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1/10 After the Mueller report, everyone admits that there was a Russian campaign to elect Mr. Trump president of the United States in 2016. Amidst all the noise and spin, this is worth noting and remembering.
2/10 Many of those who now admit that there was a Russian campaign to elect Mr. Trump knew this in 2016. Why were there zero patriots in his campaign or in his party who said so at the time?
3/10 Now that everyone accepts there was a Russian campaign to elect Mr Trump, we can ask whether it made the difference. Mr Trump's a talented orator who spoke to American problems. But Russia made him possible & tipped the balance. See Jamieson's Cyberwar or my #RoadtoUnfreedom
4/10 Democracy depends upon being able to change one's mind. If no one does so after everyone admits that Mr. Trump owes a debt to a foreign power, our democracy is in trouble.
5/10 American political life is under a double shadow: that cast by a foreign intervention to choose a president, and that cast by those who knowing this exploited this circumstance for their own purposes.
6/10 The only defense offered by the White House is that Mr. Trump was an insignificant actor in the foreign plot to get him elected. That is true.
7/10 That the president of the United States is a minor player in his own drama is not good news. It means that there are major players to whom he owes debts.
8/10 Russia favored Mr. Trump over both his Republican and his Democratic rivals. Regardless of party, all Americans should want their presidential candidates selected in the United States.
9/10 Russia chose Mr. Trump because of his ability to wreak havoc, "to drive the Western locomotive right off the rails." Regardless of personality, Americans should oppose foreign assaults on democracy.
10/10 This president cannot defend American democracy from foreign attack, because he owes a debt to foreign attackers. Congress, federal agencies, American states, American businesses and above all American citizens will have to do so.
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