During the whole Trump Jr. scandal, you would think with the way Democrats have been acting that they’ve never sought the help of the Russkies .
Turns out their ‘white hats’ are stained with guilty finger prints.
Here a 5 former leading Democrats who tried to use Russians to leverage them into office.
1. Former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA). He reached out to the Soviet Union for election help twice.
According to Michael Reagan, Sen. John Tunney (D-CA), at the behest of his friend Ted Kennedy, lobbied the Soviet Union “to sabotage [Jimmy] Carter’s foreign policy efforts,” as this was during Kennedy’s primary challenge against Carter in 1980.
“One 1980 document stated that Kennedy offered to condemn President Carter’s policy toward the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in exchange for KGB help,” wrote Reagan. “News accounts of that period prove that Kennedy did, in fact, openly criticize Carter’s Afghanistan policy.”
In 1983 Kennedy also reached out to the Soviet Union, attempting to impair Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy and weaken his re-election chance in 1984.
He even offered to set up TV interviews in America to make the Soviets seem more “peaceful.”
2. Barack Obama said to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev: “After my election I have more flexibility”, in 2012.
These words were captured on a hot mic, meaning no one was supposed to hear them.
Obama was communicating to Medvedev he needed Putin, the newly elected Russian President, to ‘give [him] space’ on Russia-related affairs until after he was elected. To which Medvedev replied, “I will transmit this information to Vladimir, and I stand with you.”
Obama even snarked to Romney during a 2012 presidential debate, “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
Once Obama was re-elected, Putin took advantage of Obama’s “flexibility” with invading Crimea and taking lead in Syria.
His ‘white hat’ is hardly clean.
3. Jimmy Carter attempted to leverage the Soviet option to improve his chances in the 1980 election against Ronald Reagan.
Michael Reagan also noted in his column that Carter, through his political ally Armand Hammer, lobbied for the Soviet Union to let “Jewish ‘refuseniks’ emigrate to Israel” to strengthen Carter’s standing in important states, but the Soviets rebuffed Carter.
Interestingly, Reagan biographer Craig Shirley wrote in one of his books that during the 1976 election, the Soviet Union “had made overtures to the Carter campaign,” even going as far as suggesting “that they could possibly pursue policies that could affect the outcome of the election so as to favor Carter.”
4. Bill Clinton tried bargaining a deal in 1996. He promised support of Russian President Boris Yeltsin, if Yeltsin agreed “to clear up ‘negative’ issues.”
The Washington Times found a confidential memo in 1996 that revealed the following: President Clinton, in a private meeting at the recent anti-terrorism summit, promised Boris Yeltsin he would back the Russian president’s re-election bid with “positive” U.S. policies toward Russia.
In exchange, Mr. Clinton asked for Mr. Yeltsin’s help in clearing up “negative” issues such as the poultry dispute between the two countries, according to a classified State Department record of the meeting obtained by The Washington Times.
Mr. Clinton told Mr. Yeltsin that “this is a big issue, especially since about 40 percent of U.S. poultry is produced in Arkansas. An effort should be made to keep such things from getting out of hand,” the memo said.
Bill Gertz, who reported on the memo and is now an editor for the Washington Free Beacon and a columnist for The Washington Times, explained that the memo “exposed the Bill Clinton style of leadership — going to bat for his political donors and other vested interests in his home state of Arkansas.”
5. Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill wanted the Russkies on the Democrats’ side during the 1984 election.
Michael Reagan stated in his column, O’Neill told Soviet ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Dobrynin, “that it was in everyone’s best interests if the Soviets would help the Democrats keep ‘that demagogue Reagan’ from being re-elected.”
“O’Neill warned Dobrynin that the ‘primitive instincts’ of this ‘dangerous man’ would plunge the world into war,” penned Reagan.
Each of these examples, with the possible exception of the Clinton-Yeltsin one, were easily worse than Trump Jr. agreeing to a meeting with a Russian government lawyer for dirt on Hillary Clinton. Again, this does not excuse Trump Jr’s sleazy behavior, but it does show that the Democrats are more than happy to do the same thing when it helps their side.
Next time a liberal cries Trump Jr. is colluding with Russians, show them this article.