known without a shadow of a doubt — though frequently denied by Democrat Party propagandists within the media — is that certain corrupt Ukrainian officials did indeed meddle in the 2016 election, though the exact manner of the meddling remains unclear.
“Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office,” Politico reported in 2017. “They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election.”
Here’s the kicker: “And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers.”
The DNC reportedly took part in the collusion as well.
“A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia,” the report continued.
But the story was buried soon after its publication, and the alleged collusion between Clinton, the DNC and corrupt Ukrainian officials was never further scrutinized.
It’s not hard to see why Trump and his allies, including Duffy, are concerned about this possible collusion. However, CNN’s regular viewers think differently. To them, both Duffy and the president are just conspiracy theorists:
— Bob Levine (@idguy) October 20, 2019
The world is on fire, what should we do?
CNN: Let’s hire Sean Duffy to lie and spew conspiracy theories.
— James (@james1976mc) October 20, 2019
Wow. I didn’t think CNN could find a more bonkers pro Trump contributor than Rick Santorum but they did with Sean Duffy…complete conspiracy theorist. #CNNSOTU
— Michael Beltran (@MickyBell) October 20, 2019
Dear @CNN, why did you hire that idiot ex-congressman Sean Duffy? He’s a complete and utter Trump troll!
— Aatos Räikkönen 🏳️🌈 (@AatosRaikkonen) October 20, 2019
‘FACTUALLY WRONG’#SeanDuffy busted pushing ‘absurd conspiracy theory’ on his first day as a CNN contributor
WHY ALLOW THESE LIES #CNN?
— Michael O’Grady (@mog7546) October 20, 2019
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