While the left likes to accuse the right of being into conspiracy theories and gross hypotheticals, the evidence suggests that these tend to be left-wing habits.
After CNN legal analyst Elie Honig posed a hypothetical about former National Security Adviser John Bolton last Thursday, for instance, a flood of left-wing Twitter users rushed forth from their possibly feces-adorned abodes to entertain the hypothetical/conspiracy theory.
Check out his hypothetical below:
Hypothetical: if Bolton testified, “I spoke to the President directly and he said, ‘Screw Ukraine, either they announce a bogus investigation on the Bidens to help me in the election or else they don’t get foreign aid’” – would Republicans turn on Trump?
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) December 13, 2019
The hypothetical was predicated on the conspiratorial belief that over the summer President Donald Trump misused the power of the presidency to try and persuade Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate his top 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
The misuse of power allegedly involved the president purposefully withholding military aid to Ukraine until Zelensky complied with his demands.
This theory forms the root of House Democrats’ impeachment efforts against the president, though the argument could be made that it’s been debunked.
Several “witnesses” — all of them called to testify by the Democrats — have admitted to being aware of nothing illicit. And the one witness who did suggest that something illicit may have occurred later admitted that this was just a factless presumption.
Suffice it to say, the purported “evidence” of corruption is “woefully inadequate,” as put by civil libertarian, legal scholar, attorney, and George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley. And this itself is indisputable.
Ergo, the basis for the Democrats’ impeachment efforts and their rhetoric about election integrity is based arguably on a theory as unsubstantiated and dubious as the collusion delusion theory used to question the integrity of the 2016 election.
But this didn’t stop members of the far-left from rushing to their keyboards to argue that Republicans are so beholden to Trump — who himself is so beholden to Russian President Vladimir Putin — that they’d continue defending him even in the face of hypothetical indisputable evidence.
How ironic …
No because it’s a CULT AND THEY ARE ALL COMPLICIT ASSETS OF RUSSIA
— Kawana #TiredOfNazisOnHere (@inch2high) December 13, 2019
It all depends on what Putin/Russia want.
— bigmusicfan71 (@bigmusicfan71) December 13, 2019
No. They’re generally bought and paid for by the highest bidder, which is Russia/Saud.
If the EU were willing to bribe them enough, they’d be friends with them again.
— misterhamtastic (@misterhamtastic) December 13, 2019
No. Even if Trump hands the entire country to Russia , these morons again support Trump to save their seat on next election
— mansoor maghouli (@mansoormaghouli) December 13, 2019
No, they are complicit. Once, the GOP accepted foreign money being laundered through the party, it was all over for them. Not to mention, what were in the emails of the Republicans that Russia hacked into. I suspect some of them are guilty of committing crimes
— Linda (@ledmondson39) December 13, 2019
No, they are past the point of no return. They are all in regardless of crime or wrongdoing.
The @GOP are just as corrupt, they have taken money from Russians, invited Oligarchs to invest in their state, they have direct connection to Parnas.
They are becoming the party of Russia
— Iron Fist (@La_arma_viva) December 13, 2019
“Nope” is the answer based on recent performances by the hysterical monkeys who’d rather support Russia/Putin than fulfill their constitutional duties and stand up for democracy.
— Black and Red (@painter33) December 13, 2019
Trump is being blackmailed by Russia. And in return Trump is blackmailing the @GOP through Russia. This is not hard. Facts don’t matter anymore for these traitors. They are under Russian influence. This is the story here @CIA @FBI @RepAdamSchiff @SpeakerPelosi #TreasonIsTheReason
— Aliocha Matt (@AliochaMatt) December 13, 2019
These people really believe this conspiratorial nonsense. That, it would seem, is what consuming a daily diet of left-wing media propaganda can do to the brain.
To be clear, allegations that “Trump is being blackmailed by Russia” and that “in return, Trump is blacking the GOP” aren’t “facts” — they’re conspiracy theories, though sadly, they’re the type of conspiracy theories one’s apt to hear at CNN and MSNBC.
Moreover, the notion that the Trump administration and congressional Republicans have bowed to the whims of Russia is patently false and easily disproven.
It was the Trump administration that armed Russia’s nemesis Ukraine with Javelins and “tank busters.” And it was likewise the then-GOP-led Senate and House that voted overwhelmingly in 2017 to impose new sanctions on Russia — and did so with the president’s approval.
Writing in an op-ed last spring, Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan argued that Trump has been significantly tougher on Ukraine than his predecessor, former President Barack Hussein Obama, by arming Ukraine, embracing the European Deterrence Initiative, boosting military readiness and revitalizing American energy, the latter of which has weakened Russia’ grip on the world.
“So yes, Trump and his administration clearly have been tough on Russia — more so than his predecessor. Facts are stubborn things, and when it comes to Russia and Vladimir Putin, actions speak louder than words,” he wrote.
And much, much, much louder than baseless hypotheticals and conspiracy theories.
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