We brought you the flashback story of Teddy Kennedy asking the Soviet Union to interfere in the 1984 election. Here’s two more times Democrats were hunky dory with ‘Russian interference’, courtesy of Daily Wire.
Go all the way back to March 2012, when Obama met with Putin stooge and then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Obama was caught on a live microphone telling Medvedev, “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space.”
Medvedev replied, “Yeah, I understand, I understand your message about space. Space for you…”
To which Obama said, “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Medvedev answered genially, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
Democrats were fine with that one. In fact, they then proceeded to spend the rest of the election cycle mocking Republican candidate Mitt Romney for stating that Russia posed the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States. Obama himself mocked Romney by stating that “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.” He then handed control of Syria to Putin, and followed by doing little as Russia invaded Ukraine.
Or check out 1960. Here’s Craig Shirley and Andrew Shirley reporting:
In 1960, they held U-2 pilot Gary Powers after his plane crashed illegally in Russia, and specifically delayed his release until after the presidential elections. They used Powers as a bargaining chip, and, according to Khrushchev himself, it worked. In his memoirs, the Soviet leader stated, “We kept Nixon from being able to claim that he could deal with the Russians; our ploy made a difference of at least half a million votes, which gave Kennedy the edge he needed.”
Democrats complaining about Russian elections interference are breaking with historical precedent. It is also worth noting that so are Republicans, who suddenly don’t seem to care about Russian involvement so long as it benefits their guy.