Spare me the wailing and gnashing of teeth about the Russians and our election, unless…

Photo: Anthony Moretti 18July2016

…you can show me evidence that the Russians and the Trump campaign successfully worked together to win him the White House.

I want evidence. And so far no one has any.

If the best you’ve got is that the Russians tried to win hearts and minds, to borrow a phrase, then basically you’ve got nothing.

I’m not dismissing the legitimate concerns that Russian propaganda sought to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. (And while I agree with almost nothing Donald Trump says, he is spot on when he suggests hers was a rather dull effort.) I also acknowledge the Kremlin is eager to influence elections in Western nations, including the one coming up in Germany. I’m well aware top American politicians assert that “the Russians are not our friends.”

None of that…zero…directly links the Russians to Trump. If you’re angry because the Kremlin wanted Trump to win and got what it wanted, then you need to take your sour grapes elsewhere.

Evidence. That’s all I’m asking for.

Remember what I wrote on the day Trump was inaugurated because the gist of that post then remains true now.

There is a critical point here: No U.S. voting machine was hacked during the election, meaning no actual votes were turned into Trump votes. …

Finally, as you notice your hate for Russia increasing, just remember one very important point: The CIA has been influencing elections — and often successfully — around the world for decades. The medicine is bitter because we ingested it; millions of people around the world long ago had.

I still have faith in the FBI; you’re entitled to your opinion about that agency. Therefore, I trust whatever it finds about the Russians and Trump will allow the American people to determine if Putin and Trump were playing footsie during the 2016 U.S. election season.

If there’s evidence, let’s revisit this issue. If there isn’t, well, you know…let it go.

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