Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald tweeted this morning that “Trump campaign has still not explained why they secretly emailed information from Russian propaganda site to reporters.” And of course, they won’t. Far from explaining, they are projecting their guilt on Hillary Clinton.
Appearing on The Alex Jones Show, Trump surrogate Roger Stone agreed with conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones that Hillary Clinton might be “a Manchurian candidate programmed by somebody.”
The timing is more than a little curious, given Eichenwald’s own expose on Trump’s Putin connections which appeared in Newsweek just this week with the hashtag #TrumpsTiesToRussia. With Trump’s dirty little secret now exposed, it was of course time to accuse Hillary Clinton.
This is what Eichenwald had to say:
“The Trump campaign has also spread claims from Sputnik, another news outlet identified by American intelligence as part of the Russian disinformation campaign. For example, almost immediately after the posting of an article by Sputnik attacking this Newsweek reporter, the Trump campaign emailed a link to the piece to American reporters, urging them to pursue the same story.”
Here's some clumsy projection from Jones and Stone courtesy of Media Matters for America:
ALEX JONES: And let me raise this now. Satanism and the occult is just an ancient form of mind control. And if anybody’s a Manchurian candidate and has this weird background with her dad, Hillary [Clinton] acts like somebody who’s been programmed and it’s wearing out. And now you have New York Daily News, a huge Democrat outfit, basically saying she has multiple personalities. I’ve told people privately that if anybody’s a Manchurian candidate programmed by somebody, I think it’s Hillary.
ROGER STONE: Well, that’s a real possibility. This is unlike any election or any electoral experience that I have had.
An NSA letter reveals the threat from Russia is a real one, calling it “a serious national security issue” and stating “We are concerned that an ongoing Russian influence operation is targeting the 2016 U.S. election.”
Look, Trump is the guy who has bragged about his friendship with Putin and asked him to kindly hack her campaign to find some “missing” emails. If there is a Manchurian candidate, he is easily identified by his orange hair.
Of course, the Trump campaign has nothing to say about Sputnik and Eichenwald revealed that,
“Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump campaign, did not respond to emails from Newsweek on Monday and Thursday asking how it became aware of the Sputnik story so quickly, why it almost immediately promoted information from the Russian propaganda site to U.S. reporters, and what led the Republican nominee to disregard the intelligence he has been provided in briefings about Moscow’s propaganda and hacking campaign.”
Trump isn’t the only one practicing disinformation of course. So is Sputnik, with Eichenwald telling us “Subsequently, Sputnik, which took down that article, published another one essentially denying the news organization was controlled by the Kremlin and attacking Newsweek.”
Trump’s campaign was eager to circulate that claim, of course. Hillary Clinton is “unfit to serve” he claims, even while Trump is the candidate saying precisely what Vladimir Putin wants him to say.
Trump claims he will make America great and safe again, but if it is safe, it will be safe for Russians. He claims he is going to “drain the swamp.”
The problem is he plans to fill it up with Russians only too eager to take the job of running our country out of Trump’s hands, giving Putin through his puppet in the Oval Office effective control of both countries.